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Admit there's a problem, appear concerned, and wait for the whole thing to blow over. What else can the monopolists at the NFL do? Actually submit a plan that would reduce the number of head injuries? Wouldn't that take something out of the game? Imagine penalties being called for too much helmet banging. Not another flag!? More likely is that the league is attempting to defund the researchers who convinced coaches to let them put sensors in helmets. There's a genuine case for progressives to condemn the NFL and its special entities, including the major sports media. Instead of trying to find the sport in it and thereby striking a compromise with the depressingly large numbers of fans and uncritical Americans, The Nation should make it clear that the power exerted by the NFL is damaging more than the brains of retired pros. To their credit the Romans, didn't do their killing off-screen.