NFL Football Is Hurt by the Recession. Good

The sport is offensive

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By Bonnie Erbe, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

Finally, a silver lining to the economic slump: The NFL is hurting financially:

NEW YORK (AP)—The recession has hit the NFL. The league said Tuesday it is cutting more than 10 percent of its headquarters staff in response to the downturn in the nation's economy.

Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the cuts in a memo to league employees. The NFL is eliminating about 150 of its staff of 1,100 in New York, NFL Films in New Jersey and television and Internet production facilities in Los Angeles.

I cannot stand most (not all) professional sports. But the more a sport glorifies overt machismo and intellectual nullity, the more I dislike it. I recognize I'm in the stone-cold minority on this one, as football is among America's favorite sports. Fans need to recognize there are many of us out there who find the hero worship of macho, meat-headed, tobacco-spitting men while young women dance around them in short skirts, well, offensive. So, cut, NFL, and cut again, please.