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Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne
6Magazine co-editors

Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne

Publisher/Co-Editors of 6Magazine - a football and hip-hop culture digital magazine

A death sentence


The NFL increasing the regular season to 18 games is a progressive move towards the future. A future that doesn't include the NFL as America's most popular sports league -- progressive for another league to take the NFL's place.

It's a good idea with the NFL operating within a 20 game format of four preseason games and 16 regular season games. Why not cut the preseason games in half? More games means more advertising, more talk show radio buzz, more television coverage, two extra games for fans, and most importantly more skrilla! Let's just be honest, that's what this is all about, the money. I'd rather the league come out and tell me as opposed to give me this BS about the quality of play in the preseason as the excuse to move to an 18-game regular season.

Essentially, preseason attendance isn't where the league would like it. The reason being is because fans don't like the idea of paying full price for a preseason game ticket. Here's an idea instead of slashing the number of preseason games in half, why not slash back some of these preseason ticket prices? As popular as the NFL is, if fans knew that a preseason ticket was half the price then the stadiums would be full and the NFL's problem would be solved.

Eighteen games is great for everyone but the players. The more games you play the more injuries you will have. The most talked about injury in recent years has been concussions. Concussions are a part of the game and as players get bigger, stronger, and faster the concussion rate will increase. The league has done great things to improve medical treatment of concussions and helmet technology to prevent them, but it's still not enough.

Retired players are dying at an alarming rate and their common denominator is concussions. It has been recently linked that concussions on the football field have a direct relation to the disease ALS. Not cool at all, not one bit, my reader. Think about it, more games means more people getting hurt. Add up all those concussions. Add up all the mental ailments attributed to football concussions. It's soon going to result in parents not letting their kids play football in the semi-near future. Washington Post columnist and ESPN commentator, Michael Wilbon has gone on national television stating he will not allow his son to play football. I'm pretty positive that he's not the only parent to have made this statement recently. Football is going to be here to stay, but if kids don't play because of the concussion risks they'll be playing other sports. In the future, the best athletes will not be on the field but they'll be playing a sport that affords them the opportunity to live a normal life upon retirement. And if the best athletes aren't playing the game of football then the sport will become diluted and weak.

An 18-game schedule is a death sentence for the sport of football and would leave the door open for another sport to take the throne, point blank.

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne  |  August 31, 2010; 12:02 PM ET  | Category:  Collective Bargaining Agreement , Competition Committee , NFL , Roger Goodell Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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