Ban College Football

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Ban College Football

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Corruption and a growing concern for head injury have put college football in the spotlight. Are football programs’ millions in profits exploitation? Or are they still a celebration of amateur sport? Does football’s inherent danger and violence have any place in institutions of higher learning? Or does it provide young men with educational opportunities they would not otherwise have?

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    Buzz Bissinger

    Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist & Author, Friday Night Lights

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    Malcolm Gladwell

    The New Yorker Staff Writer & Author, The Tipping Point.

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    Tim Green

    Former NFL Defensive End and Football Broadcaster

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    Jason Whitlock

    FOXSports.com National Columnist

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    John Donvan

    Author and correspondent for ABC News.

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Buzz Bissinger

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist & Author, Friday Night Lights

H.G. "Buzz" Bissinger is among the nation's most honored and distinguished writers. A native of New York City, Bissinger is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Livingston Award, the American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award and the National Headliners Award, among others. He also was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He is the author of four highly acclaimed nonfiction books: Friday Night Lights, A Prayer for the City, Three Nights in August and Shooting Stars written with LeBron James. His fifth book and first memoir, Father's Day: A Journey Into the Mind and Heart of My Extraordinary Son, will be published on May 15th by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Currently a sports columnist for The Daily Beast and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, Buzz has reported for some of the nation’s most prestigious newspapers and magazines including The New York Times Magazine and Sports Illustrated.

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Malcolm Gladwell

For The Motion

Malcolm Gladwell

The New Yorker Staff Writer & Author, The Tipping Point

Malcolm Gladwell joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 1996. He has written on a wide range of topics, including the science of cool hunting, race and sports, physical genius, the concept of moral hazard and health care, and the difference between puzzles and mysteries. Gladwell came to The New Yorker from the Washington Post, where he started as a staff writer in 1987, first reporting for the business section and then on the sciences, later becoming the newspaper’s New York City bureau chief. The author of four books, Galdwell’s The Tipping Point: How Little Things Make a Big Difference, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, and Outliers: The Story of Success, were all #1 New York Times bestsellers. In his 2009 New Yorker article “Offensive Play,” he asked: how different are dogfighting and football?

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Green

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Tim Green

Former NFL Defensive End and Football Broadcaster

Former Atlanta Falcons star defensive end Tim Green has been hailed as the “Renaissance Man” of sports. Recently inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, Green is a New York Times bestselling author, coach and lawyer, specializing in energy law. He played eight seasons with the Atlanta Falcons and has served as an NFL analyst for Fox Sports and a commentator for NPR and Good Morning America. Green has written 26 books, including a series of sports-based novels for young readers. While at Syracuse University, he was an NCAA Top Six Scholar, a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship and was a two-time All-American and National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete award winner.

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Whitlock

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Jason Whitlock

FOXSports.com National Columnist.

Jason Whitlock is a national columnist for FOXSports.com and an all-sports insider and contributor to FOX Sports Radio. Whitlock was an All-State offensive lineman in high school in Indianapolis and played college football at Ball State University, lettering as an offensive tackle in both 1987 and 1988. He graduated from Ball State in 1990 with a journalism degree. Whitlock's journalism career has had several stops, including the Bloomington Herald Times, The Charlotte Observer, Vibe Magazine, Playboy Magazine, and the Kansas City Star. In 2008, Whitlock was awarded the National Journalism Award from the Scripps Howard Foundation, the first sports writer to win the award.

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    22 comments

    • Comment Link Frediano Thursday, 19 July 2012 12:21 posted by Frediano

      Was it lost on anyone that this debate was held at NYU, and that NYU banned football in 1942? BU also banned football. It is possible, schools choose to ban football on a school by school basis. So what is the problem that this debate is addressing, especially posed as it was at NYU?

      The real question is, "Should existentially terror filled watchers at NYU be allowed to ban what others freely choose to do living in freedom as a means of finally getting healthy?"

      America is turning out more Emperor Wannabees every day.

      The solution is easy; if you don't like the game, don't play it. Don't watch it. Don't go to universities that support it. Freely tell others that you think they shouldn't, either, and tell them way. Express your thoughts. Convince other schools to do what yours have done. Have loaded audience debates at NYU on the topic. Or change the channel. Welcome to America. Nobody is telling you not to flit through life wearing all the brocade, feathers, and sequins you want. Wrap your kids in 18 inches of Nerf and send them out into the world. Go for it. But as soon as you feel overcome with that paternalistic urge to be the Emperor of What Others May Freely Choose To Do, and advocate the use of state totalitarian force to implement your precious worldview on everybody in the nation, then get over it and s.t.f.u.

    • Comment Link Elijah Friday, 13 July 2012 15:04 posted by Elijah

      I didn't like arguments from either side. Both leaned too heavily on stereotypes and preconceptions of the role that athletics play in academia.

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