RANT: The end of “football”?

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Game Over?

It seems crazy to imagine the end of football. The game is so beloved, so profitable, and, frankly, such a cultural mirror that it feels like a permanent feature of American life. There are many franchises and schools with a deep interest in football’s continued prosperity. The game is a godsend for the entertainment industry. All of which is why if football ever vanishes, it will likely vanish from within—from the players and their parents. This past week a disturbing medical study was released showing brain damage in the brains of 110 of 111 deceased NFL players. Shortly afterward, a Ph.D.-candidate offensive lineman in Baltimore abruptly retired at age 26. Sports columnist Jason Gay explores what the report means for the future of the sport.

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Certainly can’t ask men to risk their brains for a “game”. No matter how much money it makes!

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