Brutality's the Winner in the NFL Settlement

What the swift end to the concussion suits says about our thirst for hard-hitting entertainment.

, The National Law Journal


The tentative settlement between the National Football League and 4,500 of its former players and their families in the concussion lawsuits would be a victory for the plaintiffs lawyers and the league, but it has troubling aspects from a public policy perspective.

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    Football has costs beyond the physical damage to boys who offer up their youth to the game. It consumes inordinate amounts of time and energy at the peak ages of mental development and creative intensity. For some, the hours spent at football practice may foreclose opportunities to explore whole other worlds of productive interests.

    School sport is well and good, but not when it so heavily over-invested as football. It squanders students' time and energy and diverts unknown amounts of money from funding quality education. It is not that far-fetched to see our whole educational system as having been reduced to a farm system for the NFL, and the taxes we pay for our schools as subsidizing a big and hugely wealthy industry.

    In his rounds of the news shows, Roger Goodell was pretty and pink and a teflon-coated corporate black hole. Nothing good is going to come out of there for anybody or anything but NFL profits.

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