Friday, August 30, 2013

The issues are not always transparent

Yesterday a group of retired football players and the NFL came to an agreement for the league to establish a $765 million fund to support those retirees who display neurological effects that can be linked back to concussions, and their families. Such effects are listed as: depression and suicide, ALS, Parkinson's, dementia and more. Forty five hundred retired players are listed in the initial law suit.

And I wonder is football really worth it? I know every aspect of life has it's own set of risks. Just walking down the street has the risk of being hit by a car. But when are the risks and consequences too high? Should children be allowed to play football? Our town has a pee wee football league. What about high school sports programs? How many concussions are too many?

I'm not advocating we have no risk in our lives or that we become sedentary and inactive for fear of being injured. I'm wondering out loud about the risk cut off.

The NFL is a multi billion dollar business annually. But at whose expense?

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