Woman, Who Remains A Biological Male, Wins NCAA Women's Track Championship. A biological male won the first
Women's Track and Field NCAA title, even though she was previously competing as a man named Craig as recently as 2018.
CeCe Telfer, a transgender woman from New Hampshire attending Franklin Pierce University, won the first ever NCAA title for
the sport, and also made history as the first biologically male competing on a woman's team to do so.
The Editor says...
EVERY "transgender woman" remains a biological male. You can make drastic surgical alterations to your body,
but you cannot change your chromosomes.
Are At War With Science In The Transgender Athlete Controversy. [Scroll down] Nowhere is this disconnect
between science and modern liberal ideology (and its harm to those the party claims to champion) so evident as in the dispute
over transgender athletes who demand to compete in women's sports. On one side of the debate you have people like
Jaycee Cooper, a transgender woman who is in a dispute with USA Powerlifting because the federation doesn't allow biological
men to compete with women. USA Powerlifting says Cooper has an unfair advantage over them as a biological male, but
Cooper says it's discriminatory to ban transgender people from competing with the sex they identify with. "I really do
love this sport, and it's not fair to genetically eliminate an entire group of people," Cooper told NBC News.
The federation rules do allow transgender athletes to compete freely in competition with people of their biological sex,
with the exception of biological women who use testosterone. But more importantly, Cooper's discrimination argument
disregards the fact that women's sports are designed to exclude an entire group of people — men — from
the competition in order to level the playing field.
Powerlifter Stripped Of Titles In Women's Championships. This is the latest in our apparently endless series of
stories covering the destruction of competitive women's sports by the introduction of "transgender women" into the
events. This time we're back to the sport of weightlifting. A transgender powerlifter named Mary Gregory recently
"dominated" the field at a Powerlifting Federation competition last month, smashing four world records for that weight class
in the process. This had the actual women competing in the event understandably upset and protests were lodged.
But after an investigation was conducted, the federation chairman posted an announcement saying that the record lifts were
being taken off the books.
League Rejects Transgender Athlete's Claim to Female Weightlifting Records. A weightlifting league has revoked
awards to a transgender weightlifter who claimed to have broken several women's weightlifting records. "Our rules, and
the basis of separating genders for competition, are based on physiological classification rather thana identification," said
a statement from Paul Bossi, president of 100% RAW Powerlifting Federation.
Place: A High School Girl's Life After Transgender Students Join Her Sport. When two high school athletes
who were born male but identify as female took first and second place at Connecticut's girls indoor track championship this
year, it wasn't just a local news story. To some, it was a story of triumph and courage. The winner, a junior from
Bloomfield High School, set a girls state indoor record of 6.95 seconds in the 55-meter dash, and went on to win the New
England titles in both the 55-meter dash and the 300-meter dash. To others, it was a story of shock and disappointment:
Is this the end of women's sports?
and Women Deserve Single-Sex Sports. Our culture is so steeped in the idea of equality (in most ways, a very
good and noble commitment) that we lose sight of obvious but important facts that we must acknowledge if we are to create a
truly level playing field and make functioning equality possible. Take sports. Today, most people recognize that
participating in athletics is associated with positive benefits for both males and females. It's just as important to
encourage our daughters to join a team as it is to encourage our sons. Individuals of both sexes have the capacity to
be great athletes.
Competes In Women's Powerlifting, Sets Four World Records. Do people no longer realize the extreme difference
between XX and XY muscle? Reality keeps rearing its ugly head in sports, as a liberal position eliminates women from
competition like Dolly Parton crashing a Men's Largest Chest championship. Case in point: Mary Gregory. On
Sunday [4/28/2019], Mary — who's a man — shattered four women's division powerlifting world
records. Due to his dominance in girls' deadlift, squat, and bench press, he set a Masters total record.
Athletes Dominate at Connecticut Girls' Track State Meet. According to FairPlayForWomen.com, a nonpartisan
grassroots campaign based in the UK dedicated to fighting for the sex-base rights of women and girls, there are a number of
skeletal and muscular differences between men and women. Women are, on average, 9 percent shorter than men, and have
shorter and weaker bones. Women also have shorter arms and legs relative to body size — one can easily see
where longer legs might benefit males in track sports. As for muscles, women "are around 30-35% muscle by weight, while
men are 40-50% muscle." Women's ligaments are also thinner and softer than men's. The impact these biological
differences have when it comes to competitive sports is undeniable — and there are victims whose concerns are not
House Democrat But One: 234 Elected Officials Demand The Extermination Of Women's Sports. Sarah Warbelow of the
left-wing Human Rights Campaign testified before a House subcommittee Tuesday [4/9/2019] that the notion of men having an
athletic advantage over women is not "rooted in fact." Here's a secret: The very much "rooted in fact" fact
that men have an advantage is the very reason there's such a thing as women's sports in the first place. If
there's no advantage, then just eliminate women's sports. Which, effectively, they're doing.
but one Democrat in the House co-sponsors a bill to allow males to compete on female athletic teams. It may be
counterintuitive to rationally examine an irrational proposal, but it's the only way to defeat it. Not all male
athletes will be able to beat all female athletes. This is especially true at the highest levels of competition.
But it is also true that the best male athletes will defeat the best female athletes every time. And in some sports — field
events in track — even average male athletes will have a competitive advantage over females. This hardly matters to female
athletes who train for years, bringing their bodies to peak conditioning, only to find that their best wasn't good enough because a
biological male who might be an average or above average male athlete was allowed to compete against her.
Olympic medalist: Female athletes afraid to speak out about males competing as women. British former
Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies said Monday that she knows of "quite a lot" of female athletes who are afraid to publicly
share their concerns about biological males who identify as transgender women competing in women's sports. Davies told
Sky News that she's had "many" conversations with female athletes who are afraid to speak out, especially "people who are
competing at the moment." "They're worried that their governing bodies will frown on it, they're worried that their
sponsors will think it's not PC and that they're not allowed to do this," said Davies, who won a silver medal at the 1980
They Came for the Catholics, Then for the Christians, and Then for the High School Kids. [Scroll down] Meanwhile, in Colorado,
they now have disqualied Brendan Johnston from the state's high-school wrestling championships. Johnston is a Christian teen boy
who politely, as a matter of religious principle and personal conscience, refused to wrestle a girl. As he explained, "There is
something that I really do find problematic about the idea of wrestling with a girl, and a part of that does come from my faith and my
belief. And a part of that does come from how I was raised to treat women. I don't think that I am looking at them as not
equal. I am saying that they are women, and that is dierent than being men, because I do believe that men and women are
different, and we are made differently. But I still believe that women are of equal value to men. I don't think that
seeing men and women as different... [opposes] the idea of equality."
sports being decimated by biological males claiming to be females. There are only two genders in this world of
ours, male and female, and it doesn't matter how someone "identifies," that biological fact is established and unalterable.
[...] With that being said, the Left is nevertheless hard at work trying to convince us that gender is a 'fluid' thing and in
some cases, an outright choice, so old societal constructs like "male" and "female" sports are no longer necessary or
relevant. That's why they go along with allowing biological males to participate in (and dominate) all-female events
simply because they 'identify' as a girl, claiming — remarkably and unbelievably — that there are no
physical differences between the sexes.
You're A Biological Man Competing In A Women's Sport, You're A Cheater. It's one thing to have someone shout
that they are female when they're really male. If they just kept it to that, then that's not something I particularly
care about. You do you, just don't force everyone else to pretend along with you and we're good. However, it's
another to not only force everyone else to agree with you but then applaud you as you put women down. That's exactly
what's going on in the sports community, as headline after headline comes out detailing victories by transgendered "women" in
women's sports as highlighted by my colleague Elizabeth Vaughn on Tuesday [2/26/2019]. These are only being celebrated
today as triumphs because the current trend says people not only should cheer it on, but they have to. Any talk to the
contrary evokes the wrath of the mob, and God have mercy on your soul if you become their target.
He-Men of Women's Sports. Female sprinters (good ones) tend to have broader shoulders and narrower hips, but
still cannot match the anatomical advantages that a biological male does. In addition, all females, even masculine
ones, have a wider Q-angle. That's the hip to knee ratio. And here, that difference is again obvious. Finally,
look at the muscle density. The biological girls could work out their whole lives and not build that muscle naturally.
Will Be Boys, Except When They Are Girls. In the recent Connecticut girls' state indoor track championships,
two men calling themselves women finished first and second place in the 55-meter sprint, one of them setting a state
record. Connecticut is one of 17 states allowing high school athletes to compete without restriction with members of
the opposite sex. States, in an effort to be diverse, tolerant, and woke, have passed anti-discrimination laws requiring
students who so desire to be treated in school as members of the opposite sex. Interestingly, the sporting competitions
are binary: male or female. If these school administrators were true to their intentions, they would have separate
sporting events for each of the 60 genders in order to make things fair.
Lesbian Tennis Champ Destroyed for Saying Men and Women Are Different. Navratilova defected from communist
Czechoslovakia in 1975 and became a U.S. citizen in 1981. That same year, when there was still a price to be paid for doing
so, she came out as a lesbian and has since engaged in a long career of LGBT activism. She lent her name and support to
ballot initiatives, spoke at LGBT marches, and in 2000 was the recipient of the National Equality Award from the Human Rights
Campaign, the nation's largest LGBT lobbying group. She is active on Twitter and firmly in the Orange Man Bad
camp. No one could ever accuse Martina of not being down for the cause. All this was not enough to protect
Navratilova from ostracization and accusations of bigotry last week when she questioned the wisdom of allowing men pretending
to be women to compete in women's sports.
Navratiola Removed From Board of LGBTQ Organization. Tennis legend Martina Navratilova was officially removed
Wednesday from the advisory board of a prominent LBGTQ organization after making comments about transgender athletes.
Navratilova released an op-ed in The Sunday Times on Feb. 17 discussing her opinion on why transgender athletes should not be able
to compete against female athletes. She wrote that having men compete as women is unfair because of the physical advantage.
Is Ruining Sports. For the second consecutive year, Mack Beggs, an 18-year-old transgender wrestler, has won
the Texas girls' Class 6A 110-pound division. Born a female, Beggs is in the process of transitioning to a male, or so
she thinks. Beggs, who takes a low dose of testosterone, had wanted to compete against boys, but Texas public high
schools, which have yet to get with the progressive times, require athletes to compete under the gender on their birth
certificate. Last year two girls, not wanting to risk being injured by her, forfeited against Beggs. So did a
girl this year. Whether they were compelled to undergo empathy training I don't know. [...] Transgenderism is a problem
in the Olympics, too. Per the latest rules, transgender "women" must test below a specified level of testosterone for
more than one year in order to compete. But while this is doubtless somewhat effective, aren't these athletes, with
their still bigger, still stronger, and still more durable bodies, out of place even so?
"Identifying" As Woman Wins Women's World Cycling Championship. Having covered the topic of transgender
athletes extensively here, this is a story I've been expecting to cross our path for quite a while now. At the 2018 UCI
Masters Track Cycling World Championships in Los Angeles this weekend, the winner of the women's 35-39 age bracket was
Canadian competitor Rachel McKinnon. McKinnon is a male who identifies as a female.
The Editor says...
If a heavyweight boxer "identified" as a middleweight, and then beat his opponent to a pulp, would that be unfair? Yes,
because there are pragmatic ways (involving a calibrated scale) to determine (before the contest begins) who's a heavyweight
and who's not. Similarly, there are ways to determine if one has XX chromosomes or XY chromosomes; and indeed, there are
cycling bronze medalist cries foul after transgender woman wins gold. The American bronze medalist who lost a
world-championship cycling race to a transgender woman from Canada has criticized the results as unfair. "First transgender
woman world champion...ever," Rachel McKinnon, an assistant professor of philosophy at the College of Charleston in South
Carolina, bragged Sunday in a tweet that set off a massive debate.
Male Wins World Championship In Women's Cycling. A biological male who identifies as a transgender woman won a
women's world championship cycling event on Sunday [10/14/2018]. Rachel McKinnon, a professor at the College of
Charleston, won the women's sprint 35-39 age bracket at the 2018 UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships in Los
Angeles. McKinnon, representing Canada, bested Carolien Van Herrikhuyzen of the Netherlands and American cyclist
Jennifer Wagner to take home the gold.
time to end women's sports. It's time to end women's sports — especially since they're not just
"women's" sports anymore. A case in point is "Rachel" McKinnon, Ph.D., a man masquerading as a woman (MMW), or a
"transgender," as the enlighteners say, who just won a women's masters cycling event. As The Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft
(almost) put it, he "whooped them little girls." McKinnon isn't alone, as many MMW have won women's sporting events
during the last decade. To name just a few, a 55-year-old MMW won a women's long-drive competition (golf) in 2008.
Last year, a 39-year-old MMW won a women's weightlifting event. Then there were the Connecticut's State Open track and
field championships in June; the top two finishers in the 100-meter dash were both MMW (okay, being boys, they were BMG),
with one of them setting the girls' state record in both the 100- and 200-meter runs. Hey, you go...uh...girl.
of Modern Sports: Boy Identifies as Girl, Boy Competes as Girl, Boy Wins Everything. A high school in
Connecticut has accepted a new boy on their track team. Except, he won't be going to the boys track team, he'll be
going to the girls team. Andraya Yearwood, a freshman and biological male from Cromwell High School in Connecticut,
identifies as a girl and recently received permission to join the girls track team after competing as a boy in middle
school. Not surprisingly, Yearwood has been extremely successful as a male competing against females.
Hey, you know what would really improve our ratings? A transgender bathroom bill fight. You may have
missed it in the rush of "other news" last month, but Texas is considering implementing their own transgender bathroom bill
similar to the one in North Carolina which we spent most of 2016 fighting over. [...] One unexpected entrant into this
particular field of battle seems to be the National Football League. For reasons which currently baffle me, the NFL
decided to weigh in on the subject this week and issue what sounds something like a warning to the Lone Star State, hinting
that Texas may not be hosting any more Super Bowl events if they follow such a path.
more forceful on Texas 'bathroom bill' after Super Bowl. The NFL sharpened its warning to Texas on Friday [2/10/2017] about
a "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people, suggesting for the first time that the football-crazed state could miss out
on hosting another Super Bowl if the proposal is enacted.
Warns Texas There Could Be Consequences for 'Bathroom Bill'. Days after the Super Bowl in Houston, the NFL is
warning Texas that legislation requiring individuals to use public bathrooms in accordance with their biological sex could
cost the state future opportunities to host the big game.
Mariners apologize after lesbian couple are told to stop kissing at the baseball team's first ever gay pride night because it
was against their 'family-friendly' policy. The Seattle Mariners had to make a groveling apology after a
lesbian couple were told off for kissing at the team's first ever Pride night. Mary McHale and her partner Sara Hinton
had enjoyed the game against the Milwaukee Brewers — which the Mariners won 7-6 — and were waiting for
a ride afterwards when a steward told them to stop smooching because it was a 'family-friendly' event.
When 98 Percent of Students Would Let Men in Women's Sports. Imagine a fairly muscular, athletic young man,
acting like a man and dressed as a man, tells you he identifies as a woman and asks you to sign a petition supporting his
effort to play on his college's women's basketball team. Your response? If you're like 49 out of 50 students
approached at the University of Maryland recently, you may sign and say "You go, (girl?)!" And, no, according to Campus
Reform's Cabot Phillips, who masqueraded as the aspiring woman, he didn't show just the eyebrow-raising responses. He
says that he asked only 50 students for support, and 49 offered it.
Wrestler forfeits rather than fight a girl.
girl wrestlers: Some drama, some sport
. The crowd cheered as Cassy Herkelman's hand was
raised, but the historic moment of the first girl to win a match at the traditional state wrestling
meet comes with an asterisk. Her opponent, Joel Northrup of Linn-Mar of Marion, forfeited.
Not Wrestling Girls
It's so easy to look at teenagers in general today and sigh. They're more than a bit lazy, a bit
spoiled and more than a bit morally compromised. Two teenagers made national news. One showed
common decency and sportsmanship, two virtues seemingly uncommon in that generation. Hope is restored.
Be Wrestling Girls?
This year's Iowa state championships attracted attention nationwide when
the promising high school sophomore Joel Northrup (the fifth-ranked wrestler in the state) defaulted on his
first match. He had drawn Cassy Herkelman, a female freshman, as his opponent, and he could not, in
good conscience, wrestle a girl. ... Had he not declined to wrestle Herkelman, he might have won it all.
The New York Times, the AP, and other national news organizations noted that Northrup's father is a minister —
the suggestion being that such peculiar and backward views as the young man expressed must be chalked up to a
religious sensibility. Most of the coverage stressed the "girl against the old boys network" angle.
7 Reasons Why the
Equality Act Is Anything But. [#4] It would allow more biological males to defeat girls in sports. Two biological males
who identify and compete as women easily defeated all of their female competitors in an event at the Connecticut State Track Championships.
Transgender athlete Terry Miller broke the state record in the girls'100-meter dash. Andraya Yearwood, also transgender, took second place.
Selina Soule, a female runner, not only lost to the biological males in the championships but also lost out on valuable opportunities to be seen by
college coaches and chosen for scholarships. Soule said about the 100-meter event: "We all know the outcome of the race before it
even starts; it's demoralizing."
Prof Claims Excluding Men from Women's Sports is Like Excluding Black Women. This comparison seems awfully
unfair to black women, but what do I know? I'm not a professor.
singer becomes first transgender woman to sing national anthem at professional sporting event. History was made
at the Oakland Athletics stadium this week when a transgender woman sang the national anthem at a professional sporting event
for the first time ever in the country. Classically-trained opera singer Breanna Sinclaire took the mic at the O.co Coliseum
for a sold out game between the A's and the San Diego Padres on Wednesday [6/17/2015]. Sinclaire had a 30,000 audience at
the A's LGBT Pride Night as she belted out the Star-Spangled Banner, and that wasn't counting the people who were watching the
game on television.
Woman Sings National Anthem at Pro Sports Event for First Time. Transgender woman Breanna Sinclairé made history
Wednesday night [6/17/2015] by becoming the first transgender person to sing the National Anthem at a professional sporting event.
The Editor says...
I'd be at the ticket counter demanding a refund before the first batter took a swing.
Men will now compete against women:
Activist athletes (and teams) inject politics into sports
Loosen Rules to Allow Pre-Op M-to-F Transsexuals to Compete with Women. There's great news for adventurous male Olympic
hopefuls: if they declare themselves women and reduce their testosterone below 10 nmol/L for at least 12 months prior to
competition, they can compete against ladies. There's even better news for these men; according to transgender guidelines approved
by the International Olympic Committee, genitalia does not serve as a prerequisite. The guidelines state: "To require surgical
anatomical changes as a pre-condition to participation is not necessary to preserve fair competition and may be inconsistent with developing
legislation and notions of human rights."
Vow to Cancel Nats' Kurt Suzuki for Donning MAGA Hat: He 'Should Be Banned from Baseball'. Leftists on
social media blew a collective fuse after Washington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki donned a MAGA hat during the White House's
welcoming ceremony for the World Series champions.
hits NHL boycotter. When the Washington Capitals visited the White House in March for winning the 2018 Stanley
Cup Championship in, it was without Devante Smith-Pelly, the star of that championship series. He was very vocal about
not attending when the team won the championship as he trashed the president. But by the time the team visited the
White House, he wasn't part of the team. His game had fallen apart. He was a fourth string winger that season
until the team demoted him to the minor league Hershey Bears. This season, the Capitals dumped him. He tried out
with the Calgary Flames but he quickly extinguished his hope of returning to the NHL.
cross-country runner demands rules be changed after she was disqualified for wearing hijab in a competition.
She thinks because of all the alleged messages of support she got from doing this video, that the rules of the sport will
have to be changed to accommodate her Muslim supremacist beliefs. I expect BNI readers will tell her otherwise.
Media Erupt After LeBron James' Outburst During National Anthem. The NBA was understandably excited to start
its season and get away from the China controversy that had embroiled the league over the past couple weeks. However,
even more controversy ensued on Tuesday night and on into Wednesday as video surfaced showing LeBron James walking off the
court and screaming while the national anthem played.
Relativism Taking Over Everything: Sports, Politics, Libraries. Since so many of us pay little to no attention to the
NBA, you may have forgotten their "principled" stand on the North Carolina "bathroom bill." In late February of 2016, ignoring science
and sound morality, liberals on the Charlotte City Council passed an ordinance that would allow men into women's restrooms, locker rooms,
and so on. As is typical with the Left, the ordinance applied not only to city-owned property, but to private businesses as
well. In other words, Charlotte liberals "legislated morality," and they did so to the point of forcing all of the city's citizens
to adhere to perverse liberal dogma. To correct this gross injustice, the North Carolina Legislature passed a commonsense law (H.B. 2)
that reversed the foolish Charlotte city ordinance. In opposition to H.B. 2, later in 2016, ignoring the long understood truths
on sex and sexuality, and goose-stepping along with the rest of the liberal elite, the NBA decided to pull its all-star game from the city
losing money — and well it should. The NBA's commissioner, Adam Silver, acknowledged in recent
remarks that China had pressed for the firing of Rockets general manager Daryl Morey — for the crime of publicly
supporting freedom-fighting protesters in Hong Kong — and that the league, as part of the fallout from its seeming
siding with the reds, rather than with the red, white and blues, has been losing money.
of free speech [is] no longer a slam dunk in America. When Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey issued a
tweet in support of Hong Kong's freedom protestors, it caused outrage among China's totalitarian oligarchs. A contract
signed last June between the NBA and China's Tencent streaming television service, worth a cool $500 million, is in
jeopardy. In total, the NBA garners more than $4 billion in revenue from China.
The Woke Sports Fraud.
The controversies the NBA saw this week serve as reminders that it would be wise for professional athletes and those
associated with professional sports to avoid opining on politics, because while making their righteous pronouncements, these
persons, who nowadays are overwhelmingly left-wing, sometimes show themselves to be inconsistent takers of positions; or at
their worst, sheer hypocrites willing to overlook an ostensible evil for lucre's sake. What is more, their opinions,
which are often ignorant, may well alienate fans, who don't, after all, follow professional sports in order to learn jocks'
and coaches' views on human rights and transgender bathrooms. The first controversy concerned Houston Rockets general
manager Daryl Morey, the man having tweeted his support — "Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong" —
for the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong. Now, the NBA is hugely popular in China, where the league generates
millions in revenue each year, and in response to the Chinese backlash (and to pressure from within the Rockets organization,
one imagines), Morey quickly deleted his tweet and issued an unmanly apology.
NBA millionaire LeBron James stands up for China. I guess this is getting to be a pattern now: if you've made
your pile and you've made a lot of it from China, to heck with the Hong Kongers and their protests for freedom. You'll
be sticking up for their oppressor, communist red China, home of sweatshops, intellectual property theft, attacks on Southeast Asia,
the laogai, the enslavement of the Uighurs, the social credit system, Venezuela's money, the supposedly lightened one-child policy,
and Mao's many murder revolutions. Because for such lefties, the only thing that matters is money. We saw it with
billionaire tycoon Michael Bloomberg. Now we are seeing it with NBA big LeBron James, a millionaire athlete who was last seen
in the non-sports news calling President Trump "a bum." Asked if Texas basketball team owner Daryl Morey, who set off a
firestorm by tweeting support for the Hong Kongers, ought to be punished, the famous social justice warrior went into hypocrite
mode, sticking up for the ChiComs.
LeBron Jame$ Is A Coward.
NBA superstar LeBron James says Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey was "misinformed" and "wasn't educated on the
situation at hand" when he tweeted in support of Hong Kong's freedom demonstrations. Morey's sin was sharing an image
of a slogan that read, "Fight for freedom. Stand with Hong Kong." Even though the GM, regrettably, deleted his tweet,
one strongly suspects his grasp of China — where the state is running "re-education" camps filled with Uyghurs —
is considerably stronger than any of the NBA's leading apologists. Only last year, James, a purported champion of social
justice, came out in support of former quarterback Colin Kaepernick with the vacuous platitude, "I stand with anyone who believes
in change." Anyone? Of course, LeBron's stand, as with most acts of pretend celebrity bravery, resulted in hosannas
being thrown at him by the press, and, more importantly, never costing him a penny.
Houston Rockets, you've done us all a favor (and so has the NBA). Everyone has been outraged at the recent
spectacle of the NBA seeming to steer clear of fans supporting democracy on American soil, cutting off questions from
reporters, and watching Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey delete his tweet supporting the pro-democracy protesters
in Hong Kong. It's not enough for the NBA to kowtow to China's authoritarian regime, it seems, it also has to appear to
act like that regime, as well. But in fact, I think we all owe the NBA a vote of thanks. They've helped to draw
attention to a long history of American appeasement of the Communist regime in Beijing, including by successive
presidents. Our collective refusal to call China to account for their human rights abuses and violations of
international law have done decades of damage to our economy, national security, and moral standing.
The Editor says...
What is the point of the NBA, anyway? Throw the ball. Bounce the ball. Catch the ball. How are you
better off after watching an NBA game?
the Weasel. "Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong," read the tweet from Houston Rockets general
manager Daryl Morey. The Chinese Communists didn't like it. As CNBC reported, the Chinese Consulate-General in
Houston attacked the tweet and urged the Rockets to "correct the error." The tweet promptly disappeared, then came a
statement from NBA boss Adam Silver. "We have great respect for the history and culture of China," Silver said, "and
hope sports and the NBA can be used as a unifying force to bridge cultural divides and bring people together." And
so on, but nothing about fighting for freedom and standing with Hong Kong. San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg
Popovich said Silver's speech "helps you understand what direction you need to go in." It was a curious statement
for someone with experience in dealing with totalitarian governments.
editor-in-chief: NBA is 'bending down' to 'almighty dollar'. The Hill's editor-in-chief Bob Cusack said
the NBA has a "disaster" on its hands following the league's response to a tweet by a Houston Rockets executive supporting
pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. "This is a disaster for the NBA," Cusack told Hill.TV on Friday [10/11/2019],
noting how the league is shutting down questions from journalists and not allowing players to respond to the controversy.
takes a stand against freedom. Last Friday [10/4/2019], Daryl Morey, general manager of the Houston Rockets
basketball team, tweeted what seemed like a noncontroversial statement. He wrote: "Fight for Freedom. Stand
with Hong Kong." Now, China, as you may have seen, is trying to crush Hong Kong, and it's not hard to pick a side.
China is a racist Communist ethnostate that bans dissent and murders its political opponents. They have Muslims
interned in forced reeducation camps at this very moment. They viciously suppress the freedoms that we Americans take
for granted. You'd think every American would stand with Hong Kong without even thinking about it. But not the
NBA. The NBA is on China's side. So, Morey was forced to delete his tweet. The NBA issued a statement making it
clear that under no circumstances do they support Hong Kong or human freedom.
Ultimate Goal Is To Control American Culture, And Companies Should Resist It. If ESPN thought shutting down
on-air discussion about China and Hong Kong would please its Chinese master and protect the commercial interests of itself
and its corporate parent Disney, it's dead wrong. What China wants is not simply to police a few words on social media
or on air. It wants to control American culture, period. [...] Chinese leaders closely studied America's ascent to a
global superpower, and they believe America's cultural influence is a key ingredient to the country's success. China
wants to emulate America's success, albeit with Chinese characteristics. Former Chinese President Hu Jintao said, "The
great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation will definitely be accompanied by the thriving of Chinese culture."
Trail Blazers Join Boycott Against Israel. The Portland Trail Blazers announced that they have severed
relations with a company that does business with Israel following a pressure campaign by activists tied to the anti-Semitic
Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement. As the NBA is facing outrage after the general manager of the Houston
Rockets capitulated to censorship by the Chinese communist government, the Trail Blazers quietly severed ties with the
manufacturer Leupold, which has a contract to produce accessories for the Israeli Defense Forces.
Woke Corporations Had Police Power, They Would Act Exactly Like Communist China. Since the NBA-China affair
blew up last weekend, a number of commentators have lambasted the NBA for its craven response to China, noting the hypocrisy
of a league that publicly prides itself on being the social vanguard in America but has no problem kowtowing to Chinese
autocrats to maintain access to their lucrative markets. The argument goes like this: there's a massive disconnect
between the values the NBA espouses and its willingness, say, to look the other way in China, where the league runs a training
program not far from where Uighur Muslims are forcibly sent to reeducation camps. The NBA's pursuit of filthy lucre, in
this view, undermines its carefully crafted public image.
all of the NBA's Chinese partners have cut ties with the league. Out of the 25 official partners listed on the
NBA China website, 13 are Chinese businesses. So far, 11 of those companies have distanced themselves from the sports
league amid escalating tensions between China and the NBA. Ctrip.com, Anta Sports, Changhong, Meiling, Dicos, EHi Car Rental,
Master Kong, China Mengniu Dairy, Migu Video, WuZun and Xiaoyin Technology are among the Chinese companies that have ended or
suspended their cooperation with the NBA, according to Chinese public statements translated by CNBC. The remaining two
Chinese partners are joint-venture brands that have not issued any statements yet.
Kong Sixers Fan Booted From Philadelphia NBA Game. A Philadelphia 76ers fan says he was tossed out of a
preseason game after showing their support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, according to NBC Philadelphia.
Sam Wachs and his wife brought signs which read "Free Hong Kong" and "Free HK" to Tuesday night's game between the Sixers and
the Guangzhou Loong-Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association. According to Wachs, he lived in Hong Kong for two
years and supports the anti-government movement. "We were just sitting in our seats near the Chinese bench," said Wachs.
With 'Free Hong Kong' Sign Kicked Out Of NBA Game. On Tuesday night [10/8/2019], a husband and wife holding
"Free Hong Kong" signs at a preseason NBA game in Philadelphia were kicked out of the stadium. The man, identified as
Sam Wachs, and his wife had their pro-Hong Kong signs confiscated by NBA employees and were escorted out of the Wells Fargo
Center arena after Mr. Wachs shouted "Free Hong Kong," a statement in support of the ongoing pro-democracy demonstrations.
Houston Rockets Cower To Communist China, Get Blasted Online. The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the
Houston Rockets cowered to communist China on Sunday after Rocket's General Manager Daryl Morey tweeted out support for Hong
Kong which sparked an immediate backlash from Chinese businesses and the Chinese government.
Commercial Starring Colin Kaepernick Wins Emmy Award. Nike's controversial Dream Crazy ad, narrated by
and starring former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, won an Emmy Award for best commercial at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards
on Sunday [9/15/2019]. The commercial, which first aired in September, features Kaepernick waxing philosophical about
the nature of sports, human achievement, and social justice.
League Soccer Team Bans Betsy Ross Flag, Calls it a 'Symbol for Hate Groups'. America's premier soccer league,
Major League Soccer, has declared the red, white, and blue Betsy Ross flag a "symbol for hate groups" and banned a couple in
Utah from waving it at games. A Utah couple who were in attendance at a Major League Soccer Real Salt Lake game says
they were told by stadium officials to put away their Betsy Ross flag because the original flag of the American Revolution is
a "symbol for hate groups."
League Soccer club bans 'controversial' Betsy Ross flag at games. Major League Soccer's Real Salt Lake has
banned people from waving the Betsy Ross flag at games, claiming that the Colonial-era flag design has been "adopted as a
symbol for hate groups" and doesn't fit with the team's mission of inclusiveness. The controversy started last month
after season-ticket-holders Randolf and Diana Scott started bringing their giant Betsy Ross flag to games at Rio Tinto
Stadium, which "ignited a firestorm" against the couple on social media, the local Fox News affiliate reported. Last
weekend, stadium staff asked the couple to put the flag away.
Begins To Inject Left-Wing Politics Into Racing. The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, otherwise
known as NASCAR, has reportedly started to take a "gradual shift" on its stances surrounding the Second Amendment. The
revelation comes after multiple gun companies have said that NASCAR, which has a primarily Republican base, banned them from
running advertisements that feature guns. [...] The Free Beacon added that the reaction to NASCAR adopting left-wing
politics, specifically the demonization of the Second Amendment, has generated a significant amount of backlash. One
specific example came in an article written by radio host Mark Walters, who wrote: "Go ahead NASCAR, try to fill the
stands with a bunch of David Hogg, Moms Demand Action, Everytown for Gun Safety, urban, progressive, skinny jean wearing, soy
sipping, man-bun wearing, Antifa loving, gun-hating socialists. I won't be around to see how that turns out for you."
fencer punished for kneeling on podium at Pan Am Games, other athletes warned. Two U.S. athletes were given a
year of probation by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) for staging protests while on the podium at the Pan
American Games earlier this month, letters sent Tuesday revealed. Hammer thrower Gwen Berry raised her fist and fencer
Race Imboden took a knee while on the medal stand last week in Lima, Peru. All athletes at the Pan American Games and
the Olympics agree to rules forbidding political protest. The committee also warned other athletes that future protests
could face more serious consequences.
It's Time for
Colin Kaepernick to Move On. Colin Kaepernick. Remember him? Below-average quarterback. Above-average
poseur. Not "activist," not really. Activists actually say stuff. Kaepernick almost never says anything.
athletic egomaniac looking for some extra spotlight by dissing the U.S. flag. By now, the routine of athletes
calling attention to themselves by dissing the U.S. flag at some athletic event has become so de rigueur you
could write the script before it happens. Lose the big prize. Take a knee to the flag. Make a raving or two
to the press about the awfulness of the U.S. And reap lots of media attention your athletic performance wouldn't otherwise
merit. Instant fame. Endorsement deals. Money. Profit big from insulting the very flag of the country
that made your performance possible.
athletes protest Trump on medals stand at Pan Am Games. Two Americans used their medal-winning moments at the
Pan American Games to draw attention to social issues back home that they feel are spiraling out of control.
Rep. Crenshaw slam anthem protest by U.S. fencer: 'Delusional' if you think that's sacrifice. "Fox &
Friends" host Pete Hegseth and Rep. Dan Crenshaw, both U.S. military veterans, blasted a member of the U.S. fencing team
who kneeled for the national anthem after winning the gold medal. Hegseth emphasized Monday [8/12/2019] that Team USA
won 293 medals at the competition and there only two protests.
