Congress is applying pressure to the National Football League demanding answers about the $18-million remaining balance to the National Institutes of Health.
The NFL agreed to a to pay $30 million for five-years for concussion research and how it relates to football brain injuries. Approaching the end of the agreement deal, Democratic Energy and Commerce committee members demanded answers from commissioner Roger Goodell.
The letter asked if the NFL plans to renew the Sports Health and Research Program agreement and if the NFL will need more funding in addition to the $30 million.
This is not the first time the league has felt pressure since signing this agreement, last year the NFL was accused of influencing research. Back in 2012, the league insisted the grant was unrestricted and the NIH would control the way the money is used.
After receiving its collection letter, the NFL sent out a statement .
“We are currently engaged in constructive discussions with the FINH regarding potential new research projects and the remaining funds of our $30 million commitment. In September 2016, the NFL pledged $100 million in support for independent medical research and engineering advancements in neuroscience-related topics. This is in addition to the $100 million that the NFL and its partners are already spending on medical and neuroscience research.”