Sportscaster Bob Costas Says Football "Destroys People's Brains"

Submitted by: fancylad 1 month ago in News & Politics Sports


USA Today reports that sportscaster Bob Costas spoke at a sports roundtable last night and declared that football "destroys people's brain" and said that the game could collapse "once people actually begin connecting the dots" between new medical research and hits to the head. 

"The cracks in the foundation are there," Costas said. "The day-to-day issues, as serious as they may be, they may come and go. But you cannot change the nature of the game. I certainly would not let, if I had an athletically gifted 12- or 13-year-old son, I would not let him play football."
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Male 3,331
Wait ... Watching football destroy's people's brains? Well, that explains a lot.
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Male 41,539
Everyone should just watch the CFL (Canadian Football League) anyhow. We did invent the game after all... and our balls are bigger! O_o
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Male 93
Considering the study that the media is hooking their stories on is poor science, it is sad that Bob Costas, who is usually well informed, jumped.  The initial study was 200 of the worst cases. So the researchers knew going in it was not a proper sample.  

I see that no one is jumping on the boxer head gear campaign.  or soccer players even.

the issue was that the NFL denied the worst case scenario. the research supported the worst case scenario. hence better insurance safety etc.

but what it has done is cause mom's to not let their sons play football. cuz mom's worry over every possibility of what might happen :).
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slicerdicer Have you never heard of the 'punch-drunk boxer'? There's plenty of people that think it's a vile, damaging sport. 
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Male 4,369
We've known about the brain damage in custom sports for over a hundred years and nobody cares.
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Male 531
By all means, the entire country should be coated with 2' of Nerf! (Nerf is a registered trademark of The Hasbro Toy Company), Cars should be limited to 5mph, Etc, Etc, Etc...
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Male 6,562
i've never really liked football anyway
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Male 3,758
The future of football where no one gets hurt:

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Male 662
kalron27 We used to have Tecmo Super Bowl tournaments at a place I worked back in the day. You could choose any team except the Raiders, because Bo Jackson was for cheaters.
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Male 3,758
profworm Yep, we'd reset the game if you chose the Raiders...and I'm pretty sure there were a couple of fights over wins\losses so I guess my claim of no one gets hurt it false :)
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Male 662
kalron27 I preferred to play as the Chiefs, then just run everyone over with Okoye. Next best thing. :)
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Male 4,092
I hear that pop warner football leagues are suffering from lowest levels of participation in decades.

The NFL better invest massively in safety gear technology quickly if they want to turn this around.
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Male 568
daegog It can actually be argued that the pads increase the overall force a player is willing to exert on another.

Research suggests that padding does not mitigate the hit force. A rugby player and a football player feel approximately the same force when padding absorption is factored into the deceleration equations. 

Helmets and shoulder pads are weapons in today's game.


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toetagmodel2 Padding was made mandatory in gridiron because people were occasionally dying from the game. 
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daegog There isn't really any safety gear that can help. It's the sudden movements of tackling that's the problem - the skull suddenly changes movement, and the brain inside is sloshed around by inertia. This is why it's such a major problem for the NFL - the fundamental aspects of the game irrevocably cause that situation.
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Male 1,553
The question is: what sport will replace football?

I read that football will be gone in 20 years with the pipeline shrinking.  There needs to be a dominant sport to replace it.
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Male 41,539
woodyville06 Rollerball... it's more than just a game!
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Male 1,553
5cats or Running Man.
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Male 1,604
woodyville06 Giant robot fighting. There are already investors dipping their toe in the water with that sport.
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Male 1,553
squidbush I need to see some of that:)
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Male 1,604
woodyville06 It's very early in the sport so it's kind of disappointing, but there's a LOT of potential. https://youtu.be/Z-ouLX8Q9UM
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Male 4,092
woodyville06 honestly, my money is on some kind of video game e-sport.
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Male 1,553
daegog you could be onto something.  We could be ripe for something web based that gets people into the action and replaces the athletes.
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Male 4,092
woodyville06 well keep in mind there are already video game leagues where people are making millions.

League of Legends championship had more viewers than the game seven of the world series.
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Male 474
woodyville06 Association football should replace football. 
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Male 1,553
boredhuman the problem with football of any type is head injuries and to a lesser extent other injuries.

For my money I would rather watch HIgh School ball anyway.  It’s cheaper and you’re closer to the field and the action.  I forgot the6 would just start selling beer....
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Male 5,307
Talk about a click-bait title. PLAYING football is what destroys the brain. But you don't see that until you go into the post.
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Male 21,057
markust123 Sorry, I thought it was implied that playing football damages brains -- because the helmet-to-helmet impact. Did you think I meant watching it? 
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Male 21
markust123 did you think he meant EATING football?  i see where the confusion comes in.  
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Male 5,307
bb17 WATCHING
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Male 1,604
markust123 That kills brain cells too and wallet cells
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Male 1,553
markust123 i assumed that given all recent coverage on brain injury.

On the other hand, watching all the hype and sportscaster blather doesn't increase the viewer's intelligence any.  You could argue that you drop a couple of IQ points per game.
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Male 5,307
woodyville06, "On the other hand, watching all the hype and sportscaster blather doesn't increase the viewer's intelligence any. You could argue that you drop a couple of IQ points per game."

I know I do. I have season tickets to the Seahawks and with that comes lots of brain killing beer.
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Male 1,273
woodyville06 I thought at first they meant watching football destroys the brain too.  Personally, I am not in to sports at all and do not have cable television.  So I have not seen or heard any of this recent coverage you speak of.  Not everyone cares about sports or pays attention to sports related stuff.  There's not usually a lot of sports related stuff here on IAB either.  The title was ambiguous and could be interpreted that way very easily.
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Male 1,553
waldo863 this was in the news and on the Internet a lot lately and there was a movie about the doctor that was trying to bring it to the forefront.

On the other hand, nobody is saying dick about boxing or the ultimate fighter stuff where they literally beat each other unconscious.  I’m mean, what could be unhealthy about that?  Long term effects? Nah!
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Male 1,273
woodyville06 Yeah, no cable, no news and I don't really pay attention to most "news" on the internet.  In fact, this is one of the few sites I frequent.  Not everyone cares about news that is sports related.  Most people I know tune it out.
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