In America, football is no longer a sport but is engraved into our culture. According to SoftSchools.com, a website containing informative information on multiple subjects, The National Football League was established in 1920, quickly becoming the most watched sports league in the U.S. (“Football”). The league is composed of thirty-two teams, competing each year with the intent to play in the Super Bowl for a chance to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy (“Football”). The Super Bowl is the most watched television program in the U.S., averaging 113 million viewers each year (“Football”). With so many people watching this sport the annual revenue of the NFL is approximately nine billion dollars (“Football”). In contrast, baseball is considered to be the American sport, however, the annual revenue is only 7.2 billion dollars (“Football”). Football has now passed many sports in popularity in the United States being the favorite of thirty-five percent of all Americans (“Football”). The sport is appealing to many because the physical aspect to the game is exhilarating and keeps the fans entertained. However, the physical nature of the sport may cause the popularity but also can make the game dangerous.
NFL players undergo years of brutal hits that accumulate brain trauma that can cause long term damage. The most common way these athletes receive brain trauma is a concussion which is defined as a violent blow to the head that temporarily changes the functions of the brain. Gina Shaw, who was a senior writer for The Association of American Medical Colleges, declares headaches, dizziness, nausea, loss of consciousness, confusion, fatigue, and slurred speech to be symptoms of a concussion (Shaw 2). According to CNN, the lowest amount of con...
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...ave more issues with this controversy because they want the game to obtain its original roots.
Even though Americans like football for its tough nature, the game is dangerous and there must be changes to the protocol for the safety of the players. The NFL has already had changes to the way the players are allowed to come in contact with a defenceless player, but it does not address the problem as well as it needs to (“NFL” n.p.). There should changes that affect how long an athlete must sit out after receiving a head injury to avoid more brain trauma. Also, there should be trained personnel at every game to decrease the amount of undiagnosed concussions which will increase the player’s safety. These changes would make big strides in protecting the players while also appealing to Americans by not further changing the contact rule which would ease this controversy.
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