… if only because the honchos understood how bad the the facts would be for business.
And once the facts are out there as fully as they are now, they can’t fade away. Most important, I’ve got my doubts the drawbacks can be sufficiently minimized.
Blog goers under 30 may find it a bit hard to believe, but professional prizefighting was once yuuuge. Manning and Newton’s joint announcement they were officially joining a campaign to defeat Trump would have been far less of a jolt and a headline than when Muhammad Ali refused his induction into the army.
My Dad was a devoted boxing fan when I was growing up. He’d been on the team in college and sparred some at the local gym. We didn’t miss a major match on TV, he taught me all the fine points he could and made sure I knew some of the finest sports writing had been inspired by the ring.
But in his old age he turned against prizefighting. He announced that he was no longer a fan not least because almost all the elderly (and even not-so-senior) boxers he knew had mush for brains. And, I suspect, he wondered if his days swinging gloves had any connection with what he saw an an abrupt decline in his mental acuity during his 70s.
At any rate, more and more Americans came around to his way of looking at prize fights. And it sure could happen the same way with football.