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NFL Suffering Due to Kaepernick Boycott? November 1, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, It's all about the $$$, persecution, rank stupidity, secularism, sickness, Society.

Alternative post title: maybe boycotts aren’t always ineffective?  While there are a variety of factors at play (such as market over-saturation, disastrous rule changes and officiating, and games that in my opinion are played without heart and which are frequently predictable), it seems the NFL – which I haven’t watched in years, in spite of my general love of football (I’ll even watch a local high school game on TV – they do that around here) – is suffering what might be termed close to a collapse in TV ratings, and it appears to be largely due to negative reaction to the stunts pulled by attention-seeking bench-riding Black Lives Matter activists in the league:

There’s a price to be paid for everything — even for being politically correct in a “politically correct time.” A new poll shows that the main cause of the National Football League’s much discussed ratings drop is, in fact, the National Anthem Protests sparked by the very ignorant and callow Colin Kaepernick.

But here’s the really bad news for the NFL: some of the boycotting fans may never come back.

Watching sports is frivolity, a non-essential luxury, and people are creatures of habit. If fans stay away for a while, fill that time with other pursuits (perhaps more worthwhile ones), they may just find they don’t miss football all that much. Or they may watch more college ball and discover they like it more. Pro football isn’t indispensable……. [For me/us, Sunday is really family day.  That’s what started my NFL divorce. We’re often at church late and then I hang out with the kids.  We usually have a lot going on, anyway]

……Besides being immoral and irresponsible, the NFL has been, in a word, phony. Many will say the San Francisco 49ers’ “Kaepernick has a right to protest, but…,” and the NFL has postured, bloviating about “freedom of speech.” As Niners coach Chip Kelly said recently, “Kaepernick’s decision to not stand during the Anthem is ‘his right as a citizen’ and ‘it’s not my right to tell him not to do something.” But this is nonsense. Freedom of speech only guarantees freedom from government infringement upon speech, and the NFL is a private entity that is like any other workplace: it sets conduct rules.

This brings us to the obscene NFL hypocrisy. The league sets rules for dress and expression all the time; for example, it penalized Kansas City Chiefs player Husain Abdullah for kneeling in prayer in the end zone, fined New York Jets coach Rex Ryan $100,000 for shouting profanity following a victory, and fined Kaepernick himself more than $10,000 after accusing him of using a racial slur. It also has not been supportive of other protests — such as ones in favor of police. [like the hometown Dallas Cowboys wanted to do after the biggest police slaughter in city history, but were refused by the NFL.  This makes clear to me, and a lot of other people, that the NFL isn’t politically neutral, but is part and parcel of the sexular pagan left and seeks to advance that political agenda to the detriment of all others.  In that case, screw them.]

In addition, Kaepernick’s “cause” is based on nothing but lies. Many more whites than blacks are shot by police every year; shootings of black suspects have declined 75 percent during the last few decades; police are more likely to shoot whites relative to the races’ different homicide rates and the rates at which they feloniously shoot police; cops are more likely to be shot by a black suspect than to shoot one; and a study showed that law-enforcement personnel are actually more willing to shoot white suspects, no doubt due to conditioning stemming from the fear of career and personal destruction.

That’s all exceedingly valuable information.  It’s also information that is known, or should be known, but most of the political powers that have given such extensive cover and aid to the radical Black Lives Matter movement.  Since this data is well known, that points to the fact that Black Lives Matter is really not about black lives at all, but is instead some further leftist agitation in pursuit of leftist goals, whatever those may be.  I personally think it is oriented towards creating an environment where extremist demands for slavery “reparations” may be increasingly viable as a desperate attempt to end mass protests,  political instability, out of control crime, and lawlessness.  In other words, it’s the apotheosis of the shakedown industry long perfected by so-called civil rights leaders.  I don’t think I’d be let off the hook for my white skin even though I can demonstrably prove none of my forebears ever owned a slave.

Gimme gimme.  Power or money or sexual license.  Those are the constant refrain of the Left’s coalition members, no?



1. Baseballmom - November 1, 2016

So I live a few miles away from where Kaepernick played in college… and the local airport has Kaepernick displays in the terminals….. hoping those come down soon, if they haven’t already. What a disappointing guy….
I think there are many reasons folks have stopped watching the NFL… hoping the MLB does not go in this direction…. I’d really miss it…

Tantumblogo - November 1, 2016

So who do you like Mrs B? Cubs or Indians? Pretty good series so far?

Baseballmom - November 2, 2016

Well, basically I have been rooting for seven games… Looks like we will get it. :-). That said, it would be something to have the Cubs win… But they’re ….from Chicago… 🙄

2. c matt - November 2, 2016

I switched from “football” to football once my cable started carrying Premier League, Bundesliga, La Primera and Serie A (not to mention the various league cups, Champions League, World Cup qualifying and Eurocup). I don’t mind “football,” but with all the others, just don’t have time (and no commercials!).

3. Joseph D'Hippolito - November 3, 2016

The NFL isn’t the only professional league that’s part of the “secular pagan left,” as you call it. The NBA moved its All-Star game from Charlotte to New Orleans because of North Carolina’s state law banning transgender public bathrooms.

Let me throw a couple of reasons why professional leagues seem to be behaving this way:

1. The commissioners and officials in their league offices usually got their education at the same institutions that produce a lot of the Leftist activists. Consequently, they think along similar lines — or else, don’t question the fundamental assumptions of the education they received.

2. More importantly, professional leagues are businesses that try to hop on social trends to make more money. If they see the culture going along certain lines, they’ll follow those lines to keep their revenue streams flowing.

3. Commissioners acquiesce to some of these protests because they don’t want a mass revolt from the players, especially when it comes to negotiating collective bargaining agreements.

Your forgot another reason for the ratings drop: cable cord cutting. Most football games are on cable and people are fed up with paying higher and higher cable prices.

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