1Bader Evan, Rajkumar Kodhai, Staley Davis,Wing DevonEnglish 111Annie Bilancini31 October 2012With football’s popularity on the upswing, a lot more attention has been focused on the growing number of concussions and other long-term mental problems due to hard hits. Multiple new studies have been conducted that prove the harmful effects of head trauma during the player’s athletic career. The studies link health problems such as Alzheimer’s disease and Lou Gehrig’s disease to the player’s earlier concussions during football. Recent highly publicized suicides by retired football players have brought national attention to the issue of head to headcontact. The increasing knowledge and concern regarding these players has prompted for football associations to implement rule changes and conduct further studies. There are many stakeholders involved in this issue. First are the football players, both in the NFL and in other non-professional and professional leagues. Their stake in this issue is their health and their working conditions. How the game is played and the equipment they wear affects how likely they will receive head related injuries, potentially leading to health issues later in life. The players also have a stake because if the game of football is changed then the way they make their living is affected. Finally, many players have committed suicide after playing many years of football, which is an issue concerning all football players. The people who run football leagues, for example the NFL, also have a stake in the issue. The NFL is under attack with millions of dollars of lawsuits due to
2head related injuries because they are liable for the health of the NFL players. The NFL’s image and credibility is also being put into question due to their apparent lackluster response to the issue. Fans, or anyone else involved in football, have a stake in the issue. Their passions or livelihoods are tied to footballand any changes made to the game affects them. Finally, family members of football players have a stake in the issue because their loved ones can be affected by head related injuries. The football players argue that their respective football leagues have not been looking after their health and safety and have covered up evidence of long-term head trauma. Many players want the NFL to pay for damages incurred by injuries as well as take steps to make the game safer. They also want the football associations to increase awareness of possible head related injuries. Football leagues across the country debate that the multitude of studies conducted have been inconclusive. They also want the lawsuits against them to be settled by the collective agreement. These groups want the best outcome for all participants, but hope to win the lawsuits and keep the game safe as well as entertaining for fans.