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'Head to head'

Posted Friday, May 18, 2012, at 11:03 PM

With an enterprise as prominent and rich as the National Football League, it's surprising the NFL Players Association and media have heretofore shown so little sophistication about the league's crackdown on helmet-to-helmet hits and "bounties" paid by coaches for hurting opposing players. By the time most young men reach the NFL, they have played for at least 10 years -- two in junior high, four in high school and four in college. Then they start going head to head with the biggest, strongest, fastest athletes in the world and sometimes continue until near middle age. So there is no lack of logic in the situation.

The NFL is now facing class action lawsuits by 1,800 former players who claim they were inadequately protected, and the league must demonstrate in advance of going to court that it understands the problem and is taking all reasonable measures of amelioration. Taking the urgent advice of their lawyers, league leaders know they could be in for an enormous judgement, although hopefully not in range of the $206 billion assessed against Big Tobacco. The crisis has been no doubt been exaggerated by past decades of relative indifference by the NFL and players' association to the financial plight of many of the players of a much less lucrative era, who have been afforded a chance to even things up and are taking full advantage of it.

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There are many such situations the association to undergo with changes but no positive response is been seen through them!!

-- Posted by rogerjeff on Sat, Oct 13, 2012, at 2:15 AM

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