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It won't be changed easily, not with its public and personal histories.
The author mentions the health issues with NFL players, then reminisces about his boyhood football exploits. The question: is this a football problem, or an NFL problem?
Question: what do you call war without violence? Football's appeal is that it IS a violent sport. The appeal of 300-pound behemoths violently colliding at full speed is a large part of the allure, despite what many will say. Anybody remember the Minnesota Vixens and the WPFL? The level of violence was far below that of the NFL and the league foundered. Will this current hue-and-cry result in any substantive rule changes? Nope. There may be some equipment upgrades and some cosmetic rule-tweaking but that is all. When you're paying 300-lb gladiators millions of dollars a year to commit legalized mayhem and by so doing greatly enriching dozens of multimillioniare and billionaire franchise owners, you can be guaranteed that nothing will be allowed that will upset the applecart (or more precisely, gravy train) in any way at all.
Watching football is not an addiction. And why mention that you seldom agree with Will? How is this pertinent to the commentary?
Re: "When you're paying 300-lb gladiators millions of dollars a year to commit legalized mayhem and by so doing greatly enriching dozens of multimillioniare and billionaire franchise owners, you can be guaranteed that nothing will be allowed that will upset the applecart (or more precisely, gravy train) in any way at all." (1) Consumers have the power to upset any demand-driven franchise. (2) This franchise cart, in particular, is vulnerable to upset from the ground up--parents can take spike its wheels by encouraging their children to take up alternative, lifelong, health-enhancing activities. Secondary schools can remove its wheels. Post-secondary institutions can stop serving as "gladiator" schools and minor leagues for multimillionaire- and billionaire-football teams.
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