Megan Rapinoe Beats Trump in Hypothetical Presidential Race. A recent poll from Public Policy Polling, showed
U.S. Women's National Team (USWNT) co-captain Megan Rapinoe defeating President Trump in a hypothetical 2020 presidential
The Editor says...
Being a troublemaker is never a resumé enhancement, except in politics.
says he'll ask soccer player Megan Rapinoe to be secretary of State. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) said
Saturday that if he is elected president, he will ask soccer player Megan Rapinoe to be his secretary of state. He said
at the progressive Netroots Nation conference that one of his first acts as president would be to get a secretary of State
who embraces world unity and "love rather than hate" as he rebuked President Trump's foreign policy. "My first act will
be to ask Megan Rapinoe to be my secretary of State," he said. "I haven't asked her yet, so this could be a surprise to her."
Pastors Call on Nike to Sever Relationship with Colin Kaepernick. The Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP)
called on Nike Thursday [7/12/2019] to end its relationship with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has a prominent
endorsement deal with the athletic company. Rev. William Owens, president of CAAP, said his organization is responding
to Nike's decision to pull an athletic shoe celebrating the Betsy Ross flag after Kaepernick expressed objections to it.
Soccer Final Viewership Down by Almost Half Thanks to Trump-Bashing, Far Left National Team. They cursed the US
President and disrespected their Country — What did they expect? The US Women's Soccer Final viewership was
down by ALMOST HALF this year thanks to the Trump-bashing, anthem protesting US national team. You insult half your
audience — you lose half your audience! Great job, ladies!
Women's Soccer Team Cut Star Player For Christian Views. Christian views may have kept star player Jaelene
Hinkle off the US women's soccer team. Back in 2015, Hinkle had objected publicly to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling
that legalized same-sex marriage.
Women's Soccer Team Accused Of Snubbing Star Player For Christian Views. The absence of one of the best women's
soccer players in the nation from the national squad that just won the World Cup has prompted questions as to whether she
didn't make the team because of her openly professed Christian faith. [...] The Irish Times, which called Hinkle "the finest
left-back in the NWSL," wrote in June, "Hinkle likely would have been a fish out of water on the uber-woke women's national
team, some of whose biggest stars are openly lesbian, raising questions about whether she would have thrown off the squad's
Rapinoe Is No Leader. Appearing on multiple news outlets, Megan Rapinoe appeared self-centered and
divisive. She criticized President Donald Trump, as expected. She made accusations of homophobia, as
expected. And an adoring Rachel Maddow called for Rapinoe to run for president, as expected. After famously
scoffing at the very notion of interacting with people who hold different opinions, Megan Rapinoe took to the stage during
the World Cup victory parade in New York City to call for unity: "This is my charge to everyone: We have to be
better, we have to love more and hate less. Listen more and talk less." Speaking with CNN's Anderson Cooper,
Megan Rapinoe said that she would be willing to have a "substantive conversation" with "anyone" ... who "believes the same
things" as she does.
Guess I'm a Female Chauvinist.
I don't particularly care for soccer anyway but it was the purple-haired star player Megan Rapinoe who turned me off by
spouting her disdain for any White House visit before she was even asked. Did she do that for publicity or was her
Trump derangement too deeply entrenched? Stomping on the American flag even accidentally during the World Cup
celebration was more proof of her unworthiness to represent our great country.
hate Trump, we hate you. But buy our soccer jerseys. The leftist women's World Cup team has made a lot of
noise about wanting more pay, or pay that's equal to the men's teams, yet already the economics of the picture shows that they're
actually overpaid. This isn't something unfixable — more ticket sales, more team memorabilia revenue, more television
watchers, more public interest would correct that easily, and it's clear that star players such as Megan Rapinoe know it.
ladies won and let's salute them. The TV ratings were great and everyone is happy. [...] Actually, not everyone
is happy. I am not happy and lots of people I've heard from are not happy. First, the tournament showed that
international women's soccer is a total mismatch. [...] The U.S. is obviously "the queen" of soccer and will only get better
because our young women have more resources. On that point, it did not help that some of the ladies showed so little
class, as when they pounded Thailand 13-0! Second, someone should remind the ladies that they are wearing the U.S.
uniform not "blue states." They should show respect for U.S. fans who don't like to see flag disrespected.
Rapinoe rips Trump WH visit, says she'd accept invites from Pelosi, AOC. U.S. Women's Soccer superstar Megan
Rapinoe doubled down in her opposition to visit the Trump White House on Tuesday but expressed that she was open to accept
invitations from anyone who "believes the same things we believe in" like Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, and
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY.
Women's Soccer Team Won't Go To White House, So Pelosi Makes Announcement. With U.S. Women's Soccer star and
outspoken Trump critic Megan Rapinoe having preemptively rejected any invite to go to the "[...] White House," House Speaker
Nancy Pelosi made a big announcement on Monday: Congress is formally inviting the Wold Cup-winning team to be honored
on Capitol Hill.
The Woke World of Sports.
[Scroll down] In the woke world of sports, [the history of the US flag] carries less weight than what a millionaire
retired athlete with weird hair thinks constitutes "social justice," and the billion-dollar company caved when Kaepernick
vetoed their design. In real fact, the most socially useful thing the fellow could do would be to tell kids in the
inner cities to spend their money more wisely than on Nike sneakers, which, by the way, are made by slave laborers under any
other name in countries characterized by the late Karl Wittfogel as "Oriental Despotisms."
Women Win Soccer World Cup, Then Toss USA Flag on Ground & Dance On It. The video says it all. No
exaggeration required. Members of the US Women's Soccer team won the World Cup on Sunday then while celebrating, tossed
the US flag to the ground like a rag doll and danced around it while posing for the cameras. Trump-hater Megan Rapinoe
was front and center of course. She's the all star who has trashed President Trump and who was criticized for taking a
knee during the national anthem before matches.
Long, Megan Rapinoe Drop American Flag During World Cup Celebration. U.S. women's national soccer team members
Allie Long and Megan Rapinoe stepped on an American flag after Long dropped on the ground as they posed for post-game photos
Sunday [7/7/2019]. Following their repeat World Cup win in Lyon, France, the team was celebrating on the field and
posing for photos when Long dropped the flag she was holding. She and Rapinoe then stepped forward, leaving the flag
soccer fans chant 'F--- Trump' on live TV. After the United States won the Women's World Cup by beating
Netherlands 2-0 in Sunday's final match, a group of American soccer fans in France chanted an expletive about President Trump
on a live television broadcast. Fox News prepared to do a live TV shot from a sports bar in Lyon, France —
the site of the final — that was populated with American fans. Fans in the background began to chant shortly
after reporter Greg Palkot began to speak.
fans chant 'F--- Trump' on live TV after World Cup title. The U.S. women are World Cup champions.
Millions of fans across America are celebrating. In parks, on downtown streets, in living rooms, and elsewhere.
So are the tens of thousands who travelled to France for the occasion. Fox News figured it would send a reporter and
camera crew across the Atlantic to capture the scene in Lyon. And ... uh ... they found quite a scene!
Democrats' Situational Racism. [Scroll down] Nike, not content to sell shoes to Americans of all
political persuasions, stepped in it again via their vice president for social consciousness, Colin Kaepernick. Nike
made a special edition Betsy Ross flag shoe for Independence Day but Kaepernick objected to the flag as being racist and
appealing to white nationalist groups. Nike promptly recalled the shoe to virtue signal their wokeness over such a
symbol of hatred. MSNBC regular and Georgetown Professor Michael Eric Dyson, "related the flag to other symbols of hate
such as the Nazi swastika and burning crosses." Why? Because the situation called for it. Anything to fan the
flames of racism at a time when minority unemployment is at an all-time low in advance of a presidential election.
Megan Rapinoe is dividing Americans instead of uniting them
in the fight for gender equity. [Colin] Kaepernick, who blew up his NFL career by refusing to stand for the
national anthem at games, is not alone in his hostility to patriotic symbols. Megan Rapinoe, the co-captain of the U.S.
national women's soccer team, refuses to place her hand over her heart with the rest of her team when the national anthem is
played at the World Cup in Lyon, France. "I'll probably never put my hand over my heart," she told Yahoo Sports.
"I'll probably never sing the national anthem again."
The Left's War Against
America. [Colin Kaepernick] has been a lightning rod for controversy ever since he decided to forgo his NFL
career and become a professional protester. His decision to disrespect the American flag by choosing NFL games to
protest police treatment of African Americans was divisive to say the least. While millions of Americans did not
support Kaepernick's actions, Nike chose to affiliate with those Americans who agree with a spoiled former NFL player
denigrating our national symbols. His supporters tend to be young people, African Americans and progressives.
Kaepernick also has plenty of admirers in the media who are also disgruntled with our country. In a July 1st New York
Times video editorial, the authors claim that the United States of America is not the greatest country on earth, but "just okay."
Cruz sacks Colin Kaepernick, grabs ball and scores (on Twitter). Colin Kaepernick, Nike's commissar of
America-hatred, may have been a quarterback, but he took a half-[bak]ed approach to anti-slavery hero Frederick
Douglass. Flaunting the blinders that progressives wear when they consider our collective history, he took a quotation
out of context in order to try to score an own goal against the country that birthed him, made him a multi-millionaire, and
now indulges him in his extended adolescence. Fortunately, Ted Cruz knows much more than Kaepernick and demolished his
point on Twitter (hat tip: Twitchy).
Fans the Flames of the Culture War. Nike is doing it wrong. I don't mean the shoemaking, though that
thing with Zion Williamson was pretty bad, I have to say. No, Nike is doing it wrong because it managed to do something
that all the neo-Nazis, Klansmen, alt-righters, and other denizens of the lowest coprophagic phylum of our political life
could never do: It turned the Betsy Ross flag into a racist symbol.
Brooks: Colin Kaepernick Should Leave if He Hates America. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) says Colin
Kaepernick, the former NFL player and the face of multinational corporation Nike, should leave the United States if he does
not like the country. This week it was revealed that Nike had ditched the production and sale of a pair of shoes that
featured the famous flag created by Betsy Ross at the behest of former President George Washington because Kaepernick was
offended by the emblem.
America Tilts Left. [A] manufacturer of sports beverages, has made a commercial featuring soccer player Megan
Rapinoe, who has refused to stand for the American flag and has sparred with President Trump. That makes her a hot
commodity in the world of advertising.
Americans of soccer. Somewhere in France today a group of ugly American female soccer players are sipping tea
from imaginary cups to mock a polite society they make no efforts to understand or respect. The Americans are loud and
ostentatious. They are ugly Americans personified. If the female soccer players are trying to be ambassadors for
their game, they are failing miserably. I cared little for their sport before they arrived in France, and my interest
has chilled considerably in the ensuing weeks.
Doesn't The Far Left Complain About Nike Sweatshops Anymore? Protesting Nike used to be a go-to event for
various far-left groups in America. A massive company using slave-labor conditions to produce low-cost products that
are then resold at 1000% mark-ups was representative of what was, in their minds, so wrong with globalized capitalism.
Then, suddenly, all that protest vanished. Why? The answer is simple. Nike's marketing machine turned its
attention to controversial anti-police, anti-America, former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The company paid
Kaepernick millions to divert attention away from its deplorable overseas operations and instead convince consumers how
horrible American was — except for those who wore Nike products apparently. No, it doesn't really make
a lot of sense but it appears to have worked.
The Fourth of July. Never to be out-woked, Nike took the opportunity this July 4th to lash out at patriots
(read: most Americans) by putting the kibosh on their planned 'USA Air Max 1' training shoes. The design featured
the Betsy Ross flag: one of the first known emblems of the colonies that would go on to become the United States. We're led
to believe it was Colin Kaepernick — who is famous for just about everything except what he should be famous for:
football — who drove Nike to nix the shoe.
Ross Is a White Supremacist, Apparently. Dear Reader, I do not care about shoe companies. I don't care
about professional athletes, current or former, who work for shoe companies. They can sell what they want to sell, or
not sell what they don't want to sell, and it's all the same to me. I don't understand why anybody would care. If
you don't like it, don't spend your money on it. What's the problem? But no, it has to become a whole big
thing. Now this dumb Nike non-story has escalated. It's no longer about a shoe company. It's about America
itself. Now, feminist icon Betsy Ross is considered racist.
Independence Day, Nike Appeases America Haters and Dictators. Want a sign that the left is now bringing ruin to
the business world, after it has done the same for the education and entertainment industries? Look no further than
Nike. Days before the U.S. celebrates Independence Day, Nike pulled sneakers back from retailers that contained a small
image of the famous Betsy Ross flag on the back. Apparently that small homage to America's founding offended the
delicate sensibilities of Colin Kaepernick, the reprehensible leftist former football player who protested the national
anthem, whose idea of appropriate footwear is socks depicting police officers as pigs, and who prefers shirts honoring Cuba's
murderous dictator Fidel Castro.
Nike, Democrats: Spitting on America and the 4th of July. Nike has pulled its Betsy Ross American Flag
shoe from the shelves. Why? NFL has-been Colin Kaepernick's complained that the Betsy Ross flag was a symbol of
white supremacy. Nike said they didn't want to potentially "offend" anybody. Surprise to Nike. They are
offending a significant portion of the American public[.] But spitting on America, and her freedom has become a way of
life in 2019. Not only for Nike and Kaepernick but also Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) and soccer's Rapino as well.
Castro praises Nike, compares Betsy Ross flag to Confederate flag. Democratic presidential hopeful Julián
Castro on Wednesday praised Nike's controversial decision to pull shoes featuring the Betsy Ross flag, saying the early flag
design that represents the Thirteen Colonies evokes pain among some Americans, much like Confederate symbols.
Nike's 'Patriotic Fumble' an 'In-Kind Donation to Trump's Re-Election'. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ)
editorial board observed Tuesday [7/2/2019] that Nike's decision to allow ex-quarterback Colin Kaepernick to "call the play"
of rescinding the company's release of its "Betsy Ross flag" sneaker is essentially an "in-kind donation to Trump's
re-election." The WSJ board referred to Nike's cave to Kaepernick as one of those "harebrained controversies" that
ultimately "give many Americans the not unreasonable sense that their country is being maligned by pampered social-justice
Oh, Guess Who Had the Betsy Ross Flag at His Inauguration. As you've heard by now, Nike decided to pull the
sale of a Betsy Ross American flag themed sneaker this week after woke and washed up athlete Colin Kaepernick complained it
is tied to racism. But there's just one huge problem with that argument: [Photo]
Governor After Nike Cancels American-Themed Shoe: They 'Represent The Best Of Our American Values'. On
Tuesday night, after Nike had canceled an American flag-themed shoe, triggering Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to withdraw
financial incentives for Nike to open a manufacturing facility in Arizona, California Gov. Gavin Newsom tweeted that
Nike was "doing the right thing" and represented "the best of our American values."
Kaepernick-Nike Shoe Saga Proof NFL Kneeling Not About Police Brutality — 'He Opposes Honoring the Flag'. Tuesday
[7/2/2019] on his nationally syndicated radio show, conservative talker Rush Limbaugh argued that former San Francisco 49ers quarterback
Colin Kaepernick's opposition to Nike's so-called Betsy Ross footwear was proof Kaepernick's kneeling was not about alleged police brutality
but animosity toward the American flag. Nike pulled the product line based on Kaepernick's opposition, which came because the footwear
featured the Betsy Ross flag.
Kaepernick Lands Nike in Hot Water Over Recall of Shoe With an American Flag. Colin Kaepernick has used his
influence with Nike to have the company's American flag-themed shoe called the "Betsy Ross" pulled from production just days
before they were to be sold to the public, prompting swift and immediate backlash. Citing sources close to the story,
the Wall Street Journal reports that the Air Max 1 USA was slated to go on sale this week in celebration of the Fourth
of July. "The heel of the shoe featured a U.S. flag with 13 white stars in a circle, a design created during the
American Revolution and commonly referred to as the Betsy Ross flag," WSJ reports. And while Nike is claiming that it
has declined to release the sneaker because it featured an "old version of the American flag," the real reason the sneaker
has been recalled, according to WSJ, is because Kaepernick reportedly told Nike that the shoes were "offensive," prompting
the company to recall the shoe and demand that retailers return their stock.
Old Photos From Obama's
Inauguration Show Just How Ridiculous Nike's Shoe Ban Really Is. It seems that those criticizing Nike for
attempting to have a Betsy Ross flag on a pair of their shoes in celebration of Fourth of July forgot about former President
Barack Obama using the same flags at his inauguration in 2013. Nike stirred up controversy when they tried to have the
earlier American flag, that displays 13 stars in a circle, on their Air Max 1 USA shoes but reportedly nixed
the shoes after former National Football League player Colin Kaepernick called them offensive. "Attention Nike:
The flag Colin Kaepernick told you was unacceptable on your shoes was displayed rather prominently at Barack Obama's
inauguration," the Washington Examiner's Bryon York tweeted.
steps on its own shoelaces in latest Kaepernick fiasco. Just in time for the Fourth of July, Nike and washed-up
footballer Colin Kaepernick have joined forces in an America-bashing cavalcade. The enormous sportswear company planned
to release a new red, white, and blue sneaker adorned with American Revolutionary Betsy Ross' 13-star flag, this country's
first banner. However, Kaepernick complained to Nike that this all-American symbol is — what else? —
racist. "After images of the shoe were posted online, Mr. Kaepernick, a Nike endorser, reached out to company
officials saying that he and others felt the Betsy Ross flag is an offensive symbol because of its connection to an era of
slavery," the Wall Street Journal reported.
Has Offered Shoes Displaying Flags of Human Rights Abusers Such As China and Turkey. This week, sportswear
giant Nike agreed to pull their "Betsy Ross Flag" sneakers after former NFL player nd anthem-protester Colin Kaepernick,
advised them that the American flag is a symbol of racism, hate, and slavery. However, the company has had no issue
offering shoes with many other national flags and colors, including human rights abusers such as China and Turkey.
Naturally, Nike was quick to create gay pride flag-themed shoes. There are quite a few styles set up in the rainbow
colors of gay pride. So, as far as Nike is concerned, gay pride is great, but American pride is "racist."
for Profit — NIKE Pulls "Betsy Ross" Sneaker. Is it possible to manufacture outrage as a profit
strategy? Yes. Brand imagery is part of the overall business model for any business. Begin with an
ideological executive office; consider a manufacturing model dependent on a China/Asia supply chain; add a dose of political
calculations into the mix; turn loose the actuaries and a unified CFO and CEO could easily find a way to turn market
grievance into profit. I'm not saying that NIKE is manipulating their market price. However, I am saying if they
were to consider their brand scale to enhance financial results, and buying back shares of their own stock to be timed with
coordinated media events, you could see a benefit behind the controversy.
Kaepernick objects to flag-themed shoes, so Nike pulls them. For America's Independence Day, Nike released a
new sneaker shoe style with the image of the early U.S. flag stitched by the notorious revolutionary Betsy Ross. It had
the familiar red and white stripes and 13 stars in a circle for the original colonies. Apparently, sales were going
well until noted kneeler Colin Kaepernick objected because, well, some of the 13 colonies had slaves at the time and we
shouldn't be knowing that in this Woke era. Naturally, the mega-company with $36 billion in annual shoe and
athletic-wear sales responded to the unemployed NFL player by immediately pulling the patriotic shoe off the market, as the
Wall Street Journal first reported. What else could it do really? He outnumbers the rest of us. And a
company can't be associated with patriotism these days unless it involves overpaid pro athletes refusing to stand for the
National Anthem because, slavery.
governor steps up for America, will 'withdraw all incentive dollars' from Kaepernick's Nike. BizPac Review
published reports on Monday that Nike developed a Betsy Ross-themed shoe just in time to celebrate Independence Day, then
yanked it from production. Shortly after, sponsored activist Colin Kaepernick reportedly complained that he found the
imagery depicted on the clothing to be offensive. As happens all too often in our softened society, Nike immediately
recalled the shoe and drew the ire of patriots like Fox News host Laura Ingraham, who called the decision "pathetic" and
declared that she will no longer be buying Nike sneakers for her family.
costs Nike plenty. When Colin Kaepernick objected, Nike stopped selling shoes that were a tribute to Betsy
Ross, a woman legend of the American Revolution. Now that will cost the company millions in incentives Arizona offered
to snag a Nike plant. It will cost the state 500 jobs. More than a million soldiers have died defending that
flag that Nike turned its back on. The shoe featured the flag that legend holds designed the flag. That seems to
be based on family lore. But she did more for America than any of today's quarterbacks did.
Gov. Doug Ducey ends Nike deal after cancellation of 'Betsy Ross Flag' sneakers. Arizona Gov. Doug
Ducey said Tuesday [7/2/2019] the state would be canceling the incentives offered in a deal with Nike in response to the athletic
company scrapping plans for a Betsy Ross-inspired sneaker[.] The sneakers, featuring a U.S. flag with 13 stars on each
heel, reportedly was canned after former football player and political activist Colin Kaepernick said the design could be seen as
an offensive symbol of slavery.
Ditches 'Betsy Ross Flag' Sneaker After Colin Kaepernick Raises Concerns over the Flag's Connection to Slavery.
Nike has decided to pull their America-themed 4th of July sneakers which featured the "Betsy Ross" flag, after former NFL
anthem-protester and Nike pitchman Colin Kaepernick raised concerns over the offensive symbolism he felt the flag displayed,
the Wall Street Journal reports.
Nixes 'Betsy Ross Flag' Sneaker After Colin Kaepernick Intervenes. Nike Inc. is yanking a U.S.A.-themed sneaker
featuring an early American flag after NFL star-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick told the company it shouldn't sell a shoe
with a symbol that he and others consider offensive, according to people familiar with the matter. The sneaker giant
created the Air Max 1 USA in celebration of the July Fourth holiday, and it was slated to go on sale this week.
star Megan Rapinoe accepts invitation to hang with AOC instead of Trump. Megan Rapinoe accepted Democratic
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's invitation for the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team to tour the House of Representatives
after Rapinoe rejected an invite to the White House. "Consider it done @AOC," Rapinoe said Friday after the New York
congresswoman extended the invite and the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team beat France 2-1 in the quarterfinal of the Women's
add Stonewall Inn plaque to famed Monument Park. A plaque behind the center field fence at Yankee Stadium was
dedicated Tuesday night [6/25/2019] to commemorate the Stonewall Inn uprising 50 years ago, which sparked a pivotal rebellion
in the LGBTQ rights movement.
feel their black front office helps in free agency. Knicks president Steve Mills indicated having a pioneering
predominately black front office will help the team in the upcoming free agency. "The African American front office,
that doesn't get lost on guys," Mills said in an article published Tuesday on The Undefeated, which deals with race
issues. After getting the job when Phil Jackson got canned, Mills hired GM Scott Perry, who is black, and player
developmental director Craig Robinson, the brother of Michelle Obama. Also hired after Jackson's firing was director of
player personnel Harold Ellis and college scouting director Gerald Madkins. Both are African American.
Megs, put a sock
in it. Megan Rapinoe, star forward for the women's U.S. national soccer team, seems to hate the world.
She goes around with a scowl permanently etched into her weathered face. Though an outstanding soccer player, Megs has
it in her head that she's getting cheated, and that the cheater is Donald Trump. So she refuses to go to the White
House if the team wins the women's World Cup. Trump then extended an invitation to the team whether they win or lose,
and of course, Megan took it with ill grace. The girl has no graces, only grimaces. Megan, like all liberal
females, holds Trump personally accountable for every unfun thing that ever happened in her life or anybody else's life.
Despite her extraordinary skill on the field, Megan's about as ordinary a liberal as it's possible to be.
Play — President Trump Invites U.S. Women's Soccer Team to White House "Win or Lose". Megan Rapinoe
is the co-captain of the U.S. women's national soccer team and a rabid hater of President Trump. Ms. Rapinoe
refuses to sing the U.S. national anthem; kneels during ceremonies to make her hatred for America visible; and grabs every
microphone to tell the media about her politics in an effort to increase her resistance credentials. The age-old axiom
is: 'be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it". Today [6/26/2019], President Trump brilliantly responded
to Ms. Rapinoe. First, by calling out her arrogance in declaring victory before she even played the World Cup
matches; and secondly, by inviting the entire team to the White House "win or lose".
Silver: NBA done using term 'owner' over racial sensitivity questions. NBA commissioner Adam Silver told
TMZ the league office is done using the word "owner" amid concerns whether the title is racially insensitive, adding they
stopped using the term a few years ago. TMZ reported earlier this month that some NBA teams were debating whether to
move away from the title, given some feel its racially insensitive in a league where the majority of players are African
American. Warriors forward Draymond Green also raised the issue on LeBron James' HBO Show "The Shop," saying he took
offense to the term.
women's soccer star Megan Rapinoe refuses to sing the national anthem before the Thailand World Cup match. US
soccer star Megan Rapinoe stuck to her resolve not to sing the national anthem ahead of the team's first match in the Women's
World Cup against Thailand in France on Tuesday [6/11/2019]. The player stood silent and stony-faced as her teammates
sang along to the 'Star-Spangled Banner' in the Auguste-Delaune Stadium in Reims.
Dishes Out $20 Million in Grants to Social Justice Causes. The NFL announced this week the list of various
organizations that will receive nearly $2 million in "social justice grants." One of the recipients is the Civil Rights
Corps which "empowers communities to change the unjust legal system." This brings the total of "social justice grants"
by the NFL to $20 million for the year.
The Growing Popularity
of Foot Shooting. I used to be an NFL fan, especially of the San Francisco 49ers in the Joe Montana, Steve
Young, Jerry Rice era. So far as I know none of them ever publicly expressed their political opinions. I have not
watched five minutes of a 49er's game in over a year. The only NFL game I've watched in the past year was the Super
Bowl. I've heard numerous people say essentially the same thing. They say they're done with the NFL.
Former fans are angry at the players for disrespecting their country, but the greater anger is directed toward the teams'
owners and the NFL hierarchy. The NFL has unfortunately revealed who and what they are. Although they're good
people in most ways, in this instance they've behaved like spineless, clueless cowards. They should have nipped the
protests in the bud before they became overblown and out of control.
Star Rapinoe on Her National Anthem Protests. Soccer star Megan Rapinoe has vowed to continue her national
anthem protests while representing the US in next month's Women's World Cup [...] Rapinoe created a furor when she knelt
during the national anthem following former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who roiled the NFL with his anthem protest in 2016.
fans threaten boycott after ban of Kate Smith's 'God Bless America'. Kate Smith's rendition of "God Bless
America" has been scrapped at Yankee Stadium, but Bronx Bomber fans are going to bat for her over allegations of
racism. Smith's niece, Suzy Andron, told The Post she is "honored" by the groundswell of support for the late singer
among fans and media. "Most are solidly behind the positive notion that this is a misunderstanding by a few people who
took two or three of her songs [out of 3,000 that she recorded] out of context and inflated a story that my Aunt Kathryn must
have been a racist," Andron said. "Unfortunately, the Yankees bought into it."
Warren praises Red Sox manager Alex Cora for skipping White House visit. Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora is
learning this week what it's like to be a political lightning rod. Cora publicly confirmed he won't visit the White
House when the Red Sox make their official championship trip Thursday [5/9/2019]. And now he finds himself in the middle
of the typical Washington partisan battle. Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts senator, Democratic presidential
candidate and long-running Donald Trump adversary, is praising Cora for taking a stand against Trump and the White House.
Basketball Declines White House Invite to Celebrate National Championship. The Virginia men's basketball team
has declined, while the Baylor women's team has accepted a visit to the White House after NCAA tournament title wins.
Cavaliers coach Tony Bennett tweeted Friday the decision of the program to decline the invitation to celebrate their 2019
NCAA men's tournament title win.
NCAA basketball champs will
not accept invitation to White House — here's the coach's statement. The NCAA championship
basketball team from the University of Virginia will not accept the invitation from President Donald Trump to the White
House, but the coach say it's simply a matter of scheduling. Coach Tony Bennett released a statement that was tweeted
out by the official University of Virginia account.
basketball latest champions to decline White House invite. Add Virginia men's basketball to the long list of
teams who won't celebrate a championship with President Trump at the White House. The program tweeted a statement from
head coach Tony Bennett Friday [4/26/2019] that stated the team has "received inquiries about a visit to the White House.["]
launches 'Icon' Kaepernick jersey days after NFL collusion case settlement. Nike released a special edition
Colin Kaepernick jersey Wednesday just days after the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback settled a grievance with the
NFL. The Kaepernick Icon Jersey — a black design with white lettering — resembles the '#ImWithKap'
jerseys that quickly sold out last fall. The jersey sells for $150. "We believe Colin Kaepernick is one of the most
inspirational athletes of this generation, who has leveraged the power of sport to help move the world forward," Nike spokeswoman
Sandra Carreon-John told USA Today, adding that the jersey "marks Nike's continued product collaboration with Colin."
about race: NFL shoves left's radical social justice agenda down throats of Super Bowl viewers. Super
Bowl LIII appeared to be the NFL's latest down payment in appeasing the hard left and their social justice agenda. The
NFL responded in December 2017 to the more radical elements of the game who were disrespecting the national anthem by taking
a knee by committing $90 million over a seven year period to social justice causes — much of the money going
to a number of left-wing organizations. And Sunday, the league shoved a divisive race-driven message down the throats
of Super Bowl LIII viewers at every opportunity.
5 frontman hints Superbowl show will be hip-hop kneeling fest. Proud, flag-loving patriots who hate seeing the
American flag be disrespected may have no other option but to tune out of the upcoming Super Bowl halftime show. The
show has been mired in controversy because of a concerted effort by radical far-left activists to stop any artist from
performing at the event. To them, any performance would be a slap in the face to unemployed former NFL quarterback and
continued race-baiting agitator Colin Kaepernick.
NFL Recovers From Kneeling Frenzy. Ratings for NFL regular-season games rebounded, gaining 5 percent over the
previous season. That's not as amazing, since it's a small increase after two years of frightening declines. But
in today's ever-declining ratings for broadcast TV, due to livestreaming and cord cutting, the NFL is still a dominant
player, far outdrawing regular scripted TV shows. The panic in NFL offices has ended. The bleeding stopped.
Everyone knows why, and it's not the powerful high-scoring offenses and the snazzy touchdown celebrations. The NFL put
an end to the national anthem kneeling protests.
Dolphins' Robert Quinn complains about lack of coverage for his protest during national anthem. Colin
Kaepernick has received a ton of publicity for his protests during the national anthem, but he can't seem to find a job in
the NFL. Miami Dolphins defensive end Robert Quinn has the opposite problem. Quinn lashed out at reporters Thursday
[12/27/2018] over the lack of coverage he's received over his fist-raised protest during the national anthem, something he's done
since joining the Dolphins in the offseason, according to the Miami Herald.
More Than an
Athlete? Lebron James is perhaps the most privileged person on the face of the Earth. Graced with
once-in-a-generation athletic talent, he also happens to be 6 feet, 8 inches tall. And, best of all, he was
born in the United States of America. Our free enterprise system has allowed James to parlay his talent, and lots of
hard work, into an $85 million a year income. Not bad! But not enough for King James.
James says NFL owners are a "bunch of old white men" with a "slave mentality". LeBron James had some strong
words for NFL owners on his HBO show "The Shop" which aired Friday night. [He] blasted NFL owners for having what he
called a "slave mentality" and calling them "a bunch of old white men".
goes full circle. The NFL has a long way to go until it is broke, but given the number of liberals put in
charge of the league, it is but a matter of time. The league took its fan base for granted, tried to expand its appeal,
and virtue signaled like a Hollywood award ceremony.
Anthem Protests — Do Facts Matter? NFL player Colin Kaepernick, who started the protests, did so
over the supposed widespread instances of police brutality against blacks. Kaepernick said, "I am not going to stand up
to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. ... There are bodies in the street and
people getting paid leave and getting away with murder." According to the Centers for Disease Control, since 1968 police
killings of blacks have declined nearly 75 percent. According to The Washington Post, almost 500 whites were
killed by cops in 2015, an average of more than one a day. Two hundred fifty-nine blacks were killed by the police.
Most suspects killed by police had a weapon. Now for some perspective. Do you know anyone who has been struck by
lightning? Neither do most people. Yet each year an average of about 300 Americans are killed or injured by
lightning. That's approximately 40 more than the number of blacks killed by the police in 2015. Is there
an "epidemic" of Americans being struck and injured by lightning?
Fans Furious As NFL Cheerleader
Hears Anthem, Gives Troops the Finger. Fans who came out to see the Raiders take on the 49ers on Thursday were
furious over what one cheerleader did as soon as she heard the National Anthem start to play. Mediocre former-49ers
quarterback Colin Kaepernick became the most hated man in the NFL two seasons ago — which is quite a feat in a
sport filled with wife-beaters and convicts — when he began "taking a knee" as The Star-Spangled Banner was played
before NFL games in 2016 to protest "police brutality" and "racial discrimination" in America. Of course, this could
not have been more ironic, seeing as Kaepernick was adopted by a white family who raised him with every advantage in the
world. Not to mention the fact that he makes more money than ninety-nine percent of white people.
takes a knee during anthem. A cheerleader for the San Francisco 49ers kneeled during the national anthem
Thursday night ahead of the team's game against the Oakland Raiders. The cheerleader has not been identified, but
photos of her kneeling quickly circulated on social media.
Schumer wonders whether white NFL players who don't kneel are 'complicit' in racism. Amy Schumer on Friday
[10/19/2018] questioned whether or not white players in the NFL who don't kneel with their black teammates are 'complicit' in
the 'endless racism people of color face in our country.' The "Trainwreck" star went on to propose that more white
players should stand up for their "brothers and sisters of color" by taking a knee. "I wonder why more white players
aren't kneeling," she wrote. "Once you witness the truly deep inequality and endless racism people of color face in our
country, not to mention the police brutality and murders. Why not kneel next to your brothers? Otherwise how are
you not complicit?"
NFL players earn $16M combined this season. Miami Dolphins wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson have
knelt during the national anthem every game this season. Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid, who joined Colin
Kaepernick during the original kneeling protests in 2016, resumed kneeling before his season debut in Week 5 last
Sunday. The three players are slated to earn a combined $16.5 million in 2018, or more if they meet certain
bonuses. Under the NFL's current rules, none of the players will face fines or other disciplinary action for the
protests. [President] Trump has repeatedly called on the NFL to impose stiff penalties on any player who fails to
stand for the national anthem.
