Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wrote an op-ed in today's Guardian arguing the NBA, not the NFL, will be the sport of America's future. It makes for interesting reading. The NBA has surpassed the NFL as the league of America’s future | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar He points out the studies of NFL players suffering brain injuries once their career is over. Basketball is rising in popularity among youth but football is falling. In order for a sport to be popular it needs to get a new generation of fans. Football being responsible for more injuries than any other sport amongst America's youth. Football accounts for 28% of injuries amongst youth compared to only 15% for basketball. The NFL squashes political dissent, Colin Kaepernick, while the NBA allows a lot more freedom with its players to speak out against injustices. He brings up LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Jarrett Jack, Alan Anderson, Deron Williams, Kevin Garnett and others wearing "I Can't Breathe" T-shirts to protest the death of Eric Garner by police.