This business has a tongue firmly planted in z’cheek, but it’s worth noting:
As I said, the NFL’s bigger problem is longer term: As parents have fewer children and become more protective of them, are they really going to let Lil Johnny go out there and turn his brain to mush? And as fewer children go into football—and more children funnel into other sports—the talent pool will start drying up. The Pop Warner leagues may not wither, but high school teams certainly will. College programs will find it harder and harder to recruit competent players and the level of play will decrease. As fewer great athletes play college ball the NFL will have a harder team replenishing its talent pool. In a couple of generations the league may have degenerated to the point that audiences turn their attention to other, more interesting, better-played sports. Like boxing before it, football may end up relegated to niche status. Who wants play a game that’ll end up killing you?
The POTUS recently made headlines by noting that if he had a son, he probably wouldn’t let him play football, implying that a) Michelle would even leave that up to chance b) that Barack would have anything to say about it and c) on the outside chance that the Chief Beta Male had a son with his wife’s shoulders and hips and was a natural middle linebacker he wouldn’t make every gameday a national holiday.
Football, my favorite game, is doomed – we all know this. I quote the piece above because it’s a nice, wayside diversion and it also points out the damage done to futbol regarding its recent game-fixing scandal. As a man who watches a great deal of futbol, my conclusion is simple: except for obvious World Cup shenanigans, I can’t spot game-fixing and I don’t wager on z’Beautiful Game, so unlike Pro Wrestling and That Ref Who Never Seems to See That Guy With The Folding Chair, I don’t think it will be relegated to fake-sport anytime soon.