Reid takes a knee during national anthem in first game as Carolina Panthers player. Carolina Panthers safety
Eric Reid took a knee during the national anthem before Sunday's game against the New York Giants in Charlotte, North
Carolina. Reid was the only player to kneel during the "Star Spangled Banner," continuing the protest he began while
playing for the San Francisco 49ers. He was the first Panthers player ever to kneel during the national anthem.
for America' jersey is Trump's latest attack on NFL kneelers. Colin Kaepernick probably hasn't clicked on the
shopping cart. A popular online Trump merchandise site is hawking "Standup for America" football jerseys, the president's
latest salvo in his war against the NFL and those kneeling for the national anthem.
to award Colin Kaepernick medal for work in African-American studies. Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick
will be one of eight people honored by Harvard University next month with the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal. The medal is given
annually by the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research. "The medal honors those who have made significant
contributions to African and African American history and culture, and more broadly, individuals who advocate for intercultural
understanding and human rights in an increasingly global and interconnected world," the university said.
NFL Season — Same Old National Anthem Protests. The 2018-2019 football season kicked off this past
weekend, and much to the dismay of many fans, so did a new season of National Anthem protests. [...] The original basis for
the protests came as an anti-police and anti-America protest by Colin Kaepernick (who claimed both were racist), who wore
socks with police pictured as pigs and lauded the murderous government in Communist Cuba, even though more whites than blacks
are killed by police, though, according to the FBI, black Americans are charged with most of the murders in this country,
most of the robberies, and nearly half the assaults (while only making up about 13 percent of the population) —
and Cuba regularly "disappears" or imprisons or tortures citizens who criticize it. That's what the protesting players
are siding with. Meanwhile black police officers are much more likely to kill both black and Latino suspects than white
officers are, and more than 99 percent of those killed by police are armed at the time they are shot.
Kaepernick thanks 2 Miami Dolphins players who kneel during anthem. Miami Dolphins teammates Kenny Stills and
Albert Wilson were the only two players to kneel during the national anthem on the NFL's opening Sunday, and Colin Kaepernick,
who may no longer be welcome on an NFL sideline, offered his thanks to the players on Twitter. "My Brothers (Stills) and
(Wilson) continue to show their unwavering strength by fighting for the oppressed," Kaepernick tweeted. "They have not
backed down, even when attacked and intimidated... Love is at the root of our resistance."
UFC Fighter, Special Forces Vet Tim Kennedy Says Special Forces Furious About Nike's Kaepernick Ad. Tim
Kennedy, the famed UFC fighter who served in the army and later in the 7th Special Forces Group where he was a sniper, sniper
instructor, and the principal combatives instructor for C Company, 3rd Battalion, deploying in support of Operation Iraqi
Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, said Special Forces members that he spent time with this week were furious about the
Nike ad with Colin Kaepernick in which Kaepernick said he had "sacrificed." Speaking to TMZ, Kennedy began, "There are
problems. There are huge problems in the city; urban problems, police problems, crime problems, and they have to be
addressed and something needs to be done about it, but not by disrespecting the flag and somebody making a few million
dollars off a sponsorship. Come on." When TMZ asked, "Will you wear Nike ever again?", Kennedy responded,
The Circus of Resistance.
Nike hired NFL renegade Colin Kaepernick to peddle its sports products. For all its billion-dollar market research, it
apparently did not know what Donald Trump's animal cunning had almost immediately surmised: a majority of Americans do not
appreciate the pampered multimillionaire Kaepernick sanctioning violence against the police by wearing "pig" socks, or mocking the
National Anthem by taking a knee. Nike could just as well have hired Bowe Bergdahl to push its sneakers.
Party of Kaepernick. The Democrats' winning midterm campaign message would seem simple enough: Trump is
bad and must be opposed. Yet at the moment the party risks being associated with a somewhat less attractive message:
The American flag is bad and must be opposed. Last week, left-wing Democrat Ayanna Pressley ousted long-term incumbent
Michael Capuano from the John F. Kennedy/Tip O'Neill House seat in the Democratic primary while praising the NFL anti-flag
protests, which her opponent called "wrong." Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke says — in Texas! —
that there is "nothing more American" than kneeling for the national anthem.
Seats Plague NFL Stadiums in Week One of Season. Americans are fed up with athletes kneeling during the
National Anthem and it showed — plenty of empty seats plagued stadiums on Sunday [9/9/2018].
Blew It: Nike Favorability Drops By Double-Digits, No Boost In Key Demos. [Colin] Kaepernick is a source
of controversy, a vehicle for the left wing social justice activism that struck the NFL two years ago when he started to take
a knee during the national anthem. There were a multitude of reasons but race relations and police brutality seem to be
the top issues for why he and other players started this nonsense. No doubt the cause is worth a discussion. I
totally disagree with their take, but it's worthy of a discussion. All that good will went out the window as soon as
you start trashing the flag. Kaepernick's anti-police stance also drew a backlash. These players see their side
getting attention. Everyone else sees them trashing the flag, our veterans, and those who have died in service to the
country. It's unpatriotic. It's not appropriate — and the NFL knows it.
Things That Won't Fit in a Nike Ad. When it comes to the Kaepernick-inspired debate, there are many serious
issues at play — issues worthy of reasoned discussion. You might think that athletes should be able to kneel
during the national anthem as a matter of free speech. You might think it's disrespectful to do so. You might
think that Kaepernick was right to call attention to police violence, but wrong to wear socks depicting police officers as
pigs. You might even think all of these things at the same time! But these things are complicated, and they
certainly don't fit in a Nike ad, which has one overarching goal: To bring attention to Nike, a massive corporation
under fire for various ethical issues as we speak.
Dumps Nike: "If Nike is Ashamed of America, We are Ashamed of Them". The collegiate market is big for
Nike. And while much of that market will only embrace the sweatshop sportswear firm harder after its anti-American
stance, there are still some American schools left in America.
Poll Reports Nike Kaepernick Ad Is Shoe-icide.
This might be turn out to be the biggest marketing disaster since Coca-Cola changed its formula to become New Coke.
Last week Nike was an iconic American brand. But that was before it decided to commit shoe-icde. Since it signed
anti-American protester Colin brand favorability for its 30-anniversary "Just Do It" public support for the brand
plunged. In other words, Nike Did It — to themselves.
Collapse in Brand Image for Nike Following New Colin Kaepernick Branding Campaign. Never before in the history
of corporate branding decisions has a multi-billion dollar company had such a massive and swift drop of brand image as
Nike. The results from Morning Consult Intelligence, a firm that specializes in monitoring and measuring the brand
image and reputation for thousands of major companies, reflects a massive drop in brand image across every single
demographic. We suspected there would be a diminishment of brand image, but nothing like the scale discovered within
the polled data.
Becomes Face of Social Justice Despite History of Outsourcing, Employing Slave Labor. Despite having a long,
documented history of allegedly employing workers at slave wages, the multinational Nike corporation has become the face of
the social justice wing of the political left with its newest ad featuring former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. As
Breitbart News reported, the Nike corporation laid off 1,400 Americans just last year in the state of Oregon, cutting out
workers who were older and likely sending their jobs overseas as the sports brand has done in the past.
Nike Favorability Crashes 34% with Kaepernick Ad Campaign. A poll from Morning Consult shows devastating
results for Nike's brand favorability, in the days after making Colin Kaepernick the face of their new ad campaign.
NFL, and Levis Strauss Political Business Strategy. On its face, it just seems absurd. Why would any
major corporation intentionally stake out a branding position that is adverse to their financial interests? [...] The bigger
risk to Nike has nothing to do with Black Lives Matter, U.S. Consumers, or Antifa-like political advocacy. The bigger
financial risk to the Nike Corporation has everything to do with geopolitics and a reset of international trade agreements.
Obama CIA Director John Brennan Praises Washed Up Athlete. It's well established John Brennan is a weird
one. How a man who once voted for a communist to be President of the United States became head of the CIA is a story
unto itself (See: China) but just as confounding is how Mr. Brennan has conducted himself since riding into the
proverbial has-been sunset. The most recent example is his effusive praise of washed-up former NFL quarterback turned
racist division-maker, Colin Kaepernick. Mr. Kaepernick lost his starting position due to lackluster play and soon
after he declared himself an anti-white and anti-police advocate who was then warmly embraced by the radical Black Lives
Matter crowd. Nike threw Kaepernick some "good boy" bucks for which Brennan is now glorifying as the Second Coming.
steps in it! Vets, ex-fans furious over Kaepernick deal. Nike is under fire from military veterans for
using Colin Kaepernick in a new ad campaign. Many say the sports brand is promoting unpatriotic protests against the
American flag since Kaepernick has been a Nike brand ambassador since 2011. Army veteran Kurt Schlichter, an attorney
and Townhall columnist, said Kaepernick's claim that he's "just making a statement" is disingenuous because there are more
effective ways for him to protest without disrespecting the flag or the national anthem.
They Destroy Everything
They Touch, Volume 2. Nike's decision to turn [Colin] Kaepernick, the National Anthem-defiling, skills-atrophying,
cellar-dwelling Social Justice Warrior ex-quarterback who last played NFL football with the then 2-14 San Francisco 49ers in
2016, into its latest corporate product pitch man was announced over the Labor Day weekend, and on Tuesday [9/4/2018] when the
New York Stock Exchange got its first opportunity to weigh in on it the results weren't good. Nike's stock closed Tuesday
at $79.60, though it did rise a bit in after-hours trading. That was a pretty serious bath from the $82.20 at which the
stock closed on Friday before word leaked of Kaepernick's contract — a loss of 3.16 percent of its value, or
more than $3.5 billion in market capitalization.
woke and go broke. The American footwear company Nike made the disastrous decision to pay Colin Kaepernick
millions of dollars a year to be a spokesperson for their "Just Do It" advertising campaign. The company's new tag line
for Kaepernick is: "Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything." By "sacrificing
everything," evidently Nike means "make millions of dollars more a year to appear in an advertising campaign than you would
make as a back-up quarterback in the NFL." Boy, has Kaepernick ever sacrificed! According to Yahoo Sports, he gets his
own branded shoe line, shirts, jerseys and specific Kaepernick apparel. He will be paid a comparable amount to the best
NFL players signed to Nike deals, millions a year.
Deal: Nike May Discover To Be Woke Is No Joke. Nike's decision to make controversial former quarterback
Colin Kaepernick the face of its 30th Anniversary "Just Do It" campaign marks the logical extension of politics into two
places it shouldn't be: sports and business. Nike may regret its move.
Decides to Make "Inspirational" Colin Kaepernick The Face of The Brand. In the latest example of a corporation
making a ridiculous decision to brand itself based on politics, Nike apparel has decided that Colin Kaepernick is the modern
face of the brand.
Launch Boycott Against Nike After Colin Kaepernick Named as Face of 30th Anniversary. Colin Kaepernick ruined
the NFL after he started the National Anthem boycott by 'taking a knee.' He made headlines in 2016 when he wouldn't stand
for the National Anthem because of cops. NFL ratings have plummeted since Kaepernick's National Anthem boycott.
Stadiums often have rows and rows of empty seats because Americans are fed up with the politicization of football.
Now it's Nike's turn.
Kaepernick to be face of Nike's 'Just Do it' campaign. Nike has a new face for the 30th anniversary of their
iconic "Just Do It" campaign: Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick, who has filed a collusion suit against the NFL over
his unemployment after he knelt and protested racial inequality during the anthem, unveiled the new advertisement on his Twitter.
& Rich Singer Promotes Nike Boycott in Response to Kaepernick Ad Campaign. Nike announced its new campaign ad featuring
controversial anthem protester Colin Kaepernick on Monday [9/3/2018], drawing support from some quarters and plenty of criticism from others.
shares drop amid backlash over new Kaepernick ad. Shares of Nike fell 3.2 percent on Tuesday [9/4/2018] as
calls for a boycott of the sportswear giant gained traction on social media following its choice of Colin Kaepernick as a
face for the 30th anniversary of its "Just Do It" slogan. Former San Francisco quarterback Kaepernick, the first NFL
player to kneel during the national anthem as a protest against racism, posted a black-and-white close-up of himself on
social media on Monday featuring the Nike logo and "Just do it" along with the quote, "Believe in something. Even if it
means sacrificing everything." Over 30,000 people were tweeting with the hashtag #NikeBoycott on Tuesday morning, making it
among the top trending topics on Twitter. Some posted images of themselves burning and ripping their Nike shoes and apparel.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Tweets Support for Colin Kaepernick. Former Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad took to Twitter on Monday [9/3/2018], to lend support to anthem-protesting former quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Nike make a huge NFL-like mistake embracing Colin Kaepernick? Is there business logic for Nike embracing Colin
Kaepernick? I think there is, for the NFL and athletic shoe business are very different. In the conservative
blogosphere, on Fox News, and among my friends, the name of Nike has been forever damaged by the brand's embrace of Colin
Kaepernick, who sparked the widespread disrespect for our flag by NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem.
Pictures and videos of Nike gear burning already are proliferating among the outraged.
won't stand for the flag but he'll bow down to the Nike dollar? 'Believe in something, even it means sacrificing everything.'
Those are the words emblazoned across NFL star Colin Kaepernick's face in Nike's new campaign to mark 30 years of its 'Just Do It' advertising
slogan. 'Sacrifice' is a big word, meaning 'to give up something that is valuable to you in order to help another person'.
'Everything' is an even bigger word, meaning 'all that exists'. So to sacrifice everything is a major undertaking.
Suicide Watch, Nike Edition. Nike has chosen the star of its 30th anniversary #JustDoIt advertising campaign:
Colin Kaepernick. At first glance, it seems weird for an athletic shoe company to select as its corporate icon someone who is
no longer an athlete, and was never a star. At second glance, it gets weirder: Nike apparently thinks Kaepernick has
sacrificed everything, which tells you something about 21st century corporate America. Kaepernich is a multimillionaire whose
"sacrifice" consisted of kneeling during the National Anthem, wearing socks depicting police officers as pigs, and generally
denouncing his country. Which has led to a second career as a leftist spokesman. That is not exactly a contender
in the annals of Greatest Sacrifice Ever.
fronts Nike's 'Just Do It' ad campaign. Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is part of a
new Nike campaign to mark the 30th anniversary of the sporting equipment giant's iconic "Just Do It" slogan, reports said
Monday [9/3/2018]. Kaepernick, who triggered a political firestorm after kneeling during the US national anthem in 2016
to protest racial injustice, has not played in the NFL since early 2017.
Brady signals his support of Colin Kaepernick's controversial Nike ad. [Colin] Kaepernick has not played a game
of football for 11 months. He opted out of his San Francisco 49ers contract last August after causing controversy by
taking a kneel during the national anthem in a sign of protest against police brutality against African Americans. On
Monday [9/3/2018], Nike unveiled the campaign to mixed reviews. Star athletes including Serena Williams praised the
company for putting Kaepernick's message at the forefront of its advertising. But Nike customers who opposed
Kaepernick's on-the-field protests were outraged by the move.
Woods Dumps Nike Stock in Response to Kaepernick 'Just Do It' Ad Campaign. Veteran actor and conservative firebrand James Woods
is selling all his Nike stock in response to the athletic apparel company's decision to name former San Francisco 49ers quarterback and infamous
anthem protester Colin Kaepernick as the face of their new "Just Do It" campaign. Woods on Tuesday [9/4/2018] tweeted a screenshot to his
nearly 1.7 million followers of an email he sent to his portfolio manager asking all his Nike stock be sold. "Please divest my
portfolio of all Nike stock in my personal account and in the plan. Henceforth never buy Nike stock for me again," the email read.
Goes Insane Over Tiger Woods' Trump Comments: 'He's Not Black'. ESPN continued down their politically progressive path
on Monday [8/27/2018], going fully insane over golf superstar Tiger Woods' recent comments about President Donald Trump. "First
Take" co-host Max Kellerman, fully triggered by Woods' comments, ranted about how "angry" he was about the "thoughtless statement."
And Kellerman's counterpart, Stephen A. Smith, said that Woods is "not black" and doesn't identify as black, which has upset the
African-American community and explains the golf phenom's Trump comments. Woods was asked about Trump, whom he has a personal
relationship with, by a New York Times reporter on Sunday: "I think a lot of people, especially people of color, immigrants feel
threatened by him, by his policies. ... What do you say to people who might find it interesting, I guess, that you have a friendly
relationship with him?"
host fumes at Tiger Woods' Donald Trump 'respect'. ESPN's Max Kellerman said Monday on "First Take" that Tiger
Woods' response to questions about President Trump made him "angry." Woods was asked after the final round of The
Northern Trust on Sunday about his relationship with Trump and urged people to respect the office of the president.
"He's the president of the United States. You have to respect the office. No matter who is in the office, you may
like, dislike personality or the politics, but we all must respect the office," he said. Kellerman blasted Woods'
remarks, saying it was a "thoughtless statement dressed up as a thoughtful statement."
Lawsuit with NFL Just Blew Up in His FACE. Colin Kaepernick claims that the NFL colluded against him. Cry
me a river. They certainly have a right to not hire him, particularly after his kneeling stunt. Why should a
company be forced to hire a disruptive employee? Regardless, it appears now that Kaepernick's claims are baseless.
His claims of collusion just got a hole poked in his hot air balloon, at least according to John Elway. Elway claims that
the Broncos offered Kaepernick a deal, but he turned it down.
O'Rourke says 'nothing more American' than NFL anthem protests. Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke has jumped into the NFL
national-anthem fray by defending players taking a knee during the ceremony, saying he could think of "nothing more American."
In a response going viral on social media, the Democrat seeking to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, compared the NFL
kneelers to civil-rights icons like Rosa Parks and the Freedom Riders during a campaign appearance last week in Houston.
Kneeling NFL players will help Republicans in November.
If National Football League players continue their protests during the national anthem this season, it will rile some
Republican voters, increasing their intensity and making it more likely that they will vote. At a time when Democrats
want their candidates to be less controversial and let dissatisfaction with President Trump carry them into office, continued
protests by NFL players will force the issue back into the public spotlight and onto the campaign trail, where Democrats will
mostly have to side with the protesters. I am often frustrated that President Trump and Republicans do what their
political opponents want them to do. But in this case, it is the Democrats who are being escorted by a few athletes
into a position they would rather avoid.
few] Eagles Players Stay in Tunnel During National Anthem. Three members of the Philadelphia Eagles refused to
take the field in protest, during the playing of the national anthem at Thursday's [8/16/2018] preseason game. Eagles
safety Malcolm Jenkins and cornerback De'Vante Bausby continued their protests from last season by refusing to take the field
ahead of their game against the New England Patriots. The pair took the field after the song concluded, according to
president Jimmy Pitaro: Network won't show national anthem on 'Monday Night Football'. New ESPN president
Jimmy Pitaro told reporters Friday [8/17/2018] that the network does not plan to televise the national anthem as part of its
Monday Night Football broadcasts this season. Pitaro, who was hired March 5 following the abrupt departure of
John Skipper, told reporters at a media event on ESPN's campus in Bristol, Conn., that the network has not previously shown
the national anthem during its Monday Night Football broadcasts and does not have plans to change — at least,
not in the immediate future. According to Axios, Pitaro also said that ESPN has informed the league of its plans "as (a)
courtesy" given their partnership. Earlier, he had told reporters that he has spent much of his young tenure at ESPN
working to strengthen the company's relationship with the NFL.
NFL Doesn't Actually Care About You, or Your Service. Last year, when the kneeling controversy erupted like a
California wildfire and the president launched a series of attacks on the NFL and Colin Kaepernick, I argued that cooler
heads should prevail and a middle ground could be reached by both sides. Like the recovering alcoholic I am, I must
have been in denial, hoping like a chronic gambler that Roger Goodell would do the right thing, or even just do his
job. Obviously, I was wrong, because here we are again, my friends: another year, another round of protests.
And all because the NFL and Roger Goodell have been subverted by the most sinister of human endeavors — politics.
Union Cancels Discount Ticket Program After Miami Dolphin Anthem Protests. A union that represents police
officers in Florida's Broward County is canceling its participation in a discount ticket program with the Miami Dolphins
after several of the team's players refused to stand during Thursday's pre-season game rendition of the national
anthem. Despite the Broward County Police Benevolent Association's belief that the Miami Dolphins team would be
requiring its players to stand, wide receivers Albert Wilson and Kenny Stills kneeled while one player, defensive end Robert
Quinn, raised his fist before the team's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
won't discipline kneelers as anthem protests make preseason return. Professional football is back and so are the
take-a-knee protests, but the NFL isn't planning on disciplining players who refuse to stand during the national anthem —
at least for now. [...] In a statement, the NFL said it was still engaged in "constructive discussions with the NFL Players
Association regarding the anthem and issues of equality and social justice that are of concern to many Americans."
preseason sees kneeling, raised fists, during national anthem. NFL players continued to protest during the
national anthem on Thursday night as the league began the first full week of its 2018 preseason. Some players held
their fists in the air, while others decided to kneel, despite the controversy surrounding the action. Wide receivers
Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson, both of the Miami Dolphins, knelt during "The Star-Spangled Banner," ahead of their game
against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Miami Herald reported.
Ingrates who won't stand
for the anthem. Colin Kaepernick started it back in 2016 when as quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers he
refused to stand for the anthem during a preseason game. His gripe? "Racial inequality," or so he says. [...]
Yes, it started while Obama was still president. So you can't blame Trump for this one. But they do. Why
not? They blame him for everything else — the news media first of all.
Top 10 Black
Racists. [#6] Colin Kaepernick: Colin Kaepernick, who launched a high-profile protest movement within the
NFL, may now be unemployed and off-the-radar for many Americans, but he's still able to generate media attention. His
anti-American activism, best exemplified by the taking of a knee during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" before
football games, helped to alienate fans and accelerate the NFL's downward slide that was already in progress. Like
DeRay Mckesson and Alicia Garza, Kaepernick is a supporter of convicted cop killer Assata Shakur who broke out of prison in
1979 and fled to Communist Cuba where she still resides. Kaepernick acknowledged raising $20,000 for Chicago-based
Assata's Daughters in matching donations, on top of the $25,000 he personally gave the group previously, the Washington
Times reported in February.
should just dump the national anthem and get on with playing football. Eyes will be focused on watching knees
right from the jump of the NFL preseason in the annual Hall of Fame game Thursday between the Chicago Bears and the Baltimore
Ravens. Television cameras will capture just who is taking a knee and who is not as the national anthem plays.
But should Francis Scott Key's ode to his country even be played before sporting contests? Sports are entertainment.
The national anthem is not played as you enter the museum, sit down at the symphony or stroll into the movie house, which also
represent forms of entertainment.
The Editor says...
The USA Today writer (of the article immediately above) is apparently unaware that the national anthem is played in movie theaters
on military bases — and everyone stands at attention while it is playing.
Jones May Have Single-Handedly Blown Up the NFL's New Anthem Policy. Jerry Jones has a history of doing what he
wants. And last week, when it came to the NFL's new policy regarding player demonstrations during the national anthem,
he broke with the league yet again. The rule, announced in May, was controversial from the beginning. It banned
players from kneeling, raising fists, or otherwise participating in on-field demonstrations during the anthem, but gave them
the choice to remain in the locker room while the song played. The NFL Players' Association, which negotiates its
collective bargaining agreement with the league, objected to the rule — and they weren't the only ones.
Trump is using sports to divide us. LeBron James thinks President Trump is using athletics, and athletes, to
split up the country. [...] "What I've noticed over the past few months," James shared with CNN's Don Lemon during a sit-down
interview on Monday [7/30/2018][,] "(Is) he's kinda used sports to kinda divide us, and that's something that I can't relate
to." Referencing Colin Kaepernick, whose kneeling protests during the pre-game national anthem launched an NFL movement,
and more recently, Stephen Curry, who honored his promise of skipping a visit to Donald Trump's White House, James bemoaned a
myriad of instances in which Trump has twisted peaceful displays of dissent into an indictment of a decaying American value system.
The Editor says...
President Trump didn't originate Black Lives Matter protests or inject anti-American tantrums into football games.
soccer club first in world to be certified carbon neutral by UN. An English soccer team has become the first
professional sports team in the world to be certified carbon-neutral by the United Nations.
The Money: Will NFL Owners Choose George Soros or Millions of Their Fans? [T]he same players who are
funneling $90 million from last year's "settlement"/shakedown to left-wing activists have forced the owners back to the
negotiating table. These are the team owners who saw a 10 percent drop in viewership last season, eight million fewer
Super Bowl viewers this year, and advertisers threaten to leave. From a purely business perspective, capitulating to
the players is clearly a bad idea. The fans have identified the anthem protests for what they are: the promotion of
a false narrative that America is a racist country. And they have made themselves heard loud and clear by simply tuning
out. [...] The NFL's fans are the league's financial driver and represent a broad swath of America that turns to sport for
what it is — entertainment, not politics.
Jones: Cowboys players must stand for national anthem. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones doubled down
Wednesday on insisting that his players stand for the national anthem, declaring that he wouldn't support anyone who chose to
stay in the locker room.
NFL Anthem Protests are upon us. Football season is fast upon us and the world's most profitable sport has fans
geared up and ready to go, but the national anthem protest controversy that has plagued the NFL just won't die.
Titans' Jurrell Casey says he plans to keep protesting and will 'take my fine' in upcoming NFL season: report.
Despite a recently-imposed NFL rule regarding players and personnel behavior during the national anthem, one Tennessee Titans
player reportedly says he'll "take a fine this year" and continue to "protest during the flag." NFL defensive end Jurrell
Casey intends to keep holding up his fist in protest following the conclusion of the Star Spangled Banner, like he did during
the 2017 season, regardless of the fines that may come his way, he told CNN Sport while attending an event in London on
says NFL players who kneel during the anthem twice should be banned for the season. President Donald Trump
demanded on Friday that the '$40,000,000 commissioner' of the NFL suspend players for a whole season if they kneel during
national anthem more than once. In a rehash of last year's controversy, the President took to Twitter to blast NFL
commissioner Roger Godell for not doing enough to stem the tide of players protesting racial inequality in America.
NFLPA freeze anthem rules amid backlash to Miami policy. Hours after The Associated Press reported that Miami
Dolphins players who protest on the field during the anthem could be suspended for up to four games under a team policy
issued this week, the league and the players union issued a joint statement late Thursday night saying the two sides are
talking things out.
files grievance challenging NFL's new anthem policy, claims it 'infringes on player rights'. The NFL Players'
Association announced on Tuesday that it has filed a grievance on behalf of the players challenging the league's
controversial anthem policy, which was introduced in May. "The union's claim is that this new policy, imposed by the
NFL's governing body without consultation with the NFLPA, is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement and
infringes on player rights," the NFLPA said in a statement.
Kaepernick receives civil rights award from National Education Association. Colin Kaepernick was among a dozen
honorees who received a human and civil rights award from the National Education Association. Kaepernick was given the
NEA's President's Award to recognize his work "to fight racial oppression through education and social justice activism"
through the Know Your Rights Camp, a campaign that is fully funded by the footballer. The youth camp aims "to raise
awareness on higher education, self empowerment, and instruction to properly interact with law enforcement in various
scenarios," according to its website.
Kaepernick receives civil rights award from National Education Association. Colin Kaepernick was among a dozen
honorees who received a human and civil rights award from the National Education Association. Kaepernick was given the
NEA's President's Award to recognize his work "to fight racial oppression through education and social justice activism"
through the Know Your Rights Camp, a campaign that is fully funded by the footballer. The youth camp aims "to raise
awareness on higher education, self empowerment, and instruction to properly interact with law enforcement in various
scenarios," according to its website.
The Ways Roger Goodell Has Politicized the NFL:
• Tim Tebow was banned from wearing "John 3:16" on his eye black
• The NFL required the Pentagon to pay the league for military tributes
• The NFL made RG3 turn a "Know Jesus" t-shirt inside out
• The NFL pleaded with teams to consider signing Michael Sam
• The NFL banned a gun vendor's ad from the Super Bowl
• The NFL banned off-duty cops from carrying guns to games
• The NFL denied the Cowboys' request to honor Dallas police after a mass shooting
• The NFL refused a veterans group's "please stand" Super Bowl ad
United Hosts Pride Night. Minnesota United FC hosted Pride Night during its game against FC Dallas Friday night
[6/29/2018]. The celebration came on the same day United midfielder Collin Martin announced he is gay. Martin is
the only openly gay active player in any of the five major male professional sports leagues.
NFL Fans Isn't Just Bad for Owners, but Players Too. One of the most obnoxious stories in America the past year
has been the controversy over players protesting during the national anthem. While I personally sympathize with both
concerns from athletes about police brutality in minority communities, as well as the desire of most football fans to simply
not have any sort of political advocacy mixed into their sports, the resulting media coverage — from both
political and sports outlets — has been largely nauseating. While the NFL offseason obviously brought
discussion of the topic down to a simmer (with the exception being the occasional update on Colin Kaepernick — and
now Eric Reid's — lawsuit against the league), the NFL's decision this week to change its anthem-policy has it
once again at a raging boil. Unfortunately most of these articles try to make this issue more complicated than it
really is: it's all about money.
Hold First Sports LGBTQ Summit. The Minnesota Vikings made history on Thursday. Vikings players, coaches
and members of the LGBTQ community came together for a first of its kind inclusion summit held by an NFL team. The
LGBTQ summit and fundraising event was held at the TCO Performance Center Auditorium in Eagan. It centered around
bridging the gap between the LGBTQ community and sports
"Celebrities", Deviants and Predators, Continue Showcasing Democrat Ideology. When millionaire football players
kneel down rather than honor our fallen soldiers and stand proud of our country, we see that. Check the NFL TV
ratings — take note.
Old Glory. As the NFL continues to dig their knees into political Astroturf, Americans continue to tune
out. Even the most diehard fans get riled up when they witness disrespect shown toward our flag and, ultimately, to the
men and women who have sacrificed dearly to preserve the very freedom that the NFL has flourished under.
Poisonous Politics And Social Media Managed To Even Ruin Sports. Now we've learned that not only were most of
the Philadelphia Eagles not planning to go to the White House, but neither the Cleveland Cavaliers or the Golden State
Warriors were intending to go even before their championship series was over. [...] What was once just a pleasant, if
pointless, afternoon of fun for the team and the White House staff has morphed into a toxic brew.
cancels Eagles' White House celebration on eve of visit after fewer than 10 players planned to attend.
President Trump on Monday [6/4/2018] abruptly rescinded an invitation to host the Eagles at the White House, citing the
"smaller delegation" that was planning to attend and again stoking a national debate by insisting that players "proudly stand
for the National Anthem, hand on heart." The celebration was canceled fewer than 24 hours before the team was
scheduled to visit.
Cancels Eagles Reception Amid National Anthem Protests. President Donald Trump canceled a planned Super Bowl
reception for the Philadelphia Eagles Monday after many players would not attend due to his position that all players must
stand for the national anthem.
taunts NFL over 'escaping' to locker rooms after changing Eagles visit to a national anthem party. President
Donald Trump taunted the NFL on Tuesday by hyping up a party at the White House he decided to throw without them.
Typically, US sports teams who win a championship may be invited to the White House. But during Trump's presidency,
with his repeated criticism of the NFL and sports teams, the affair has become more complicated. On Monday [6/4/2018],
the White House released a statement saying the Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia Eagles would not attend the ceremony.
Philly! Trump says your Eagles can go take a knee somewhere else. NASCAR has no kneeling problem.
It flaunts the flag and patriotism at every race with drivers and their families standing together outside the cars for the
anthem and prayer before harnessing themselves in. Ten days ago for a 600-mile contest at Charlotte Motor Speedway,
NASCAR handed out more than 5,000 free race tickets to military and invited troops into garages to talk shop. But a
convivial championship ceremony will not be happening today with the NFL's Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles at Donald
Trump's White House. Faced Monday evening with a boycott by a significant number of team members and employees, who
object to Trump objections to their National Anthem protests, Trump disinvited everyone.
'Five or fewer' Eagles planned to visit White House. The ongoing battle between Donald Trump and the NFL added
another chapter when the President announced the Philadelphia Eagles' trip to the White House had been cancelled. And
it appears not many players would've showed up anyway. According to ESPN's Don Van Natta Jr., the number of Eagles
making the trip could've been counted on one hand.
absolutely correct to rescind Eagles' White House invitation. Being invited to the White House for public
recognition of your achievements is an honor. This is true regardless of who is president. Why? Because the
president — whether you personally approve of him or not — is the representative of the American people
and the White House is the people's house. So, what happened when the Eagles were invited to the people's house for a
ceremony to honor them for their Super Bowl victory? Fewer than 10 members of the organization accepted the invitation.
Apparently all of the other Eagles had something more important to do than to condescend to accept the accolades of their fellow Americans.
firefighter takes heat after taking knee at police-fire football game. A political and emotional brush fire is
smoldering within a grieving Chicago Fire Department over a national anthem protest that marred a charity football game
dedicated to the memory of two fallen Chicago heroes. Camron McGarity, an African-American firefighter, kneeled while
the Star Spangled Banner was being played before the CFD Blaze faced off against the Chicago Police Department's Enforcers
last Saturday in the eighth annual "First Responders Bowl." A photo of the protest clearly shows the firefighter, wearing
the No. 7 jersey, kneeling on the sidelines while players on either side stood at attention dressed in bright red jerseys
and matching red pants.
Can No Longer Play Nice. An invitation from the commander-in-chief of the United States to visit the White House
in celebration of your Super Bowl victory sounds like a great time, but you can't visit this particular commander-in-chief
without appearing to endorse his conflict with the NFL over the national anthem or, for that matter, his conflict with anyone
about anything. A brief review of the facts of the case is in order. [...]
Should Merge with Starbucks and the NFL. Disney/ABC, Starbucks, and the NFL should merge, as they are this
week's prime example of how to drive away customers while engaged in absurd CEO virtue signaling.
The NFL: It's Game Over.
