The NFL is having a real problem with head injuries. Turns out that hundreds to thousands of hits over several years can cause long-term, permanent, brain damage. Even hits that don't result in concussions can, over time, cause problems. 200+ lawsuits from former players, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. (I recall reading somewhere that heading, in Soccer (EUian football) has similar dangers.)
It's going to go down the food chain.
Sooner or later a former NCAA player is going to be diagnosed with long term damage resulting from hits he took in college. Someone will probably sue a high school. At some point the insurance companies will decide that covering college, and especially high school, football is just too risky. Assuming the schools themselves don't decide that. Somewhere some administrator is going to take a hard look at the science, and decide that it just isn't worth the risk.
And the parents are already saying "I'm not going to let my kid play that game."
The NFL recruits from the NCAA, which recruits from the high schools. If the high schools aren't playing, the sport eventually goes away, or gets marginalized.
The 94 Chargers went to the SuperBowl. 8 players from that team are now dead. 5, arguably, as a side-effect of their time in the NFL.
I know fans who are giving up on watching the NFL. Watching people destroy their minds for our amusement is losing its appeal.
When I was a kid Muhammed Ali was highly respected by all of us. Known not just for toughness, but for his gift with words. To see what boxing had done to him, by the end of his life... Well, there's a reason boxing isn't followed in the US the way it was 30 years ago.
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