Social Mood Conference | Socionomics Foundation

January 10, 2023

In a recent NFL Monday night game, the Buffalo Bills’ Damar Hamlin suffered heart failure after tackling Cincinnati Bengals receiver Tee Higgins. Associated Press said Higgins “led with his right shoulder, hitting Hamlin in the chest.” Hamlin’s heart stopped, and he was revived and taken to a hospital.

CNN asked, “Is a game that results in so much pain and suffering a reasonable pursuit in an enlightened society? Should we talk more about the 2017 Boston University study that found Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) in 99% of brains obtained from NFL players, as well as 91% of college football players?”

A Slate magazine article called football a “blood sport” and added, “Sometimes players leave games on boards. Sometimes they’re paralyzed. … But football has never held up a mirror to the rest of us, to make us think about what we’re watching, more than it did on Monday.”

The July 2018 issue of The Socionomist looked at the impact of negatively trending social mood on football’s image. It linked lows in the Dow Jones Industrial Average to scandalous discoveries about football’s association with head injuries. To learn more read “Bitter Blows: The Socionomic Story Behind the NFL’s Concussion Conundrum.”


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