The mainstream media fell all over itself announcing that [Colin] Kaepernick was the Social Justice Warrior that the world
had been waiting for. Here, at last, was a black sports icon who could start a movement. All you had to do was
open the New York Times to discover the San Francisco 49ers quarterback was really Martin Luther King Jr. The media had
finally found its Chairman Mao in Kaepernick, and its Red Guard in the NFL (of all places!) which suddenly turned itself
overnight into the sports-entertainment arm of the DNC. [...] Once all the losses are totaled, the NFL's anthem outrage will
go down as the most spectacularly stupid business decision that has ever been made.
The NFL controversy is about
so much more than a flag or song. What are the chances that this minority of unhappy players will forsake the
opportunity for national publicity by sitting obscurely in a smelly locker room instead of making their "statement" by
publicly kneeling in front of thousands of paying fans and millions more munching Doritos at home? About the same as
the Cleveland Browns winning the next Super Bowl. The controversy, which began almost two years ago when a benched
quarterback refused to stand for the anthem, is a disturbing one. It plays off a mere game, albeit one that has
supplanted baseball as the national pastime. It's serious business though, costing the league, teams, advertisers,
television networks, parking lots and sports bars countless millions in lost sales of tickets, concessions, merchandise,
meals and drinks, lost viewers and considerable good will even among disaffected non-fans.
NFL Owners To
Players: Get Off Your Knees, Boy. The idiotic "take a knee" scandal in the NFL was launched in 2016 by a
mediocre quarterback named Colin Kaepernick, a mudpuppy ingrate who was the product of miscegenation and apparently had to
loudly declare to the world that he's black because even he has his doubts. It was based on the idea that racist cops
are wantonly slaying young black males in the streets because they are jealous of their charm, good looks, and sexual prowess
rather than the fact that it is young black males who are statistically far more likely than any other group to be shooting
at them. Last NFL season Donald Trump nuzzled his way a little further into our hearts when he said, "Get that
[despicable person] off the field" when referring to the blockheads who knelt during the Star-Spangled Banner with the same
sort of defiance that leads several black males to resist arrest or reach for policemen's guns during routine traffic stops.
stars 'threaten to sit out games until Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid are signed by new teams'. Several NFL
stars are reportedly considering not playing until Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid are signed by teams. According to
columnist Shaun King, the protesting players are hoping that up to 25 percent of the league will join them in sitting
out. In 2016, Kaepernick drew worldwide attention and sparked a protest movement after he began to kneel during the
national anthem to raise awareness of racial equality and police brutality.
and the media are losing the culture war. The New York Times ran three pieces this week opposing the NFL's new
policy requiring players to stand for the national anthem during games, or remain in the locker room if they won't. The
Times' liberal columnist David Leonhardt called the rule "unpatriotic" because it "reject[s] a basic American value."
(Making a statement about your special interest during a short patriotic song, you see, is exactly what the Founding Fathers
had in mind.) The paper's editorial board injected its favorite topic, race, writing that the NFL "capitulated to a
president who relishes demonizing black athletes." And in keeping with the Times' long tradition of publishing
conservative voices so long as their opinions are weak, the paper gave space to anti-Trump writer David French to denounce
"the conservative mob" for approving of the NFL's policy. By "conservative mob," French apparently means the large
majority of Americans who don't approve of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.
Put The "F" In NFL. It's not often you get to watch a major corporation publicly try to pull out of a
self-inflicted nosedive, but that's exactly what the National Football League attempted to do this week. The last two
seasons have been a time of shrinking viewership for the league that "owns a day of the week," as they saying goes, and that
negatively impacts the bottom line. So the NFL came up with a solution to what they see as the problem. Starting
this season, the NFL will fine teams with players who don't stand for the national anthem. Whether or not those teams
fine the actual players who refuse to stand is up to them, but the team will also be penalized, which could cost some teams
some games. If that isn't enough to at least give activist players pause — harming their
teammates — nothing will.
The Editor says...
Sunday used to be called "The Lord's Day." To state that the NFL now owns it is blasphemy. Moreover, the NFL
also conducts games on Mondays and Thursdays. They don't own those days either. Nor does your television.
players, leave your agendas in the locker room. The idea that the NFL is only implementing its new national
anthem policy because of falling ratings and public pressure is exactly how businesses work. No business exists to
employ people; they exist to make as much money as possible. Hemorrhaging fans, or customers, is the quickest path to
failure, so it's smart for the NFL to do all it can to stop the swirling public relations disaster its players created.
Fining teams whose players kneel during the anthem isn't "punishing dissent," it's the people who sign the front of the
players' sizable checks exerting the authority inherent in any employer/employee relationship.
the NFL, patriotism is for sale. On Wednesday [5/23/2018], the NFL announced a new policy of fining teams whose players
decline to stand for the national anthem and empowering the teams to fine those players in turn. This is heavy-handed and
probably will prove foolish. The pro-football establishment — not only the NFL itself but also its media
partners — has done far more than Kaepernick to turn the sport into a political spectacle. It's simply that
the nationalist pageantry that is appealing in Trump country is welcome, while the Black Lives Matter-inspired displays of
Kaepernick et al. are not.
NFL to Fine Teams for 'Any Flag, Anthem Disrespect'. The NFL will allow players to remain in the locker room
during the national anthem. However, if they come out and protest the flag or anthem, their teams will get fined.
That is the new policy announced in a statement by Commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday [5/23/2018].
Ellison boycotting NFL games over 'cowardly' kneeling ban. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) said that he will
boycott NFL games this upcoming season over the league's new policy requiring players to stand during the national
anthem. "Friends who know me, know that I love football. But I won't be watching this NFL season because of the
unfair cowardly and idiotic kneeling ban," the progressive lawmaker tweeted on Sunday, adding the hashtag "Boycott NFL."
Players' Association criticizes new league policy on kneeling during national anthem. The NFL Players
Association (NFLPA) on Wednesday criticized the league for its new national anthem policy. In a statement, the union
said it would review the new policy and "challenge any aspect of it that is inconsistent with the collective bargaining
agreement." The union accused the league of contradicting its previous statements and of ignoring players' wishes in
developing the new policy, which instructs that all team and league personnel should stand for the national anthem.
is 'considering 15-yard penalties for teams who kneel during the national anthem'. NFL club owners are
considering potential 15-yard penalties for kneeling during the national anthem among ways of coping with a backlash over
player protests, Sports Illustrated reported Tuesday [5/22/2018]. According to a story on the magazine's website, owners
set aside three hours to talk about the anthem issue, which President Donald Trump elevated into a major controversy last
year. Ideas to handle players kneeling during the anthem included allowing home teams to decide if players should be
out of the locker room during the pre-game playing of The Star-Spangled Banner or not. If players are on the sideline,
then 15-yard penalties could be imposed on teams with players who kneel during the anthem.
suggests NFL players should leave the U.S. if they don't stand for the national anthem. President Donald Trump
backed an NFL rule change Wednesday that bans kneeling during the national anthem and hits violators with fines.
However, the president — who instigated the new policy with his withering rebuke of players refusing to stand
during the tribute to America — said the measure doesn't go far enough. 'I don't think people should be
staying in the locker rooms,' he told Fox & Friends in a pre-taped interview that aired on Thursday's [5/24/2018] program.
'You shouldn't be playing, you shouldn't be there. Maybe they shouldn't be in the country.'
chairman Christopher Johnson says he'll pay any anthem-related fines for Jets players. Despite the institution
of a new policy requiring players to stand during the national anthem and imposing fines for any that don't, no New York Jets
players will be paying any fines.
Completes Hail Mary to Beat Social-Justice Wreckers. Though even at the height of the phenomenon just a small
percentage of the players knelt, the spectacle of millionaire athletes disrespecting the country that made them rich proved
so offputting to fans that television ratings tanked. Ratings declined by 10 percent in 2017 over the previous
season. And in 2016, when the league lamely attempted to blame the presidential election, the numbers dropped by 8
percent. While numerous factors contributed to the sharp decline in viewers, the kneelers undoubtedly wrestled the
ratings down the most.
Considering New Forms of Protests for Revised National Anthem Policy. Some NFL players are reportedly
considering new ways to protest after NFL owners voted on a new national anthem policy Wednesday [5/23/2018], reports Sports
Illustrated's Robert Klemko. According to Klemko, some are discussing ways to skirt new rules "just to spite the NFL."
The policy removes a requirement for players to be on the field for the anthem, and gives players the option to stay in the locker
room. Teams will be fined for any personnel that "do not show proper respect for the flag and Anthem" on the sidelines.
players mulling new anthem protests 'to spite' league over planned crackdown: report. Some NFL players are
reportedly planning new protests during the national anthem "just to spite the NFL" in wake of the league's new anti-kneeling
policy that was announced Wednesday [5/23/2018]. The players, who weren't planning on demonstrating during the national
anthem this season, said they were looking for way to "skirt" the new NFL rules, Sports Illustrated reported Thursday.
Some NFL players are reportedly planning new protests during the national anthem "just to spite the NFL" in wake of the league's
new anti-kneeling policy that was announced Wednesday.
NFL players should choose a different form of protest. For nearly three weeks last fall, the National Football
League waged war against President Trump over player protests during the national anthem. After 19 days, NFL
Commissioner Roger Goodell began a slow-moving public relations train wreck of capitulation, culminating in a new rule
announced Wednesday [5/23/2018] that will allow the league to fine teams for actions taken by players deemed disrespectful
during playing of the anthem. Under the policy, it is up to individual teams to decide whether they want to discipline
players for protesting during playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner."
Pete King: 'Indefensible to Kneel' for 'False Narrative' on Police Violence. It is "indefensible" when National
Football League players refuse to stand for the National Anthem, and represents a "false narrative of police bias against
black men," Rep. Pete King said in a column Saturday [5/26/2018]. In the column, as in a tweet earlier in the
morning, the New York Republican drew a comparison between those who kneel in protest of police violence to people who would
make a Nazi salute on the football field. In his tweet, King declared it "disgraceful" that the owner of the New York
Jets, Christopher Johnson, would "pay fines for players who kneel for National Anthem. Encouraging a movement premised
on lies vs. police. Would he support all player protests? Would he pay fines of players giving Nazi salutes or
spew racism? It's time to say goodbye to Jets!"
to Host Daylong Summit on LGBTQ Inclusion. The Minnesota Vikings will become the first NFL team to host a
summit on LGBTQ inclusion in sports. The Vikings announced Wednesday the summit will be held at the team's headquarters
in Eagan on June 21. A reception will be held afterward to raise money for local and national LGBTQ organizations.
The team is working to create opportunities for people in the LGBTQ community. "We hope that this really jump-starts the
conversation," Vikings chief operating officer Kevin Warren said.
the Left Touches it Ruins. The left is increasingly poisoning sports. In most football stadiums this past season,
one could not attend an NFL game without being subjected to left-wing contempt for America and its flag.
Seahawks Cancel Meeting with Colin Kaepernick After He Refuses to Stop Anthem Protests. According to ESPN's
Adam Schefter, the Seattle Seahawks canceled a visit with Colin Kaepernick after he refused to say he would stop protesting
during the playing of the national anthem. Schefter reported that the Seahawks tried to get the former NFL player to
commit to ending his protests, but Kaepernick refused.
Runners Can Race Boston Marathon Under Identified Gender. Transgender runners who qualify can take part in the
Boston Marathon as their identified gender, according to Boston Marathon officials. The issue has garnered attention
following a profile in Canadian Running of three transgender women signed up for the race. Comments to the article
included reservation from readers that the elevated testosterone levels would potentially bump other women from the race, who
would otherwise have qualified.
"Collusion" Grievance Against The NFL Moves Forward. If you thought we'd heard the last of noted National
Anthem protester and former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, think again. The budding social justice warrior still
hasn't given up on the idea that he can land a starting spot with a National Football League team simply by demanding that
one is owed to him. He filed a "grievance" against the league last year claiming that the league and the various team
owners were all "colluding" against him to keep him from playing.
owners finalize $90M social-justice deal without resolving anthem protests. NFL team owners unanimously gave
their final approval Monday [3/26/2018] to an unprecedented $90 million social-justice initiative but made no decisions about how
to handle players refusing to stand for the national anthem. Instead, owners are expected to continue the discussion about
whether to change the game-day policy, which does not require players to stand, at the spring league meeting in May, according to
a post on NFL.com citing the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The decision to avoid an anthem vote at the March 25-28 annual
league meeting in Orlando came with the owners split on how to handle the divisive two-year-old sideline protests, which have been
blamed in large part for the NFL's 9.7 percent ratings decline in the 2017 regular season.
owners' social justice cash may defuse anthem protests, may not satisfy fans. After two years of kneeling
players and plummeting ratings, NFL owners are expected next week to put the finishing touches on an $89 million social
justice package intended to defuse the sideline protest problem that began with Colin Kaepernick in 2016 and put the focus
back on what happens on the field. But while some activist players have indicated that it's time to move on —
unsigned safety Eric Reid, for one, said Thursday that his anthem-kneeling days are over — others have said
no deal. The package's $25 million for former Obama administration figure Van Jones and his left-wing Dream
Corps isn't likely to sit well with conservatives already fed up with the league's politics.
Patriots Flew Parkland Students to D.C. Ahead of 'March for Our Lives' on Team Plane. Students from Marjory
Stoneman Douglas High School left Florida on Thursday, for the "March For Our Lives" against gun violence in Washington, DC,
this weekend. And their transportation came courtesy of the New England Patriots. According to the Boston
Globe, "On Thursday [3/22/2018], team owner Robert Kraft provided the team's official plane to fly the families of the 17
victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and some of the students who were injured and survived the
harrowing incident to the nation's capital for the event, according to Patriots spokesman Stacey James."
stars, athletes driving away viewers with political activism, poll finds. Actors and athletes increasingly
using their forums for political activism are turning off viewers, according to a newly released poll. A McLaughlin &
Associates/Media Research Center survey released Wednesday [3/21/2018] found that 44 percent were less likely to watch
sports and entertainment shows "because they have become too political." In addition, 75 percent said they watch
sports and entertainment to escape from politics, and "do not want to be bombarded with partisan political messages."
The poll of 1,000 likely voters comes with television ratings plummeting in the last year for high-profile sports and
cashing in — except for the unwelcome Kaepernick. As free agency kicked off the start of a new
football season, the NFL sent a clear message to anyone paying attention: Colin Kaepernick, you're still not
wanted. Probably not ever. Oh, and while we're at it, it's pretty clear the owners have every intention of
clamping down on any other players who tries to carry on Kaepernick's legacy.
NBA Teams Play 'Negro National Anthem' at Games for Black History Month. At least four NBA teams have played
the Black National Anthem before their games last month. The Washington Wizards was the fourth NBA team to play the
anthem at a game in February for Black History Month. The white national anthem was not played this year.
The Editor says...
If there's a black national anthem, that means the blacks think they have their own nation. That's black separatism.
Eagles will skip Donald Trump White House visit after winning Super Bowl. Several Eagles players plan on
skipping the traditional White House celebration after winning Super Bowl LII over the New England Patriots on Sunday
night. Wide receiver Torrey Smith, defensive end Chris Long, and safety Malcolm Jenkins are among the players planing
to boycott visiting President Donald J. Trump.
Leftist Lies. Millions are outraged at the NFL. Americans who simply tuned in to watch Sunday football games
were slapped in the face by NFL players, coaches, and management politically protesting on the field against our flag, country,
national anthem, and police. And yet, NFL management had the audacity to reject an ad for the Superbowl program booklet,
claiming it is too political. The ad featured a veteran, a U.S. flag and the words, "#Please Stand." The NFL's
rejection of the ad is evidence of the NFL arrogantly supporting the American Left while dissing mainstream Americans.
'All I know
is murder'. Everything you need to know about the Super Bowl can be found in the rap hit "Dreams and
Nightmares," by Meek Mill. But which more truthfully could be named after a line in the song: "The Murder Game"
or "All I Know Is Murder." Everything about how far professional football has fallen and how the NFL celebrates the
obscene, the vulgar, the dangerous, and the foolish will be on full display as that song blares as the Eagles take the field.
This song that the Eagle players have chosen is about guns, drugs, money, bitches, and murder, over and over and over. Just
like the rest of Meek Mill songs, which also include a healthy dollop of the evils of the white man. [...] Meek Mill will not be
there. He's in the joint.
Raises $20K In Donations For Group Honoring Cop Killer. There's always something new shedding light on who this
guy really is, to say nothing of the celebrities who ponied up the 2-large for this group.
raises $20K in celebrity donations for group honoring convicted cop-killer. Colin Kaepernick said Friday he has
raised $20,000 for Assata's Daughters, named after convicted cop-killer Assata Shakur, through matching donations from his
celebrity friends as part of his Million Dollar Pledge. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback announced that
comedian Hannibal Buress and actress Yara Shahidi would both donate $10,000 to Assata's Daughters, which says it "carries
on the tradition of radical liberatory activism encompassed by Assata Shakur."
the Super Bowl - Veterans, bars, even a bowling alley are saying 'no' to the big game. A growing number of
Americans have decided they have better things to do with their time on Super Bowl Sunday than support a professional
football league that doesn't have the decency to honor the national anthem. American Legion and VFW posts, restaurants
and bars, and even a bowling alley have decided they will not broadcast the Super Bowl game in their establishments —
out of respect for veterans and law enforcement.
Walker: Players Received 'Hush Money' From NFL to Stand for Anthem. Former NFL running back Herschel
Walker accused the NFL of essentially giving out "hush money" to stop players from kneeling for the national anthem.
The 1982 Heisman Trophy winner highlighted the fact that the NFL in late November offered $100 million to social justice
organizations favored by players. The move was widely viewed as an attempt by the league to end the controversy
surrounding the anthem protests.
disrespects our vets again; Time to boycott the Super Bowl. Don't let the military jet fly-over fool you this
Super Bowl. The NFL is just as anti-military as they were before. The NFL rejected a veterans group, AMVET's,
Super Bowl ad because it asks people to stand for the anthem. The two words that frighten the NFL and Roger Goodell to
the core is: "please stand." There is only one word to describe this: Censorship. The NFL invited AMVET's
to advertise during the Super Bowl. But was quickly rejected once the ad stated #PleaseStand. The reason? They
didn't accept the ad because they consider it a "political statement."
to highlight players' work on equality issues. The NFL announced Tuesday [1/23/2018] it would establish a council of
players and owners to highlight league members' work on issues of racial justice and equality. A press release on the
NFL's website details the "Let's Listen Together" campaign, which includes five current NFL team owners and five current or
former players and plans to "focus on supporting programs and initiatives that reduce barriers to opportunity, with a
priority on supporting improvements in education and economic development, community and police relations, and the criminal
Ignore NFL Quashing 'Please Stand' Super Bowl Ad by Veterans Group. With the protest-filled 2017 NFL season set
to come to an end in a couple of weeks, the league found itself engulfed in controversy Tuesday when they banned an ad from a
veterans group asking people to "please stand" for the national anthem. It was a truly sad story, but the none of the
major network news outlets (ABC, CBS, and NBC) felt the need to report it to their viewers during their evening broadcasts.
Made 'A Big Mistake' by Rejecting Pro-Veterans Ad. The NFL has turned into a political sideshow over the past
two seasons — and when it comes to this year's Super Bowl, the league has shown it's not supportive of those whose
political opinions differ from its own narrative.
named finalist for NFL's 'Community MVP' award. NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been named a finalist for
an award honoring players for their community service work. Kaepernick and four other players were announced as
finalists for the NFL Players Association's (NFLPA) Byron "Whizzer" White Community MVP award, according to NBC Sports.
The free agent quarterback pledged $1 million to various charitable organizations during the 2016 season. He won the
NFLPA's "Community MVP" award during Week 1 of the 2017 season after donating $100,000 to four charities and holding a
back-to-school backpack giveaway in New York City.
kneeling comes to abrupt halt: Protesters miss playoffs. NBC plans to televise any players who refuse to
stand for "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Super Bowl, but there may be nothing to show. It appears that NFL players
are no longer taking a knee during the national anthem, namely because none of the teams with still-active protesters has
qualified for the postseason.
pathetic results of the NFL kneeling spree. What, exactly, did the NFL "take-a-knee" protests by wealthy black
football players protesting racial injustice accomplish? Based on what most people could see, pretty much nothing, other
than lost ticket sales. People go to football games to be entertained, not to be lectured by their supposed betters in
another dreary virtue-signaling game.
Will Show Kneeling If It Happens At Super Bowl. NBC announced Tuesday [1/9/2018] that they will definitely show
players if they take a knee during the national anthem at the Super Bowl next month, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"It's certainly possible," Fred Gaudelli, executive producer of the big game, said about the chances of players taking a knee
in protest. "It was a pretty big story in our country this fall. We'd show it."
federal court rules high school football player can't be ordered to stand for national anthem. A California
federal court has ruled that a high school football player cannot be ordered to stand for the national anthem before
games. The decision, made by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California on Dec. 21, struck down
statutes enforced by the San Pasqual Valley Unified School District, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday [12/30/2017].
The district prohibited students from "kneeling, sitting or similar forms of political protest" at sporting events and "required
students and coaches to "stand and remove hats/helmets during the playing or singing of the national anthem," according to court
national anthem protests continue during final week of regular season. More than a dozen NFL players protested
during or right after the national anthem on Sunday, the final weekend of the league's regular season. Nine Seattle
Seahawks players sat or knelt during the anthem prior to the teams' game, as they have throughout the season. Michael
Bennett, Marcus Smith, Frank Clark, Dion Jordan and others were among those demonstrating, The Associated Press
reported. Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews remained off the field during the national anthem before his
team's game, while his teammates, Brian Orakpo and Jurrell Casey, raised their fists once the anthem ended.
John's CEO John Schnatter steps down weeks after wading into NFL anthem controversy. Papa John's CEO John
Schnatter is stepping down from his position, the company announced Thursday. He will be replaced on Jan. 1 by COO
Steve Ritchie. Schnatter will remain chairman of the board. Schnatter's face is a fixture to TV-watching sports
fans; he is best-known for peddling his pizza on Sunday TV spots featuring Peyton Manning and J.J. Watt. Schnatter's
resignation comes weeks after he courted controversy by blaming the NFL's handling of players protesting social injustice who
take a knee during the national anthem for falling sales and tanking stock prices. Papa John's stock has lost more than
30 percent of its value since the beginning of 2017.
controversial CEO steps down after facing backlash for his criticism of NFL anthem protests. The controversial
founder and CEO of Papa John's, John Schnatter, is stepping down, the company announced Thursday [12/21/2017]. The
company said its current president, Steve Ritchie, would replace him. Schnatter sparked controversy in November when he
slammed NFL leadership over players' kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality.
"Leadership starts at the top, and this is an example of poor leadership," Schnatter said in a call with investors.
president sends letter to season-ticket holders blaming 'noticeable' number of empty seats on Baltimore players' 'one-time
protest'. The Baltimore Ravens sent a letter to season-ticket holders this week which was signed by team
president Dick Cass blames the team's diminished attendance on the players who protested police brutality against minorities
by kneeling during the national anthem before the team's September 24 game in London. That game was the first of many
protests that day immediately following President Donald Trump's condemnation of the protests [...] during a speech in Alabama.
The Ravens players have not protested since.
Co-Hosting 'Social Justice Workshop' For College Athletes. The National Football League has lost millions of
fans and seen its profits and ratings tank as a result of the "#takeaknee protests that spread across the league in the first
few weeks of the season. But thanks to a new commitment to social justice issues, borne out of the Colin Kaepernick-led
protests, the NFL will actually take part in a training program that will help to focus the next generation of activist
athletes looking to make a "social justice" difference. The "Advocacy in Sport" workshop, presented by the NFL in
concert with Morehouse College, will teach student athletes "how to develop and implement effective advocacy platforms that
positively impact society," according to Campus Reform.
'Diddy' Combs wants to buy Carolina Panthers and sign Kaepernick. Hip hop mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs said
Sunday night [12/17/2017] he's interested in buying the Carolina Panthers and signing quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has been
unemployed this season after kneeling during the national anthem in 2016. Panthers owner Jerry Richardson announced Sunday
he would be selling the team after the 2017 season, just hours after Sports Illustrated published accusations of sexual misconduct
from former employees. Richardson also allegedly used a racial slur about a team scout. Diddy took to Twitter soon after the
Panthers announced the upcoming sale, declaring his desire to own a team and increase diversity among NFL ownership.
The Editor says...
Brilliant idea. I strongly encourage Mr. Combs to buy the team, make it the most radical left-wing BLM/SJW
activist branch of the NFL, and then see what happens to ticket sales and the resale value of the team. Then we
will all see the value of "diversity among NFL ownership."
Team Hit With Lawsuit, Courtesy of Flag-Loving Americans. Fed up with the NFL's ongoing national anthem
protests, one fan has attempted to strike back by filing a suit against the New Orleans Saints in the hopes of recouping the
thousands of dollars he spent on season tickets to the team's games. Louisiana resident Lee Dragna filed a suit in a
district court Monday "seeking a refund for the tickets as well as attorney's fees, claiming the protest by some players
against police brutality and racial injustice has prevented him and his family from enjoying the games," reported the The New
defends NFL's massive planned donation for social justice causes. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday [12/11/2017]
defended the league's move to pay nearly $90 million to social justice causes supported by some players, despite critics' claims
that it was meant purely to appease activist athletes, including those who have kneeled during the national anthem this year.
counts 5 NFL players protesting during anthem. The Associated Press counted five NFL players protesting during
the national anthem of the league's early games Sunday [12/10/2017].
Players' Protests Focusing Attention on League's Tax Breaks. The knee-bending antics of professional football
players are focusing attention on a key issue: Are the taxpayer subsidies involved in supporting the NFL worth it in
generating new revenues as promised? An issue getting less attention is whether taxpayers should be involved in
supporting professional football in the first place. Especially when those in the league are thumbing their noses at
the very taxpayers who are funding them. Jeff Mordock, writing in the Washington Times, said that "the protests
are sparking a conversation on the NFL itself and whether the public investment in teams pays off for [the] communities that
host them — and often serve [instead] as their cash machines." That conversation is revealing what economists
have concluded from time immemorial: there is no net gain to taxpayers either from their funding of stadiums or helping
the teams' owners purchase their players' contracts.
Vonn: I won't be representing US President at Winter Olympics. A number of US athletes have spoken out
against Donald Trump during his presidency — and skier Lindsey Vonn has become the latest to have her say.
Targeting Olympic gold at February's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Vonn is in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where she
spoke passionately about what it means to compete for the US ski team. "Well I hope to represent the people of the
United States, not the president," Vonn told CNN's Alpine Edge.
Kaepernick honored with ACLU award. Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the surprise
honoree at the ACLU of Southern California's annual awards dinner Sunday night, accepting the Eason Monroe Courageous
Advocate Award for his kneeling protests against the national anthem that sparked a movement across the NFL.
Mr. Kaepernick's appearance, which was not announced prior to the event at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly
Hills, was met with a standing ovation.
Illustrated Grants Award to Colin Kaepernick for Disrespecting National Anthem. Sports Illustrated has followed
GQ down the rabbit hole of radical leftism by granting an award to the bitterly anti-American former football player who set
in motion the ongoing collapse of the NFL, Colin Kaepernick.
Week 13 : Thugs Who Disrespect the Anthem, Flag and Military. As the NFL continues to lose attendance and TV
viewership, NFL thugs continued their "oppression" protests for Week 13 in the NFL.
Kneeler to Fans: If You Don't Like the Protests Stay Home!. The New York Giants defensive lineman who
protested the national anthem during the Thanksgiving Day night game against the Washington Redskins has a message for fans
who don't like it. STAY HOME!
Kaepernick Is Recipient of 2017 Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award. Colin Kaepernick made his truth
known when he first decided not to stand for the national anthem. He had a lot of football left to play and a lot more
money to make when he made his decision. It was late August, 2016. People who were anonymous in life had become famous
in death. Philando Castile. Eric Garner. Alton Sterling. Freddie Gray. They were tragic symbols of a
society that had taken a terribly wrong turn. As the anthem played ahead of the 49ers' preseason game against the Texans,
Kaepernick, San Francisco's 28-year-old quarterback at the time, quietly took a seat on the bench. It took two weeks for
anyone from the media to ask him about it. Kaepernick explained that he was making a statement about inequality and
social justice, about the ways this country "oppresses black people and people of color."
to Contribute $100 Million to Social Justice Causes as Part of Anthem Protest Surrender. The NFL's sellout to
their anthem-protesting players is starting to look a lot more like a buyout. According to ESPN, the league will offer
nearly $100 million to causes designed to promote "social justice change." In a move unlike anything seen from a major
American sports league, the league will offer the money in hopes that it will end the ratings-killing protest movement begun by
Colin Kaepernick in the preseason of 2016.
Prices for Thanksgiving NFL Game Tumbling to Less than $15 as Anthem Protests Continue. It has gotten
increasingly hard for average Americans to afford to take their families out to sporting events, because the costs are so
high. But as the NFL continues to lose fans, TV ratings, and moral authority, ticket prices have also crashed to
unheard of lows.
owners could change anthem policy next season if protests continue. Some NFL owners believe there is a strong
possibility they will enact an offseason change to the league's national anthem policy if players' protests during the anthem
persist through the end of this season, reverting to a previous approach of keeping players in the locker room while the
anthem is played, according to several people familiar with the league's inner workings. "I think that if players are
still kneeling at the end of the year, then it could very well happen," said one person familiar with the owners'
deliberations on anthem-related issues. That person said it was "too early to tell" for certain if the change to the
anthem policy will be made by owners and the league. The person was "not sure" if a formal vote of the owners would be
required to enact such a change but said, "I think most owners would support it, particularly if players continue to kneel
there's No Free Lunch. Let us cut to the chase: the NFL owns the players' protest because not only has the
league failed to hold players accountable, its owners joined in the anti-American protest. Well, virtue signaling
has a price. Americans are about to pull tax breaks that the league enjoys.
mulls changing anthem policy for next year. The NFL is considering an idea for next year to keep players inside
their locker rooms during the playing of the National Anthem. "I think that if players are still kneeling at the end of
the year, then it could very well happen," said one person familiar with the owners' deliberations on anthem-related
issues. Years ago, the players would come out on the field to warm up and then return to the locker room during the
National Anthem. The league is thinking of going back to that policy.
repays billions in American taxpayers' dollars with a knee. No thanks. This Thanksgiving, for the first
time since I was a toddler, I will not be watching any NFL games. I find the League's disrespect for our country and
our national anthem reprehensible and a totally unwarranted injection of partisan anti-police politics into a cherished
sport. I'm hardly alone in that belief, as a recent Remington Research poll found that 80 percent of Americans
responded that they'd like to see less politics during sporting events. Most of the blame for this mess clearly lies
with Commissioner Roger Goodell, whose feckless lack of leadership allowed this issue to fester despite clear NFL rules about
players standing respectfully for our flag. Amazingly, Goodell is about to ink a new contract that, according to ESPN,
will pay him approximately $40 million a year and perhaps include such perks as lifetime private jet travel. It's
astounding that the NFL owners, a very savvy group of business leaders, would reward Goodell with such generosity after his
many management fumbles including the Ray Rice scandal, Deflate-gate, and sagging TV ratings.
Kaepernick celebrates 'Unthanksgiving Day' on Alcatraz Island. True to the theme that he's been nationally
talking about — or rather, taking a knee for — since last summer, former 49er Colin Kaepernick attended
an "Unthanksgiving Day" celebration on Alcatraz Island. The Indigenous Peoples Sunrise Ceremony, held annually on
Thanksgiving since 1975, commemorates the survival of Native American peoples following the settlement of Europeans in the
Will Only Stand for Mexican National Anthem. Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat during most of U.S. anthem
and stood for the Mexican anthem before their game against the Patriots at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. Lynch has not
stood for the national anthem since returning from retirement this season.
National Boycott of the NFL Did Not Matter. America hating Leftists never back off or surrender ground.
As a matter of fact, to continue poking a finger in the eye of normal Americans, Leftist rag GQ magazine outrageously named
Colin Kaepernick its Citizen of the Year. Kaepernick is the player who started NFL players shamefully kneeling during
our national anthem. Sports media instantly declared Kaepernick, a mediocre quarterback, a hero. And yet, sports
media is obsessed with pressuring an NFL team to hire Kaepernick. NFL players have been fooled into believing their
protest is about fairness and justice. These young men are clueless that Leftists view them as useful idiots in their
long-term plan to bring down America economically, culturally, and globally.
Protest Gets Kaepernick "Citizen of the Year". Name country singer Blake Shelton People's Sexiest Man of 2017
and left-wing media go in an uproar. Pick out-of-work quarterback Colin Kaepernick as GQ's "Citizen of the Year" and
sane people look at you stupefied. Kaepernick worked with the magazine to "reclaim the narrative of his protest."
So they photographed him in Harlem "intending to evoke the spirit of Muhammad Ali's anti-Vietnam War protests."
McHenry, ex-ESPN reporter, blasts GQ for naming Colin Kaepernick 'Citizen of the Year'. On Monday, GQ magazine
released its special issue naming former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick "Citizen of the Year." The
controversial figure in sports, and the magazine, received a lot of backlash, including a string of tweets from former ESPN
reporter Britt McHenry. "I see that magazine cover and I think if we want to go with a football player, Houston Texans'
JJ Watt raised $37 million for Hurricane Harvey relief. Why is he not the citizen of the year," she told Fox
News' Neil Cavuto Monday night [11/13/2017].
NFL owners, tired of half-empty stadiums? Tell your players to stand up for America. [I]t took quite a
bit to get me to boycott the NFL, but they managed it. Until the owners require their players to stand for the national
anthem, or sit for the game, I won't watch a minute, and I'm not alone. Since Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during
the anthem in a misguided protest against police violence, the NFL has been hemorrhaging fans. Both TV viewership and
attendance at stadiums are well down and once people find other ways to spend their Sundays, they may not come back.
Colin Kaepernick Is No Muhammad Ali. GQ magazine named former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick its 2017 "Citizen of
the Year." In doing so, GQ overlooked NFL Houston Texans' J.J. Watt, who raised some $37 million for hurricane
relief. Many of Kaepernick's supporters liken his protest to that of boxer Muhammad Ali, who refused to be inducted into the
military. The comparison is not well-taken.
