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Obama talks football
There is only one thing that sports and politics have in common these days: they can truly make people angry. Usually the two worlds do not collide, but last week, one of politics most respectable members spoke about the impact football has on his thoughts.
President Obama was asked by “The New Republic” if he liked football games less because of how the game can impact its players. The President replied, “…those of us who love the sport are going to have to wrestle with the fact that it will probably change gradually to try and reduce some of the violence.” This reply shows that Obama’s interest in the sport relates more to the “physical-worry side”.
The President is worried—like many fans—that the sports world can include many challenging obstacles for its participants. In fact, many careers in sports have been ruined due to injuries with slow recoveries, which have left many injured players off of the field. Over 199 lawsuits have even been filed against the NFL for sport-related injuries and cerebral damage. There’s a price to pay to be a famous sports player.
As Obama is fairly certain, these injuries may lead to many tests aimed to protect those who are at risk of severe sports injuries.
There have been precautions taken towards improving the safety of these players, such as impact helmets. The NFL shows a willingness to invest in safety measures.
NFL fans hope that if Obama has time in the midst of his decisions regarding national and international matters, he could implement more policy aimed to keep players safe in the upcoming seasons. Though with his priorities, we may be far off from seeing close to zero injuries on the field.