Helmets don’t eliminate concussions. It’s time for the NFL to ditch them

The leagues brain trauma epidemic needs radical solutions. If recent changes arent protecting players then we need to rethink the games fundamentals One of the dumbest storylines of the NFL preseason was risk compensation. Studies of cycling and snowboarding found that athletes wearing helmets are more likely to take dangerous risks than those without. They know theres danger in plummeting down a mountain with a helmet on. Without one, they feel that danger and are more cautious. Then there is …

The NFL’s plan for an 18-game season: when ego and greed collide

The league expects to make $25bn a year by 2027. And its plans to get there show little regard for players, fans or broadcasters Even in the deeply cynical world of pro football, the NFLs latest plot to expand to an 18-game schedule rings as a blatant cash grab at the expense of its fans, broadcast partners and the health of its players. The recent proposal is as brazen as it is foolish. In short: the league has pitched an …