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Football's New Safety Valve

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The creation of the American Professional Football League may be welcomed from other viewpoints than those of its proponents. Their undertaking is perhaps in itself nothing more than any other intelligent business enterprise which endeavors to supply a popular commodity to sections of the public hitherto debarred from it. But the indirect influence upon conditions in our colleges and universities is an important consideration. College football has been an academic scandal for the last two decades, absorbing the time and interest of the student body to the detriment of intellectual pursuits, developing an unhealthy spirit of competition and vulgar advertising, and leading in almost every institution to disguised professionalism with its attendant evils of venality, hypocrisy, and lying. If the new league propers and maintains its program of not permitting college students upon its teams, certain changes would seem to be inevitable. Those youths gifted in the ways of football but apparently devoid of other talent who now go to college as the only means of attaining their athletic aim may henceforward be largely drawn into the more tempting and profitable professional field. College football would then slowly but surely decline into the relatively innocuous position of college baseball. In the distance one may dimly discern a future in which the football coach will no longer be more respected than the university president or the most eminent members of his faculty. The colleges may yet be saved for educational purposes through the efficacy of the American Professional Football League. The Nation.

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