I'm sitting here and it's one in the morning and I'm thinking about Dan Marino, the NFL, and the President of the United States. I'm thinking about the lawsuit that Dan Marino was involved in against the NFL, and is now uninvolved in. I'm thinking about how convenient that is. What did Dan Marino do by first being part of the lawsuit, and then suddenly withdrawing from it. I'll tell you what he did. He got attention to the fact that the proposed settlement includes medical coverage for all former players, whether they were part of the lawsuit or not. That's the way it should be, by the way. All of the former players should be protected if they have injuries that resulted as a result of them playing football. That's the way it should be.
I still don't understand why the Employers Liability coverage which I'm pretty sure is a statutory requirement and is supposed to pay all sums, isn't covering the claim brought by the former players. Then again maybe it is, and we just don't know that there is insurance coverage. If, however, the EL part of the Workers Compensation policy is covering the claim, shouldn't it pay 'all sums' as I'm pretty sure that's the way it's worded.
The litigation involving the concussion matter is complicated. I've been paying close attention for awhile now, and I know a lot about matters like this as respects to liability issues, but what I don't understand is who is responsible. I would have to see the way the employee contracts are worded, I guess. Additionally, I'd need to understand the responsibility of the teams vs. the league. I know there is a players' union, and I get that there is a non-profit league, and then there are the teams. It seems as though the NFL Commissioner is like the Big Bad Wolf, and called upon to be the disciplinarian, which sadly means he's getting a lot of calls. Not to segue into the issues plaguing the NFL with drugs, DUIs, alleged sexual assault, domestic violence, etc., So I'll stay on point, who is at fault for the players not having the knowledge about the extent of the potential risk when they joined the league? Additionally, who is responsible going forward?
On Thursday, the President of the United States is supposedly going to pledge funding to have the Department of Defense, among others be involved in research involving concussions and there will supposedly be a national database for concussions. I read this in an article that was tweeted on Twitter, by CNN. This article also talked about how the National Football League will be committing to fund Athletic Directors in high schools. Why is this? Is the NFL worried that parents might not want their children playing football anymore? Is the problem so big, that the President had to get involved and he is going to try to show that all sports have risks, so that the heat is taken off of the NFL.
I also find the timing of the announcement that Wil Smith is going to play in a movie about the National Football League and concussions, interesting. The timing of the announcement is so timely. Dan Marino, Wil Smith, the President. It's almost a made of Hollywood movie. Is the National Football League going to make money off the movie, in some way. The irony is just so, well for lack of a better term ironic.
It's true, you can't participate in a sport and expect not to be injured. I don't want to see football go away. I don't think it will, but I think it will change. People who miss the game of yesteryear, will have to watch the old classics. They aren't coming back. The game will evolve and new generations will probably never miss what they didn't have. I'm actually happy to see that people are taking the matter seriously. It should be taken seriously. It probably should have been taken seriously, before the first lawsuit. That hardly ever happens though. If there are significant health risks that people should know about and we can mitigate the long term complications, we should.
Well, I'm glad to see that the National Football League is giving money to put Athletic Trainers in high schools. I'm a bit skeptical though in that I think the league is concerned with it's own preservation rather than the preservation of anyone's brain. Having a national database will probably be like a DNA bank, and concussions will be recorded. What will happen if you have a concussion in high school, and you're information ends up in this databank. Does that mean someone who had a concussion, and it's in the databank won't be able to get a job, because the prospective employer might be worried that you would have a second injury? What would happen if you did get hurt, could your medical coverage be denied due to the insurance company saying that there were pre-existing conditions?
I guess I just have a lot of questions about how the National Football League is run, who does what and where responsibility lies. It doesn't make sense to me. It also seems that they have their hand in everything and that nobody would ever be able to truly win a lawsuit against them. I guess I just don't really know that much about football.
Side note - I read that some of our schools don't have enough bathroom facilities and that some kids have to go home to use the bathroom. I've also read that some kids are getting assaulted in the bathrooms. Maybe we need to spend money on our schools, and not just their athletic trainers, but on the basic things like toilets, first.