American football nowadays is facing many issues regarding ethics and physical wellness that threatens its existence.
The most important and current issue is the long-term brain injury called CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy), which occurs from the collisions. This injury is associated with depression, schizophrenia and suicidal feelings. Many NFL players admit that they have CTE when they grow older, like the ex-Chicago Bears player Dave Duerson, who was suffering from CTE and ended his life. Dave Duerson committed suicide and shot himself in the heart in order to donate his brain to the scientists to examine it, because of CTE. Some could say that in order to eliminate this issues like CTE, better equipment should be designed and provided, but it is not that simple, because collisions is a fundamental part of the game and if it is not played like now, but with more safety it cannot be played on this high level. Another issue is the evolution of the American football, which is not played like before. Nowadays there are muscular players that weight more than 100 kg, run like gazelles and hit the opponent player with an extremely powerful force, making it more violent than ever.
After these issues, the following question arises “will people watch NFL games in the future now that they know it is so violent and damaging to human body?” Sports and games in the past have eclipsed because of this ethical issues like gladiator fights, dog fights and many more, even boxing has been declined nowadays if we think the success that the sport had in the 60s or 70s.
No one can predict the future, we will be back after few years to see if American football declines or continue to thrive. What is your opinion on this issue?