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Virtually impossible: Imagining an end to football

Virtually impossible: Imagining an end to football

 

It is hard to imagine the end of professional football — the big stadiums in Baltimore and other cities used for something else (soccer matches, concerts, giant flea markets), and the hyper-commercial machine of the National Football League left for scrap, like the wreckage of massive spaceships in some post-apocalyptic sci-fi film.

It is impossible to imagine anything so enormous, so culturally pervasive as football disappearing from the American scene because, at some point in the 21st century, mothers and fathers en masse prohibited their sons from playing the sport for fear the violent contact would damage their brains.

Ravens fans scoff at such a thought, and...

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