Monday, January 4, 2016

Football – Resources Galore but Also Serious Liabilities

As far as coaches' salaries, resources, revenue, and media coverage, male-only college football is definitely on top of the college sports hierarchy in this country. With it come many perks and fortunes, and people who think that football defines the value of a college or university.

But being on top of the hierarchy means that people don't think about liabilities that may be present in such a sport that is based on violent play, and don't want to rock the boat to discuss problems. So many people are benefiting from the hierarchy of one sport being given so much preference.

Such is the case with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a traumatic brain disorder that can only be diagnosed during an autopsy. We have news of yet another male whose brain and body fail after being exposed to such a violent sport for many years. He died at age 25.