USA is a really strong example of a country where sport is considered as very important even when you study. If you are good at sport there you can even get into a University and have everything paid for you. That’s something that’s very different from most countries in the world.
The US system has both upsides and downsides. One of the big downsides is that the people that are in school and also do the sports are usually not doing so well in school. All their focus goes to being good in for example American football. It’s great that they want to be good in their sport but it’s not good if it makes them worse students. Many of these players therefore end up as failures after their school years are over. They might up working just a register at Wall Mart even though they had four years of University Studies.
Then the aspect of American football is always argued a lot lately to be dangerous for players brains. This of course is pretty crazy since you do go to University and Collage to get smarter and better. If you then end up with brain damage it’s pretty much the opposite effect of what school should be.
There have actually been lots of studies last few year that showed that they damages can come many years after the years that players where active as players. There is even some court cases at the moment that involve 100 of millions of dollars that the schools are sued for.
I think that most likely the former players that are making these lawsuits will not win. Even though they of course have some kind of point with all this. If they went to a school and got paid to go there because of their football skills then the University should be somewhat responsible for what happened to them.