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N.Y. TIMES MAGAZINE SAYS NFL GETTING "SACKED" BY SPORTS FANS
Published January 13, 1997
The state of the NFL was examined by Allen Barra in Sunday's N.Y. TIMES magazine under the header, "How Football Got Sacked." Barra writes that "on the verge of another 'Stupor Sunday,' it might be time for a reassessment. ... The dip in the TV ratings and those empty seats in the Meadowlands may be forgotten in the rush of the coming Super Bowl hype, but they're signaling a change in the American way of life -- a change that the men at the top of the football establishment will typically be the last to see coming" (N.Y. TIMES MAGAZINE, 1/12). NEWS & NOTES: In Boston, Will McDonough notes a poll of all 30 NFL teams indicates that 22 would vote for instant replay, with eight teams against. 23 votes are needed to approve replay's return. McDonough: "With the vote that close, the issue will fall into the hands of commissioner Paul Tagliabue" (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/12).... The success of the Jaguars and Panthers, and their effect on the cities of Jacksonville and Charlotte, were profiled in Saturday's N.Y. TIMES. The TIMES' Kevin Sack writes that, with the success of the Panthers and Jaguars, "football is being embraced and promoted for those upstart towns as a metaphor for civic momentum" (N.Y. TIMES, 1/11).