Future of Football

Developments in brain research created another challenging year for football in 2017. More parents are starting their kids in flag football, others are avoiding the game entirely. Some leaders propose holding off on tackle until high school, or later. Is that the future of football? What would the implications be if flag, not tackle, was the standard way of playing football until high school?

We posed that question at our Future of Football conversation on Jan. 25, 2018, at the Aspen Institute in Washington D.C. The event was free and included lunch. 

Watch a replay of the conversations: as.pn/FutureofFootball

Watch highlights from the conversations: www.aspeninstitute.org/blog-posts/highlights-future-football/

Read the transcript from the conversations

Take our post-event survey on football's future: www.surveymonkey.com/r/Futureoffootball

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Speakers included:

  • Chris Borland, former San Francisco 49ers linebacker who retired after one year due to concerns about head injuries
  • Dr. Robert Cantu, co-founder of the CTE Center at the Boston University School of Medicine; senior advisor to the NFL Head, Neck and Spine Committee
  • Domonique Foxworth, writer, The Undefeated; former NFL cornerback/ex-NFL Players Association president
  • Scott Hallenbeck, executive director, USA Football
  • Buddy Teevens, head coach, Dartmouth College
  • Dr. Andrew PetersonUniversity of Iowa football team physician; executive committee member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness
  • Tom Green, head coach/athletic director, Eleanor Roosevelt High School (Greenbelt, Md.)
  • Jennifer Brown Lerner, Aspen Institute policy manager for the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development; mom of flag football player 

The conversation was moderated by Tom Farrey, executive director of the Sports & Society Program, whose reporting on youth football has won national honors, including the Columbia University-Alfred I. Dupont Award with ESPN.

"Future of Football" is part of a new 2018 conversation series by the Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program, “The Future of Sports.” The Sports & Society Program thanks Marilyn and Michael Glosserman for their generous support of the conversation series.