Basketball Teams Make National Anthem Demonstrations At The Champions Classic. It appears the national anthem
protest has trickled down to college basketball. Two of the four college basketball teams that participated in the
Champions Classic in Chicago on Tuesday night participated in a national anthem demonstration before their game. While
nobody took a knee, the players on each team wore t-shirts in an apparent demonstration in pre-game warm-ups and during the
playing of the national anthem.
From One Frenzy to the
Next. It is hard to sustain outrage about NFL racism when twentysomething multimillionaires, in a league
of over 75 percent African-Americans, insult the sources of their income by refusing to stand for the National Anthem -- and
belatedly come to realize that the logical trajectory of their supposed principled demonstrations is their own irrelevance and
eventual impoverishment. What cooled the NFL hysteria was the reality that the hyped story of "taking a knee" was morphing
into the scarier narrative of less money, an absence of politically correct proportional representation among players, looming
league downsizing, pampered athletes, traumatic brain injuries, and a public weariness with everything from ESPN to Colin
Kaepernick. In other words, taking a knee reminded about 20 percent of NFL fans that there were already reasons
enough to turn the channel. And so they did.
Three NFL Players Knelt During The Anthem On Veterans Day Weekend. Three NFL players took a knee as the
national anthem played at the New York Giants game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, according to multiple
reports. As "The Star Spangled Banner" played at Levi Stadium over Veterans Day weekend, Eric Reid and Marquise Goodwin
knelt on the San Francisco side. They were joined by Olivier Vernon on the New York side. No NFL players knelt
during the early games on Sunday [11/12/2017], according to the New York Daily News.
Packers Game Half Empty at Soldier Field. The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers have a historic rivalry. But after several
weeks of NFL National Anthem protests even Soldier Field in Chicago was half empty today [11/12/2017].
Vin Scully a racist is a new low point. Saturday, Vin Scully, who turns 90 on Nov. 29, had the audacity to
protest the protesters. He thus was condemned as an "Old Retired White Man" on a popular, but reckless, often dishonest
and vulgar sports website featuring cheap-shot artists who make snap, no-research bad guesses to mischaracterize and defame.
Like Morning Zoo radio, that's how several internet sports journalism sites generate attention. That's where we're
headed. At a symposium, Scully calmly answered a question about NFL take-a-knee national anthem protests. He said
he's so upset by them, he'll never watch another NFL game. He's hardly alone among those who won't suffer conspicuous
disrespect for the anthem and flag over any selected or selective issue. Such protests appear dismissive or ignorant of
greater symbols of freedom, history and sacrifice.
The Editor says...
As far as I know, all Mr. Scully said was that he didn't want to watch football any more. How is that racist?
Racial politics has certainly been injected into professional sports, but not by Mr. Scully.
Invitation To Kaepernick To Meet With Goodell Turns Into Snarky Public Feud. Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback-turned-activist
who started the anthem protests by refusing "to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people
of color," continues to be both unemployed and making headlines. In the latest episode of the Kaepernick saga, the NFL extended an
invitation to the sidelined QB to meet one-on-one with commissioner Roger Goodell — a proposition that quickly devolved into
a snarky public feud between Kaepernick's lawyer and an NFL spokesman.
Scully says he'll 'never watch another NFL game again'. Saturday night, former Dodgers announcer and Hall of
Famer Vin Scully was at the Pasadena Civic Center for an event called "An Evening With Vin Scully." At some point during
the event, Scully was asked about the NFL's national anthem protests, in which players have taken a knee during the anthem to
protest police brutality and racism. Scully said he "will never watch another NFL game" because of the protests.
Advertisers to NBC: Stop Showing Players' Protests. The unease among advertisers over falling National Football
League TV ratings is starting to boil over. One of the league's major sponsors is considering pulling the plug on its
NFL advertising next year, and, according to Business Insider's Mike Shields, other "brands are threatening to pull ads from
NFL coverage if NBC keeps covering players' national-anthem protests." If those ad dollars go away, technological shifts
may cause advertisers to decide not to return.
Refuses Service Award Offered by Saints, Calls NFL Protests 'Slap in the Face'. The NFL has long-standing
tradition of mixing respect for the flag, and those who defend it, into their pregame ceremonies and community
outreach. However, since the NFL has recently decided to mix disrespect for the flag, and those who defend it, into
their pregame ceremonies. One veteran in Louisiana has decided to call them out on it. Meet John Wells, he is a
retired Navy commander and executive director of the national Military Veterans Advocacy organization, in Slidell,
Louisiana. Mr. Wells was chosen by the Saints to be the recipient of the People's Health Champion award. A
recognition offered to a member of the community who exemplifies "the exceptional achievements of Louisiana residents age 65
most powerful owners targeted in Kaepernick's collusion case. Some of the NFL's most powerful owners will be at
the center of Colin Kaepernick's collusion case. The Cowboys' Jerry Jones, the Patriots' Robert Kraft and the Texans'
Bob McNair will be deposed and asked to turn over all cellphone records and emails in relation to Kaepernick's accusation,
ESPN.com reported. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and 49ers owner Jed York is also on the deposition list, according to
Yahoo Sports. The 49ers quarterback-turned-NFL martyr is charging that NFL teams, in "calculated coordination" with
President Trump, blackballed him from the league after he became the face of the NFL anthem protests, which he started to
fight against racial inequality.
Johns Whines About Lower Pizza Sales Because of NFL Thugs. Papa John's, an NFL thug supporter is whining that
pizza sales are dropping because fewer and fewer people are watching the NFL. Hey, here's a thought Papa John. Pull
your sponsorship of the NFL and your pizza sales will rise like your crust. Any company associated with the NFL, like
Papa John's deserves to see their revenue tank. If you are financially supporting a league that hates this country,
then by extension, you hate this country until you pull your ads.
Over: NFL Owners Stunned as Ratings Plunge 25 Percent. The NFL has been struggling to regain its footing
following weeks of players choosing to "take a knee" during the performance of the US national anthem. The ensuing
controversy gained national attention when President Trump called for a total boycott of the NFL until officials and owners
require players to stand during the 'Star-Spangled Banner.' As a result, ratings, ticket purchases, and merchandise sales
have plummeted as football fans protest with their wallets.
[Can Be] Blamed on [an] Inferior Product. If you think the demise of the NFL and the proliferation of social
engineering and political correctness is a coincidence, then you're likely a Leftist. Black players are a product of
their environments and their politics. These high-paid employees bring all the problems that America faces. So it
was only a matter of time for these thugletes to rebel. So yes, the product of the NFL [stinks]. And the games are
no fun to watch. Sadly, the sports shows offer no relief either, as we have seen these shows become more politics
Coast Sports Reporter Leaves Lefty Bubble, Finds Out Middle America Really Dislikes the Anthem Protests. A
sports reporter recently left his comfortable liberal bubble in New York City, traveled to the interior of the country, and
was shocked when he discovered that NFL fans in fly over country really do hate the NFL's constant anti-American national
anthem protests. Fox NFL writer Peter Schrager found out first hand that real Americans are pretty steamed about the
anti-American NFL protests going on across the country.
in Death Spiral: San Fran 49's Spend $$ on Gun Control, Not Better Players. Did you really think the
politicization of the NFL starts and stops with the taking of a knee at the sounds of the national Anthem you are
wrong. Now the San Fran 49'ers are acting as a Democrat Party PAC — giving $500,000 to promote gun
control. "According to ESPN, the 49ers presented the gun control pledge as part of creating a "more understanding and
safer America." The $500,000 will also be used to push a ban on bump stocks and armor-piercing bullets. The ban on
armor-piercing bullets is somewhat ambiguous, but appears similar to a ban which was unsuccessfully pushed by the Obama
administration in 2015.
Texans find new fake cause to kneel. After months of kneeling over the national anthem — and in
protest of supposed targeted police brutality against blacks — football's finest in on-field showboating have
finally found a new cause: offensiveness at their team owner's remarks. The possibilities of this type of
protesting — and by this type, it's meant, fabricated and fake — are endless, it seems.
or Gilligan's Island, the Choice Is Easy. It's not a tough decision at all, for me the choice is obvious.
This year I'll be watching reruns of Gilligan's Island before I'll watch a single down of the National Football
League. I just don't have the interest level that I once had in watching professional football, it simply doesn't
appeal to me anymore. And it won't appeal to me until the NFL decides to stand up to the thugs and prima donnas on its
payroll who want to protest against the very country that has enriched them far beyond that of most Americans.
The Editor says...
Why not just turn the television OFF and read a book, or walk around the block, or something? Must you be entertained constantly?
Speech Works Both Ways: Fans Abandon NFL Over Protests, Leave Half Empty Stadiums. Frankly, I could care
less about that National Football League and the ongoing social justice protests. The game has no impact on my life and
neither does its players. However, it appears that many Americans are finally putting some shoe leather to their anger
at players who kneel during the national anthem and will not stand for the raising of the US flag and it's showing up in
photos from NFL stadiums across the league.
cut ex-Giant Damontre Moore, one of two Dallas players who continued to raise his fist at end of national anthem. If
Damontre Moore wants to continue his national anthem protest, he'll have to do so with a new team. The Cowboys released Moore
in order to make room to sign kicker Mike Nugent, the team announced Wednesday [10/25/2017]. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has
publicly stated he believes all players should stand for the anthem and recently said he believes anthem protests are hurting the NFL.
While no Cowboys player has kneeled or sat during the anthem, Moore was one of two players who continued to raise his fist at the conclusion
of "The Star-Spangled Banner" in recent weeks after Jones previously talked to players and explained his feelings on the matter.
Week #7 — More Empty Seats Seed Doubt for Future of Commissioner. The vast majority of NFL fans held
a middle-class, center-right, common sense, and patriotic outlook toward sports and entertainment overall. In essence
most of the NFL fan base are/were positively MAGA-minded. It reflects the profound disconnect between the corporation
and their customer base that the NFL didn't recognize the danger in making social justice causes part of their business
enterprise. That blame lays squarely on the well paid leader of the NFL, Roger Goodell.
Why don't you just play football?
Francisco 49ers Pledge $500,000 to Push Suppressor Ban, Other Gun Control Measures. The San Francisco 49ers
pledged $500,000 Thursday to secure a suppressor ban and other gun controls. The push comes in the weeks after the Las
Vegas attack. Suppressors were not used in that attack, but the 49ers are dedicated to banning the devices anyway.
According to ESPN, the 49ers presented the gun control pledge as part of creating a "more understanding and safer America."
The $500,000 will also be used to push a ban on bump stocks and armor-piercing bullets.
Regrettable Marriage of the NFL and Left-Wing Identity Politics. What we are witnessing in the media narrative
around the NFL protests is the prevailing modus operandi of contemporary leftists seeking to introduce their identity
politics into all aspects of American life, even where those politics are unwelcome for most Americans. In fact, we
actually saw the left orchestrate something quite similar just a few years ago.
Ratings CRASH Gets Real With New Numbers -- and America Has Just Begun! For constantly shoveling the kneeling,
hand-locking and bad attitudes about the flag and the National Anthem, the NFL has confirmed that for the first six games of
this season, the ratings that indicate total number of viewers have fallen 7.5% more than last year's total viewership.
A few weeks ago we wrote about the decline in viewership for Monday Night Football, with the boycott in full swing.
From September of this year to October of this year, viewership was down by 10%. Last October we were already reporting
a lessened viewership thanks to Kaepernick's grandstanding.
Case You Missed It, the NFL Might Have Caved on a Lot More than just the Anthem Protests. It's safe to say,
that when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote a memo to the league informing them it was time to "move past the anthem
controversy." Most people thought he meant moving past it by ending the protests, and, as a result, ending the
controversy. However, a disturbing nugget of information from today's meeting suggests that Goodell might have meant
something else entirely. ESPN's Sal Paolantonio caught up with Goodell after the four-hour meeting with the owners and
player representatives. Paolantonio asked Goodell if the league had asked the players to commit to standing for the
anthem. Goodell's response, did not inspire confidence.
man takes 'Boycott the Jags and the NFL' message to sky. A former Jacksonville Jaguars fan decided to take his
grievances with national anthem protests to the sky Sunday, hoping the players on the field would see his message 1,000 feet
above. Terry Smiley said he was disgusted by Jaguars players who took a knee during the national anthem in London last
month, and he decided he needed to make his voice heard. So Smiley hired a pilot to fly his banner, which
read[,] "BE AMERICAN. BOYCOTT THE JAGS
AND THE NFL," over EverBank Field on Sunday [10/15/2017] before the Jaguars faced off against the Los Angeles Rams.
Falsely Claims Only a Half Dozen Players Have Protested the National Anthem. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell
falsely claimed that only "six or seven players" were actually protesting the national anthem during a press conference
following the annual fall owners meeting on Wednesday [10/18/2017]. [...] "I think we also have to keep focus on [the fact
that] we have about six or seven players that are involved with this protest at this point," Goodell continued.
Goodell's claim that only about a half dozen player are involved in the national anthem protest is blatantly false.
cratering ratings may be starting to hit Fox's bottom line. I talked recently to an NFL fan of many decades who
has completely turned his back on the league. We both agree that if the NFL was to die it probably would be just fine
and also would probably save the brain cells of many an aspiring football player. Another friend (online friend) said that
he'd stopped watching 3 weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised to find that he had a whole lot more weekend to play with.
meeting, NFL, NFLPA release statement indicating no change to anthem policy. The much-publicized Tuesday
[10/17/2017] meeting between NFL officials, team owners, NFLPA officials and several players lasted about three hours.
While there was undoubtedly a lot discussed in that time, it sounds as though there has not been a resolution on a rule
change to require that players stand for the national anthem before games.
Stadiums Nearly Empty Across League As Backlash Grows. Note, that the Jets played New England on Sunday, meaning there should
have been a big crowd for that game. The Texans, Atlanta, and Baltimore are also very relevant teams with relatively loyal fan
bases. Yet, thousands upon thousands of fans no-showed or didn't buy tickets for those games.
Money. Guess Why. Gee, any guesses why CBS' third-quarter advertising declined? If you said NFL
football tanking with the public, you get the blue ribbon. [...] [Credit Suisse analyst Omar] Sheikh added that CBS' Sunday
NFL ratings have plunged 17% from the same period last year in which the first few games of the regular season were played.
Night Football' Ratings Fall To Season Low As Titans Break Colts' Streak. It felt like a little bit of history
was being made on Monday Night Football as the Tennessee Titans finally snapped their streak of 11 consecutive losses to the
Indianapolis Colts. However, as social media sparked with ESPN not showing the playing of the national anthem, another
type of history was also being made: Last night's primetime broadcast of the Titans' 36-22 victory stumbled to a season
low with a 6.1 in metered market results.
Files Grievance Against NFL Owners, Alleges Collusion to Keep Him Out. Former NFL quarter Colin Kaepernick has
filed a grievance against NFL owners because he believes they colluded to keep him out of a job due to his protests during
the national anthem. [...] He could have had a job this season if he had not chosen to opt out of his contract with the San
Francisco 49ers. The contract gave him $16.9 million plus bonuses for 2017.
Kaepernick files grievance against NFL owners for collusion. Colin Kaepernick has filed a grievance under the
collective bargaining agreement for collusion against NFL team owners, reports Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report.
Kaepernick has hired high-profile attorney Mark Geragos and is preparing to release a statement about his grievance soon,
added Freeman. The free-agent quarterback has remained unemployed since his release by the San Francisco 49ers in March
and has garnered little interest from teams around the league.
lawyer: Colin Kaepernick will have to prove 'pattern' to win collusion grievance. In order to win his
collusion grievance against NFL owners, Colin Kaepernick will need to prove a pattern of communication with and between teams
that led to his current unemployment, a labor law expert told USA TODAY Sports. "He's going to have to show some kind
of pattern — of dealings with the clubs, where clubs were aware that he was willing and able to work, where there
was some sort of communication with him and then unexplained reasons went elsewhere," said William Gould, the Charles A.
Beardsley Professor of Law, Emeritus, at Stanford University.
Kaepernick's case against the NFL is as lame as his skills at quarterback. Colin Kaepernick's newly-filed
grievance accusing the NFL of colluding or conspiring against him is a legal "Hail Mary." He and his lawyers stand little
chance of winning because both the law and the facts are against him.
No plans to force players to stand during anthem. The NFL said Friday [10/13/2017] it has no plans to force players to stand
during the national anthem, but will convene to discuss ways to end the controversial protests without imposing new rules. [...] The league
released a joint statement with the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) earlier this week saying that they would work to advance the mission of
the protests, which have called attention to issues of racial injustice and police brutality toward African-Americans.
of the Republican Lambs. America's culture war is on full display and the left is losing badly. Public
opinion is not on the side of left-wing social justice causes and moral preening. Where to begin? NFL players
disrespecting law enforcement and the national anthem, kneeling or sitting to protest "oppression" and "injustice."
Ratings are down and the NFL is now one of the most divisive brands in the U.S. Not a winning business formula.
Goodell Killed the Goose that Laid the Golden Egg. In August 2016, America was experiencing a polarizing
presidential election. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat during the playing of the national anthem,
to protest injustice. It was a politically divisive act directed at fans who regard the national anthem as something
sacred. The league did not lift a finger to stop him. Most employers don't let their workers make controversial
political statements to their customers. It is why you do not know your UPS driver's views on the expansion of NATO.
The Constitution does not prohibit private businesses from regulating speech during work. A savvier commissioner would
have reminded Kaepernick that he is being paid millions to wear the logo of the NFL, and the league does not permit players
to use its brand to flaunt their personal politics. Instead, Roger Goodell permitted the pregame ceremonies to become
the focus of intense political scrutiny, as the media lined up to catalog whether players stood, sat or knelt during the
NFL execs just SPIT
in America's face. When Colin Kaepernick inspired hundreds of millionaire NFL players to disrespect the
American flag every Sunday, fans responded with boos. When the players refused to stop their dishonorable protests,
fans began to boycott the league. If critics thought the NFL had learned their lesson, though, the leagues executives
proved this week that they hadn't.
Beginning Of The End Of Progressive Domination? The preposterous "protests" by NFL players disrespecting the
flag during pregame ceremonies has angered large numbers of Americans and hit the League in the wallet. The race card
that always has trumped every political or social conflict has perhaps lost its power. The spectacle of rich
one-percenters recycling lies about police encounters with blacks and the endemic racism of American society has discredited
the decades-long racial narrative constantly peddled by Democrats, movies, television shows, and school curricula from
grade-school to university. The endless scolding of white people by blacks more privileged than the majority of human
beings who ever existed has lost its credibility. The racial good will that got a polished mediocrity like Barack Obama
twice elected president perhaps has been squandered in this attempt of rich people who play games to pose as perpetual victims.
NFL is attacking an America that has treated it very well. Choosing to disrespect our flag is an
over-generalized indictment of the greatest nation on Earth. Kneeling for the anthem does nothing to advance solutions
to racial injustice, police brutality, or any other social plight. It is a slap in the face to patriotism itself.
It is a statement that America as a country is no longer worth standing for. It is bizarre to see the NFL attacking an
America that has treated it so well over the years. Taxpayers pay over 70 percent of the cost of stadiums. Our
citizens pay more and more for tickets, and valuations of professional sports franchises have skyrocketed.
Collusion Claim Is a Likely Loser. If you're going to do Muhammad Ali-type activism, you'd better have Muhammad
Ali-type talent. That is the ultimate lesson of the Colin Kaepernick saga. [...] There is no need to collude against a
player who is not an obvious net-plus (in terms of performance and popularity) for any particular team.
1968 All Over Again. The National Football League is imploding as it devolves into a political circus.
Multimillionaire players refuse to stand for the national anthem, turning off millions of fans whose former loyalties paid
their salaries. Politics — or rather a progressive hatred of the provocative Donald Trump —
permeates almost every nook and cranny of popular culture.
An Open Letter to the
NFL Players. You have the absolute right to express yourselves, but we have the absolute right to boycott
you. We have tolerated your drug use and DUIs, your domestic violence, and your vulgar displays of wealth. [...] But
now you have gone too far. You have insulted our flag, our country, our soldiers, our police officers, and our
veterans. You are living the American dream, yet you disparage our great country. I am done with NFL football and
encourage all like-minded Americans to boycott the NFL as well. Millionaire spoiled brats deserve neither our respect
nor sympathy. Grow up and act like men instead of puppets of the radical left who hate America.
Goes Left: Won't Force Players To Stand For Anthem, Focuses On Social Justice. As NFL ratings continue to
plummet — down nearly 10 percent from last year — news networks are increasingly choosing not to show
the national anthem because of protests by players, which often elicit boos from fans. Thursday's [10/12/2017] matchup
between the Carolina Panthers and Philadelphia Eagles, despite being a strong matchup between two high-profile teams, was
down 5 percent from the previous week's Thursday night matchup.
Titans Player Says He'll Quit The NFL If Forced To Stand For The Anthem. Tennessee Titans player Rishard
Matthews tweeted Thursday [10/12/2017] that he'll quit the NFL if the league implements a rule forcing players to stand during the
anthem. "No I will be done playing football," Matthews tweeted and ultimately deleted when asked if he would be willing
to face punishment for not standing if a new rule is implemented.
Report: The NFL Players' Union Has Been Working With George Soros. This makes so much sense. Lots
of people have been wondering why the NFL has been drifting into left wing politics. Associating with George Soros in
any way will typically make that happen.
NFL and its owners salute one flag: The dollar. Ignoring their own league rules caused conservative
organizations, pundits, media, and activists to call for an NFL boycott. Football fans and businesses rallied, burning
jerseys and season tickets, canceling their Direct TV Football packages, not buying tickets, merchandise, and playing smash
mouth themselves by turning the channel. Due to the costly backlash, according to the Wall Street Journal, the National
Football League's owners will discuss next week whether to unilaterally change league policy and require players to stand
during the national anthem. If players refuse to rise up, they could face disciplinary action by the league or by
the team. The NFL may change the rules of conduct in direct response to their fans who are rejecting politics on the
field and hitting them where it hurts them most — their Gucci wallets.
Matthews of the NFL's Titans said he'll quit if forced to stand for the anthem. A National Football League
(NFL) player says he would rather lose his job than be forced to stand during the national anthem. "No, I will be done
playing football," Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews tweeted Thursday when asked about the issue, according to
ESPN. ESPN reported that WSMV producer Matt Parker asked Matthews whether he would stay in the locker room for the song
if the NFL created a rule mandating they stand or face punishment.
TV audience numbers continue to decline early in 2017 season. No wonder alarm bells are sounding in NFL
commissioner Roger Goodell's office. The league's average TV audience through Week 5 of the 2017 season dropped
7 percent vs. the same period of the 2016 season, according to Nielsen data obtained by Sporting News. Worse for
the league, the average game audiences are down 18 percent compared to the first five weeks of the 2015 season.
a kick in the stomach to our country. The ongoing flap over NFL players disrespecting our national anthem is
lowbrow theater at best, casting jocks as deep thinkers whose moral indignation demands everyone's attention. So they
take a knee when "The Star-Spangled Banner" is played as a way of alerting the rest of us that we live in an imperfect world.
Davis Hanson: Kneeling NFL Players Are 'Violating the Cardinal Rule of Business'. "The players think that
the audience are coastal hipsters, and they're not. They're mostly, the hardcore audience ... males, usually about 30
to 60, and they tend to be red-state conservative males," Hanson said. "So they're basically violating the cardinal
rule of business: You never insult your base, your customer base. And that's what they're doing." "There are
certain vulnerabilities that the players don't realize that they're pushing into the face of the fan. It's not going to
work," Hanson added. "I think they're going to lose 10 or 20 percent of their fan base, and that's going to make
radical changes in how it's financed and operated." Noting that the entire controversy is "all going to be distilled down
to money," Hanson said, "that's what the NFL is about."
walks out of an NFL game and sports journalists lose their collective minds. [Scroll down] The reaction
was largely predictable, with fans tired of the political posturing of overpaid sports stars applauding, and social justice
warriors condemning. What was extraordinarily funny, however, was the way that the sports media humiliated themselves
Media Ridicule Pence for Leaving NFL Game After Anthem Protests. Vice-president Mike Pence and his wife Karen
went to the Indianapolis Colts' football game today to cheer on their favorite team and see the club retire the uniform of
former great, quarterback Peyton Manning. But when 23 members of the visiting San Francisco 49ers dishonored America by
taking a knee during the national anthem, the VP left. Left-stream media predictably put on an all-out blitz against the VP.
Walks Out Of Football Game After Players Kneel. Good for him. Several San Francisco 49ers players
reportedly knelt during the anthem. All Colts stood for the anthem.
shocker: NFL now the least like[d] sport. Another Sunday in the NFL, which means more protests, more
controversy. While the players seem oblivious to the catastrophe their league is undergoing, owners have to be getting
frantic. A new poll shows that the NFL is no longer "America's game." In fact, it has gone from the sport with the
highest favorables to the sport with the lowest. The drop has coincided exactly with the anthem protests.
Sorry, sir, no refunds.
President Mike Pence leaves Colts game over protests during anthem. Vice President Mike Pence tweeted Sunday
that he left the Indianapolis Colts game against the San Francisco 49ers because of protests during the national
anthem. No Colts players knelt during the anthem, but some 49ers players did.
ticket prices plunge amid backlash over players kneeling during national anthem: Report. NFL ticket
prices have plummeted in the wake of the uproar over the national anthem protests, dropping for the first time this year
below the 2016 season's prices. An analysis released Friday [10/6/2017] by CNBC found that ticket prices during the first
three games of the 2017 season enjoyed a 20-40 percent increase over last year, but then skidded in Week 4 and
actually dropped by 2 percent in Week 5.
poll: NFL now least liked sport, core fans down 31%. Over just one month of player, coach, and owner
protests of the flag and National Anthem, the National Football League has gone from America's sport to the least liked of
top professional and college sports, according to a new poll. From the end of August to the end of September, the
favorable ratings for the NFL have dropped from 57 percent to 44 percent, and it has the highest unfavorable
rating — 40 percent — of any big sport, according to the Winston Group survey provided exclusively
to [the Washington Examiner].
Fights Back: Record Number of Patriotic Cord-Cutters Tumble TV Stocks. There is only one way —
one! — to finally and forever destroy Hollywood and much of the mainstream media. You have to cut your cable
or satellite cord. You have to cancel your pay TV package. The one-legged stool propping up ESPN, CNN, MSNBC,
Disney, MTV, and the entire Tinseltown crime syndicate is you paying for cable TV. [...] Not to put too fine a point on it,
but there is no single act any American can perform that will do more damage to the institutional left than to cut your
cable/satellite cord. So please do so today.
Want to Destroy ESPN and CNN Forever? Cut the Cord, Dummy. Almost all of the cultural and political power
possessed by Hollywood and the mainstream media is held up by a one-legged stool, a single leg that gets shakier by the
month — this increasingly fragile appendage we call the Pay TV Package. Going forward, for reference
purposes, the Pay TV Package is your cable or satellite bundle, which brings with it hundreds of channels and a monthly bill
that dings you for $1000 to $1500 a year. Without this bundle, almost every institution determined to destroy everything
you hold dear — faith, family, country, individual liberty, self-reliance, prosperity, racial harmony, and moral
decency — would disappear entirely or at least be much weaker than it currently is. Of course, I am talking
about CNN, ESPN, Comedy Central, Disney, MTV, MSNBC, and the like — institutions you — yes YOU —
are subsidizing against your will.
To Destroy CNN, Survive Without Cable TV, And Save Lots of $$$. Did you know that, on average, CNN is not only
in last place behind MSNBC, but that the left-wing outlet's average viewers are below 1 million? With such poor
ratings, there is no way CNN could survive on advertising revenue alone. So how does CNN stay afloat? By picking
YOUR pocket. Yes, Genius, YOU are subsidizing a Fake News outlet that is actively trying to destroy you and everything
you stand for. How? Whether or not you watch CNN (and no one really does), if it is part of your cable package,
you are putting money directly into CNN's pocket with what is called a subscription fee.
Veteran Pulls Plug On Playing ESPN In His Restaurant Now America Is Responding! A Marine veteran turned restaurant owner
decided that ESPN has no place in his family business. Bill DeFries owns Beef O'Brady's in Bevearcreek, Ohio, and has now publicly
pledged that he will not show any NFL games as long as the players continue to protest the National Anthem before games. Both the
Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals linked their arms during the Anthem this week. When he applied for a refund on his
investment, DirecTV has denied the $6,000 refund on his NFL package. While DirecTV is still offering refunds to their residential
customers, they are not doing it for commercial accounts.
Linebacker Tells Disappointed Fans To 'GET LOST, Don't Bother Coming Back'. The boycott of Steelers merchandise
that began in September has been hurting the third party retailers, with one store in Lancaster called Steel City Sports
having to balance their customers and their wishes to keep politics out of their store. While their Penguins and
Pirates merchandise is still selling, Steelers sales are way down. The boycott was in retaliation to a Week 3 incident
where, before playing against the Bears, every team member stayed in their locker room during the National Anthem except for
their offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva.
Fans Disgusted as Video of Players Yelling At Them Surface. It seems that most NFL fans are not loving the
continued national anthem protests. When former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick launched the protests
last year, he undoubtedly had no clue that it would mean the end of his career, and plummeting ratings for the NFL. Yet
players have continued to protest, and some players in particular have not responded well to the lack of fan support.
Night Football' Ratings Crash! After siding with their players against their fans, the NFL has been seeing
some pretty steep losses in both viewership and revenue. Early numbers from last night [10/2/2017] show that ratings
from last night's game are down a whopping 10% from the September 25th game. Compared to this same week last year,
total viewership is down 8%.
TV ratings drop again as angry fans exercise their own rights. Pretty soon, it could be NFL team owners on
their knees begging TV viewers to come back. Once again in Week 4 of the 2017 season, as players continued their
sitting-kneeling protests against something, former fans silently exercised their right of free speech using TV remotes.
many $ billions will the NFL lose over its kneeling fiasco? Signs are evident that the NFL has done permanent
damage to its business by appearing to side with the Colin Kaepernick-initiated kneeling during the National Anthem. My
guess is that the owners of NFL teams collectively have lost billions, and I suspect that Roger Goodell will lose his job.
Staff Cover Marshawn Lynch As He Sits During the National Anthem. Television networks have gone to great
lengths to conceal the ratings-killing anthem protests that are costing the league huge money in terms of viewership and
attendance. However, it looks like NFL teams have also started trying to conceal the anthem protests. In one
case, by literally covering a player up.
Incoherence of the NFL Protests. It has become a sort of reflex to object to the National Football League's
players' bended knee/sitting through the National Anthem — while also conceding that their complaints have
merit. But do they? To answer that question, one would have to know precisely what the protests are about.
But so far the various reasons advanced are both confused and without much merit. That is why the players will
eventually stand for the anthem before their tragic incoherence loses them both their fans and their jobs with it.
Confirms Data Showing Trump Is Right About Anthem Protests Torpedoing NFL Ratings. Seventy-two percent of
Americans view Kaepernick's actions as unpatriotic. This culture battle was over before the first shot was fired.
The NFL is paying the price. Approval for the league is down 13 percent. Ticket sales at week three are down
almost 20 percent. Fans are burning merchandise, asking for refunds of their NFL packages, and are booing their teams
when they see players take a knee. Is free speech part of this discussion? Sort of — they have the
right to do this, but it's still viewed as spitting in the faces of those who have served and are still serving. We're
still at war in Afghanistan. Whatever these players' social cause is goes out the window when people see disrespect to
Car Dealership Pulls TV Ads from NFL Broadcasts over National Anthem Protests. A New Jersey car dealership is
pulling its television ads from NFL broadcasts for the rest of the 2017 football season in response to NFL teams protesting
the national anthem. NJ Advance Media reports that the owner of Flemington Car and Truck Country said it would pull ads
for the dealership from NFL game broadcasts for at least the rest of the 2017 NFL season.
school football players booted from team for kneeling, raising a fist during national anthem. Two high school
football players in Texas were kicked off their team for protesting during the national anthem Friday [9/29/2017]. Cedric
Ingram-Lewis raised a fist while his cousin, Larry McCullough, kneeled during the national anthem. The cousins, both
students at Victory & Praise Christian Academy, said that after the anthem ended, their coach, Ronnie Mitchem, told them to
remove their uniforms because they were being kicked off the team, the Houston Chronicle reported.
Black: What Protesting NFL Players Don't Get. This controversy is the logical and nasty result of the
long pursuit of identity politics, mainly by Democrats. The country has been atomized into smaller and smaller
constituencies, pandering to each in the approximate order of the militancy of their grievances. This process, after a
point, operates at the expense of the spirit of national unity and a common cause for all to make America better. It is
understandable that the president sees these acts of rank disrespect to the country and all who believe in the country
despite its faults, as offensive. He and all of civilized America are in common cause with Kaepernick and his followers
in deploring racist oppression, but protesting it by slagging off the anthem and flag alienates the majority of Americans who
would otherwise be on Kaepernick's side. It is not surprising or unreasonable that Trump and millions of others find
the spectacle of a few people with huge incomes for very short work-years, putting on the airs, not only of martyrs, but of
martyrs claiming they represent the only wronged people in the country.
House of Cards. The problem with the NFL is not just Donald Trump, but the greater dilemma that the league's
reason to be has become predicated on a labyrinth of lies. The majority of the viewing audience is not young, hip, and
loyal as hyped, but, even if fading, still largely reflects the majorities in red-state America that have no patience with
gratuitous insults to the National Anthem and flag. The NFL apparently never grasped the political truism that you
never insult your base and core supporters; sympathetic CNN talking heads and the solidarity of progressive political
activists will not turn around sagging revenues, but will only contribute to them.
Street vets are threatening to pull the plug on the NFL. Wall Street veterans are huddling up against the NFL.
Many brokers and bankers — some of whom are also military veterans — have threatened to pull the plug on pro
football for not reining in players who are using the American national anthem as an opportunity to protest by taking the
knee. And as the protests gather steam this weekend, some vets of the financial markets — a huge employer of
former US military service personnel, have unleashed a barrage of criticism in response and could be counted among the
estimated 2 million fewer viewers over the first three weeks of the season.
