The Price of Concussions in Sports

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The documentary, The League of Denial examines the issue of brain injuries in the National Football League. The film devotes most of its attention to the story of Mike Webster, who died at the age of fifty as a result of severe brain injuries suffered throughout his playing career. Webster’s story highlights the devastating effect concussions can have in a short timeframe. Because brain injuries are known to develop quickly it is important that the NFL responds quickly to this concussion crisis. The NFL is the most popular professional sports league in the world: according to Forbes Magazine the NFL generated over $9 billion in revenue this past year. Despite this success the NFL faces a legitimate threat against brain injuries and concussions. Although the NFL is popular, they should still be proactive in their fight against concussions because of the amount of money they generate, the health of their former players, and lastly the willingness of future athletes to play their sport.
The NFL continues to remain the most lucrative professional league. According to Forbes Magazine the NFL’s 32 teams are worth on average, $1.7 billion, which is more than any other sports league. In contrast the world’s top 20 soccer teams have an average value of $976 million. The NFL has been successful despite the severe brain injuries that have been suffered by the athletes of their sport. Even though they continue to generate billions of dollars each year, the NFL is in danger of losing
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