dissident + football   13

ZCommunications | 'If the South Would Have Won' by Dave Zirin | ZNet Article
In our segmented, culturally segregated, 5,000-channel era, the NFL might be the last entertainment product that tries to be all things to all people. Black or white; Northerner or Southerner; male, or female: the NFL wants your passion and wants your money. Last week, for example, was a nod to the wallets of women everywhere, as all players were tinted in bright-pink to “raise breast cancer awareness.” The gravity of the issue didn’t stop Cowboys owner Jerry Jones from displaying his cage-dancing cheerleaders in a more straightforward display of breast-awareness, hold the cancer.
Dave_Zirin  Hank_Williams_Jr  racim  NFL  marketing  sports  football  public_relations 
october 2011 by dissident
The Scandal Beat : CJR
Even at its most righteous, college athletics—and I’m referring here to the so-called revenue sports, football and men’s basketball—is a multibillion-dollar enterprise based on an exploitive business model. Universities get gobs of money that helps float their entire athletic departments, and coaches and administrators are paid handsome salaries, all from the talent and effort of an essentially unpaid labor force of young athletes.
scandal  NCAA  sports  basketball  football  athletes  media  journalism  labor  workers_rights 
october 2011 by dissident
Football and the Concussion Crisis : The New Yorker
What was missing from this picture was the effect of all that impact on the brain. You got your “bell rung,” they used to say. You’re “just a little dinged up.” This was not merely macho sideline-speak; it was, as recently as a decade and a half ago, the language of the N.F.L.’s leading doctors. Elliot Pellman, who served until 2007 as the Jets team physician, once told a reporter that veteran players are able to “unscramble their brains a little faster” than rookies are, “maybe because they’re not afraid after being dinged.”
NFL  football  violence  health  concussions  brain_trauma  Chronic_Traumatic_Encephalopathy 
february 2011 by dissident

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