Originally Posted by AbeBeta
Lets see. The league has eliminated the wedge and moved back kickoffs. Why? To reduce the number of hits to the head that occur on kickoffs. They did that because KOs were the one play where you would consistently see multiple players - particularly with the wedge play - taking hits to the head.
The players union negotiated for reductions in padded practices. Why? Because less hitting in practice reduces the overall number of hits guys take in the head over the course of the year.
It is painfully obvious to anyone who is paying attention that the league is working to reduce hits to the head.
[View Full Quote]Your argument was that the league has no responsibility to improve player safety in this manner. I've shown very clearly that both the league and NFLPA think differently based on their actions. You somehow attributed that as unsupported unless this particular change is passed. But maybe, just like with the fake punt piece, you really didn't understand what you were responding to.
No, lets stay on point here. The question is over this new proposed rule. Until this rule is voted on by the owners and passed, there is no confirmation that the League is in favor of it. That's what I commented on.
As to the rest of this, it's widely known that the owners fear legal action but it's a fine line. Remember that it was also the owners who moved the kick off from the 40 to the 35 in an attempt to create more excitement in the game.
At some point, you still have to consider that fans are the ultimate judge. There is no denying that. If the game starts losing it's popularity, the owners will make moves to change that and it won't matter about the legalities involved.
As for my personal opinion, yes, I do believe that the NFL is not responsible for injuries sustained through the regular course of play. You don't want to be injured, don't play.