Sweetness And Light Sweetness And Light The Score On Sports With Frank Deford

It's hard to relate America's love for the NFL to the broader national temperament — but the league now dominates all sports. Here, a young Oakland Raiders fan watches his team on a recent Sunday.

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Despite the popularity of college football, according to Frank Deford, only 14 athletic departments show a profit. Why? Because football has to cover the costs of the college sports that lose money.

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The NCAA lost control of college football contracts in the 1980s, forcing it to rely on fees paid to broadcast its annual basketball tournament. Here, CBS broadcasters Jim Nantz, left, and Clark Kellogg interview North Carolina coach Roy Williams and player Ty Lawson after a 2009 game. Joe Murphy/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama is presented with a Green Bay Packers football jersey by quarterback Aaron Rodgers (left) during a White House ceremony on Aug. 12 honoring the Super Bowl XLV champions. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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NCAA President Mark Emmert address the media during a press conference before the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Verizon Center on March 17 in Washington, D.C. Nick Laham/Getty Images hide caption

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At last year's HOPE Week, pitcher Mariano Rivera warmed up with Jorge Grajales before the New York Yankees played the Detroit Tigers. Grajales threw out the game's first pitch. Jim McIsaac/Getty Images hide caption

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