Sport: Pros in Traction

There was a time when the pro football exhibition season, like baseball spring training, was geared to getting players into shape. It was a time for testing rookies, rendering the excess fat off veterans, and giving fans a chance to see some scrimmaging for a nominal price. No longer. With owners trying to make a buck wherever they can, preseason games have turned into a top-price gouge for fans (tickets can run as high as $10). More important, the early games can be dangerous, injury-inducing torture for athletes forced to play hard before their...

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