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 interventions will be required to regain public confidence in its health and safety protections? What leadership must be provided, from the NFL to policymakers to coaches? What are the implications if tackle football could not begin until high school?

Join us Jan. 25 (11:45 am-2:30 p.m.) for a conversation at the Aspen Institute (2300 N St NW, Washington D.C.) about the nation’s most-watched sport. The event is free and includes lunch. 

Reservations are full. Sign up here for our wait list if a seat becomes available.

Watch the conversation live online (12:30 pm) at as.pn/FutureofFootball

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Confirmed speakers include:

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  • 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 will be 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.