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Exchange Exemplar: A Love/Hate Relationship With Football


Maybe we're not seeing a trend in people getting fed up with football in the United States.  But there is a growth industry in books airing complaints about the game. 

Diane Roberts put a book on that shelf a few years ago with Tribal: College Football and the Secret Heart of America.  She starts with her own ambivalence, being occasionally repelled by the sport but still attending every home game at Florida State, and broadens the focus to the country at large. 

Some of the concerns about football generally are deeper for college football: players don't get paid and often don't get educations.  We revisit this interview from 2015. 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.