According to Matt Chaney, a pseudo-contributor to The Concussion Blog and an individual who’s thoughts I respect, the bills and mandates being voted upon are not enough;
What is the National Football League up to?
Who do NFL yaks think they are, pushing the 50 states and District of Columbia to burden schools with fresh bureaucracy and expense by passing youth concussion laws that offer minimal protection while raising legal stakes?
A phat-assed, billion-dollar entertainment conglomerate dictates need for vital, cash-strapped public education?
NFL yaks in their glass tower still don’t get everyday America. They should grasp current news besides droning sports trivia, like several states’ succumbing to bankruptcy while all scrape to fund education, police and fire protection, water and sewer, and roads and bridges, among our necessities suffering shortfall.
Matt has a passion that is very palpable not only for the safety of kids but also the state of the game of football (see NFL). This guy is not what some would consider to be a “hack”, Matt is and has been on the forefront of issues such as steroids in football. He not only has the investigative wherewithal as a journalist, he also EXPERIENCED it. He wrote a VERY good book about it “Spiral of Denial: Muscle doping in American football“, so information from this source should at the very least project thought and provoke an audit of sorts about concussions, in my opinion.
And politicians can get real, especially those yahoos in state legislatures who go silly when an NFL suit like Browne shows up to spout BS, feigning virtue, high-class and authority.
If politicians want to get serious about head injuries in football, or truly protect kids while rejecting profiteers and influence peddling, constructive steps await them.