The Perilous Future of the NFL

The Washington Redskins cheerleaders perform before a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at FedExField in Landover, Maryland on October 16, 2016. (photo: Keith Allison)

Problematic

Being labeled “problematic” is the kiss of death in 2019. Which is bad news for professional football in America.

Player Health

“The reality is, this game destroys people’s brains.” — Bob Costas, 2017

Professional football players, and some positions more than others, it should come as no surprise, often suffer brain injuries in the form of concussions and worse. Bob Costas on the future of football: ‘This game destroys people’s brains

Several thousand protesters marched through Minneapolis to TCF Stadium where the Vikings were playing the Washington DC football team. The protesters called for the Washington team to stop using the name “redskins” for their name and stop using the image of a Native American as their mascot. Another group from the University of Minnesota marched to the stadium too. The demonstration at the stadium included speakers such as Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and US Congressman Keith Ellison. (photo: Fibonacci Blue)

Native Mascotry

Must We Burn The Chiefs? The future of Native mascotry in sports.

Openly-Sexist Culture

Can cheerleading exist in a world where even Playboy magazine doesn’t feel it is appropriate to exploit women’s bodies anymore?

Environmental Impact

The NFL has had a department dedicated to finding ways to clean up the environmental impact large events like the Super Bowl have on the cities that host them for years.

Can the NFL Be Saved?

Reform or Be Reformed

The NFL needs to follow the sterling example of the movie industry and regulate itself before someone else does.

Football is a Game of Inches

Is football dying by inches?

“The NFL probably peaked two-years ago. It’s basically treading water.” — Andrew Zimbalist, economist at Smith College

The NFL argues, rightly, that while ratings may be down, profits are up. And ratings may have occasional dips yet go up in an average over time. Both true.

“I think the NFL is 10 years away from an implosion,” — Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks

Only time will tell.

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