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manglahesh Wrote: At what point do we just admit that it's a risk and allow players to assume the risk or don't?
I think this has been the NFL's stance from the very beginning. It's just the NFL's been more hush hush about the openness of the exact risk. And it's simply just been more implied, as if their slogan has always been something like - hey, we are going to give you tons of money to play a professional contact sport that clearly can lead to both short and long term injuries. It's both fun and dangerous; wanna join?
They have gotten away with the risk factor because it's been vague and implied for so many decades. But now when you scientifically can prove that almost every single collision on the field is possible of 'mini-concussions'.. not to mention the full on concussions from being knocked out cold, and what that means for the brain.. they can't just hide behind .. the implications any longer.
Tough spot for the sport. It really is. Seems as if they want to hold off as long as humanely possible to agreeing fully with the CTE links. Cause if you do, the sport will either have to drastically change it's rules across the board to morph into a sport that is almost unrecognizable to modern day football, or it will have call the sport what it is - the modern day Gladiator arena. Athleticism on display for the masses, were everyone involved gets seriously injured, for all the masses' amusement. Or they close up shop. All 3 are bad options. So they are currently choosing the 'stick our collective heads in the sand' approach.
That cannot last forever though, especially in the PC heavy world we live in now.