As more critics weigh in on the dehumanizing aspects of professional football, tough questions about this most American of sports are entering mainstream conversation. These thorough and thoughtful journalists and writers offer their insiders’ views, observations and predictions.
Steve Fainaru is senior writer for ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine, and the co-author of "League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and The Battle for Truth."
David Meggyesy is a former NFL player and union representative for the National Football League Players Association. His memoir, “Out of Their League,” was widely regarded as the first critical look at the dehumanizing aspects of professional football.
Peter Richardson teaches humanities and American Studies at San Francisco State University. His books include “No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead” and “A Bomb in Every Issue: How the Short Unruly Life of Ramparts Magazine Changed America.”
Dave Zirin is the author of "A People's History of Sports in the United States," "Welcome to the Terrordome," "What's My Name, Fool?: Sports and Resistance in the United States," and "Brazil's Dance with the Devil," among other books. He writes about the politics of sports for The Nation, host several radio programs, and produces documentaries.