Football Death Spiral

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Summary: In “Football’s Death Spiral,” Andrew O’Hehir argues that football has passed a rubicon of public sentiment and is, in fact, at the beginning of a long, downward trend in popularity and public acceptance. He primarily argues this because of the contemporary revalations regarding brain trauma and professional football players. It is increasingly apparent, he argues, that football can cause irreversible brain damage to those who play it and that, in the light of this knowledge, spectators will become increasingly unwilling to watch the sport. Also, he points to some evidence of this trend: first, the President recently declared that if he had a son, that child maybe wouldn’t play football and, secondly, O’Hehir also indicated that

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