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NFL profits threatened?

EconoMeter panel ponders impact of Ray Rice scandal

Roger Showley, U-T SAN DIEGO

Friday, September 19, 2014

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Kelly Cunningham, National University System
Answer: NO

While the numerous headlines bombarding the NFL, from domestic abuse and other unlawful activities to catastrophic brain injuries and performance enhancing or illegal drug use, should financially impact the league, professional football will likely continue to thrive and remain the nation’s favorite spectator sport. Sports reflect society’s values and it is questionable whether violent sports results from or begets more violent culture. While it may seem high-profile athletes are more frequently being arrested, studies show NFL players have much lower arrest rates than citizens on average. Professional players' affluence and fame only make us more aware of their misdeeds.