Head Coach Held Fundraiser For Hillary, Donated Heavily To Obama. Steelers' Head Coach Mike Tomlin held a
high-end fundraiser in 2016 for then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at his home with ticket prices reportedly costing
over $30,000. Tomlin hosted the event with his wife on June 14 with supporters required to pay $33,400 to meet
Clinton — those who couldn't afford to pay that amount to meet a woman claiming to represent the middle class were
given the option of simply paying $10,000 to attend.
NFL, You DON'T Have an Unassailable 'Right' to Protest the National Anthem. There has been a lot of pious talk
from these anti-American leftists who now seem to infest the National Football League who say that they "have a right" to
protest the national anthem at the start of each NFL game. But the fact is they really don't. Thanks to the sham
that is America's liberal besotted system of miseducation, there is a lot of confusion about what our "rights" as Americans
are. So, let's get this straight right now. You have no "right" to behave however you want at work. And if
you DO behave however you want, you had better be prepared for consequences including being fired if your boss sees
fit. But, what of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, you ask? Doesn't that "free speech" thingie give
you a right to say whatever you want, whenever you want? No, not really. At least, not in the way you might assume.
Camera Operators Told Not To Show Booing Crowd When Players Knelt During Anthem. Aesthetics are everything to a
message, and it wouldn't do well if the networks showed the NFL kneelers — the media's latest favorite
fad — receiving boos and disapproving shouts while it was going on. That's why networks ordered camera crews
that were filming Sunday and Monday's NFL games to avoid shots of the angry crowds insider sources told Michael McCarthy of
Sporting News: [...] What really went on in the stadium during Sunday's game can be clearly seen thanks to a video by the
Associated Press. Fans can be heard booing loudly as players knelt or sat during the anthem. Shouts of
"stand up" can also be heard.
if the NFL Players Were Protesting Abortion Instead? Many Americans support the Free Speech rights of the NFL
players to protest but a large percentage of Americans believe protesting the national anthem is not appropriate and it's
disrespectful to the country. They believe the football players should choose another venue to protest what they
perceive as racism. Because the NFL football players are protesting racism — the mainstream media and many
on the left are hailing them as Heroes. But what if they were protesting for a cause that is not seen as quite so cool
in the media limelight. What if they were protesting for people who Hollywood Elites look down upon? What if they
were refusing to stand and place their hands on their hearts and respect to their country to back a class of people who faced
the ultimate discrimination? What if they were sitting down or kneeling to protest abortion?
grader told to stand after kneeling during Pledge of Allegiance at local elementary school. A first grader in
Pasco County chose to take a knee during the Pledge of Allegiance, and his mother is upset with how the teacher, the school
and the Pasco County school district responded. At school on Monday [9/25/2017], a local first grader went down on one
knee during the Pledge of Allegiance, he was then told by his teacher to stand up and stop it, in front of all his classmates.
His choice came after countless NFL players took a knee during the national anthem on Sunday, setting off a storm nationwide,
sparking discussions in homes across America.
the Collective Football Plantation. [Scroll down] It is clear that initially the protest of NFL players
was inspired by political opponents of Trump. But when it came down to the disrespect of the national flag and
humiliation of the national anthem, even the Democrats realized that this boomerang would hit hard on return. After
all, professional sports do not produce anything materially necessary and exist only at the expense of their long-standing
reputation. A remarkable confirmation of this is the loud silence of the Democrats on the issue of the humiliation of
the national anthem. They immediately realized that Trump's position in this matter was one hundred percent winning,
and they prudently decided to keep quiet.
afraid of their players!' Trump says NFL owners are too scared to insist football stars stand for the National Anthem.
Donald Trump says NFL franchise owners acknowledge that they need to stop players from kneeling for the National Anthem, but they're
too scared to take action. 'I have so many friends that are owners, and they are in a big box,' he said in a 'Fox & Friends'
interview that aired Thursday morning [9/28/2017]. 'I have spoken to a couple of them. They say, "We are in a situation
where we have to do something." I think they are afraid of their players, you want to know the truth. And I think
Take a Knee. Why
did Colin Kaepernick say he was taking a knee? Somebody look that up. Okay, taking a knee is an anti-Trump thing,
right? Wait a minute, if it's an anti-Trump thing, then Colin Kaepernick did it when Obama was president, so it would
have been an anti-Obama thing. That can't be right. Okay, taking a knee means you're pro-free speech, it's to
support people's right to take a knee even if Trump says nobody should take a knee. Or is it just to support Colin
Kaepernick's right to take a knee? Colin Kaepernick doesn't even play football anymore, he's just the king of
knee-taking because he did it first. So that's not it. By the way, "take a knee" in football used to mean
"run out the clock." We really need some other term.
Fan Outrage So Severe The League May Never Recover. While the long-term impact will take time to be quantified, early
indicators are the NFL has entirely destroyed itself by allowing the politicization of the sport. A significant number of NFL fans
are so upset with players refusing to stand for the national anthem they have decided to respond with demonstrations of their own.
To The NFL: Remember Your Middle Name. The word is out: your National Football League is looking for a "senior
communications strategist," whose role will include "provid(ing) crisis communications counsel." After all, the league is
mired in a no-win Twitter war with the President — on top of the boos, boycott threats and burning jerseys from
fans over the national anthem protests; continuing litigation and bad press over concussions and domestic violence; catastrophic
attendance showings for recently relocated teams in Los Angeles; and long-term ratings declines in a splintering media market.
End the NFL. An
NFL rookie's minimum salary is $465,000. And the majority of NFL players are usually bankrupt a few years after retirement
because they blew through most of their money. Dozens of NFL players are arrested every year on charges ranging from
murder to rape to animal abuse. 2017 was a banner year for the NFL with three times as many arrests as last year.
Along with the usual drunk driving and disorderly conduct arrests, there were 7 arrests for assault/battery, 6 for drugs and
5 for domestic violence. The Seattle Seahawks announced that they weren't going to "participate in the national anthem"
because of the "injustice that has plagued people of color in this country". While they lost that game, they are one of the
top ranked teams in arrests. Alongside the Los Angeles Rams, the Green Bay Packers and the New York Jets, all of whom
showed some solidarity with the anti-American protests, these top NFL criminal teams have racked up arrests for domestic
violence, drugs, DUI and assault and battery. It's no wonder that so many of the NFL's millionaire scumbags are eager
to join Colin Kaepernick's protests against the justice system by degrading our anthem. It's because they're criminals.
How the NFL is going
the way of Detroit. Football fans watch their favorite team playing their favorite game with their favorite
cheerleaders and favorite player. They know this player's stats and his autobiography. They know his family, his
college team, when he went pro, and his current life experiences. Their favorite player is the American Dream.
Many of these guys came from rough backgrounds and overcame. They're making millions and living large and loving life
playing a game for a job. They've made it. [...] The NFL doesn't know it, but it's reached its zenith. Oh, it still
has fans, just like Americans still buy American-made cars. But it won't be the same. It already isn't the same.
The magic is gone. Taking a knee is taking it too far. A disgusted fanbase will turn its attention elsewhere.
The Patriots vs. The Nihilists.
In the obscenely overpaid — whether it is actors who make millions for mouthing silly lines off a cue card or
athletes who earn more money in a few games than most make in a lifetime — a certain self-loathing must
exist. Making so much for doing so little can only generate an unease that gnaws at them. At the same time it
seems to fill them with a grotesque sense of self-importance. Their staggering salaries, they evidently conclude,
confer upon them a right to pontificate at a society stupid enough to pay them all that money. It is not surprising
that out of this toxic combination of self-loathing and self-importance comes some astonishingly bratty and richly ironic
activism: actors, athletes, and other celebrities inveighing against the warped values of society even as their entire status
depends upon them.
Kaepernick Has Never Registered to Vote. [Colin] Kaepernick began his protest of the national anthem and the
American flag in August of 2016 while he played for the San Francisco 49ers. He made headlines when he decided to sit
for the national anthem during a preseason game. Since then the number of athletes protesting has also grown.
Backlash from angry fans reached a fever pitch this week after President Trump lashed out at NFL players protesting. It
has turned into an all out war with fans burning NFL gear and bombarding their network providers with phone calls cancelling
football packages. Today, Kaepernick is an unemployed whiner and it turns out that he has never even registered to vote.
Trump vs. Pro Football Is a Ratings Game the NFL Can't Win. Never in the history of the NFL have its
ratings been so scrutinized. [...] For years, it was able to exert strong control over its own narrative. The league
and its powerful media partners continuously burnished the brand as a mass-market symbol of American vitality, strength and
exceptionalism. The current commotion has, in totality, the opposite effect, reducing the NFL to the role of a sick patient
looking for a proper diagnosis, a scofflaw institution deserving public shaming by the commander in chief. The reversal —
from heroic savior of Sundays to something in need of saving — is proving difficult to shake off.
sales plummet 17.9%. The National Football League is feeling the impact of the "Trump Effect." Ticket sales
since he called on team owners to fire players who take a knee to protest the National Anthem have cratered. The online
ticket reseller TickPick told Secrets that sales have dropped 17.9 percent, far more than the usual Week Three fall.
The Editor says...
Bias alert! The NFL's problem is not the "Trump Effect." It's the "Overpaid America-Hating Political Activist"
effect. It's the "Why Don't You Just Shut Up and Play the Game" effect. It's the "Insolent Multi-Millionaire
Crybaby and Perpetual Victim" effect.
NFL Just Lost Its First Sponsor Over Players Kneeling During The National Anthem. Cleveland businessman Allan Jones, the CEO of
Check Into Cash, a payday lending chain, and owner of Hardwick Clothes is hitting the NFL where it hurts — their bank account.
According to reports, Jones has instructed his media buyer to remove any commercials from airing during NFL games "for the entire season,"
following NFL players decision to knell during the national anthem over the weekend.
Players Think They're Protected Over Protests, But That's Not True As Experts Weigh In. The NFL pre-season has
never been more controversial. The third week of practice games saw at least six where a player showed one act of
protest or another during the renditions of our National Anthem. Scoffing at President Trump's calls to "fire any[one]
who kneels during the National Anthem," social justice supporting players think their televised antics are protected as free
speech under the First Amendment. Legal experts are quick to advise the assumption is just not true and they could
lose their high paid careers at any time.
NFL owners PANIC after 3
huge backlashes. 2016, when the protests started, was the lowest-viewed season of football in decades.
This year, the ratings have gotten significantly worse. After three weeks, Nielsen reports that ratings for NFL games
are down 11-percent across the board compared to 2016. "Nielsen said the games averaged 17.63 million viewers for the
first three weeks of last season, and have dipped to 15.77 million this year. The 2017 figures don't include this
week's Monday night game between the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals," Breitbart reported. The NFL pays hundreds
of millions to athletes — and depends on advertising revenue from their television broadcasts to pay for it.
NFL Owners Are
Patriotic — For a Fee. "Follow the money." That is often good advice, if someone wants to find out
why many individuals do what they do. It is apparently excellent advice if one wants to know why many owners of National
Football League (NFL) teams do what they do. While many heretofore NFL fans have rightly expressed disgust at the
anti-patriotic statements and actions of many NFL players (and make no mistake, the protests are directed at what Colin
Kaepernick, who started it all last season, contends is a racist country), are the owners any better? Most fans
would have understandably concluded that all these patriotic demonstrations before games, and sometimes during halftime shows,
take place because the owners are just extremely patriotic lovers of their country. Of course, they should be lovers of
this country, considering that they have been able to become very wealthy in America.
Favorability Gets Nearly Cut In Half After Anthem Protests. A new poll shows that the favorability rating of
the NFL among Donald Trump supporters was nearly cut in half after more than 200 players kneeled during the national anthem
last week. Morning Consult conducted the survey, and the results are a very bad sign for the NFL.
Attempt to Involve Fans In Anthem Demonstration Falls Flat, Most Chant 'USA!' Instead. The Packers players
wrote a long letter to their fans this week. A letter in which the team asked their fans to join them in interlocking
arms during the anthem on Thursday night. According to quarterback Aaron Rodgers, this was a moment that stood for,
"...equality." As well as "...unity and love, and growing together as a society and starting a conversation around
something that may be a little bit uncomfortable for people." Well, as it turns out, most Packers fans didn't want to have
a "conversation," weren't interested in "growing together," and certainly had no desire to be made "a little bit uncomfortable."
donates $25,000 to group honoring convicted cop-killer. Colin Kaepernick started out taking a knee during the national anthem to
protest police brutality, but his activism has since expanded to encompass a wide range of leftist causes, including a group named after a
convicted cop-killer. The Colin Kaepernick Foundation donated in April $25,000 to Assata's Daughters, a Chicago "direct action" resistance
organization honoring Assata Shakur, who escaped prison and fled to Cuba after being found guilty in the 1973 murder of Officer Werner
Foerster. The grant includes $2,500 for CopWatch, a program that trains volunteers to follow and video police, and $15,000 for teen
training, part of the group's commitment to "develop and train young people, ages 4-19, in the Black queer feminist tradition and in the
spirit of Assata."
Morgan Chase Lowers Outlook for CBS After Widespread NFL Anthem Protests. The NFL's protests against the
national anthem are causing fans to reassess their interests in football, but the protests also seem to be causing investors
to reconsider their investments in the league as well.
Titans' Delanie Walker Tells Fans to Stay Home if They Don't Like Protests. Apparently Tennessee Titans tight
end, Delanie Walker, doesn't know where his bread is buttered. He straight up told his fans to stay home if they don't
like the players protesting the National Anthem.
player: Don't come to the game if our protest upsets you. I suppose it takes a great deal of arrogance to
play in the NFL, but what's revealing about [Delanie] Walker's comments is that they prove that their protest for "free
speech" is a little one-sided. They don't care about the fans' free speech rights. "It's your freedom of choice,"
said Walker, while denigrating any opposition to his actions. At bottom, the players demand that you love them and
respect them for their protest. And if you disagree, your views aren't worthy.
Can We Please Stop
Pretending the NFL Protests Have Anything to Do with Free Speech? [Scroll down] So why, exactly, are they kneeling?
Those kneeling assert that there is an epidemic of white police officers who work their beat every night with the explicit intention to murder
innocent black people. They are suggesting that there is an epidemic of institutional white racism in this country going unaddressed, and
that the only way to draw attention to this, the Black Lives Matter narrative, is to kneel during the National Anthem at pro football games.
There is no convincing evidence that either claim is true, and it is a malicious narrative that has arguably already led to a death toll among
police officers being targeted for their presumably widespread racism and brutality. [...] They imagine that I and millions of other Americans
don't accept this narrative only because it's not being adequately thrown in our faces. I, among millions of other Americans, refuse to
accept that. I therefore find those kneeling during the National Anthem in order to advance that narrative despicable, entitled babies
for whom I have no respect and who are undeserving of my financial support.
Delanie Walker: 'No one's telling you to come to the game'. Don't come to the game. That's the message a
couple of the Titans' star players have for any outraged fans threatening to turn their back on the team, after the Titans
and Seahawks remained in the locker room during the national anthem before their game Sunday at Nissan Stadium.
Sharpe: Racist U.S. Flag Is Just 'A Piece of Cloth... Nobody Fights For'. After engaging in character
assassination against Green Bay Packers fans who chose not to protest during Thursday's National Anthem, FS1's Undisputed
co-host Shannon Sharpe did the same with the American flag, declaring it to be merely a racist "piece of cloth" that "nobody
fights for." "The flag, you see, to a lot of people, symbols, patriotism but what does that symbol actually mean?
What does — what does — okay — you keep telling me that the flag means so much and it's
opportunity and freedom and liberty. Okay. Can you honestly say that everybody in America has freedom and
liberties and opportunity," Sharpe wondered to co-host Skip Bayless.
Charges of Systemic Racism. It seems the thrust of the protesters' complaint is that American law enforcement and America itself
are systemically racist. But if a protest movement seeks to be constructive, its complaints must be considered on the merits, and that
means a full and substantive discussion of the facts. Those who disagree with the gravamen of the complaint have just as much right to
express their opinion as the complainants. Bullying them into silence is hardly going to facilitate a resolution. If the
complainants truly are asserting that America's law enforcement institutions or America itself are systemically racist against African-Americans,
they bear the burden of proving their assertions, especially when facts and statistics appear to contradict those claims.
The Slow Death of the
NFL? HGTV was my refuge. Watching a marathon of real people get their houses remodeled was much more entertaining than watching
pampered millionaires wrestle in taxpayer-funded stadiums while disrespecting the national anthem and the American flag. Since I wasn't a
rabid fan the NFL won't really notice that I'm gone. But I'm not alone.
National Anthem Protests — Do Facts Matter? Recently, in Illinois, in a kids' 8-and-under football league, the entire team,
which appeared to be all black, including the coach, took a knee during the national anthem. Asked why, one third-grade player parroted
Kaepernick, saying, according to the coach, "Because black people are getting killed, and nobody's going to jail." Facts don't matter.
The coach, presented with a teachable moment, fumbled it away.
Roughness. Football is a sport, but it is also a business. Fans pay big money for tickets, gear, parking and
overpriced food and drinks. They have put up with a lot to root for their favorite teams, but these protests, which
many regard as disrespecting America and the flag, may have exceeded their high tolerance level. [...] These players should first
consider who is responsible for their unequally high salaries. Where else could most of them earn that kind of money?
If fans stop coming to games and watching them on TV, the unique covenant between player and fan will be broken, perhaps forever.
Suicide of the NFL. Every liberal CEO in America should be watching and listening. This is a case study for how to
destroy a billion-dollar business by injecting your offensive leftist politics and alienating your own customer base. [...] Ratings are
plummeting. Revenues are plunging. The player's spokesman deals are being cancelled. Fans are booing. Fans are
burning tickets and uniforms. Lifelong NFL zealots are vowing to never watch another game.
Anti-Americanism. [Scroll down] Of course, Kaepernickists deny that they are anti-American. They insist that the object of
their protest is much more specific than America itself. That object is "police brutality" toward American blacks. That police are roaming
the countryside looking for black males to gun down is a fiction of the first order. Nor is there a shred of evidence to substantiate, but much
to negate, even the thesis that blacks are shot by police more frequently than are their white counterparts. However, even if this thesis was
true, a symbolic repudiation of the country, besides being wildly offensive to most Americans who see it as anti-American, amounts as well to the
ultimate non sequitur.
Fans Fed Up with the NFL Anthem
Protests. Millions of fans are unhappy with the current trend of national-anthem kneeling by NFL players — and
they've expressed their anger and disgust over the last few days in a number of "we're-not-taking-it-anymore" moves.
Trump Is 100
Percent Right About the NFL. I love the NFL. I love football. But I love America infinitely more.
If they keep disrespecting our flag, I will never watch them again.
Protests Are Now About Trump, Not Police Violence. Bernie Goldberg said that NFL players' national anthem
protests are no longer about police brutality or racial inequality, but defying President Donald Trump. [Video clip]
didn't TV networks show angry, booing NFL fans Sunday or Monday? Networks typically do not televise the
national anthem except for the Super Bowl and other special occasions, but they recognized there would be intense viewer
interest this past weekend. Some fans, if they reacted at all, happily clapped and cheered during protests, but others
did not, and they angrily let their home teams know it. The audio mics picked up the boos. Yet the TV networks
mostly avoided crowd shots Sunday, so there was never a chance for viewers to see fans jeering players.
Kaepernick's big lie. President Trump seems to have stirred up a hornet's nest of opposition with his call for
athletes who don't respect the national anthem to be fired. Many NFL owners and players who were previously indifferent
seem to have rallied to the Colin Kaepernick cause. Kaepernick, of course, considers his protest to be a cry against
slavery and racial oppression, for which he holds America to be the guilty party. Kaepernick's allies seem to be
standing — or rather kneeling — for the right to protest, in opposition not necessarily to America but
certainly to President Trump.
demand NFL players stand for national anthem, 50% less likely to watch over politics. The first poll of NFL
fans following this weekend's moves by dozens of players to take a protest knee during the playing of the National Anthem
finds that most want the pros to stand and they are also turning off the games as a result of politics. The survey from
Remington Research Group found that 64 percent want players to stand for the national anthem. Of the 51 percent
who have watched less football this season, 69 percent cite player protests as the reason.
I'm done with the NFL.
Memo to the NFL players: you have ruined Sunday football for me! And you clearly don't understand the people who make
you stars and make you rich. [...] I know your protest is more than just some misguided political movement, misplaced
protest, or bogus facts. It's bigger than just football. You players decided to disrespect our country and her
flag. You decided to insult your customer. You decided to insult those who have made the ultimate sacrifice so
you can have the freedom to play a game and make a fine living. You decided to alter an American institution to fit
your own political needs.
American Legion go to war against NFL. The Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion issued blistering
condemnations of the National Football League — calling recent protests against the national anthem disrespectful,
misguided and ungrateful. "There is a time and place for civil debate, and wearing team jerseys and using sporting
events to disrespect our country doesn't wash with millions of military veterans who have and continue to wear real uniforms
on real battlefields around the globe," said VFW leader and Vietnam War veteran Keith Harman.
Cowboys Kneel Down in Arizona — Crowd Boo's — NFL Implosion Complete. The Dallas Cowboys,
together with team owner Jerry Jones, take a collective knee at the start of the Monday Night Football game to display their
unity with... well, something probably. Stick a fork in the financial future of the NFL, it's done; finished. The
only thing that was saving the NFL from full organizational collapse was the advent of Fantasy Football Leagues and the
subsequent betting and fan-based league play therein. Never underestimate the inability of any business organization to
inoculate itself with idiot resistant policies once they enter the arena of identity politics.
NFL Rundown: Empty Seat
Alert. For those who know my work, I explain why black unemployment is so high. It's because of idiots
like this. Even when black Leftists make MILLIONS of dollars, they still complain.
calls NFL kneeling 'disgraceful,' disrespectful to veterans. President Trump doubled down Tuesday [9/26/2017]
on his criticism of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, calling the protests "disgraceful" and blatantly
disrespectful to veterans who fought for flag and country. "I don't think you can disrespect our country, our flag, our
national anthem," Trump said at a Rose Garden press conference.
networks skipped one crucial part of NFL protests. Television networks uncharacteristically showed the national
anthem before NFL games this weekend, but at least one staffer says that coverage may have come with certain
restrictions. A "behind-the-scenes staffer" told the Sporting News camera operators were told to avoid crowd shots
during the anthem, because of any fans potentially booing or protesting the NFL players' protest. There were reports
from several stadiums of fans booing when players decided to kneel for the anthem, joining a protest of racial inequality
started by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Jennifer Sabatelle of CBS told the Sporting News the network's
crews were under no such orders.
Angry NFL Fans Lash Out, Burn
Jerseys Over Protests: "You Can Take Your NFL And Shove It". While it is clear as day to anyone who can
disassociate themselves from the emotional response to being verbally attacked by a tweetstorm (as truly 'terrifying' as such
a thing can be), the NFL doesn't seem to understand that while almost every American can agree that football is a great
sport, roughly 50% of them will vehemently disagree with whatever political stance any given player or league exec decides to
publicly announce. And, since the NFL's future depends on selling overpriced ad spots to massive corporations looking
for a consistent number of eyeballs, alienating any group of viewers, for whatever reason, is just bad for business.
The NFL's Worst Fumble Yet. President
Donald Trump tapped into the sentiment of the vast majority of Americans over the weekend, and the Leftmedia hate him for
it. "Trump turns sports into a political battleground," headlined The Washington Post, as if athletes, coaches, owners
and commentators hadn't already politicized sports. What Trump did do was give voice from the most powerful
bully pulpit in the land to what many Americans already think: Athletes who make millions of dollars each year to
entertain us on the field should not spit in the face of our great nation by disrespecting the national anthem before
games. Take the activism off the field.
Another Poll Shows Americans Aren't Big Fans of Anthem Protests. One of the most striking elements of the NFL
anthem protest controversy is the glaring disconnect between average Americans — especially sports fans —
and the media covering the story. Airwaves and column inches are disproportionately crowded with pro-protest (and
anti-Trump) perspectives, whereas most non-elite observers come down on the other side of the issue. [...] Setting aside
the stipulations that of course peaceful protests are protected speech, that Trump erred in calling for firings,
and that issues like police brutality are worthy of serious attention, most Americans do not support using the national
anthem as an occasion for protest.
Protests Are The Dead End Of 'Resistance' Culture. At a rally on Friday, President Trump said that the NFL
should fire any players who copy Colin Kaepernick by going down on one knee when our national anthem is played. So this
Sunday, dozens of NFL players dutifully responded by going down on one knee to show their "resistance" to Trump. That's
where we are with the stupid politics of the "Resistance." All that is necessary to decide the right thing to do is to check
on what Donald Trump says and do the opposite. [...] It was an ill-conceived form of protest, bound to backfire. The
symbolism is all wrong. By its very nature, it does not come across to most Americans as a protest against excessive
use of force by the police. It comes across as a protest against the national anthem. And since the national
anthem is, well, our national anthem, it comes across as a protest against America.
players and owners can't take criticism. [Scroll down] But what are they protesting? It started
with Colin Kaepernick protesting "racial inequality" and "police brutality." Does anyone, including the players, have any
specific incident or policy he wishes to protest? They just mouth generalities. What have they accomplished by
their kneeling, besides alienating the fans? Have they helped anyone? It seems the kneeling has developed into an
anti-Trump gesture, with over 200 players taking a knee or sitting down on Sunday, September 24. The flag is a proxy for our
country, which some of the players apparently do not like. To others, the flag is a proxy for Trump, whom they do not like.
NFL Demand Respect for Old Glory? "America refuses to address the pervasive evil of white cops killing black
men, and I will not stand during a national anthem that honors the flag of such a country!" That is the message Colin
Kaepernick sent by "taking a knee" during the singing of "The Star Spangled Banner" before San Francisco '49s games in 2016.
No NFL owner picked up his contract in 2017. But a few players began to copy Colin and to "take a knee." [...] And so the
stage was set for NFL Sunday. Two hundred players, almost all black, knelt or sat during the national anthem. The
Patriots' Tom Brady stood in respect for the flag, while locking arms in solidarity with kneeling teammates.
Sunday Down Double-Digits Again As Americans Say NO To Anti-American/Anti-Police Protests. Exactly what
millionaire athletes are protesting these days isn't exactly clear to them or anyone else. The common thread appears to
be some anti-American/police sentiment. America is racist? Police are racist? Whatever it is millions of
Americans have had enough as evidenced by the ongoing NFL ratings spiral. Has a once-dominant professional sports
franchise ever committed suicide? It looks like we may be about to find out.
NFL is looking more repulsive by the day. Billionaires and millionaires linking arms and taking knees in unity
for what? There are brave men and women in real uniforms but you won't find them on the football field. You'll
find them in the military and law enforcement. They're not famous. They're not rich. But they're our very
best. They put their lives on the line everyday. And they're being disrespected. Football players are not
doctors who care for the sick, inventors who improve the quality of life, scientists who find breakthrough medicines,
etc. They're fake activists. And they're increasingly fake entertainers.
To Fans: Drop Dead. Whether you agree with them or not, the NFL players and the executives that run the
National Football League have really stepped in it, damaging their brand and alienating millions of fans and potential fans
for no real good reason. It was a classic mistake. Like it or not, and whether it's fair or not, many Americans
feel that professional athletes as a whole lead a privileged existence, working only part of the year and earning millions
for their efforts. When they're seen leading "protests" by disrespecting the flag and the national anthem —
and all the high ideals and sacrifice those symbols represent — it's too much.
allows some NFL refunds after anthem controversy. DirecTV is allowing at least some customers to cancel
subscriptions to its Sunday Ticket package of NFL games and obtain refunds, if they cite players' national anthem protests as
the reason for discontinuing service, customer service representatives said Tuesday [9/26/2017]. Under Sunday Ticket's
regular policy, refunds are not to be given once the season is underway. But the representatives said they are making
exceptions this season — which began in September — because of the controversy over the protests, in
which players kneel or link arms during the national anthem.
members demand organization cut ties with NFL. Members of the United Services Automobile Association (USAA) are
calling for the company to end its sponsorship of the NFL after the string of recent protests during the national anthem,
Sharon Ko of WTLV in San Antonio reports. Since 2011, the USAA has served as the Official Military Appreciation Sponsor
of the NFL, with the league shows appreciation for the military through its "Salute to Service" campaign. But USSA [sic]
members angry with the NFL are voicing their displeasure in community page forums and demanding the company cut ties with the league.
The Nail in
the NFL's Coffin. When NFL players began taking knees and raising Black Panther fists during games last year,
the NFL had to take swift action. It failed.The result is that football has now become politicized, handing the Left
another victory in the culture wars. [...] The player represents the team's brand. He represents the city. He
represents America, the country that gave him the freedom to excel, to become an elite member in the field of American
professional sports. The player is paid millions of dollars. To choose the moment, dictated by tradition, to show
disrespect for all of these things, shows exceptionally poor judgment. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is paid well over
$40 million annually to protect the league's reputation and business. He's done a horrible job the last few years,
palming off issues of domestic violence, and failing to take a firm stance regarding the anthem.
Problems With The NFL's National Anthem Protest. [Problem #2] The NFL's Utter Inconsistency: [NFL
Commissioner Roger] Goodell and NFL owners were adamant this weekend that players had the right to express themselves without
fear of any retaliation. This even though there are rules that the NFL could apply to stop protests of the national
anthem. [...] There were rules the NFL chose to apply to stop the wearing of decals to commemorate the murder of five Dallas
police officers working to protect the people at an organized protest of police brutality. The NFL fines players for
dancing in the end zone. It threatens fines for 9/11 tributes. It shows leniency for other issues, such as
domestic violence, but it needs to show more consistency about on-field behavior.
NFL Banned Honoring Murdered Cops; Threatened Players Honoring 9/11. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell attacked
President Trump for showing a "lack of respect for the NFL" — regarding the president's recent comments
criticizing players for not standing during the national anthem — because it violated the "constitutional rights
of our players," referring to the First Amendment. This comes from the same commissioner who threatened NFL players who
wanted to honor both 9/11 victims and five police officers who were murdered in Dallas. The Dallas Cowboys wanted to
pay tribute to the five Dallas officers who were murdered at a Black Lives Matter protest on July 7, 2016. The
Cowboys had been wearing a special decal on their helmets that said "Arm in Arm" that specifically honored the police
officers — that is, until the NFL stepped in and stopped it.
A Billion Dollars: How Much the 17 NFL Players Who Took a Knee in London Make. The 17 Baltimore Ravens
and Jacksonville Jaguars players who took a knee during the presentation of the national anthem in London on Sunday have
combined total contracts of nearly $450 million. Combing the total value of each players contracts adds up to a
whopping $448,373,425, a figure greater than the gross domestic product of over a handful of the world's nations. ESPN
reported that 10 Ravens players and roughly the same number of Jaguars players took a knee during the national anthem Sunday
at Wembley Stadium in London.
picked sides in the culture war, now it has to live with the consequences. [Scroll down] The NFL is as
political an organization as there is, now. It picked sides in the culture war, and the side it picked is decidedly
left. The NFL refused to allow the Dallas Cowboys to display a decal honoring the Dallas police killed by a Black Lives
Matter supporter, yet it is completely supporting the "right" of players to kneel on the sideline while the National Anthem
is played, as both a sign of support for the Black Lives Matter movement and an anti-Trump protest.
Unity With Players Might Be Short-Lived. The image was striking — several owners of N.F.L. teams
locking arms with their players on the sidelines Sunday [9/24/2017] in a dramatic statement of defiance to a president who
ridiculed their sport and condemned players for refusing to stand during the national anthem as a protest against
racism. And then on Monday night, the league's most prominent owner knelt with his entire team. Beyond the
appearance of unity, though, is a far different reality: The owners have done little to support players who protest
to fight social injustice. A few owners have told their players that kneeling for the anthem is inappropriate.
Coach Didn't Want Army Vet To Stand For Anthem. Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin indicated Sunday night
[9/24/2017] that he did not want offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva to stand for the national anthem, instead of sitting it out
with the rest of his teammates. Villanueva, a former Army Ranger who served three tours in Afghanistan, was the only
Steelers player to stand for the anthem. While Villanueva stood in the tunnel, hand over his heart, the rest of the
team remained in the locker room in protest of President Trump's comments that players who kneel during the national anthem
should be fired.
Army Ranger Is Only Steelers Player To Stand For National Anthem. The entire Pittsburgh Steelers team remained
in the locker room during the national anthem, with the exception of one player: Army veteran Alejandro Villanueva, who
plays offensive tackle for the Steelers. While the rest of his teammates remained in the locker room, Villanueva stood
in the tunnel holding his helmet in his left hand and holding his right hand over his heart as the anthem played.
President Claims Team Never Intended to Boycott National Anthem, Make Political Statement. Art Rooney II, the
president of the Pittsburgh Steelers football team, told fans on Tuesday that his team both respected military service
members and didn't intend to make a political statement when its players stood off the field during the national anthem on Sunday.
The Editor says...
players can kneel — and NFL's customers should walk. Mass fan walkouts at stadiums will prove more
effective than boycotting NFL advertisers. Organize mass exits and I guarantee you'll beat the flag flouters at their
own mass-media game.
'Kneelers,' Let's Get a Few Things Straight. The reason we stand for the anthem — no matter how
disappointed we are in the trajectory of our nation — is to show that we love our country and wish it well.
That's all. Americans have long believed that whatever our differences — indeed because of our
differences — it is important to have a ritual where we all express our shared patriotism. That ritual is
the respect we show for the national anthem. When people protest the anthem, they are not sending a patriotic
message. Instead, they are telling the rest of us that they don't like this country, and they wish it ill.
third of Americans less likely to watch NFL games due to anthem protests. "Are football fans voting with their
TVs?" asks a new Rasmussen Reports survey. "As the NFL struggles to explain this season's downturn in viewer ratings,
34 percent of American adults say they are less likely to watch an NFL game because of the growing number of protests by
players on the field," the poll reports, noting that 12 percent say they are more likely to watch, while half say the
protests have no effect on their viewing decisions.
First: NASCAR Owners Threaten To Fire Drivers And Crew If They Kneel During National Anthem. Multiple
NASCAR team owners indicated Sunday they will not tolerate drivers or crew members who kneel during the national anthem as
unpatriotic protests plague the beleaguered National Football League. Former NASCAR champion and legend Richard Petty,
who owns Richard Petty Motorsports, told the Associated Press that he would fire any member of his team that chooses to kneel
during the national anthem. "Anybody that don't stand up for the anthem oughta be out of the country.
