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Union, NFL split over research funds

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a Super Bowl XLVIII news conference at the Rose Thea
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a Super Bowl XLVIII news conference at the Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center on January 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

On the eve of the 2013 Super Bowl, Harvard Medical School and the NFL Players Association announced one of the most ambitious sports research projects in history: a $100 million grant from the union to "improve the health and well-being of NFL players."

But the NFLPA never intended to give $100 million to Harvard, "Outside the Lines" has learned. The announcement was a public relations gambit by the union to pressure the NFL into putting up half of the money for a study that would address fundamental questions about player health, including the long-term impact of concussions.

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