Violent America – assignment A
“Thirty years from now I don’t think it [the NFL] will be in existence”. It comes to no one’s surprise that the contact sport American football is very violent. We have all seen the massive amount of protective gear the players wear, and in spite of this, an estimated 1,2 million football-related injuries occur every year. Many of these are of course common injuries seen in other, less violent sports, but still 5% of those 1,2 million injuries are concussions, which can affect brain function on a long term basis. However, is this major problem acknowledged in media, is there any chance in change, and what would ultimately end of the NFL?
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This may seem as an extreme scenario because of all the security measures taken, but, actually, multiple deaths have already occurred to football players. 19 players were killed in 1905 as a result of playing American football. These deaths are the reason safety is so important today, and also why just one death in modern NFL would destroy the game. Because after 1905 the President at the time, Theodore Roosevelt, said “no more”. Those 19 players symbolize why we should care more about football players’ safety. Those 19 players symbolize why it is important to think critically about sport. Those 19 players symbolize that no more. And if we can’t behave and make sure no one dies while playing a sport in good fun, we do not deserve it. As written earlier an NFL player was fined $15.000 for an illegal hit. Someone might argue that fines are a way for the players to be taught a lesson and not to “do that bad thing again”. But I personally think that is a way too little of a punishment. There is probably a reason why that hit is illegal, and by only fining the player they are putting a price on life. Through this fine, they are telling us how much they value the safety of others. And if they truly cared about respecting the rules they would have banned
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(Leadbeater 2). The NFL has had issues dealing with punishments. For example, the NFL has a history of making larger suspensions in small drug offenses than they do for domestic violence charges. Josh Gordon was suspended for the entire 2015 season, while Greg Hardy was only suspended 4 games even though there were graphic images proving the severity of his crime. McCann also criticizes Goodell for not actually being an attorney, and believes “he does not grasp the consistency of transparency and process” (Leadbeater 2).
Recently, many athletes, at the college and professional level, have been in trouble with the law. Athletes have gotten away with violating many laws and policies, but now they are starting to be punished. The NCAA has not done enough to punish their athletes, because the athletes are still behaving wrongly. Athletes that have faced consequences are still causing problems. Therefore, the NCAA needs to do something different in their punishing of the responsible colleges, coaches, and especially players.
The NFL has tried to cut down on the injuries given to quarterbacks by giving the unnecessary roughness call to the players. It’s given out when the refs think a hit is “too hard” and gives the offense 15 yards. Later in 2016, the NFL announced a new rule that made it if you got two unsportsmanlike conduct that you will get ejected out of the game after one game involving Carolina Panther’s cornerback Josh
Targeting is called when a defensive play makes a hit on the ball carrier and solely aimed for their head while tackling. If called, the offense gets fifteen yards, an automatic first down, and the player that made the dirty hit gets ejected out of the game. Another one of the rules that they’ve created is known as Unnecessary Roughness. In the the football rulebook, Unnecessary Roughness is defined as “an illegal action in football where a player uses methods beyond what is necessary to block or tackle another player” (Sporting Charts 1). This prohibits players from intentionally harming the other players on the opposing team.
What the NFL has done to try and combat this is a start, however, we still need to build upon that and make sure that all players, from children to professionals, are kept as safe as possible from the mental degradation that decisions of lax football policy can
There is a huge issue with domestic violence in the National Football league. It is the NFL’s number one off the field issue, as domestic violence keeps occurring in the player’s lives. Football players are abusing their kids, wives, and girlfriends every day and are going on to play in an NFL game where they are being cheered on instead of punished. Domestic violence has been going on for years, but just now has become more of a problem that it
Firstly Minnpost states “ football has the highest injury rate of any teamsport aged nine through twelve who has played football experiences an average of 240 head impacts during a single season. Parents and new televisions has spoken and has notice since events happening in football has caught them that football is a rough-housing sport. Since children ages nine through twelve are more likely to get hit in the head, show teens are manufacturing that this could be a rough sport for them to play may lead to a problem. In addition, Boston University School of Medicine states “ the study lead by Boston University involved forty-two retired NFL players, aged forty through sixty-nine who had experienced memory and thinking problems since playing football in the NFL for some point of their life. Colleges and Medicine research are trying to see what causes these concussions and deaths from football that shows that this could lead to more further research.