Period. What got 'em where they're at? The United States," Petty said.
NFL players required to stand for the national anthem? After NFL teams or players stayed in the locker room,
knelt, sat or linked arms during the national anthem before games Sunday, people want to know what the NFL rules say.
Are the players required to stand on the field during the national anthem? What does the NFL rule book say? On
social media, many people have been cutting and pasting the following excerpt: ["]A62-63 of the NFL League
Rulebook. It states: "The National Anthem must be played prior to every game, and all players must be on the
sideline for the National Anthem. During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at
attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that
the American flag is in good condition...["]
The Editor says...
Anyone who has ever negotiated a contract knows that should is not the same thing as must.
worker quits after Bills protest anthem. A stadium worker with nearly three decades of NFL games under his belt
quit his job Sunday [9/24/2017], saying he was "pushed" to the limit after several Buffalo Bills took a knee during the
national anthem. Erich Nikischer said he's putting the few good years and "a lot of the bad ones" at New Era Field
behind him after several Bills took a knee before Sunday's 26-16 win against the Broncos. "I was [finally] pushed to my
limit today and had to quit," Nikischer posted on Facebook in response to the Bills' protest, a show of defiance against
President Trump's suggestion that NFL players who kneel during the national anthem to protest racial inequality should be
fired. "I [cannot] work in a place where [multimillionaires] cry that they are oppressed."
may lose bigly with social justice antics. The NFL is famous for its activism. Support for Black Lives
Matter after Ferguson. Solidarity with Trayvon Martin. Lectures from Bob Costas — not on the upcoming
game, but on gun control or global warming. Now it's disrespecting the National Anthem by taking a knee or sitting
down. Colin Kaepernick popularized this before Trump was president. It's activism is spreading through the NFL
and beyond, even to eight-year-old football players in Illinois.
should get off their knees and lead a constructive conversation on race. As more than 100 NFL players protested
during the singing of America's national anthem across the country Sunday [9/24/2017], what had been a small protest of the
way police treat African-Americans turned into a much larger protest directed at President Trump.
and Curry Pop the Sports Bubble. We've all watched the bubble inflate for years. Palatial new stadiums
were built (often with tax dollars), multi-billion dollar television deals were signed, and multi-platinum player contracts
shocked our sensibilities. Combined with sky-high ticket prices that put a night at the game out of reach for many
families, these were all signs that things had gone too far. But how and when a bubble will deflate is anyone's
guess. Usually — maybe always — it's done in by the excesses of its biggest beneficiaries.
players lobby Roger Goodell for formal league involvement in racial justice causes. A team of four current and
former NFL players is lobbying commissioner Roger Goodell to engage the league in fighting for the cause of social justice,
even asking him to formally designate November as activism awareness month. Current players Michael Bennett (Seattle
Seahawks), Torrey Smith (Philadelphia Eagles), and Malcolm Jenkins (Philadelphia Eagles), along with former player Anquan
Boldin, sent Goodell and another executive a 2,800-word memorandum in August requesting the league invest significant
resources in the cause. The memo, available in full here, is specific and thoughtful, but its requests would almost
certainly prove divisive among fans, many of whom are already wary of players' incorporating their activism into gamedays.
Jackson: 'Kaepernick Effect' to Blame for NFL's Ratings Decline. At a rally in Alabama on Friday night
[9/22/2017], President Donald Trump railed against National Football League players who have protested the national
anthem. He said players who disrespect the flag and refuse to stand for the national anthem should be ejected
from the stadium and cut from the team.
Shocking How Empty The Stadium Was For Thursday Night Football. The San Francisco 49ers Thursday night game
against the Los Angeles Rams kicked off in front of a nearly empty stadium. Los Angeles Times reporter Lindsey Thiry
tweeted a photo at the time of kickoff, which showed thousands of open seats. In fact, most sections in the photo have
more empty seats than fans.
NFL and ESPN need to get politics out of sports or risk losing millions. ESPN host Jemele Hill is back on the
air after calling President Trump a "white supremacist" who has surrounded himself with "other white supremicists" —
remarks that earned her a reprimand, but not a suspension, from the network. The Twitter-taunting and subsequent fallout
comes as the sports network's ratings have taken a significant hit over the last year, starting with players' social justice
protests at pre-game festivities. Both the TV networks and the NFL are paying the penalty.
TV ratings continue to tank after viewers boycott over Kaepernick. The National Football League is in the midst
of turbulent times as ratings for the second week of the football season received less than promising returns. After a
12 percent dip during the kickoff weekend from 2016, week 2 saw a 15 percent slump from the previous year.
Sports into the Left Lane. Totalitarian regimes use sports to disseminate political propaganda. In Nazi
Germany, sports served to glorify the "Aryan" race and to prepare Germany for war. In the Soviet Union, the elite
athlete became as valuable as the soldier or the diplomat in promoting Communism. The Soviets developed a system of
state-run sports schools and clubs to produce world-class athletes who would be technically proficient and ideologically
correct. A coach's fundamental duty was to instill what one Soviet sports periodical called a "high Communist
consciousness" in which athletes saw themselves as "Soviet patriots ... irreconcilable to the enemies of socialism and
Communism." With Neo-Marxism permeating American education, identical thinking predominates.
police, EMS unions refuse to hold flag at game after Browns players kneel. There is new fallout from the fierce
debate over Cleveland Browns players kneeling during the national anthem. Cleveland safety forces have backed out of a
plan to hold a large flag on the field for the opening game. A dozen Browns players created a firestorm during a recent
preseason game by not standing during the anthem. They created the largest demonstration in the NFL during the anthem
since former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick started his protest more than a year ago.
should be more sports, less politics, Sage Steele says. ESPN has faced criticism recently for limited sports
coverage and what many say has been an increasing shift to political commentary. But frustrated sports fans may be in
luck: ESPN anchor Sage Steele hinted in an interview that the network's signature "SportsCenter" highlights show may go
back to focusing on sports, and leave social and political issues "to the news networks." Steele told the New York Post
"there is a time and place" for covering issues that transcend sports. She cited NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick's
controversial refusal to stand for the national anthem before games, and his current struggle to make an NFL roster, as
examples of when coverage might "cross over."
wants meeting with NFL commissioner about Kaepernick. Kaepernick's supporters, including some who planned to protest at the NFL's
headquarters in New York City on Wednesday [8/23/2017], say the quarterback is being blackballed for his advocacy.
Kaepernick to have exhibit at National Museum of African American History and Culture. Colin Kaepernick may not
be employed by an NFL team, but he continues to be a fixture in the NFL's 24-hour news cycle.
Kaepernick — History's Hero? The National Football League's preseason is underway, and national anthem-hating
quarterback Colin Kaepernick still doesn't have an NFL job. One can easily identify the liberal journalists by their anguish
over this so-called injustice. You can also identify them by their dishonest arguments.
The NFL doesn't
have the guts to bench unpatriotic players. Raiders coach Jack Del Rio told SFGate.com that [Marshawn] Lynch's
disrespectful behavior is not an issue for the football team. "He said, 'This is something I have done for 11 years.
It's not a form of anything other than me being myself,'" Del Rio said. "I told him I very strongly believe in standing for
the national anthem. But I respect him as a man and he can do his thing." Well, that doesn't speak very well of
Coach Del Rio's character either. The coach respects a man who disrespects the country?
Bennett to sit during national anthem for entire NFL season. Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett said he
plans to sit during the national anthem for the entire season after staying on the bench for the anthem during Seattle's
first preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday [8/13/2017]. Bennett said he was motivated by the events
in Charlottesville and wanted to speak out on racial injustice. On Sunday [8/13/2017], Bennett remained on the bench with
a towel around his shoulder pads while the rest of his teammates stood for the anthem.
Spike Lee, and Colin Kaepernick Jointly Degenerate Into Total Farce. A guy who theatrically refuses to stand
for the national anthem, who praises a communist dictator, and whose girlfriend publicly depicts an NFL owner as a slave
owner pleases ESPN moonbats like Max Kellerman and Skip Bayless immensely but will chase away fans. But we are expected
to believe that no team has signed him due to racism, despite most NFL players being black. Meanwhile, Kaepernick is
said to have turned down at least one offer, presumably so he could stoke the phony racial controversy in hopes of starting a
bidding war among teams eager to prove how politically correct they can be. The Kaepernick spectacle is phony and
pathetic, like all things leftist.
Source: Kaepernick Turned Down At Least 1 Contract To Play Up The Race Card. Colin Kaepernick is still a free agent,
and an NFL inside source told The Daily Caller Monday that the former 49ers quarterback has no one but himself to blame.
Sports, Pay the Price. When players get political, it turns out that fans can get political right back.
After months of speculation and piles of anecdotal evidence, market-research company J. D. Power has weighed in with real
data. After surveying 9,200 fans, researchers found that "national anthem protests were the top reason that NFL fans
watched fewer games last season." The protests were never popular. A September 2016 Reuters poll indicated that a
super-majority of 72 percent of Americans believed the protests, led by Colin Kaepernick, were "unpatriotic," but evidence
that his protest had an impact on ratings was spotty, at best. Now that's changed.
Kellerman: NFL 'Injecting Politics' Into Games With Nat'l Anthem. ESPN commentator Max Kellerman raised
some eyebrows by claiming that the NFL is "injecting politics" into games simply by having a pregame performance of the
national anthem. The discussion on "First Take" centered around a Seattle Seahawks player comparing Colin Kaepernick to
Muhammad Ali for his refusal to stand for the Star-Spangled Banner last season. Kellerman argued that Kaepernick, who
remains a free agent after his controversial boycott, "did not go looking for a protest" and is not obligated to stand for
Obama gets standing ovation at ESPYs. Former first lady Michelle Obama was greeted by a standing ovation when
she honored the late Eunice Shriver at the ESPYs on Wednesday night [7/12/2017].
tale of two first ladies and troubling media bias. Last night, Michelle Obama was the honored guest of the
annual ESPY awards. Naturally, the media collective was head over heels with praise and admiration.
Skips Fourth Of July Celebrations, Travels To Ghana To Gain 'True Independence'. Football player Colin
Kaepernick refused to celebrate the Fourth of July, choosing instead to travel to Ghana to experience "true independence."
Kaepernick, famous for kneeling during the National Anthem, released a video Tuesday showing his travels to the African nation.
He visited his "home," Ghana, because he couldn't celebrate a day that oppressed the rights of his ancestors in America.
"How can we truly celebrate independence on a day that intentionally robbed our ancestors of theirs? To find my independence
I went home," Kaepernick tweeted.
The Editor says...
Now that you're "home" in Africa, perhaps we'd all be happier if you stay there.
Told You Testosterone Would Make Women's Sports More Interesting. As has been widely reported recently, a
female wrestler in Texas — Mack Beggs — has won the state championship in her division largely due to
the fact that she has a significant competitive advantage: she's taking steroids (testosterone). Once upon a time, such
behavior was widely considered cheating. In fact, some of the biggest scandals in sports history involve behavior virtually
identical to that of Mack Beggs. (Alex Rodriguez took testosterone.) In fact, due to the widespread problem of "doping"
(taking performance-enhancing drugs) in the world of athletics, in 1999, the World Anti-Doping Agency was created. Clearly
(and always) on the list of banned substances: testosterone. In spite of being an endogenous (naturally occurring)
anabolic androgenic (promotes male characteristics) steroid, testosterone use among athletes is prohibited if administered from
outside the body.
One-Third of Americans Boycotting NFL Because of Black Lives Matter Protests: Poll. Nearly one-third of
American adults say they are less likely to watch a National Football League game because of the growing number of Black
Lives Matter protests that are happening by players on the field, a Rasmussen poll found. Thirty-two percent polled
online and by telephone said they're willing to skip NFL games this year because of player protests over racial issues, the
pollster said on Tuesday [10/4/2016].
Kaepernick hosts Black Panther Party-inspired youth camp. Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback
who started a movement of kneeling during the national anthem to highlight racial injustices in America, quietly hosted an "I
Know My Rights" camp for children of color over the weekend. Mr. Kaepernick and a small group of his friends had
been secretly planning the camp at Impact Hub Oakland in Oakland, California, in the hopes of teaching minority children how
to deal with racial discrimination, police brutality and a variety of other social issues, the New York Daily News' Shaun
King exclusively reported.
NFL Ratings Down Due To National Anthem Protests. There are many reasons why the NFL's ratings are down in 2016.
You may be dismissive of the very idea that the backlash to the national anthem protests, sparked by the 49ers' Colin Kaepernick, has
played a role in the NFL's TV ratings, which have dropped by about 12 percent year-over-year. To continue to dismiss
that is to blatantly ignore legitimate data on the subject.
Loses Subscribers, Colin Kaepernick Can't Understand Why. Traditionally not strange bedfellows, ESPN and
Monday Night Football should make for a nice, natural fit. However, the bed they made together appears to have
caught fire, and the anthem-kneeling, social-justice-warrior love child they created now dumps gasoline on the flames.
Nielsen made their subscriber numbers public, delivering apocalyptic results for both ESPN and the NFL. ESPN lost 621,000
subscribers in the last month, and ESPN's Monday Night Football fell by 24%.
watching fewer NFL games cite protests as primary reason. Ratings in the NFL, while still stronger than any
other challenger on the television landscape, continue to decline, and a new survey by Yahoo Sports and YouGov discerns
several reasons why. In a survey of 1,136 Americans who identified themselves as NFL fans, 29 percent said they
are watching fewer NFL games.
ratings plunge could spell doom for traditional TV. Football, America's biggest prime-time powerhouse, has been
thrust into a crisis this fall, with dwindling ratings sparking questions over whether it can remain a gold mine for
television in an age when more Americans are abandoning traditional TV. Network executives have long used the National
Football League's live games as a last line of defense against the rapid growth of "cord-cutting" and on-demand viewing
upending the industry. But now, the NFL is seeing its ratings tumble in the same way that the Olympics, awards shows
and other live events have, falling more than 10 percent for the first five weeks of the season compared with the first five
weeks of last season. A continued slide, executives say, could pose an even bigger danger: If football can't
survive the new age of TV, what can?
The Editor says...
Football can survive and thrive again, if the players will keep their left-wing America-hating political opinions to themselves. Especially if the well-compensated
football players complain about how tough their lives are. On the other hand, maybe it's better in the long run if the popularity of football diminishes greatly.
Football is a mixture of idolatry and vanity. Football players are not heroes. They are mercenary gladiators. The game of football leaves many young
players paralyzed every year, and many older players with lifetimes of irreversible brain damage. If television falls out of favor with the viewing public, that
could only be a good thing, unless you work at a television station.
chant 'tackle the Muslim!', spear dummy with Colin Kaepernick jersey, afro. Tough crowd. As San Francisco
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick prepared for his first start of the season — and first real action since become
the face of a national anthem controversy — Buffalo Bills fans prepared to welcome him to their city.
Kaepernick: The Flag Is Just A Piece Of Cloth. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick believes
that the flag of the United States is nothing more than simply a piece of cloth. "At the end of the day the flag is
just a piece of cloth and I am not going to value a piece of cloth over people's lives. That's just not something I can
do, it's not something I feel morally right doing and my character won't allow me to do that," Kaepernick told reporters in
response to criticism from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, according to The Star.
tries to reassure teams as TV ratings drop. The National Football League has sent a memo to team owners seeking
to ease concerns about the ratings decline that has hit football this fall. Through the first four weeks of the season,
NFL viewership has declined 11 percent, and among the crucial adults 18-49 demographic that advertisers covet, ratings are
down 12 percent.
Whitlock: 'Hyper-Progressive Movement That Has Lurched Into Sports' to Blame for Low NFL Ratings. Thursday [10/6/2016] on
Fox Sports 1's "Speak for Yourself," co-host Jason Whitlock blamed "hyper-progressive" sports media for the decline in NFL ratings this
year. Whitlock explained that while sports culture is conservative, progressivism in the media is "leading the conversation" in
sports, thus "turning people off."
Fumble for NFL Surprises Networks, Advertisers. Once considered immune to the audience erosion plaguing the
television industry, ratings for National Football League games have slipped through the first four weeks of the season.
College athletic departments, which once did not care a hoot about political correctness, now have either cadres of the left as their
spokesmen or have utterly cowed and terrified administrators who dare not say a word against the messages of the left. The college
football players who enter the NFL find the same insinuation of leftist cant into every crevice of professional football. Although
the dopey former San Francisco 49ers' insulting behavior during the National Anthem is a conspicuous example of leftist venom, the
cringing fear of offending the left seems to terrify everyone in football. Well, let football be terrified instead of offending
those Americans who watch football on television and pay for tickets to football games and buy sporting equipment endorsed by football
players. There is evidence that this is happening.
Greek tragedy to American therapy. Second-string San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick apparently assumes that his
wealthy team can afford to pay him nearly $20 million a year to sit on the bench, without much caring that he can't be bothered to stand up
for the National Anthem. But victimhood is a good career move. Kaepernick went from being a washed-up quarterback to being a much-publicized
social justice warrior — a veritable Noam Chomsky in cleats opining on over two centuries of American criminal justice. He was once fined for
reportedly smearing a fellow NFL player with the N-word, but now as a victim himself, Kaepernick can no longer be a victimizer.
32% skip NFL over Black Lives Matter player protests. The growing number of player protests at National
Football League games, driven by the Black Lives Matter movement and San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, has prompted
nearly a third of Americans to turn the games off, according to a new survey. Rasmussen Reports revealed Tuesday [10/4/2016]
that 32 percent of American adults say they are "less likely" to watch a game because of the expanding protests over how blacks
are treated, especially by police.
Has Ruined Everything Fun. [Scroll down] Before we could kick off the season, a fading star named Colin
Kaepernick had some kind of epiphany that he could change the world by sitting out the National Anthem. The right vs.
left media made Colin's sit-out national headlines for weeks — he has the right, 1st Amendment vs. he's an
ungrateful millionaire spitting on the country that made him great, and on and on. But they miss the point: I
don't care. Whatever these sports icons think, I really and truly don't care. Just play ball.
West: Election Is Referendum On Obama's Failures. Former Congressman Col. Allen West calls the
athletes expressing anti-Americanism "deplorable, despicable and disgusting." Specifically about NFL players, "When I look
at these privileged, little, spoiled princes getting multi-million dollar contracts," West wonders "what is it about America
that has oppressed you?" He couldn't help but notice that on the opening day for the NFL, Commissioner Roger Goodell fined
players $6,000 for honoring 9/11 on their cleats, while 49ers player Colin Kaepernick can wear socks depicting police as pigs
Ratings Continue to Plunge in Third Week of National Anthem Protests. For the third consecutive week, ratings
for the National Football League (NFL) have plummeted, as players continue anti-American protests during the playing of the
national anthem. This week's drop-off also coincided with the Monday broadcast of the first presidential debate between
Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton. Ratings for Sunday Night Football
featuring the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys scored a 12.9 Nielsen rating, down from the game's 13.7 rating last week.
America's Versailles Set.
Take the case of Colin Kaepernick, the back-up quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers who makes $19 million a year (or about
$20,000 per minute of regular season play). He has been cited by National Football League officials in the past for his use
of the N-word, yet he refuses to stand for the pregame singing of the national anthem because he believes that his country is
racist and does not warrant his respect. His stunt gained a lot of publicity and he now sees himself as a man of the
revolutionary barricades. A number of other NFL athletes, as well as those in other sports, have likewise refused to
stand for the national anthem to express solidarity with what they see as modern versions of the oppressed peasantry.
But Kaepernick and his peers make more in one month than many Americans make in an entire lifetime.
players Malcom Jenkins, Steven Means and Ron Brooks raise fists during national anthem. Athletes' protests of
police brutality during the national anthem continued prior to Monday Night Football between the Eagles and Bears.
Cameras showed Eagles players Malcolm Jenkins, Steven Means and Ron Brooks standing together with their right fists raised
in the air during the song.
Samantha Bee Problem. [Scroll down] It isn't just late-night TV. Cultural arenas and institutions that
were always liberal are being prodded or dragged further to the left. Awards shows are being pushed to shed their genteel
limousine liberalism and embrace the race-gender-sexual identity agenda in full. Colleges and universities are increasingly
acting as indoctrinators for that same agenda, shifting their already-lefty consensus under activist pressure. Meanwhile,
institutions that were seen as outside or sideways to political debate have been enlisted in the culture war. The tabloid
industry gave us the apotheosis of Caitlyn Jenner, and ESPN gave her its Arthur Ashe Award. The N.B.A., N.C.A.A. and
the A.C.C. — nobody's idea of progressive forces, usually — are acting as enforcers on behalf of gay and
transgender rights. Jock culture remains relatively reactionary, but even the N.F.L. is having its Black Lives Matters
moment, thanks to Colin Kaepernick. For the left, these are clear signs of cultural gains, cultural victory.
But the scale and swiftness of those victories have created two distinctive political problems for the Democratic Party.
This man is now pretending to be the victim of the trouble he stirred up:
says he has received death threats. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick told reporters on Tuesday
[9/20/2016] that he has received death threats in the weeks since he began his national anthem protest.
If You Respect America, Find Something Else to Do Sunday
Afternoons. Kaepernick disease continues to spread. Thanks to the encouragement of the people in charge,
it is completely engulfing the NFL. Tomorrow night the entire Philadelphia Eagles team is planning to use the national anthem
as a pretext to make a spectacle of their contempt of America: [...] To watch these overpaid, hyper-privileged thugs openly display
their hostility to everything we revere on the grounds that they are "oppressed," when in any other country they would be scraping
by doing manual labor, is too much to swallow.
$4.6 Billion TV Bounty May Be At Risk Due To Kaepernick Fiasco. The National Football League will rake in
roughly $4.6 billion in television fees from CBS, ESPN, NBC, Fox and DirecTV that it will equally share with its 32 teams
this year. The NFL commands such a rich bounty because advertisers pay up for football's huge ratings. The
television money is a big reason why the average NFL team is worth $2.34 billion. But the National Anthem protests that
began with San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick and has since been copied by other players has angered many fans.
And that anger may be one reason why the television ratings for the first week of NFL games were bad.
Woods: 'I Will Never Watch the NFL Again'. Actor James Woods is fed up with the way the NFL has handled Colin
Kaepernick's National Anthem protest — so much so that he has vowed never to watch a league game ever again.
The 69-year-old conservative actor ripped the league in an impromptu interview with TMZ this week.
moving 2016-17 championships from North Carolina. The National Collegiate Athletic Association announced Monday [9/12/2016]
it will relocate all 2016-17 championship events from North Carolina due to concerns about civil rights protections in the state.
This decision comes after the NCAA Board of Governors in April adopted new requirements for sites that would be hosting or bidding on
events in all divisions. The resulting survey required bidding locations to prove how they would protect athletes, coaches and fans
from discrimination. NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a news release following the decision that the organization's events need to
promote inclusiveness, and current legislation in North Carolina does not guarantee that commitment will be fulfilled.
to move 7 championships from North Carolina due to HB2 law. The NCAA announced on Monday [9/12/2016] the relocation of
seven previously awarded championship events — including NCAA tournament games in Greensboro — from the
state of North Carolina during the 2016-17 academic year as a result of the state's controversial House Bill 2. The law
prevents cities and counties from passing protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. And public schools must
require bathrooms or locker rooms be designated for use only by people based on their biological sex. The NCAA sent a
questionnaire in July concerning discrimination issues to the local organizing groups in cities that have been named to host
any NCAA event in any of its three competitive divisions or are interested in staging them.
Seahawks consider team-wide national anthem protest at NFL opener. The Seattle Seahawks are considering
following Colin Kaepernick and making a protest of their own before their NFL opener against Miami on Sunday. A number
of Seahawks players said they had been discussing their options, and suggested they might be prepared to take a team-wide
stand before the weekend's game. Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane, who sat for the national anthem during the
Seahawks-Raiders pre-season game last Thursday, said he will continue not to stand, while receiver Doug Baldwin and
linebacker Bobby Wagner said they had discussed a protest in the locker room.
watch ESPN less. In a commencement address at the University of Central Florida, [ESPN President John] Skipper
bemoaned the fact that, according to a recent survey, the average American spends three hours a day in front of a television
and just 19 minutes reading. "Please watch a little less television," the TV executive implored. I would modify
his plea slightly. Please watch less ESPN. Why? Because [...] ESPN has taken the side of the political left.
Erupts After NFL Quarterback Converts To Islam and Refuses To Stand for National Anthem. A controversy has
erupted today because San Francisco 49er's Quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand up during the playing of the
national anthem. [...] So what exactly is going on. Well, there's a little more to the story than most are willing to
accept. The media and the NFL will avoid these discussions like the plague, but [...] During the off-season
Colin Kaepernick converted to Islam. Colin Kaepernick is also engaged to Black Lives Matter activist and hip-hop radio
personality DJ Nessa Diab. Black Lives Matter as an activist group is synonymous with promotion of authentic Islam.
quarterback sits during national anthem, calls America racist. If you can't play, enter the political
fray. That could be the only possible explanation for 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sitting in protest of the
national anthem. Kaepernick has dominated headlines in the past year for a massive regression in his production, now
stuck fighting for a job with Blaine Gabbart. No serious analyst expects the 49ers to be competitive, despite
Kaepernick leading the Niners to the Super Bowl during the 2012 season. But this time, he's making headlines
on purpose for reasons other than football.
quarterback refuses to honor National Anthem because America 'oppresses people of color'. The 49ers' quarterback Colin
Kaepernick says that he refused to stand up during the National Anthem because America is racist. [...] Apparently he's been
protesting the oppression of people of color by refusing to play well for a long time too!
fans burn Kaepernick jerseys to the national anthem after the $114 million sport star refused to stand 'to protest black
oppression'. Furious San Francisco 49ers fans are burning Colin Kaepernick jerseys after he refused to stand
for the national anthem as part of a racial protest. One fan even played The Star-Spangled Banner as he set light to
the Number 7 shirt, watching with his hand on his chest as it was reduced to ash. Another, who uploaded a video to
Instagram under the handle Nate3914, called the $19million-per-year athlete an 'ignorant son of a b****.'
Francisco police union demand NFL, 49ers 'denounce' Colin Kaepernick's 'attacks' on cops. Cops in San Francisco
are throwing an all-out blitz at Colin Kaepernick. The head of the San Francisco Police Officers Association fired off
an angry letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and 49ers boss Jed York over the quarterback's "ill-advised statements."
Kaepernick started a national debate over the weekend when he said he was no longer going to stand for the national anthem.
While the cop union understands Kaepernick has the right to sit on the bench while "The Star-Spangled Banner" plays before games,
it's his reason for doing so that has San Francisco police demanding an apology.
Kaepernick won't stand for the national anthem anymore. Fun fact about Kaepernick that I didn't know until this
morning: His Twitter feed is full-bore SJW, with one retweet after another of Black Lives Matter champion Shaun
King. It takes a lot to boost your wokeness quotient when you're already that woke. But he figured out a
way! This is what would be called a "base strategy" in politics, in that it's bound to impress and catalyze people who
already sympathize with him at the expense of alienating literally everyone else.
Felon League Denies Cowboys Request To Honor Murdered Officers. The National Football League —
sometimes mocked as the "National Felon League" due a rash of violent crimes committed by current and former players in
recent years — has denied a request by the Dallas Cowboys to wear a small sticker on the back of their helmets
which would honor the five Dallas Police officers murdered by a domestic terrorist affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement.
Found a Cause They Won't Endorse: the Dallas Police Department. As written here before, there was never any
real expectation that the NFL would allow the Dallas Cowboys to wear the "Arm-in-Arm" decals on their helmets, to show
support for the Dallas Police Department during the regular season. Yet, there was some hope that the league would at
least allow the Cowboys to wear the decals during the preseason. Well, it appears that isn't happening.
The Editor says...
One can easily surmise that if the shooter had been white, and all the murdered cops had been black, female, homosexuals, or former professional
athletes, the NFL would have had no objections. You can bet that if the cause was breast cancer, AIDS, or UN earthquake relief, the NFL would have
had no objections. The NFL has to draw the line somewhere, of course; otherwise, football players will eventually look like NASCAR drivers.
Even so, one must wonder what their criteria are.
NCAA Rule: Championship Sites Must Allow Cross-Dressing Men To Use Women's Bathrooms, Showers. The
National Collegiate Athletic Association has announced that all cities and college campuses seeking to host future NCAA
championship events must fill out a lengthy, seven-page questionnaire about whether men can use women's bathrooms and waltz
into women's locker rooms to take showers. The NCAA Board of Governors announced its new bathroom-and-locker-room
survey on Friday [7/22/2016].
Stars Angered Over League Fines for 'Black Lives Matter' Protest. Prominent WNBA players and Black Lives Matter
organizers are angered over the league's decision to fine three teams and their players for protesting gun violence.
The Indiana Fever, New York Liberty and Phoenix Mercury were fined $5,000 each, and each player was fined $500 for wearing
black T-shirts during pre-game warm-ups in the wake of recent shootings by and against police officers. According to
WNBA officials, the shirts violated the league's uniform policy. According to that policy, all shirts worn during
warmups must be the Adidas brand — the league's official outfitter — and may not be altered in any way.
The Editor says...
Just bounce the ball, throw the ball, and catch the ball. Spare us the political statements.
Wastes No Time Going Political at ESPYs. You planned to have a smoke, maybe walk the dog before the ESPYs got
in full swing. Figuring that ESPN would at least recap some of the year in sports before putting on display their
craven and gratuitous sellout to radical, racial activism. Well, you guessed wrong. NBA stars Carmelo Anthony,
Chris Paul, Dwayne Wade, and LeBron James derailed the evening of expected jockular festivities, instead redirecting the
crazy train that ESPN has become down the tracks of athlete activism.
ESPN Turns ESPY Awards Into Black Lives Matter Rally. ESPN is a
girlish, gay chat channel like Bravo that features slightly less house-flipping and slightly more homoerotic tributes to the physical male ideal.
It's evil, it's stupid, it's a waste of your time, and it's time to block the channel so that you're never tempted to give them your money ever again.
the NBA went all-out gay. The NBA just announced it's partnering with GLSEN, the leading gay activist educational
organization — an organization whose radical activism dates back more than a decade. How do the players really
feel about this ... especially those with conservative Christian (or Muslim) values?
Firing Curt Schilling for Transgender Comments, ESPN Hires LGBT Activist Abby Wambach. Curt Schilling's
politics got him fired from ESPN. Abby Wambach's politics didn't prevent her from getting hired. And neither did her
recent DUI arrest, which resulted in a guilty plea less than a month ago and admissions of past marijuana and cocaine use.
ESPN hired Wambach to analyze soccer at the Olympics, and venture into more contentious matters with "Outside the Lines" and on
a planned podcast called "Fearless Conversation with Abby Wambach," a program the AP describes as one in "which she promises won't
shy away from controversy."
The Left's Thought-Fascism
Hits ESPN. [Scroll down] By inclusive, ESPN does not mean ideologically inclusive. They simply mean
that if you do not kowtow to politically correct idiocies about men magically becoming women, you will not be tolerated.
ESPN is the same channel that rewarded Caitlyn Jenner, nee Bruce, the Arthur Ashe Courage Award for getting a misguided boob
job, facial reconstruction surgeries and hormone treatments that will not solve his underlying mental illness. Pointing out
that Caitlyn is still a man, however, will get you fired from that same network. Not only that, but you will be memory-holed.
Erases Curt Schilling From Baseball History. In the bad old days of the Soviet Union, Stalin, Brezhnev and the
rest would literally airbrush out of photographs those who fell out of favor. Killing them and sending family members
to Siberia did not suffice; they had to be erased from collective memory. [...] Now along comes ESPN airbrushing a game
played by former Red Sox great Curt Schilling out of a documentary on the 2004 American League Championship Series.
Unless you have been vacationing in Mars, you know that Schilling was until recently an ESPN broadcaster.
Fires Curt Schilling — What About Liberal Offenders? About Schilling's firing, the Disney-owned
sports cable network said: "ESPN is an inclusive company. Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was
unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated." Last summer ESPN suspended Schilling for retweeting
a meme likening Muslim extremists to Nazis. Last month, he no doubt angered management for saying that Hillary Clinton
should be "buried under a jail somewhere" for her email scandal. So Schilling, to ESPN, is a serial offender.
And as a private company, it can terminate an employee for perceived offenses. OK, so Schilling has to go. But
what are the rules?
The Editor says...
Obviously the management of ESPN operates with an unusual concept of the word inclusive, if the company is
inclusive and tolerant of everyone except white guys who don't approve of homosexuality.
Schilling: ESPN Home to 'Some of the Biggest Racists in Sports Commentating'. So, Curt Schilling is
holding nothing back. Just over a week after he was fired by ESPN for being a conservative, and deigning to observe
that male bathrooms were built for people with male parts, while female bathrooms were built for people with female parts,
Schilling told the Breitbart News Patriot Forum that ESPN is home to "some of the biggest racists in sports commentating."
are all the sports events California state lawmakers attended for free. Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de
León was at the deciding game in Dodgers Stadium thanks to a $556 ticket — half of it paid for by a political
consulting group and the other half by a downtown Los Angeles law firm. Bay Area Assemblyman Rob Bonta got $460 tickets
to see the Golden State Warriors beat the Houston Rockets and advance to the NBA finals thanks to tickets from the chief
executive of an Oakland healthcare company. Assemblyman Mike Gipson (D-Carson) got $800 tickets to the Toyota Grand
Prix in Long Beach from a local law firm — though his form notes he reimbursed the firm $341 "to pay below the
gift limit." After the reimbursement, the total gift was worth $459 — one dollar under the limit for a gift
from a single source.
Has a Right to Fire Curt Schilling. What Rights Do People of Faith Have? ESPN has fired Curt
Schilling. The company said that his speech went against company values because ESPN is "an inclusive company."
What's at stake here? Curt Schilling has a right to say biological men don't belong in women's bathrooms in whatever
controversial way he wants. And ESPN has a right to give Caitlyn Jenner the "Arthur Ashe Courage Award" for being a
men's sports icon who now publicly identifies as a woman. And whether we agree or disagree with Schilling's message or
ESPN's isn't the point. The bigger issue is that ESPN, like any other company, has a right to control its message,
which means it should be generally free to make employment decisions based on its values, not Curt Schilling's, and
certainly not the government's.
