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Poll: 'Elite' Moms Don't Want Their Boys Playing Football

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 10:58 AM

With the National Football League facing a barrage of bad publicity, a new poll shows that one out of every two Americans do not want their sons to play football.

Even though television ratings have increased this year and merchandise sales are soaring, the Bloomberg Politics survey also revealed that women, so-called “elites” earning at least $100,000 a year, and college-educated Americans were against their child joining the school football team.

Although 43 percent of respondents say they do want their kids to play the game, the surprising survey also revealed that only 17 percent of Americans think that football will grow in popularity in the next 20 years.

The NFL has been beset by problems in recent months, including players like Ray Rice abusing their wives or children, the furor surrounding the allegedly racist Washington Redskins team name, and the mounting evidence that repeated blows to the head causes permanent brain damage.

There has even been some suggestion that brain injuries on the football field could predispose some athletes to commit acts of domestic violence.

In the wake of all the recent NFL scandals, lawmakers in Washington have proposed ending the league’s tax-exempt status and putting its coveted anti-trust exception up for a five year review.

The Bloomberg survey of 1,001 adults, which was conducted from Dec. 3-5 by Selzer & Co. of Des Moines, Iowa, shows that almost 33 percent of “elites,” that is people earning  more than $100,000 a year, believe football will become less significant in Americans’ lives in the next two decades.

More than 25 percent of college-educated respondents said the same thing, according to the poll. The two groups are also the most likely to want to keep their children off the gridiron, with 62 percent of both college-educated respondents and “elites” hoping their kids don’t play the sport.

They may have been influenced by the recent football-related deaths of high school athletes, including players who died after games in New York and Alabama, Bloomberg reported, which noted that games have recently been canceled either due to a player lack of interest or a team’s long injury list.

The poll also showed that 56 percent of people under 35 say they would want their son to play, which is twice the percentage, 29 percent, of people 65 and older.

Despite the NFL’s recent efforts to make it a more female-friendly sport on TV, 58 percent of mothers or would-be moms don’t want their boys playing football, compared with 41 percent of men, Bloomberg reported.

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With the National Football League facing a barrage of bad publicity, a new poll shows that one out of every two Americans do not want their sons to play football.
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