Football blown out of proportion: Entertainment or lifestyle?

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  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    May 31, 2014 12:56 a.m.

    Have you noted the new lawsuits against the NFL being prepared by a variety of NFL veterans, including the great Jim McMahon? If anything can serve as an archetype for capitalism it is the NFL - it asks for handouts from the government, creates lavish monuments to itself (stadiums), and treats its players (labor) as fungibles. The writer is spot on.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    May 30, 2014 4:38 p.m.

    The NFL is the bottom of the list of Baseball, Basketball and Football salaries. Check out the salary of Labron or perhaps some of Baseballs top talent....they exceed 200 million bucks!! America is obsessed with entertainment - sports and movies. Watch ESPN and you see grown men breaking down golf matches as if they were talking about the invasion of Normandy. It is pretty absurd. High school football is HUGE and most high schools pump more money into the football program than any other program at the school. Go figure. I doubt India or China is pumping mega bucks into high school sprorts ...but China is about to pass the US this year as the worlds #1 economic power.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    May 30, 2014 1:02 p.m.

    "America used to be enamored with boxing. A good healthy sport where the winner was the person who inflicted the most brain trauma on his opponent. Older boxers suffered from long term brain damage described as being "punch drunk".

    Ah yes.... and now we have moved forward to the much more civilized MMA. That is what I call progress.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    May 30, 2014 12:13 p.m.

    Football has a devastating effect on the brains of young men. Dr. Daniel Amen has fully documented this. Anyone who allows his son to play football ought to consider seriously the consequences to long-term neurological health.

  • liberal larry salt lake City, utah
    May 30, 2014 10:44 a.m.

    America used to be enamored with boxing. A good healthy sport where the winner was the person who inflicted the most brain trauma on his opponent. Older boxers suffered from long term brain damage described as being "punch drunk".

    As we have grown more genteel, boxing has lost its appeal, and has become a second tier form of sports entertainment with most of the fighters coming from America's lower socio-economic classes, or poor foreign countries.

    As new data comes out about the deletirious effects of football on the human body, I wonder how long it will be before American football goes the way of boxing.

    May 30, 2014 8:50 a.m.

    Well, you are certainly entitled to your opinion.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    May 30, 2014 7:50 a.m.

    Sports is entertainment. It’s amusement. It’s fun. And total immersion in any form of entertainment can be destructive.

    It’s all about moderation.

    “Moderation in everything . . . Even in moderation.” And that means that occasionally a little excess is ok.

    I don’t see how it hurts for people to get into a sport, and follow a team, and be keenly interested in the standings . . . As long as you don’t let it dominate your life and detract from you well-being like some dangerous addiction.

    I read somewhere that the American male’s non-competitiveness with the rest of the world in terms of educational achievement and general knowledge of the real world (including science and math) is directly related to America’s obsession with sports.

    I don’t know how true that is, but I can understand how it could be true.

    You never hear about the founding fathers being big sports fans.

    Maybe baseball isn't as American as Mom and apple pie.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    May 30, 2014 5:32 a.m.

    Carson, the same could be said about every form of entertainment and sport. From the opera, to movies and theater, they all use public funds or subsidies to get done, and enrich the few. Sporting fields, tennis courts and golf courses are always low impact uses of land - there is always a higher value use for that land. But they also bring enjoyment to the many.

    Entertainment by its nature if looked at purely in economic terms is not productive. But the benefit it gives to those who toil at jobs long hours, 50 weeks a year..... just perhaps after you have been out of school for a while and struggled to provide for your family will you understand that a few dollars spent here and there to unwind, relax and spend time with friends and family will be a very cheap yet beneficial investment. And one man's cheap trinket is another's memory of time spent with friends and family.

    Just because you don't get it.... doesn't mean there isn't value in it for others, and that value is usually something other than monitory payback.