The League

THE QUESTION

How Much of the NFL'sAppeal is Violence?

Is it hypocritical of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to be blitzing hard hits and cracking down on even first time offenders, if that's what fans want to see?

Posted by Emil Steiner on September 19, 2008 1:00 AM
FROM THE PANEL

Violence Equals Success

The league's competitive balance and the inherent violent nature of the game are part of what makes the sport so compelling to viewers.

Posted by Mark Maske, on September 19, 2008 12:50 PM

Gambling, Violence, Beer

No business in American history has so successfully camoflagued its true, pulsating core as well as the National Football League

Posted by David Aldridge, on September 19, 2008 10:01 AM

An Indelicate Balance

Violence is as much a part of the game as cleats, but that doesn't mean the league shouldn't try to contain it.

Posted by Cindy Boren, on September 19, 2008 8:48 AM

Feel the Appeal

The appeal of bone-crushing hits and the release of some Sunday testosterone to finish off a hard work week is why football is the most popular sport in this country

Posted by Zach Leibowitz, on September 19, 2008 7:23 AM

Hit 'Em Hard, Hit 'Em Fair

The NFL knows plenty about making money, and it's clear it doesn't make as much with its marquee names on the sideline.

Posted by Gene Wang, on September 19, 2008 1:35 AM

FEATURED COMMENTS

Gus In Leesburg: It's the whole spectacle. Violence, superior athleticism, big personalities, roller-coaster drama. When a team clicks it is art in motion....

Ray: Watch a televised football game, any game, and notice what happens when there is an injury. The play is shown over and over, in slow motion,...

Pwelvr: Whoever wins whatever sports game on whatever weekend or Monday night means nothing to the world. Oh sure it is a momentary diversion from ...

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