Although Some people say that professional athletes should not be banned for breaking the law and/or doing jail time because of how many great athletes have gotten in trouble with the law and came back to win big awards. An example of this is former NFL Quarterback Michael Vick excelled at quarterback, transforming the position in his six years with the Atlanta Falcons. He also became notorious to the general public for his involvement in a dog fighting ring, for which he plead guilty to felony charges and spent 21 months in federal prison. Vick returned to the NFL in 2009, playing for the Philadelphia Eagles which in 2010 Vick won The Comeback Player of The Year Award for his great play with the Eagles in 2010 (2009-2013), New York Jets (2014) and Pittsburgh Steelers (2015). Vick showed signs of his former greatness, but played primarily as a backup until 2015.
Football has been a major American tradition for roughly 150 years. Football is played just about all over the world, just somewhat differently than the American techniques. Even Though it has been a tradition, it hasn 't always been played the same. Over time Americans have realized how dangerous football is, “ But football was already a deadly sport. Eighteen people died that year during games, three of them college players, and the rest high school athletes.”
I’m a big football fan, but I have to tell you if I had a son, I’d have think long and hard before I let him play football,” says President Obama (Fox News). The debate of whether or not football should be banned started with this speech given by President Obama. Recently, studies have shown that a large number of hits may cause more brain damage than a handful of concussions. Although people think banning football will decrease the amount of teen deaths and concussions; football should not be banned because it is just as dangerous as any other high school sports, many people would lose their job if it was banned, and football and sports help keep kids off the street. Football should not be banned because it is just as dangerous as any other
In the true story based movie and the documentary, the dangers of head injuries in football are laid out for the viewer. Dr. Bennet Omalu discovered the brain injury chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE; however, the NFL was in denial about the effects football had on the brain and had on causing CTE. I believe that the NFL’s denial to the accusations were detrimental to many football players and that serious consideration should be taken into the way football is played overall. When Dr. Omalu originally diagnosed CTE on Mike Webster and the NFL denied that football was the cause for his death and disease.
However, it's understood that there are ways to attempt to make the sport safer, all while having it still be just as fun/entertaining. Updating the "armored" pads the athletes wear, making amends to some of the rules, different methods of training, are all ways to make things even just the slightest bit safer than they already are. In case you weren't already aware, though you might've been, football is one of, if not the, leading causes of head/sports-related injuries. Like what's said in the above paragraph, in 2005 to 2006, over 500,000 head injuries were recorded nationally, "nationally" being in the U.S. Researchers from the Center for Injury Research and Policy conducted a study to compare injuries (that word's getting redundant, isn't it?)
It wasn’t until President Theodore Roosevelt’s son got injured in the game that he enforced a football reform. Almond relays the message that Football is a prime example of American innovation at it’s best. He claims that overtime, Football transformed from a deadly sport that had no organization to “controlled violence.” Almond believes that this reform is beautiful in nature which I have to disagree with. Although broken arms, ribs and pulled ligaments can be painful, they can be effectively treated by doctors this day in age.
More Safety Precautions are Needed in Football 34 of 35 former NFL athletes suffer from CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy). Brain injuries and other injuries are ruining athletes careers. But some people think that the players gear isn’t safe. Even though the NFL already has safety precautions in place, safety precautions in the NFL should be more strict because concussions are causing a lot of players to get hurt, and injuries are ruining careers in the NFL. Concussions and injuries cost teams and player a lot of money.
One author argued that football was a manifestation of humanity’s primal bloodlust; another stressed that brutish play preserved the Machismo ideal. All the books, however, seemed to draw a common conclusion: football’s tolerance for ferocity was systemic. I had a hunch that this culture of violence was far-reaching, but I needed specific evidence to prove it. To explore society’s role, I returned to JumboSearch and tracked down sources beyond the Tisch Stacks. I read into the bounty scandal that rocked the NFL, and tracked down initial reports and policy statements issued in response by League officials.