NFL Players Didn’t Know That Getting Hit In The Head Is Bad For You?

This story is interesting. Some former players are suing the NFL, regarding brain injuries they suffered while playing.

The NFL made a lot of money at the expense of former players. However, the players thought they were fairly paid at the time. The NFL has grown in size and revenue, leaving some former players feeling underpaid. The average player now gets paid a lot more than players 20-30 years ago, even when adjusting for inflation correctly.

Another important point is “Seriously? Getting hit in the head repeatedly is bad for you? Who would have ever figured that one out?” Football is a violent and dangerous sport. It’s silly to suggest that former players were not aware of the risks.

The legal system resembles a lottery rather than being based on merits. If you have a vaguely valid claim against someone with deep pockets, why not take a shot?

The NFL did make a lot of money at the expense of former players. However, it’s ridiculous to suggest that players didn’t know that getting hit in the head is bad for you.

One Response to NFL Players Didn’t Know That Getting Hit In The Head Is Bad For You?

  1. Anonymous Coward April 10, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard comes to mind.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parable_of_the_Workers_in_the_Vineyard

    http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew%2020:1-16&version=NIV

    At one level this parable says that if two people enter into a contract then it should be deemed as fair, even if later on other people are given a more favourable contract.

    Owners should be able to do what they want with their own money.

    Of course you can interpret this parable on other levels.

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