Patrick Ewing of the Knicks "Guaranteed" victory in many playoff games. He was usually wrong.
The leagues know the money will leave when the level of contact leaves. Nobody's going to pay 2 grand to see the Flag SuperBowl. Also, the real destruction happens to these poor folks later in life, not usually in their playing prime. I'd love to see the cost to benefit analysis that leads to them just settling with these folks instead of making MAJOR changes to the rules and game itself.
Well, that's a fallacious argument. It's not either or. It's not no contact or contact.
No one's talking about no hitting.
Nfl levied fines last year and it's still by far the most popular sport. One could say it was pretty useless. They are constantly tweaking the rules in favor of offense.
That's what's said about fighting also. The thing with fighting in hockey is it's not part of the game. So you get this type of lawsuit filed 2 years ago. Don't know the status of it now though. The family's suit against the Rangers to collect salary was dismissed because it was late.
In Suit Over Death, Boogaard’s Family Blames the N.H.L.
Boogaard’s Family Files Wrongful-Death Suit Against N.H.L.
It contends that the N.H.L. is responsible for the physical trauma and brain damage that Boogaard sustained during six seasons as one of the league’s top enforcers, and for the addiction to prescription painkillers that marked his final two years.
Head injuries are a serious issue. CTE at present can only be diagnosed after death. It's pretty obvious where it comes from - when they're playing. Not 20 yrs later driving a golf cart.
Cost benefit analysis? Sure, if players are slaves that would be easy but that's why Goodell gets paid $44 million a year. The settlement was cheap, When the players union in football becomes like baseball things will be even more different. If Congress ever gets involved it will probably be on the side of player protection.
The idea that it is difficult to get rid of fighting is absurd. There's just resistance to do it. There's no fighting in Olympic hockey and now it's the same players. Give people their druthers and we'll be having Gladiators fighting Lions. Then people will protest about the treatment of the Lions.
There's nothing in the rules about fighting as part of hockey. It's days are numbered as how can the League justify it if there's more suits like the Boogard one. Now there's a Steve Contador Lawsuit. Eventually one will land in a jury.
I think going to the Olympic sized rink which is 15 ft wider would help open things up a bit. It does have a closer blueline though. So lines could be tweaked.