Quotations

Unhealthy Obsession

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At some point in the past decade, America’s love of professional sports became an unhealthy obsession. Led by mind-boggling revenue deals garnered by the NFL and other major sports leagues, including the NCAA, U.S. culture came to elevate and glamorize sports to an unprecedented degree.

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With pro football now televised Thursday, Sunday and Monday nights, the NFL will bring in $5 billion per year from TV alone through 2022. The NCAA garnered $1.5 billion for March Madness in 2013. Next season, the NBA must spend $57 million in salary per team.

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Sports pages lionize athletes with language previously reserved for the most esteemed members of our society. Football players are “warriors,” basketball stars are “godlike” and baseball jocks are “super men.”

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Alex Alben
Seattle Times

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