Concussion Cover-Up? Hacked Emails Raise Concern About NFL Response

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HOLLYWOOD -- The NFL doesn't always get its way, just ask Tom Brady. But it looks like they can claim a small victory when it comes to Will Smith's controversial new movie, Concussion, scheduled to be released Christmas Day.

According to the New York Times, hacked emails show Sony softened some blows in the hard-hitting flick to prevent protests from the NFL.

One email admits some “unflattering moments for the NFL” were deleted or changed. Another email says a top Sony lawyer took most of the bite out of the film “for legal reasons with the NFL."

The caution shown in the emails raises a few questions, like why? Unlike other major Hollywood studios, Sony has no business ties with the NFL. Secondly, when will Sony executives, who call the Times article misleading, learn to start having their conversations on Cyber Dust?

All this mirrors ESPN's decision to sever ties with Frontline's documentary League of Denial back in 2013. The split came after rumors that the NFL was threatening ESPN, which just happens to broadcast Monday Night Football.

Either way, much like The Interview, the buzz surrounding this movie might wind up being good for Sony's box office. It might even make Will Smith fans forget about the massive flop After Earth.

Right now, this Christmas film appears to be the gift that keeps on giving.