The NCAA is under fire today with four wrongful death lawsuits being filed against them over college football related closed head injuries. As I have been saying all along, this is the start of the end of football as we know it, especially for high school and college.
The lawsuit against the NCAA is addressing their failure to protect college football players from these injuries that are resulting in brain damage, including the degenerative disease, CTE (chronic traumatic encephalophy).
My theory has always been that colleges offer a free education to their football players, rather than paying them, because they simply couldn’t afford the Workers Compensation claims resulting from the injuries from this violent game.
The “free” education offered to college football players is simply not worth the risks. The student has minimal time to attend to studies due to their training and playing schedules. The statistics of players that actually graduate is around only 71%, and on top of that, the athletes graduated at a rate 17.5 percentage points below other male students. It is a contradiction to even offer the opportunity to expand their brains with knowledge, while destroying them on the playing field.
In addition, the New York Times released a story yesterday addressing the NFL’s new rule ‘prohibiting any player from lowering his head to make contact with an opponent’. This is in light of all of the evidence that has been coming out regarding the long-term consequences of closed head injuries.
This is the tip of the iceberg and I am eager to see the outcome.
Author: Tim Misny | For more than 40 Years, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in birth injury, medical malpractice, workers compensation, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving “Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Columbus, Dayton and neighboring communities.” You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 1 (855) 800-0384.