Millions of Americans will sit down today to watch special NFL Thanksgiving day games. The safety of the players may not be at the top of their minds, but should it be? At a recent roundtable discussion we looked at the problem of concussions and other safety concerns in football at all levels, from Pee Wee to professional.
On the eve of the 2012 football season, ESPN ran a series of reports about health and safety issues facing the sport. My contribution was a television piece on a 13-year-old Pop Warner star whose neck was broken while playing in a Southern California championship game.
It is virtually impossible to have a discussion about college sports without considering the role that athletics plays in the university experience. There are various ways to approach such a question, but during the College Sports At A Crossroads: Education or Entertainment? panel, the focus was on whether college sports offered value to both students and student-athletes.