What Do We Really Know about Anything?


The college football bowl season is reaching its climax, and the professional football playoffs are about to begin. By all accounts, football is indisputably the most popular sport in America.

Indeed, according to an article published in Business Insider early in 2014, football is essentially keeping network television culturally relevant and financially solvent. Consider this chart of the top-rated programming of 2013:

Top-Rated Programs of 2013

Football—or so the commonplace argument goes—has supplanted baseball as the national pastime because it is almost the opposite of baseball in many ways but, most notably, in the pace of the games and in the amount of action that each sport involves. In short, baseball puts us to sleep while football keeps us at the edges of our seats.

So, imagine my surprise when I came across this chart, compiled for Business Insider from data collected by the Wall Street Journal:

Football Telecasts Broken Down

Yes, just 8.3% of the average…

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About martinkich

I am a Professor of English at Wright State University's Lake Campus, where I have been a faculty member for more than 25 years. I have now served multiple terms as the President of the WSU chapter of AAUP, which now includes all full-time instructional faculty, and as the Vice-President of the Ohio Conference of AAUP. I have also served several terms as an at-large member of the Executive Committee of AAUP's Collective Bargaining Congress. In addition to serving as co-editor of the Academe blog, I am also a member of the editorial board of Academe and have been a guest editor for an issue of the magazine on collective bargaining strategies. As co-chair of the Ohio Conference's Communication Committee, I began to do much more overtly political writing during the campaign to repeal Ohio's Senate Bill 5, which would have eliminated the right of faculty to be unionized. I have sustained that activism, and at the risk of stating the obvious, I have very much enjoyed contributing to the Academe Blog and to our chapter blog. I also maintain several other blogs to which I have re-posted, by topic, my posts to the Academe blog, as well as some other items.

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