There have been several posts in the past on this issue and I agree with you that it is far from over.
I think that an independent body really needs to study this over say a 3-5 year period. There are too many biased opinions on both sides and everyone clucking about the dangers of turf every time someone suffers a non contact injury isn’t helpful and doesn’t mean that the turf was responsible for the injury.
From what I have read so far there does appear to be a slightly higher occurrence of non contact injuries on turf but I don’t think it is overwhelming and there are other factors to consider as well. I think that turf fields drain much better and more quickly than grass fields which increases player safety.
As cited in the article, cost is also a factor. The difference between annual maintenance costs of a grass field ($4 million) vs a turf field ($1.5 million) is significant. Now the NFL can presumably afford that if it turns out grass is definitely safer but other leagues such as the CFL cannot. That difference alone is half of the salary cap. For many teams in many leagues, perhaps even the majority, this added cost might prevent being able to even field a team in the first place. That would definitely be safer as no one would be injured by turf or grass if there was no team playing in a stadium.
I certainly don’t have the answers but don’t think there is enough definitive information available yet to draw long term conclusions. Today’s turf products are also light years better than what they used to be and look much better too. I am sure I am not the only one who remembers the horrific turf of the 70’s and 80’s in places such as Winnipeg Stadium, Ivor Wynne, Three Rivers in Pittsburgh, Riverfront in Cincinnati and also Oakland and San Francisco among many others. The latter four all hosted both football and baseball and you could see the seams sticking up everywhere, especially around where the bases would be. I can’t count the number of players I saw trip over or get their foot stuck in a seam.
Some of you may not like this but 64 year old Roger Goodell just signed on for 3 more years through 2027. As usual no terms announced but he did make a cool $63.9 million each of the last two years. This may be his last contract.
The article summarizes some of the highs and lows of Roger’s 17 year run as commissioner that began in 2006. On the high side he was at the helm as the NFL became the most financially successful sports league in the world. Franchise values have increased approximately 10x during his tenure and no doubt that is why the owners kept him on. On the downside his handling of both the concussion and Kaepernick issues was appalling before he eventually straightened those out, both at significant cost to the NFL.
Watched my first NFL game in a long time last night on the hope Rourke might be seen (no joy there). I must say it was a pleasure to hear Al Michaels calling the game. It actually was a kind of warm fuzzy feeling hearing a voice I remember so fondly. I wish we could have him up here calling our games.