When given a choice between the quadrennial games and the National Football League title game, 53 percent of the survey respondents said that, if they had a son, they’d rather him compete in the Olympics. Thirty-three percent chose the Super Bowl, five percent said neither and nine refused to answer.
“This certainly feels like a referendum on the much-discussed football concussion issue,” Seton Hall Sports Poll Director Rick Gentile said in an e-mailed release.
More than 5,000 former players sued the NFL starting in 2011, arguing that the league failed to inform them of the link between repeated traumatic head impacts and long-term brain injuries, including early onset Alzheimer’s and dementia. While the two sides settled for $914 million, a federal judge last month blocked the deal over concerns that the payout was not sufficient.
The poll found that 74 percent of respondents intend to watch the Winter Olympics, which started yesterday in Sochi, Russia. Seventy percent said they watched the Super Bowl, held last week in East Rutherford, New Jersey, with 54 percent saying that hosting the event outdoors in a cold-weather city was the “right decision.”
The poll surveyed 716 Americans who responded to random telephone calls from Feb. 4-6. It has a 3.7 percent margin of error, according to the South Orange, New Jersey, school.
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