The moral dilemma of the progressive football fan

Jan 30, 2019 - Quartz

This Sunday, I’ll watch the Super Bowl, just as I have each of the last 34 Super Bowls. This year, as in other recent years, I’ll be doing so more out of a sense of obligation than with any real enthusiasm.

Part of my reluctance is aesthetic. I don’t like what the Super Bowl has become, a cultural and entertainment behemoth that swamps the actual football. I’m a sports fan, not a pop music or advertising fan. It’s become harder and harder to pay attention to the game amid the cac...