My biggest problem is that, like most things that are awesome, the litigiousness of our society is ruining everything. The world was a better place before everyone started suing everyone for every little thing. Professional football is being ruined in the same way. You can't even play the game the right way anymore, and it's done under the guise of player safety, but it's blatantly obvious that it's being done to protect the league from lawsuits.
If you ask me, you sign your right to safety away by playing these sports. Football and hockey are both dangerous games. I played football, for NO money, and I was fully aware of the risks. I knew that I could wreck my knees, damage my brain, or even be paralyzed. You understand that when you step on the field. Why can't you just make athletes sign a waiver? They'll be compensated well for playing, but waive their right to any litigation over any aftereffects. I think a league's only responsibility is to disclose the risks, then it's the player's option to expose himself to said risks in return for his salary. If you're worried about it, go get a desk job selling insurance and don't play. I'd play pro sports in a heartbeat if I had the talent, and I sure as shit would never embarrass myself by suing because I got hurt. A pro athlete is a modern day gladiator, they subject themselves to physical punishment for entertainment.Hell, if they still allowed real gladiators I'd be a season ticket holder.
I just take issue with the world's phony preoccupation with safety, when it's all really done out of self-interest. Don't mess with tradition to protect grown-ass adults from themselves. I love football so passionately, but it's being gradually ruined because of this, and I'm fearing the same for hockey. I personally would boycott the NHL if fighting were ever abolished. The number one thing in the world that offends me is being soft, and that would be soft as baby food.
What do you guys think?