The Twilight of the National Football League

Posted: 19th October 2009 by Morgan Wick in NFL
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Watching FridayÆs Pardon the Interruption last night, as Tony and Mike interviewed bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell (whose books I havenÆt read but am very interested in nonetheless) about his New Yorker piece on the brains of NFL players, I was struck by a sudden realization. The NFLùthe undisputed king of the American sports landscapeùcould be in the waning days of its popularity, if not existence. For decades now, especially as boxing faded away with the decline of Ali and Tyson, the NFL has been the dominant sport on the landscape by appealing to our bloodlust. People tune in to the NFL each week, in part, because they want to see violence, brutality, and pain. Even if that may not be strictly true, it is true that for non-fans (especially for baseball fans), football is identif ...

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