Mark Cuban the out-spoken owner of the Dallas Mavericks, posted an interesting article on Facebook called "Lets talk NFL football". Mark talks about several issues and adds thoughts about the future of NFL as a leader in sports popularity. Mark made the statement that the NFL will implode within 10 years and he has of course stirred up controversy within the sports world. Mark discusses several topics such as player behavior, TV over saturation and fantasy football which he certainly has some good and great points. The other point that Mark talked about is the brutality of the sport, which I would like to add my 2 cents.
All sports have their risk of injury because of impact with football leading all the other sports, except golf and maybe tennis.
So would you let your son or grandson play tackle football? Is there reasons to not allow our young boys play a impact sport that can have severe injuries. I answer no, the youth of today should and could play tackle football up until high school. Playing tackle football before high school, is somewhat safe. The players or kids have not developed physically or done any weight lifting to increase their strength and speed. So the playing field is equal at the younger aged football games and the impacts are not as severe as the older more mature players. But...
The game changes when the kid enters high school, because of the mind set that lifting weights will increase speed and strength and it does. But because of this the impacts are harder and quicker, which means injury is greater. But high school is only the beginning, as College pushes that further and further. Weight lifting more and more frequently is what happens in Colleges. The bar is raised with harder impacts and again quicker players.
Now on to the NFL and professional football. The size of these players is getting incredibly bigger and faster because of the weight lifting programs that are so focused on gaining the speed and strength that is hungered by every aspiring professional player. With this happening, the NFL is concerned and worried about the types of impacts that are occurring every week. The rules committee for the NFL is working hard at anticipating the potential injury threatening hits. This a good and bad thing for the NFL, all the rule changes that have happened and are going to happen will change the game dramatically. This should be a concern of the management of the NFL. In ten years the game of the NFL will be completely different than what we see today. I don't believe we will be watching flag football, but could be close. Time will tell, and it should be interesting the changes the NFL rules committee make over the next few years.