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Broadcaster cites brain injury concerns during resignation

Football is an integral part of the fall season across the United States. In New York, weekends and social events are often planned around kickoffs. But just how safe are the players on the field? The term brain injury has long been left out of football discussions, but as concerns grow, some people involved in the sport are taking a stand.

The National Football League is no stranger to criticism when it comes to the health of its players. College football has faced similar criticism, with opponents of these organizations pointing to the possibility of severe brain damage as one of the biggest worries. However, it is not just anti-sport groups speaking out about a game they know little to nothing about. Ed Cunningham, an ESPN broadcaster, recently quit his job over brain damage concerns.

Cunningham admitted that he no longer enjoys watching intense hits and tackles on the field. In an interview given 10 years prior to his resignation, he expressed concern over the toll that the violence was putting on players and mentioned that better protections were needed. After a decade of college-level and professional players being continually put in harm's way without many significant changes, Cunningham decided that he could no longer be complicit in the sport.

Most people in New York could not imagine being asked to do something inherently dangerous without the proper safety precautions. Unfortunately, this is not as uncommon as many might think, and virtually every day people are put into potentially hazardous situations. When a brain injury is the result of another person or company's negligence, victims can typically pursue recovery of compensation for their damages through a carefully filed personal injury claim. This type of compensation can be invaluable for dealing with medical bills, lost wages and ongoing pain and suffering.

Source: CBS Sports, "Ed Cunningham leaves football broadcast booth, cites brain trauma on the field", Kevin Skiver, Aug. 30, 2017

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