Opinion | Should You Boycott the N.F.L.?

Produced by ‘The Argument’

It’s the begin of one other N.F.L. season, the time of yr Americans activate their televisions to observe their favourite groups make spectacular performs and their favourite gamers commit unimaginable acts of athleticism. But is America’s favourite pastime truly its guiltiest pleasure? Can followers ethically take pleasure in watching a soccer recreation?

The results of the tackles on gamers’ brains is one motive you may really feel responsible for watching. The accidents come on prime of long-running disagreements between gamers and the league. How do you steadiness the brutality of the sport with the athleticism and sweetness?

[You can take heed to this episode of “The Argument” on Apple, Spotify or Google or wherever you get your podcasts.]

Steve Almond gave up watching soccer due to the values he sees it embracing. Kevin Clark watches soccer as a part of his job as a author and reporter at The Ringer.

Mentioned on this episode:

“Paper Lion: Confessions of a Last-String Quarterback” by George Plimpton (1966)

“Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto” by Steve Almond

Kevin Clark’s current reporting at The Ringer

(A full transcript of the episode will likely be out there noon on the Times web site.)

Credit…Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Thoughts? Email us at [email protected] or go away us a voice mail message at (347) 915-4324. We wish to hear what you’re arguing about with your loved ones, your pals and your frenemies. (We could use excerpts out of your message in a future episode.)

By leaving us a message, you might be agreeing to be ruled by our reader submission phrases and agreeing that we could use and permit others to make use of your identify, voice and message.

“The Argument” is produced by Phoebe Lett, Elisa Gutierrez and Vishakha Darbha, and edited by Alison Bruzek, Sarah Geis and Paula Szuchman; fact-checking by Kate Sinclair; music and sound design by Isaac Jones; viewers technique by Shannon Busta. Special due to Kristin Lin.