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NFL's Core Business Is Booming, But Subtle Issues That Could Have Big Impact Remain
Published November 18, 2013
DROP IN YOUTH PARTICIPATION: CBSSN’s Allie LaForce noted of the recent numbers in participation in Pop Warner football saying, “Reports emerged this week that participation in Pop Warner football has declined nearly 10% in the last three years.” CBSSN’s Adam Schein said, “This is a big drop and I think it’s eventually going to affect the quality of player in the NFL.” CBSSN’s Amy Trask added, “I’d be interested in knowing what the drop in enrollment in other sports is as well. Are there economic issues?” CBSSN’s Brandon Tierney noted of the participation decline in football, “There are certain states, Texas, Ohio, California, Florida where it’s going to be around until the end. But you get to private schools where these kids don’t have a shot to get into Ohio State, that’s where they're going to slowly do away with it.” CBSSN’s Bart Scott noted that the CTE issue is “huge” in parents deciding whether or not to let children play football and that football “is just not worth it to some parents” (“That Other Pregame Show,” CBSSN, 11/17).
PARENTAL CONTROL: Former NFLer Brett Favre was on NBC’s “Today” this morning to discuss the dangers of football and Favre said of his children playing football, “If I had a son, I would be real leery of him playing." Favre: "In some respects, I’m almost glad I don’t have a son because of the pressures he would face but also the physical toll that it would possibly take on him.” When asked if he would be a spokesperson for football safety, Favre said, “I don’t want to knock football at all, I think that’s unfair. I knew what I was getting into. To think that I could help maybe ease some of the potential trauma but still keep the integrity of the game, I’m willing to do that” (“Today,” NBC, 11/18). In Boston, Bob Ryan wrote, "The mothers of America could shut down football today. ... The mothers of America could band together and say, 'Uh-uh, no way. My boy’s not playing football. And that’s all there is to it'" (BOSTON GLOBE, 11/17).