Is Football Becoming Too Soft a Sport?

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The movie “Concussion” starring Will Smith fell flat at the box office and missed out on some crucial Oscar nominations. But its message is getting through: Pro sports, especially football, is getting rougher and more dangerous in the long term. How will the softening of contact change all sports in the future? Let’s have a look…
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Middle School

Expect more parents to forbid kids from playing contact sports. The average middle school player is now gearing up like the pros in all sports. That was always basically nuts…
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High School

Often the first chance for outstanding athletes to get in front of scouts, public high schools in particular will have to enforce contact rules, lessening the overall evaluation process for athletic potential. But, it’s vitally necessary.
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College

As the athletic body matures to its full potential, it’s able to withstand more punishment. But, should it? That issue will have to be addressed.
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The Pros

Players who make it to the pros are often 21 and older, meaning enduring hard contact is a matter of adult choice. What must be weighed now is whether or not brutal contact is a moral issue.
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Soccer

Get ready to see more automatic penalty flags on “head kicking” the ball…
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Hockey

Are the days of the gloves off hockey fight over? Most critics say ending the practice is long overdue…
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Basketball

It’s only since the rise of Shaq that the “footballization” of basketball has occurred. The NBA will have to return to its genteel beginnings and refocus the action on strict rules for contact, especially around the net…
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Baseball

Baseball is not a particularly rough contact sport. But it can be. MLB may be forced to change sliding rules and “the neighborhood play” could one day extend well beyond second base…
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Football

The NFL may be legally compelled to enforce already existing rules intended to cut down on unnecessary roughness. But, the ultimate horror may be this result: Gasp! Flag football…
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Boxing

It’s impossible to crown a Heavyweight Champion without subjecting the willing contenders to the most brutal beatings in all of sport. The solution may have to be a cap on bouts and ring time. In other words, the countdown has begun and it’s time to take a neutral corner…
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