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ESPN Casts a Critical Look at Its Meal Ticket: Football
November 20, 2012

ESPN pairs with public-TV stalwart 'Frontline' to investigate its meal ticket, professional football.

A Journey to the End of Football
September 14, 2012

The cradle of quarterbacks in the age of concussions.

Can the NFL’s New Collective Bargaining Agreement Save Football?
July 30, 2011

While the end of the National Football League’s labor hostilities was met with cheers this week from sideline to American sideline, my thoughts turned to Dave Duerson’s family. Duerson played 11 NFL seasons as a safety—the sport’s most wide-ranging, hard-hitting defensive position—and was part of Super Bowl-winning teams with the Chicago Bears and New York Giants. In February, after reportedly complaining for months of neurological torments—splitting headaches, mood swings, memory loss—Duerson committed suicide at age 50.

The Jets Go Hollywood
September 13, 2010

The Jets begin this season as a Super Bowl favorite. That in itself is unusual. But there is something even more unusual taking place, something that rarely happens in the world of sports: The team appears to be in the process of upending its identity as a secondary attraction in its own city. As a longtime Jets fan, I know this is supposed to make me thrilled. But the truth is, I feel a bit uneasy. Sportswriters commonly mischaracterize the identity of the Jets, labeling them perennial losers, disappointments, or underdogs. But this isn’t really accurate.

Echo Chambers
January 26, 2007

by Cass Sunstein In recent years, many people have been concerned about the risk that citizens will use the Internet to construct echo chambers, or information cocoons, in which their own views are constantly confirmed or reinforced. A real problem with echo chambers is that those who live in them tend to become more extreme.