Crackdown On Concussions

Improved Essays
On October 22, 1939, the Philadelphia Eagles met with the Brooklyn Dodgers to play one another in the great game of American football (Allen). This game marked the start of something so big that nobody could have possibly predicted it. This game was the first football game to have ever been televised live. Just how many people across the United States tuned in to watch the very first televised football game that day? The number itself is quite depressing actually. Fewer than 500 people watched that football game on television that day. While this may not seem like a major event in American history, it was just enough to spark the beginning of the National Football League 's unquestionable supremacy, as America 's sport of choice today. Last …show more content…
Some people think that it 's not the crackdown on celebrations that needs to be changed, but the crackdown on concussions. Recent experiments have concluded just how dangerous football really is. The NFL has put in place several new rules in order to help protect the safety of the League 's many players (Hudson). Some people think that it 's because of these rules that many people have stopped watching the NFL. They think that people only watch for the big hits. While it may have caused some people to stop watching, it is not a very big problem because if you were to tune into an NFL game right now, you would still see many big hits that some of the fans have come to love. The only difference is the way that they hit people it’s not as if they have eliminated big hits all together. Their argument is like saying people only watch NASCAR for the crashes, but if they were to invent a car that crashes slightly less would people stop watching altogether? The answer is an obvious no. The same would go for the NFL. Not only would changing the safety rules make a very small difference in ratings, but it would also be extremely difficult to get both people and players on board. All across the United States people are suing because of football related concussions. Parents are already pulling their kids out of football for fear of their child receiving a brain …show more content…
If you 're just an average Joe, then there 's probably not much you can do by yourself. However, if you can convince other people that more celebrations is the solution to the the NFL’s problem, then it could create a ripple effect until someone with some actual power catches wind of it. Once someone with some power or a large fan base is convinced, then they could help ignite the fire needed to get this pushed past the NFL using tools such as social media. The decrease in the NFL’s popularity is a problem and it can be fixed. The only way to fix it, however, is to actually take action instead of just pretending like it will go away on its own, because it won

Related Documents

  • Improved Essays

    Changes In The NFL There have been so many rule changes to the NFL, most people do not keep track or even know why they have made them. A lot of them were to make the NFL safer, more appealing to the viewers, and more fair. For example, they added more cameras around the end zone for the refs to make better judgements and players get fined if they lead with their head when hitting other players. These are just a couple of the many rule changes they have made to the NFL. The Patriots were once active again active with suggested rule changes: New England proposed a tweak that would eliminate the ban of challenges in the final two minutes of the half and overtime.…

    • 1163 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Great Essays

    Nfl Rules History

    • 1543 Words
    • 7 Pages

    Safety over Entertainment Football has evolved into a very popular sport in the United States of America. Evolution of the rules in the National Football League has been necessary because if they had never changed, player substitutions would be prohibited and communication with the sidelines would not be allowed. That is a major part of the game today, and has had a positive effect on the game. The rules have changed in the past in order to make the game more entertaining and safer for the players. With that same intention, more and more rules are being changed but some people have come to the conclusion that, more rules will only ruin the game.…

    • 1543 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Great Essays
  • Improved Essays

    It is not hard to guess what the most watched event is on TV. Just in case you didn’t know it’s football and that is why overcoming the concussion crisis in the NFL is near impossible. How would you feel if someone snatched away your favorite TV show and told you they’re canceling it because it was too dangerous to film? You probably wouldn’t be too happy as the viewer or as the owner of the show. The safety and value of an athlete’s life is being put in jeopardy because of viewers wants and owners wants.…

    • 1283 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    War involves numerous casualties and cannot be justified in most circumstances. Football, on the other hand, can be justified as the risk of getting seriously hurt is much lower. Since war cannot be justified most of the time, Mark Edmundson states in his book Why Football Matter that this allows the people to: “transfer our hunger for heroism from the area where real heroism has traditionally been possible and relocate it to the less complex relations of sport” (134). In a sense, Edmundson is saying that people view athletes as heroes in today’s age rather than viewing soldiers as heroes. This can drastically change the mindset of fans along with players.…

    • 963 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Great Essays

    One example of this is the use of PED’s (Performance Enhancing Drugs) in the NFL. In a more recent case the San Diego tight end, Antonio Gates, was charged for using PED’s. The NFL strictly prohibits the use of these as they first off, give that player an unfair advantage against others, and secondly are extremely dangerous to one's health. The people who use these don’t even know that they are protesting. In Gates’ case, he “[has] never knowingly ingested a substance that was banned by the NFL."…

    • 1632 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Great Essays
  • Improved Essays

    “Was this football league paying scientist to trick people into believing players like Mike Webster did not suffer from brain damage from football?”(Jeanne Laskas Page 159). The NFL put aside the health of their players to ensure the corporation would make financial interests. Anything that would take away from the NFL making money was no good for them. Uncovering the hidden truths of the NFL was astounding when it came to what was already known prior to Omalu’s findings. The NFL had been aware of the concussions but did not do anything to help their players.…

    • 840 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Football Stereotypes

    • 834 Words
    • 4 Pages

    Football was supposed to be the one thing that held strong against the aforementioned trends, but evidently it hasn’t. Many “analysts” and “experts” proposed many different theories as to why fewer people are watching the NFL. They pointed to the presidential election and concussions making football less attractive as potential culprits. However neither of these…

    • 834 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Just like when people think of football, they tend to think that the risks outweigh the benefits in playing the sport. However there are pros and cons to both sides. One pro of believing there are more risks than benefits is that, that person would be more inclined to not to play football. That would then deplete any factor of that person getting a concussion. Eventually reducing the risks of 2nd impact syndrome, which was what killed Jaquan Waller (CNN 2014).…

    • 913 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    For instance, if a football player was caught cheating, whether that be through steroid use, cheating on their spouse, or cheating in any other form, most would say that we would know better not to cheat, and that it 's not the wisest decision to do so in a multi-million dollar industry like sports. Many people would also see any form of cheating as a bad influence on kids, and adults, and that…

    • 790 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Football as we know it is in danger of being taken away from high schools due to the increasing number of court cases, and deaths from concussion and second impact syndrome. However, scientists, athletic trainers, and coaches are working together to make the sport safer. Some of the preventative measure they are taking to ensure the future of the sport are using safe helmets to detect impact and force, impact tests to detect decrease cognitive function of players after injury, and new procedures to prevent hard hits. All of these preventative measure will ensure that football will continue to be enjoyed by many generation to come. If all the football players had a smart helmet it would decreased the amount of them getting concussion.…

    • 721 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Improved Essays