The NFL needs to clean up its image. Once a player like Colin Kaepernick puts on that uniform he represents that team and the entire NFL. He’s using the 49ers position to voice his personal opinion. When the 49ers do nothing they are effectively endorsing his protest of the National Anthem.
The NFL’s attendance is down after opening week of the football season. Many think it’s because of the policies the league sets in place that allow the players to thumb their noses in protest over the National Anthem for some fake #BlackLivesMatter narrative. This is the same league that wouldn’t even let the Dallas Cowboys honor law enforcement on their uniforms because of a league-wide policy against such tributes.
The NFL had to know “cause and effect” would apply here. The NFL commissioner couldn’t have been that naive to think NFL fans didn’t care that Kaepernick so blatantly disrespected our country.
One of the great mysteries surrounding the controversy over San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit (or kneel) through the National Anthem at the beginning of his team’s games (while wearing socks during practices depicting police as pigs) has been the National Football League’s nonchalant response.
Perhaps the league thought that the matter would blow over in a week or two if it indulged Kaepernick, which it certainly did with its “it’s his right” response, accompanied by no visible reminder that his actions and the actions of other players have the potential to damage the league’s standing, reputation, and popularity. The league also must have thought that Kaepernick’s protest wouldn’t be imitated by other players. This was a major miscalculation, and it’s showing signs of hurting the league where it really counts — in the pocketbook.
The league’s ratings for the first week of the regular season are in. They were down significantly, virtually across the board.
Those who are looking to justify the drop because of the teams involved or the competitiveness of the related games aren’t going to find much solace. The only refuge against deep concern for what has happened is that full-season NFL ratings in 2012 were down 4 percent from 2011. It seems like a thin argument, but one might blame that drop in 2012 on that year’s presidential election campaign, and then contend that we’re seeing the same thing this year, perhaps even more so because there is no incumbent candidate.
Some specifics (HT Hot Air):
According to SportsBusiness Daily, the ratings for the early game dropped from 9.8 in 2015 (Eagles-Falcons) to 9.1 for Steelers-Washington. The late game had an even bigger decline, with last year’s Vikings-49ers 9.5 shrinking to 7.1 for Rams-49ers.Yes, with the Rams back in the nation’s No. 2 media market, the audience for a game that swapped out Minnesota for L.A. from one year to the next saw a 2.4-point drop in ratings. Via Richard Deitsch of SI.com, the total audience fell from 14.3 million to 10.3 million.
Let’s put the ingrates out of business and watch their oppressed million dollar checks dry up. I love football but will never look at a game while these pinheads dishonor this nation. Too many brave men and women have died for that flag. Please exit this country if you are so embarrassed by it.
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