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Re: American Football (not their soccer)

Postby Reverend Gooner » Sat Feb 02, 2013 11:44 pm

I read recently it has been scientifically proven that a career in American Football increases the chances of all sorts of brain damage to as much as 1 in 3. Also that the average life expectancy of a player up until the late 80's was 20 years shorter than the average. Apparently 4000 ex players are suing the sport for covering up the bad effects of long term play and 2 ex players have committed suicide because of the effects of their brain damage.

How much of a deal is this in America? Does it threaten the sport? Will it change the sport or will it be a story for a while and then swept under the carpet?
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Re: American Football (not their soccer)

Postby Pudpop » Sun Feb 03, 2013 7:23 am

How do you sue a sport?
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Re: American Football (not their soccer)

Postby kronickaos » Sun Feb 03, 2013 7:58 am

Reverend Gooner wrote:I read recently it has been scientifically proven that a career in American Football increases the chances of all sorts of brain damage to as much as 1 in 3. Also that the average life expectancy of a player up until the late 80's was 20 years shorter than the average. Apparently 4000 ex players are suing the sport for covering up the bad effects of long term play and 2 ex players have committed suicide because of the effects of their brain damage.

How much of a deal is this in America? Does it threaten the sport? Will it change the sport or will it be a story for a while and then swept under the carpet?


There have been some suicides, Junior Seau's most recently, where the players have choosen instead of a gunshot wound to the head, to shoot themselves in the chest so their brains can be analyzed. They found in Seaus brain that he had brain disease consistent with that of boxers who take repeated shots to the head.

where the nfl went wrong was they denied there was a correlation between players taking repeated shots to the head and brain problems later in life. Medicine has proven this to be wrong now.

The NFL is the richest most powerful league in North America, so even if the former players get a judge who's agrees with them, the NFL can afford to pay out.

Personally I think the NFL won't have to pay out based on them claiming they didn't have the technology to accurately assess the correlation between hard hits and brain damage. Plus the NFL took steps to limit hits that have potential to seriously injury players, showing that once proof was available they took steps to stop the hits. The game has changed a lot since I played and while most people don't like it, I think there will be further steps taken to protect players better.

Pudpop wrote:How do you sue a sport?


They're not suing the sport, they're suing the league. I think where they'll run into trouble is that they have to show beyond a reasonable doubt that the NFL was intentionally negligent to the risks of head trauma and attempted to keep that information hidden from the players.


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Re: American Football (not their soccer)

Postby dj_jonty_uk » Sun Feb 03, 2013 11:15 pm

Let's go 49ers!!!!!
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Re: American Football (not their soccer)

Postby Leody » Sun Feb 03, 2013 11:27 pm

Pudpop wrote:How do you sue a sport?


The NFL is an entity just as the FA is. They're both just a business legally.
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Re: American Football (not their soccer)

Postby Maxduke » Sun Feb 03, 2013 11:42 pm

I'm sorry but anyone who was going to go into a full contact sport like this and think they wouldn't suffer some kind of damage was probably already brain damaged.
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Re: American Football (not their soccer)

Postby Goonerfromafrica » Sun Feb 03, 2013 11:46 pm

My first superbowl. I am completely lost.
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Re: American Football (not their soccer)

Postby Diaby24AFC » Mon Feb 04, 2013 12:26 am

I grew up in Baltimore. Am I alone in supporting the Ravens here?
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Re: American Football (not their soccer)

Postby Leody » Mon Feb 04, 2013 12:36 am

I'm from Cleveland... So the ratbirds can die in a fire for all I care...
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Re: American Football (not their soccer)

Postby Miss Arsenal » Mon Feb 04, 2013 12:43 am

Diaby2AFC wrote:I grew up in Baltimore. Am I alone in supporting the Ravens here?


Ravens for me, mostly because they play in purple and that's my favourite colour!
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Re: American Football (not their soccer)

Postby dj_jonty_uk » Mon Feb 04, 2013 1:05 am

Diaby2AFC wrote:I grew up in Baltimore. Am I alone in supporting the Ravens here?

I'm a 49ers man, but it seems that alot of my mates on facebook are going for the ravens. I have a sneaky suspicion it's because it's on BBC, otherwise they would be in bed already. Oh, and they just want to support whoever my team plays lol.

Looks like we're just a bit nervous or something, with the mistakes creeping in from the kickoff. The ravens have settled better.
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Re: American Football (not their soccer)

Postby Kyle? » Mon Feb 04, 2013 1:07 am

49ers are going to get killed if they keep Chokernick in. Give Alex Smith a chance.
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Re: American Football (not their soccer)

Postby dj_jonty_uk » Mon Feb 04, 2013 1:15 am

I think he's been great this season, but it looks like Kapernick (or however you spell it) is letting the occasion affect him.
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Re: American Football (not their soccer)

Postby Leody » Mon Feb 04, 2013 1:21 am

He's only made a couple bad choices, and at least a half dozen awesome passes...

He's doing fine.

The difference is the defense, the niners need a couple take aways in the second half to get back in this game.
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Re: American Football (not their soccer)

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