xrichx saidMaybe it's just me, but I think comparing DADT to homophobia in sports isn't quite the same.
In principle, I think it is. While the military is a world unto itself where you are punished for not following orders, the NFL, while a sporting league, should be treated as corporations. After all, the teams are not just "sports". They are businesses. And if, as a business, an employee (i.e. team player or employee) chooses to harass someone because of his or her sexuality, the rules of the company must apply. Now here is the only difference I see.
The military is not a private business. NFL teams are. The governing body of the NFL should honestly take the lead in American sports and steadfastly admonish any bullying or homophobia among its ranks. If any player (see the San Francisco 49er's ass) who states that no gay player would be allowed on his team, that player should be hauled into the front office and reprimanded like any other employee. If some cases, contracts should be void if such harassment occurs.
So for me, they are the same in principle, but how the entities handle the issues is different.