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Wed, September 2, 2015

NFL already threatened by Concussion movie

It's interesting that on the same week we get our first look at the soon-to-be released film Concussion starring Will Smith, I also receive a barrage of NFL-issued propaganda suggesting just how safe they believe the game to be. Of course, they present a number of statistics and anecdotes designed to convince us that football has never been safer or healthier in terms of participation, but it's all just too convenient. I don't believe many films through time have completly altered the way we look at certain societal issues (although examples do exist), but it's obvious the NFL is, at the very least, anxious to find out what effect this particular movie will have on the general public. Five years ago, few of us had ever heard of chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE, but here we are now discussing its medical merits and whether it presents a legitimate threat to the game as we know it. While I tend to believe no level of counter-NFL propaganda will ever prevent people from watching on Sundays, presenting this threat as real could very well curb participation amongst youth -- and ultimately that could mean a slower, more drawn out death of America's favorite game. Of course, only time will with any of this but there's no question the NFL feels just a least bit threatened and this will undoubtedly lead to some interesting discussions pertaining to health in the near and distant future.

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