The spot opens with the headline "Seau to Enter Draft," in reference to professional football hall-of-famer Junior Seau from the San Diego Chargers.
For the uninitiated, the subsequent headlines look as though they're showcasing career highlights of a legend taking shape over the '90s, coinciding with the league's record numbers in attendance.
Then the spot flashes forward a headline (and a decade) to 2007, with Seau returning from injury for his final season. It then jumps to 2012, when the Times announced the linebacker's suicide.
In the years that followed, the Times' investigative journalism was in the midst of what would happen next: conflict with the NFL over the ties between brain trauma, football and suicide, and the outlet's presence leading up to the NFL's eventual change to its concussion protocol.
This is the second spot that the Times has aired so far this year, the first being its "He said. She said" spot during the Golden Globes, timely with the #MeToo and #TimesUp social campaigns taking off.
The ad, says the Times, is the latest in the series that draws from its “The Truth is Hard” campaign that debuted during the Academy Awards last year.
The New York Times: The New York Times | by Droga5Added 31 January 2018
The Times says plans to release ads highlighting other major Times investigations focusing on holding power to account in the sports arena, including its coverage of Russian doping at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi as well as its corruption investigation of FIFA officials in 2015.