Political Football: Game Under Attack


There have been increasing indications that the game of football is being politicized, turned into a wedge issue by various factions. When President Barack Obama, in an interview to run in New Republic, reaffirmed his status as a fan but expressed his misgiving about allowing a son to play the sport and the violence of the game, the other shoe dropped. On the weekend before the sport’s biggest day, there must now be a question as to the future of the sport.

President Obama isn’t alone in this dilemma, it is one parents have dealt with for years, and the game continued to thrive. But now there are forces aligning not to make the game safer but to marginalize it, drive it from schools through a combination of increased costs and safety concerns and perhaps ban it.

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