George Will: NFL fans love the NFL too much to quit watching over Ray Rice
PolitiFact - 09/21/2014
Professional football stands out from other sports, said Dan Lebowitz, executive director of Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sports and Society. In football, there are only 16 games in a typical season — as opposed to baseball’s 162 games and basketball’s 82 games — so each game becomes a major event.
The rise of fantasy football has further solidified the sport’s popularity, Lebowitz said.