Would You Let Your Son Play Football? [POLL]
While football continues to enjoy popularity in the United States on TV and in attendance, more and more parents are worried about letting their kids play. A new Bloomberg Poll shows that half of Americans would not allow their son to play football now. According to Bloomberg, few Americans also believe football will gain in popularity.
According to a new Bloomberg Politics poll, 50 percent of Americans say they wouldn't want their son to play the sport and only 17 percent believe it’ll grow in popularity in the next 20 years.
These are grim numbers for a sport that’s seeing an onslaught of negative attention, including a parade of National Football League players accused of abusing their wives or children; a team name so offensive that some news organizations refuse to print it; and, perhaps most troubling to parents, the growing body of evidence that repeated blows to the head can cause long-lasting brain damage. The sport’s troubles have caught the attention of Congress, whose members hauled a league official to Washington for a Senate hearing earlier this month. Individual lawmakers have proposed ending the league’s tax-exempt status and putting its coveted anti-trust exception up for a five year review.