MAA501 New Journal Entry #12: Intercollegiate sport_Jenkins

  1. Title

Three Things that Could Determine the Future of College Football

  1. Article Source

Ridpath, B. (2015, October 11). Three Things that Could Determine the Future of College Football. Retrieved October 14, 2015, from

  1. Article Topic

Intercollegiate sport

  1. Summary

This article is about intercollegiate sports because it involves futuristic thinking of the direction college football may be heading. In a study conducted by Kent State journalism professor Karl Idsvoog and adjunct professor Bobby Makar, the duo found that maintaining a budget to compete, especially at the Division I level, as well as concussion and health related lawsuits, are changing the playing field for college football now and will change it more into the future. The study is still ongoing and included a video component by Brave New Films and which includes a video component produced by Brave New Films.

  1. Reaction

To me, the most surprising part of the article, was the section that discussed the lack of inquiry by news media on the subjects that college presidents avoided speaking on, such as concussion issues and their potential threat to college football. In the study, only six NCAA Division I college presidents responded to the survey asking them this question: What is the future of football at your university? This article was an interesting read because it made me ponder the future of college football, a sport that I grew up watching and cheering on my cousin in his college days on the field. The more and more we learn about the harmful impact of concussion, the more I begin to wonder whether it’s really worth it to subject student-athletes to this risk all for the value of entertainment and economic success.

  1. World Impact (if applicable)

Football in America is a big source of revenue, though with the increasing costs to sponsor the sport, who knows if college budgets will be able to sustain this sport for much longer without facing difficulties. This article opens debate for the health and safety of athletes everywhere involved with football and could spark a national discussion on where the program may be headed, though it is tough to speculate.


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