The League

THE QUESTION

Can the NFL Exist Without Concussions?

Does the NFL have an obligation to better protect its players, even if doing so shrank the sports popularity?

Posted by Emil Steiner on October 28, 2009 6:00 AM
FROM THE PANEL

Protect for the Future

Without great hits, the NFL game would just be mediocre at best, so we need to equip players with better armor.

Posted by Mackie Shilstone, on October 29, 2009 12:11 AM

Players' Choice

If the NFL were to continue to soften the rules I can guarantee you they will lose a part of their audience.

Posted by Robert Littal, on October 28, 2009 3:30 PM

My Fault

Take a survey of how sports is marketed and you will find violence.

Posted by Brian Tarcy, on October 28, 2009 10:13 AM

Don't Need Concussions

Rule modifications and equipment modifications won't make football worse -- the heightened interest in head injuries will lead to a better product on the field.

Posted by Dr. A. Brion Gardner, on October 28, 2009 9:38 AM

Let the Hearings Begin

Is the future of the NFL at stake in these hearings? Absolutely. Violence is not incidental but fundamental to the appeal of the game.

Posted by Michael Oriard, on October 28, 2009 7:46 AM

Fans Must Fight Back

Stand up loudly against the mistreatment of old NFL heroes. Only until you protest, will changes be made.

Posted by Brent Boyd, on October 28, 2009 6:55 AM

Football Hurts

The only way to end concussions in the NFL is to shut down the league.

Posted by Dave Goldberg, on October 28, 2009 6:21 AM

Modern Gladiators

It's hard to imagine a Hank Williams Jr's: "Are you ready for some Flag Football? "

Posted by Dr. Matthew Prowler, on October 28, 2009 6:10 AM

Call me an NFL Rubbernecker

So we watch for big hits? Players know what they are getting themselves into when they strap on a helmet.

Posted by Dan Levy, on October 28, 2009 6:07 AM

Leadership Needed From 280 Park Ave

Only by showing leadership can the NFL win this one. In sports, as in business, sometimes that's a tall order.

Posted by Jason Maloni, on October 28, 2009 6:04 AM

CTE is a real risk for football players

The NFL is getting more pressure than in the past from the players' union

Posted by Les Carpenter, on October 28, 2009 12:02 AM

FEATURED COMMENTS

mtbunker: I was an All State Defensive Back, played ball at a PAC-10 University - I know all about football. It may sound crazy but the quickest way...

MyMaster: There is not one way to provide full contact professional football entertainment without concussions. As a nation, we demand violence and a...

pvbklyn: Read the Malcolm Gladwell article in the New Yorker, Oct 19, 2009. Too many concussions, too much brain damage, dementia and early death. Fo...

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