the NFL’s admission in federal court documents that it expects up to 30 percent of its former players to suffer chronic brain injuries. To put this in the reductive language favored by tabloids: nearly a third of the employees in America’s most famous workplace will wind up brain damaged.
In most any other American workplace—say, a factory or an office or a military base—such findings would provoke a federal intervention and a public backlash. But pro football has become so precious to us as a culture, and so normalized as a leisure-time ritual, that we treat it as a morality-free zone. [link]