Network ratings for NFL games are down considerably, and lots of folks are spouting off on why that should be. Everything from the Internet to political protests are offered as the reasons.
What almost nobody is taking seriously is that a growing number of people may just be fed up with the NFL's wanton violence. The NFL can minimize the concussion issue, and the vested sports interests including sports media can ignore it, but lots of parents have to take it seriously. They have to make decisions for their boys on whether football is worth the risk.
Parental concerns may be having some influence on the rules and how the game is played at the school level, maybe even the college level, though for the big schools, football is an addictive big business of enormous profit--especially since there are few paid employees.
But in the NFL nothing meaningful has been done, and the violence increases. The Pittsburgh Steelers are charging that the knee injury to their star quarterback was intentional, though the NFL refused to even fine the miscreant. He is one of several players who are known to deliberately injure opposing players.
Who wants to see that? Who wants to see a team with its best players injured, because the NFL values violence over skill?
I don't. And I wonder how many others are turned off as well, and are turning off the NFL.
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