To the Editor:
In “Show Me the Money” (column, Dec. 11), Joe Nocera reports that ESPN has agreed to pay $470 million a year to televise the college football playoffs, that Tennessee paid out $9 million just to buy out several former coaches, and that Maryland may face a $50 million exit fee to switch conferences.
It’s a good thing that colleges and universities are awash in money because they’ll need it when plaintiffs’ lawyers come calling on behalf of former players who are suffering from Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and a host of other chronic diseases that have been indisputably linked to the sport that so many Americans pay so much to watch.
RICHARD W. PARKINSON
Provo, Utah, Dec. 11, 2012
The writer is a pathologist and dermatologist.