Is Watching Football Ethical?

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Trey Lance hands off to Raheem Mostert of the San Francisco 49ers during their preseason game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Levi's Stadium on August 29 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

With football season beginning, some fans are conflicted about whether or not to change the channel. Amid mounting evidence on player brain injuries, compensation questions for college athletes and the National Football League’s treatment of Colin Kaepernick, some once-diehard fans feel they can’t ethically continue to watch. Still, even though the 2021 Super Bowl reported decreased viewership, 96.4 million still tuned in. We want to hear from you: What’s the moral math of your football consumption?


Joel Anderson, staff writer, Slate

Steve Almond, author, "Against Football: One Fan's Reluctant Manifesto"