It is not a dying sport, yet.
The football industry allegedly is facing diminishing interest from Americans because of a number of reasons. The biggest reason should be the concussion issue. But you would never know that football is fading away if you follow college football. Four more colleges are taking the field this year and 37 schools added football in the last six years. The football industry is not sure playing football is hazardous to a player’s health. But medical experts contend players starting on the local youth level through the NFL may be facing major health risks from brain injuries because of blows to the head. Making helmets safer is the hoped for solution but football remains a collision sport and there probably are not too many ways to make the game safer unless blocking and tackling are outlawed.
Despite the evidence that football could be dangerous to a players’ health and despite declining TV ratings, although most sports are facing the same problem of less viewers in front of the sets, football is growing and there will be more college games this year and a new pro league in 2020. Vince McMahon may spend up to a half billion dollars getting his league, the XFL, up. McMahon’s best players might be on NFL training camp rosters right now and could become available after Labor Day when they will be cut for not being good enough for NFL teams. The NFL has 32 teams and about 90 players in camp or about 2,700 players. One third of those players will not make NFL rosters. The XFL could scout around 900 players who will be available. A few will head to Canada but those available players could stock the XFL. The NFL, CFL and XFL will also have more players to scout as there are more 775 college football programs. Football interest is not waning.