Friday, November 8, 2013

Football lawsuits ... Pop Warner edition

Here's a USA today story.

The family of a Pop Warner youth football player, paralyzed making a tackle during a 2011 game, filed suit in California this week alleging he was taught an unsafe "head-first" technique by his coaches and that the Pop Warner organization and others failed to ensure the coaches complied with rules banning such tackling.
It reminded me of the story 18 months ago by Tyler Cowen

Cowen argues that if lawsuits mean that communities and schools won't host football, that's how football would lose its dominant position as America's number 1 game.  (You'd lose the pipeline of people who play.)  Stories like this scare me for that reason, even though it sounds like the player's family might have a case, if their allegations are true.

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