A number of National Football League teams have opened the doors and work has started for the 2017 season. It is probably a good time to take a look at how the NFL is faring and as always in the United States, the NFL is in a good position financially.
There have been some changes though. The Spanos family abandoned San Diego in search of more gold in the Los Angeles area with the first stop at a soccer stadium in Carson and then an eventual permanent home in Inglewood sharing the facility with another recently relocated franchise, Stan Kroenke’s Rams. Mark Davis is playing out the string in Oakland for at least two years before moving his business to Las Vegas. It is rather strange that the NFL, a business where seemingly every owner makes money, has allowed three businesses to move since January 2016. The NFL is all about money and not fans.
There also is the never going away brain injury issue problem. The NFL’s ex-workers, the former players, are still dealing with problems that more than likely were caused by playing in games and practicing and despite efforts to make the game safer, the game is a collision sport and there are few safeguards to really protect players from brain injuries.
They are going to happen. The current health care debate is important as scores of former players are on Medicaid along with SSI. The league’s future depends on parents allowing their children to participate in a sport that might be hazardous to the health of their children. There has been a trend that suggests fewer children are participating in youth football.
Football remains a brutal game and that has not changed in the 11 decades since President Theodore Roosevelt almost banned the game because of the number of deaths and injuries in 1904 and 1905. The NFL is open for business.
By Evan Weiner For The Politics Of Sports Business
This article was republished with permission from the original publisher, Evan Weiner.