By Laura Pappano
More people will watch Super Bowl XLV this Sunday than tuned in for the President’s State of the Union address last week.
The issue is not just the NFL and the Super Bowl. As a sport, football obliterates all other sports in just about any category you can name – at any level. Share of athletic budgets? Number of players required? Cost of equipment? Institutional support? Media attention? Fan focus? Ticket prices?
Honestly, how many parents battle one another to work the concession stand at the high school gymnastics meet? Oh, they don’t have boosters selling snacks? Point made.
Why is football so culturally dominant – and is that a problem? I do not have answers, but I do have thoughts.