Writing in the Chicago Tribune today (my emphasis):
But it's not the lawyers who are the death of football. Blaming
lawyers misses the point. Like their counterparts in nature, lawyers are
merely the cleanup crew. What finishes football are the parents of
future football players.
The NFL desperately needs American parents. Not as fans, but as suppliers of young flesh.
The NFL needs parents to send their little boys into the football
feeder system. And without that supply of meat for the NFL grinder —
first youth teams, then high school and college — there can be no
And yet every day, more American parents decide they're finished with
football. Why? Because parents can no longer avoid the fact that
football scrambles the human brain.
In cultural terms, parents who send their 10-year-olds to play
football might as well hold up signs saying they'd like to give their
children cigarettes and whiskey.