Schilling, ESPN and your God-given plumbing. There's no question that Curt Schilling has uttered a good number
of politically incorrect statements during his career at ESPN. The former All-Star pitcher has compared radical Muslims to
Nazis and most recently suggested that Hillary Clinton "should be buried under a jail somewhere." But it was something he
shared on social media — about transgender bathrooms — that turned out to be the last straw for ESPN.
To be blunt — he was unceremoniously fired because he has a problem with men using the ladies room.
The Editor says...
I worked in the broadcasting business from 1971 to 2019, and I can tell you this: TV sports personalities
are expected to be bombastic, opinionated, and able to extemporaneously expound at great length about the tiniest
details of professional sports. The sports nut / couch potato will little note nor long remember anything
that even his favorite sportscaster says. Therefore, if he (or she) occasionally sheds some light on a
politically incorrect topic, that offense should be forgiven; for indeed, that's how live television goes
sometimes. Once in a while, the truth pops out.
The NFL's Bullying
of Believers. Do you think a pastor who's against same-sex marriage should be forced to perform same-sex
weddings? Do you believe that a religious college should be allowed to hire only people who agree with the religious beliefs
of the college? Do you think no one should be forced to attend a wedding he doesn't agree with? If so, cheers:
The National Football League basically thinks you're a bigot.
may move 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte after anti-LGBT legislation passed in North Carolina. The NBA issued a
statement Thursday [3/24/2016] against the new law in North Carolina barring transgender people from using bathrooms and locker rooms
that do not match the gender of their birth certificate. In the statement, the NBA hinted it could reconsider hosting All-Star
Weekend in Charlotte in 2017. "The NBA is dedicated to creating an inclusive enviornment for all who attend our games and events.
We are deeply concerned that this discriminatory law runs counter to our guiding principles of equality and mutual respect and do not yet
know what impact it will have on our ability to successfully host the 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte."
The Editor says...
Does their logic make any sense? Man, I can't wait to see the All Star Game — and I sure hope there will be a
bunch of lesbians in the restrooms. No, exactly the opposite is more likely what most sports fans are thinking.
says Georgia religious exemptions bill might cost Atlanta Super Bowl bid. Atlanta is one of the finalists for the next two league
title games to be awarded, along with New Orleans, Miami and Tampa. The city is considered a clear favorite because of its new retractable-roof
stadium that is set to open next year. However, the religious exemptions bill could change all of that. "NFL policies emphasize
tolerance and inclusiveness, and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper
standard," league spokesman Brian McCarthy said. "Whether the laws and regulations of a state and local community are consistent with
these policies would be one of many factors NFL owners may use to evaluate potential Super Bowl host sites."
The Editor says...
In other words, the last football game of the season is being used as leverage to promote the left-wing homosexual agenda.
Building a billion-dollar stadium is even less sensible if the Big Game can never be played there — and all because those heartless
bigots in Atlanta won't allow men in the women's restrooms. I've never purchased a ticket to an NFL game, and I can assure you that I
Dem Gov. Edwards warns: Agree to proposed tax hikes or LSU football could be sacked. Louisiana Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards is suggesting the
legendary Louisiana State University football team's 2016 season might be canceled — and other doomsday consequences — unless the GOP-led legislature
swiftly passes a package of tax increases to help close a looming $940 million budget shortfall. [...] "That means you can say farewell to college football
next fall," Edwards said in the address.
The Editor says...
Oh, no. Not that! It's easy to use football as a lever to help raise taxes, since football is seen as an indispensible necessity — at
any cost! Sky high taxes, concussions and broken necks are nothing compared to the prospect of a world without football!
The halftime show at the big game is more politicized than ever:
gets political at the Super Bowl. Beyonce issued a strong political statement with her halftime show at Super Bowl 50 on Sunday [2/7/2016] with backing dancers dressed as
members of armed rights group the Black Panthers. The superstar brought the dancers on for her new single Formation which is being widely touted as a rallying cry for the Black Lives
Matter movement. At one point during the song, the supporting performers formed an 'X' on the field — thought to reference black rights campaigner Malcolm X — and then
raised their arms in the air in a gesture referencing the black power salute by Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.
News slams Beyoncé's 'outrageous' Super Bowl performance. Fox News wasn't too happy with Beyoncé for her Super Bowl performance.
The 20-time Grammy winner appeared on the field during halftime and performed her new song "Formation" — which has become a "rallying cry for the Black
Lives Matter movement," according to the network — and was joined by backup dancers wearing Black Panthers-style outfits.
Super Bowl Halftime Show Was Black Version of KKK Rally.
The Black Panthers weren't just lunatic moonbats who hated white people. They were also violent sociopaths who engaged in a wide array of
crimes including murder. Judging by their rhetoric, the New Black Panthers aren't any better. [...] Malcolm X was best known for
rejecting the peaceful tactics advocated by MLK in favor of his "by any means necessary" approach to achieving black power. [...] Why can't
regular Americans even watch a football game without being told to hate themselves for their race?
Clarke on Beyonce's Halftime: Would It Be Acceptable If 'A White Band Came Out In Hoods and White Sheets? Commenting on Beyonce's halftime show
during Super Bowl 50, Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke said he did not want to make "a huge deal about it," but since Beyonce and the other dancers
were wearing "Black Panther-type uniforms," would it be acceptable if "a white band came out in hoods and white sheets in the same sort of fashion?"
Sheriff Clarke added that "the Black Panthers are a subversive hate group in America."
Anti-Beyonce Rally Planned For Next
Week At NFL Headquarters. Controversy continues to swirl around Beyonce's Super Bowl halftime show performance. The pop
superstar is being accused of using her performance to attack police officers. "I think it was outrageous that she used it as a platform
to attack police officers, who are the people who protect her and protect us," former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani told CBS2's Dick Brennan.
says there is too much patriotism in sports. There is a natural affinity between sports and the military. Both
unambiguously reward hard work and excellence. Both teach personal responsibility for success or failure, and celebrate the
virtues of courage, earned-pride, and honor. Sporting events are also among the biggest occasions when Americans come
together in their communities to enjoy the fruits of freedom that our service men and women provide. So I've never found it
surprising or objectionable that most sporting events in America start out with the national anthem or that we often take the
opportunity of sporting events to honor those who fight for all of us. But ESPN senior writer Howard Bryant opines in the
current issue of ESPN The Magazine that this is all an "uncomfortable change in sports in post-9/11 America."
Proof that the big game is a political lever:
of Super Bowl Boycott After Houston Equal Rights Measure Rejected. The controversial measure would have established nondiscrimination protections
for LGBTQ people in the city, among other groups. "I fear that this will have stained Houston's reputation as a tolerant, welcoming, global city," Houston
Mayor Annise Parker said at an election night watch part in downtown Houston. "I absolutely fear that there will be a direct economic backlash as a result
of this ordinance going into defeat and that's sad for Houston."
The Editor says...
Quite the reverse is true: Tourists aren't going to visit any city where there is no difference between the men's restroom and the ladies' restroom.
Refuses to Move Super Bowl from Houston After 'Bathroom Ordinance' Rejected. The NFL will not move the 2017
Super Bowl from Houston after the losers in the so-called "bathroom" ordinance demanded on Wednesday that the league cancel
or move the annual event a day after Houston voters overwhelmingly rejected the HERO (Houston Equal Rights Ordinance) proposition.
accuse NFL of 'paid patriotism'. Two GOP senators accused the NFL and other top sports leagues of making the Pentagon
pay for ceremonies honoring troops at games. Some $6.8 million of taxpayers' money went to leagues and teams for contracts
with staged events, including the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team, paid $49,000 by the Wisconsin Army National Guard to sponsor the
Sunday performances of "God Bless America," and $20,000 to the NFL's New York Jets to honor national guard troops.
The Houston Texans' Uday Aboushi Publicly
Supports Terror Attacks on Israel. NFL football player Oday Aboushi arrived in South Florida this weekend to play against the
Miami Dolphins, this time in the uniform of the Houston Texans, as the team he previously played for, the New York Jets, waived him in the
offseason. And while the team he plays for may have changed, his actions as an anti-Israel Muslim extremist remain fully intact.
Leftist propaganda is everywhere:
Day, A New Way to Hate. In channel surfing my way to the British Open, I lit for a
moment on the usually sane ESPN show, "Mike and Mike." Co-host Mike Greenberg was off that morning
so 28 year-old sub Ryan Ruocco sat in with regular Mike Golic, a former NFL defensive tackle.
Flaunting his liberal chops for the suits upstairs, Ruocco gushed about the Arthur Ashe Award. Of
course, he did not call the winner "Bruce Jenner." He refused to even say "Jenner." It was
always "Caitlyn Jenner," over and over. Those who dared say "Bruce" Ruocco surely would have
lumped — in his words — with "the critics who hate." Bingo! There
it was. Our progressive friends had discovered the glory of transgenderism about fifteen minutes
ago, and they were already prepared to brand critics of any sort as "haters," the collective term for
the non-elect in their perverse neo-puritan presbytery.
hero slams 'greed' of New York Jets for being paid to salute troops at home games. It
all boils down to Gang Greed. That was how a hero soldier honored by the Jets reacted to news
that the team and 13 other NFL franchises were paid by the National Guard and the Department of
Defense to salute the troops at home games. "I think it's pretty shameful that millionaires and
billionaires take money from the service," Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Waiters told The [New York
Daily] News. "It's just greed," said Waiters, an Army medic who served two tours of duty in
Iraq and one in Afghanistan.
Defense Dept. paid NFL millions of taxpayer dollars to salute troops. The United
States Department of Defense paid the National Football League more than $5 million in taxpayer
money between 2011 to 2014 to honor U.S. soldiers and veterans at games, an investigation revealed
this week. [...] But instead of purely heartfelt salutes to soldiers from hometown football teams,
the halftime segments were reportedly part of paid promotions under federal advertising contracts
for the military.
to St. Louis Rams: 'Shut Up and Play'. "I don't know about you, but when I watch
football, I want to watch football," Van Susteren said at the top of the segment Monday evening
[12/1/2014]. "I don't want to watch someone's political agenda shoved down my throat, whether I'm
in agreement with it or not." The host went on to ask why there weren't similar displays in reaction
to the Ray Rice domestic abuse scandal, asking, "Why ruin football with politics and controversy?
It's just a game."
NFL says it won't discipline
Rams players for Ferguson protest. The NFL will not adhere to a request from the St.
Louis Police Officer's Association to discipline St. Louis Rams players who did the "hands up, don't
shoot" pose used by protesters in Ferguson, Mo. during pre-game introductions on Sunday. [...] The
police officer's association issued a letter late Sunday condemning the players' actions as
"tasteless, offensive and inflammatory" given a grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police
officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of black teenager Michael Brown.
Police angry at 'hands
up' gesture by St. Louis Rams players. A group representing police in St. Louis says
it's infuriated after five St. Louis Rams players raised their hands Sunday in solidarity with
protesters upset at Michael Brown's death. The St. Louis Police Officers Association says it's
"profoundly disappointed" with those football players who sent a silent but strong message before
playing Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.
Louis Police Demand Rams Punish Players for 'Hands Up, Don't Shoot' Pose. Before
Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders, several St. Louis Rams players entered the field with a
"hands up, don't shoot" pose, a reference to the shooting death of Michael Brown, which has roiled
nearby Ferguson, MO. Guess who didn't appreciate that: the St. Louis Police Officers
Association, which is demanding that the team apologize and the players be punished.
Rams players use 'hands
up, don't shoot' pose while taking field. Five St. Louis Rams players took the field
for Sunday's [11/30/2014] home game against the Oakland Raiders with a "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" pose
that has been used by protestors in Ferguson, Mo., and across the country recently.
Louis police group demands punishment for Rams players in Ferguson protest. A St.
Louis police officers' group called on the NFL to punish five Rams players who stood with their
hands raised before trotting onto the field for pregame introductions Sunday [11/30/2014]. The St. Louis Police
Officers' Association said it was "profoundly disappointed" with what it called a "display that police
officers around the nation found tasteless, offensive and inflammatory." It called for the players
involved to be disciplined and for both the league and team to issue a "very public apology."
The Editor says...
I can see how the lowest-class unemployed simpleton in the streets (with nothing to lose) might be drawn into a
stunt of this sort, but not a well-paid professional athlete. The participants in this case
can't conceal their identity, and their employer can't be happy about the publicity.
If you owned Babe Ruth's bat, would you let this guy touch it?
Obama swings Babe Ruth's bat at Baseball
Hall of Fame. President Obama turned tourist at the Baseball Hall of Fame Thursday [5/22/2014], employing a time-tested strategy of
embracing sports when the going gets tough in politics. Obama cradled Babe Ruth's bat and examined Joe DiMaggio's glove at the
shrine to America's pastime in upstate Cooperstown — while trying to boost his own batting average with the public.
College Sports Pits Unions Against Socialist Principles. The recent controversy over efforts to unionize
college athletes rests on the presumption that those who receive scholarship money are in fact employees. Unions
see themselves standing for the little guy against the interests of the rich employer. However, far from advancing
the goals of socialism, unionization of college sports would make the rich richer, and the poor poorer, in the world of
University football players to receive maternity coverage under Obamacare. You probably heard by now that the National
Labor Relations Board (NRLB), in their infinite wisdom, put the stamp of approval on college football players being treated as full
time employees with the right to unionize. Well, I suppose everything comes with a few unintended consequences, [...]
Unionization Decision Opens a Can of Worms. A National Labor Relations Board official has given
the green light to Northwestern University football players to form a union. The March 26 decision
by the NLRB's Chicago regional director, Peter Sung Ohr, held that scholarship football players are "employees"
for purposes of federal labor law. [...] While Ohr's decision makes sense on an intuitive level —
players are paid to perform a service and are therefore employees — it leads to more questions than
answers. For example, if players are employees, do their scholarships now constitute taxable income?
Can athletic departments, many of which are organized as non-profit corporations designed to promote amateur
athletics, continue to accept tax-deductible donations from alumni? And will other labor laws, including
overtime and worker's compensation, now apply to football players?
Rules in Favor of Student-Athlete Unionization. A regional director of the National Labor Relations Board ruled
Wednesday [3/26/2014] that scholarship athletes should be considered "employees" with rights to unionize under federal law.
The decision stems from an attempt by the Northwestern University football team to form a labor union.
Northwestern football players overwhelmingly vote to reject unionization. The regional NLRB's (immediately
appealed) March ruling that Northwestern University football players are employees of the school, and are therefore
entitled to form a union [...] precipitated today's vote — the official results of which likely won't be known
for months, or even years, due to a lengthy anticipated appeals process. The unionization push has become a hot topic
in sports media and a political lightning rod.
NYPD Union To
Join Lawsuit Against NFL Gun Ban. The New York Police Department's Sergeants Benevolent Association (SBA) will join
Minnesota police unions' lawsuit against NFL gun ban. According to the New York Post, SBA president Edward Mullins said the
NFL's policy barring off-duty officers from carrying guns into games "is a violation of any state laws that allow off-duty cops to
carry their guns in public places."
says Mavs wouldn't move to make way for a GOP convention in '16. The Dallas Mavericks are not willing to relocate potential
playoff games from American Airlines Center to make way for the 2016 Republican National Convention, team owner Mark Cuban said Thursday.
Asked by email whether he would be willing to vacate his team's home arena to accommodate the convention, Cuban said: "No and we
NFL Fan Blasts Hypocrisy
of Rejecting Home Defense Ad by Gun Company. It seems the Super Bowl has fallen victim to political correctness. They've
decided to ban a pro-Second Amendment — and pro-veteran — Super Bowl ad by Daniel Defense, a company that sells guns,
detailing a father who declares that he will protect his family. "No one has the right to tell me how to defend them," he says.
The banning promoted this epic response from Colion Noir, a football fan, attorney — and NRA News commentator — who
destroys the NFL for their hypocrisy.
Anti-Gun NFL: National Frauds' League.
The National Football League's hypocrisy and selective decency standards reek like a post-game locker room. On the one hand, the organization
refuses to run a firearms manufacturer's self-defense Super Bowl ad under the guise of neutrality and taste. Yet, the professional football
conglomerate routinely revels in raunchiness, gratuitous physical violence and anti-gun screeds.
Dems Hold 'Closed-Door
Discussion' with NFL, NBA, NHL to Promote Climate Change Agenda. Climate change alarmists have turned to recruiting sports leagues to
promote eco-hysteria. Democrats in Congress are calling on the major sports leagues to promote climate change regulation and to answer what
they are doing to limit greenhouse gases. Democratic legislators from the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change announced on Nov. 20
that they will host major sports league officials in "a closed-door discussion," Nov. 21. Representatives from Major League Baseball,
the NFL, NBA/WNBA, NHL and Olympics are expected to attend.
Stadiums 'at Risk from... Sea-Level Rise Effects of Climate Change'. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) warns sports stadiums are at
risk from the "sea level rise effects of climate change," and that climate change specifically threatens hockey and skiing. "We see
significant sports facilities, the palaces of — of sport that are at risk from the storm, climate, sea-level rise effects of climate change,"
Sen. Whitehouse said today following a closed-door climate discussion with executives from the NFL, NHL and NBA.
The Editor says...
As I have shown on another nearby page, global warming is blamed for everything,
but there have always been storms. If you think the mean sea level is about to increase dramatically in the next few decades, then
don't build a stadium one foot above sea level.
Is the Left taking over sports, too? "It's funny to
listen to sports commentators on the radio who have clearly been brought up through public schools and state university journalism programs talk about
class and race and gender like a sociology major from Smith or Dennison," says R.J. Moeller, a conservative who also writes about sports and
culture. "They hate any strong male coaches. They hate any sort of patriotism associated with the sport. They're treating sports and
holding what goes on in locker rooms to the same standard they would a diversity and social justice mediation seminar on Google's campus."
Moeller's not alone in feeling this way. Others cite the "feminization" of sports and the liberal tilt of modern sports coverage as cause for
ESPN Commentator: National Anthem a 'War Anthem,' Shouldn't
Be Played Before Games. On ESPN's Around the Horn, frequent guest Kevin Blackistone said that football games should not include the
singing of the national anthem beforehand, as that added to the "military symbolism." He actually called the Star-Spangled Banner a "war anthem."
NFL ban off-duty cops from carrying guns
into stadiums. Off-duty cops are no longer able to carry their weapons to NFL stadiums according to a new policy. Texas is the only
state in which an off-duty cop can carry his gun into the stadium. When checking in, a cop can use a special gate and inform stadium officials of
where they will be seated with their gun. The head of Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police, Bob Cherry, is outraged by the NFL's decision.
NFL Bars Off-Duty Cops from Carrying Guns
into Stadiums. The National Football League has implemented a new stadium policy that would ban off-duty police officers from carrying guns into
games. Cleveland's police union president worried the policy would stop officers from assisting if a dangerous situation arose.
about gun free zones.
Cardinals remove religious symbols from pitcher's mound following fan's complaints. The St. Louis Cardinals have done away
with religion at Busch Stadium after a fan raised hell over Christian symbols on the pitching mound.
Separation of church and baseball — no doubt the courts
can find that in the Constitution, too.
Cross written in
sand not allowed to honor beloved player. Political correctness infected the world of sports recently, when the St.
Louis Cardinals' management put an end to the recent practice of etching a cross and the number 6 into the pitcher's mound to
honor a Cardinal great, the late Stan Musial. The number and cross only began appearing in recent weeks on the mound, just
behind the rubber.
NFLPA selling LGBT pride shirts.
The union that represents NFL players has launched a line of LGBT pride shirts. The NFL Players Association announced the
launch on Wednesday [6/12/2013] in conjunction with LGBT Pride Month, which is June.
Illustrated Names Obama One of the Most Powerful People in Sports. The media's adoration of Barack Obama knows no bounds.
Why I'm Canceling My SI Subscription.
I am going to let my subscription to Sports Illustrated lapse when it runs out this year. I hope lots of other people will do the same.
Like too many other publications, the magazine has become dishonest, dishonorable and even occasionally despicable in its conformist, lockstep
left-wing bias. Republican politicians and conservative positions are routinely insulted in articles having nothing to do with either.
Night at US Cellular Field
. Monday night, July 25th 2011 People's World/Mundo Popular will
be holding their 6th annual tailgate BBQ and fundraiser at US Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox.
Although Barack Obama will not be able to attend this openly communist fundraising event, his rabid supporter
Pepe Lozano will be on hand for the gala evening. Chicago native Pepe Lozano is a writer for CPUSA's
People's World and a key leader of the Chicago Young Communist League.
No 'cheers' for
latest Title IX decision
. Title IX, a section of a federal education law passed in 1972, has
become an exemplar of the kind of government action that initially was justified but since has taken on a
life of its own grounded in legal and bureaucratic nonsense. A new federal court ruling on "competitive
cheer" versus women's volleyball makes clear the descent of Title IX into absurdity.
Places Where politics Doesn't Belong
. [#7] Sporting events: Should Major League
baseball yank the All-Star game from Arizona to send a message about their immigration law? Should the
Los Suns deliberately flip off the fans who shell out 90 bucks a pop to watch them play? It's one
thing for an athlete to get involved off the field, but do we really need to know the Washington Redskins'
official position on abortion? Do the Boston Celtics need to take a stance on border security?
owners never fight for fans
. What if the owners of the Suns discovered that hordes of people were
sneaking into Suns' games without paying? What if the owners had a good idea as to who the gate-crashers
are, but the ushers and security personnel were not allowed to ask these folks to produce their ticket stubs,
thus non-paying attendees couldn't be ejected?
Before Monday Night Game
. Sports in America start with the national anthem.
The Dolphins-Steelers game was an exception. Rushing to begin the nationally televised
matchup following a 25- minute weather delay, the NFL chose to skip the anthem Monday night
[11/26/2007] before Miami played Pittsburgh. The game started without any of the
traditional pregame ceremonies, except the coin toss, and neither team was introduced
on the public address system.
: "We have turned out
the lights in the studio," NBC's Bob Costas told viewers of Sunday's Dallas Cowboys-Philadelphia Eagles game,
"to kick off a week that will include more than 150 hours of programming designed to raise awareness
about environmental issues."
On a typical game day, a large football stadium burns about 65,000 kilowatt
hours of electricity and 35,000 cubic feet of natural gas. The cars driving to the game spew about 200
metric tons of CO2 (and that assumes nobody's driving SUVs or RVs, which is like assuming tailgaters are
eating only sushi). There's also the electricity used to broadcast the game and to watch it. But
thank goodness Costas turned off the studio lights for a minute or two.
Other sports news and commentary:
Browns waive Jermaine Whitehead after explosive Twitter rant. The Cleveland Browns have waived safety Jermaine
Whitehead less than 24 hours after he tweeted threatening language that the team deemed "unacceptable." The Browns
announced the news early Monday morning [11/4/2019]. Following Sunday's 24-19 loss to the Denver Broncos, Whitehead
posted a string of Twitter messages directed at people who criticized his performance. One tweet directed at a social
media user read, "Imma kill you (expletive).. that's on blood."
List Of The Famous Athletes Who Skipped Visiting Obama In The White House And How The Media Treated Them. A
number of famous athletes declined invites to visit the White House during Barack Obama's presidency. Washington
Nationals players Anthony Rendon, Javy Guerra, Joe Ross, Wander Suero, Wilmer Difo, Michael A. Taylor, Victor Robles, Roenis
El'as and Sean Doolittle declined President Donald Trump's invititation to the White House Monday following the Nationals's
World Series win. But these Nationals players are not the first notable athletes to turn down a presidential
invitation. Athletes such as retired Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady
turned down Obama's invitation to come to the White House and were met with strong criticism from media.
to park at American Dream mall? Welcome to N.J., suckers! For the better part of 20 years, the looming
American Dream mall — sorry, "retail and entertainment center" — sat unfinished in the Meadowlands,
leading daily passersby to wonder whether the gargantuan eyesore off Route 3 was in the process of being put up or
torn down. Now, as the waking nightmare is finally set to open some of its attractions Friday, it officially announced
Monday that patrons would need pay to park in the 11,000-space lot adjacent to MetLife Stadium. [...] If there's a Jets or
Giants game, concert or other event going down at MetLife, event parking pricing — a whopping $30 — is
in effect at American Dream's parking lot, too.
fans, no media and no goals as Koreas play out World Cup qualifier in empty stadium. Long-time foes North and
South Korea played a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, their first football match in the North in 30 years, but no fans were
allowed in the stands and Pyongyang refused to broadcast the game live. There were also no goals. The last time
the two sides met in a World Cup qualifier was in Seoul 10 years ago, when the North lost 1-0 before accusing South Korea
of poisoning their players' food ahead of the match.
Myth of the 'Exploited' Athlete. For example, regular students typically do not receive free housing. In
contrast, college athletes (at least those in the "revenue" sports) are housed in dorms or apartment complexes. If a
student athlete had to pay rent and utilities for an apartment or dorm, he'd be shelling out at least $10,000/year.
Over three years, this is a $30,000 benefit. The student athlete who redshirts and finishes his eligibility in five
years receives a $50,000 benefit in housing alone. College football and basketball players also receive all the food
they can eat. In most dining halls, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are spread out in a buffet style that Morrison's
customers would envy. Not only are student athletes not going hungry, they probably eat better than 90 percent of
Americans anywhere. How many Americans have the opportunity to choose from dozens of menu items —
waffle stations, omelet stations, fresh juice stations, four meat choices, eight vegetable choices, salad bars, deserts, any
drink they want, with repeat trips allowed? The answer: Probably only athletes who play high-profile sports at
The NBA and the Elephant on the
Court — Unwed Fathers. In 1998, Sports Illustrated published a cover story called "Where's Daddy?":
"Although there have been no studies on athletes and their out-of-wedlock kids, those who are familiar with the issue say the
numbers are staggering. 'I'd say that there might be more kids out of wedlock than there are players in the NBA,' estimates
one of the league's top agents, who says he spends more time dealing with paternity claims than he does negotiating contracts.
"Len Elmore, an ESPN broadcaster and former NBA player, worked as an agent but says he quit in part because of a 'lack of
responsibility' among his clients. 'For numbers, I would guess that one (out-of-wedlock child) for every player is a
good ballpark figure. For every player with none, there's a guy with two or three.'"
Station Accused of Racism for 'Braves Scalped' Headline After MLB Game. A Bay Area TV station was accused of racism for
broadcasting the caption "Braves Scalped," after Wednesday's [10/9/2019] National League Division Series game between the Atlanta Braves
and the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals trounced the Braves in a 13-1 final in Game 5 of the NLDS. But as soon
as the game ended, KTVU broadcast a headline that some found offensive.
may switch to hybrids in 2022, series executive says. NASCAR has an all-new car coming in 2021, but a bigger
change may happen the following year. "Nothing is fully confirmed until it hits the race track. That said, hybrid
tech could certainly be in our cars by 2022, if all plans stay on track," NASCAR's senior vice president for racing
development, John Probst, told Tech Crunch this week. Probst said the plan is still very much in development, and that
the powertrains would be focused more on improving performance than fuel efficiency.
Chinese Propaganda in TV Graphic. ESPN on Wednesday evening [10/9/2019] showed a graphic recognizing China's
erroneous claim to own the South China Sea, despite the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruling against that claim in 2016.
While transitioning to a segment about the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team arriving in Shanghai for their Thursday game,
ESPN showed a graphic of China with the so-called Nine-Dash Line. The dashed lines encircle the South China Sea,
marking the large area of it the PRC claims to control.
Three: Seas of Empty Seats Plague Several NFL Teams. By the time the NFL's Week 3 games had come and gone
on Sunday [9/22/2019], there were many fans on social media still left wondering why stadiums across the nation seemed so
empty. The Los Angeles Chargers may be second in the AFC West in this early part of the season, but some fans feel
their attendance is in last place.
Self-Destruction of Antonio Brown. Hours before week three of the NFL season got under way, the recently
unemployed wide receiver Antonio Brown took to Twitter, unloading a series of self-destructive tweets that may finally
dissuade teams from taking him on. The demise of Brown's career has been stunningly swift. Here's a brief
synopsis of his past two weeks: He's been accused of rape and sexual misconduct by two women.
Two: Empty Seats Outnumber Fans in Several NFL Stadiums. As Week Two of the NFL's 100th season kicks off,
a quick look through social media finds many fans still wondering about all the empty seats as their favorite teams hit the
gridiron. The worst example appeared to be at L.A. Memorial Coliseum where the Rams were battling the visiting New
Orleans Saints. Fans flooded social media with questions over the size of the crowd.
Learned from the Drew Brees-Focus on the Family Ordeal. New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees recently
recorded a promotional video for Bring Your Bible to School Day, a project of Focus on the Family. It was posted to
YouTube on August 28th. [Video clip] Predictably, the media pilloried him. Left-wing activists quickly
wrote blog articles accusing the future Hall of Famer of being complicit in the spreading of hatred.
Activists: Drew Brees Promoting The Bible Is Homophobic. Is being an openly Christian person so deeply
stigmatized as to be viewed as deathblow to your career and social standing in America today? From the media response
to NFL star Drew Brees' message to his young fans on being proud of and sharing their faith, this may not be a far-fetched
question. Brees released a short video encouraging young people to share their faith by bringing their Bibles to school
on October 3, 2019. The event is an annual celebration designed to encourage personal freedom, religious freedom,
and religious pride, and is sponsored by Focus on the Family, a conservative Christian advocacy organization.
Raiders' shameful refusal to discipline Antonio Brown for 'cracker' comments and outburst. Oakland Raiders wide
receiver Antonio Brown threatened violence against his team's general manager, and the team is doing nothing about it.
On Wednesday [9/4/2019], Brown had a heated exchange with Raiders GM Mike Mayock where he unleashed a barrage of foul
language and went as far as threatening to punch Mayock in the face. [...] In letting Brown's inexcusable actions slide, the
Raiders are making a big mistake and setting an awful precedent. Threatening violence against one's higher-ups at work
is an unacceptable action and deserves to be met with disciplinary action.
and emails allegedly detail Nike's willingness to pay high schoolers, including Zion Williamson. Text messages
and emails from Nike executives entered in federal court on Friday [8/16/2019] paint a vivid portrait of the inner workings
of grassroots basketball. They include detailed plans to pay then-high school stars such as Zion Williamson and Romeo
Langford, line-item accounting of alleged payments to the people around eventual No. 1 pick Deandre Ayton, and an acknowledgement
by a top Nike executive that "the perception and resulting reality is that we dictate where players go to school."
Sports Hecklers, boors, brawlers giving youth sports a bad game. Researchers say the bad sportsmanship, rude
behavior and outright violence adults display at youth sporting events has become a national epidemic that sends the wrong
message to child athletes and drives referees from playing fields in droves. In an age when one-sport specialization
and thousand-dollar travel tournaments are the norm for many families, success in the game has become such a priority that
some parents turn "rabid," said Barry Mano, president of the National Association of Sports Officials. "I'd
characterize youth sports as sort of the perfect storm where you have the least skillful players and the least skillful
coaches and the least skillful referees and almost nonexistent security, and then you have the most rabid fans in all forms,"
he said. "And that can be a toxic mix."
I Get No Kick From
Women's Soccer. I happened to be in Paris when the final of the women's World Cup (soccer) was played.
Our little local restaurant, owned and run by Berbers, had a screen that relayed it, more or less inescapably, to the
customers. [...] When I uttered what seemed to me a truism, that women will never be as good at soccer as men, the reaction
was horror that such a heresy — no, blasphemy — should be pronounced out loud, though of course
everyone knew that it was true (which is why it was a truism). We are now required to go through all kinds of mental
contortions if we are to have "correct" thoughts. We are not supposed to say that women cannot play football as well as
men, and yet we are supposed at the same time to find an all-women's competition perfectly legitimate.
Can Major League Baseball
Be Saved? Every year baseball team owners gather to fret about their shrinking fan base. And every year
there are suggestions that would radically change the game in order to a) create more offense or b) make the game shorter.
Because that's what da yutes want, or something. The problem with the first is that baseball needs to maintain its
anchor to its traditions and stats, even though times change; the second can happen without changing the character of the
game. Baseball's biggest problem is that the owners are trying to squeeze ever more money out of the current fan base
instead of expanding their pie.
Sports Madness Is The Fruit Of The Politics Of Title IX Exclusion. Bottom line: the government has made
thousands of male athletes "spectators in their own sports." The Title IX travesty leads to other galactically absurd
results. Daniel McGraw in The American Conservative reveals that to meet government-driven demand, participants in
women's college rowing exploded from 305 at 12 colleges in 1990 to 7,277 at 145 schools as of last year. Which, McGraw
points out, presents a problem: Last year 74 high schools fielded only 2,094 female rowers. McGraw quotes a 2007
report that University of Virginia female rowing coaches were "handing out scholarships like candy," while unsubsidized male
rowers lived hand-to-mouth — a phenomenon repeated nationwide as schools inflated rowing rosters to appease Title IX
overseers. And across women's college sports: An analysis in Forbes found that the ratio of female soccer players to
scholarships is 40-to-1, compared to 68-to-1 for men.
FIFA Investigates Palestinian Football Chief for Glorifying Terrorism. The Fédération
Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the world's governing body of soccer, reportedly launched an investigation
into Palestinian football chief Jibril Rajoub for glorifying terror and inciting violence, a report claimed.
Palestinian Media Watch said that the head of the Palestinian Football Association is being probed by FIFA's governing
council in response to a complaint lodged in 2017. The investigation was reportedly launched in January of this year.
Leader Points to NFL Millionaires to Prove Slavery Reparations Idea is 'Fools Gold'. Woodson Center founder and
president Bob Woodson criticized the concept of slavery reparations, calling it "fools gold" that will do nothing to help the
black community in the long run. During a Friday night [6/14/2019] appearance on Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight,"
Woodson bolstered his point by bringing up an uncomfortable fact about once-rich NFL players, that the vast majority are
broke within three years after ending their football careers.
Announcer Blames Rise in Home Runs on Global Warming. There's certainly a change in hot air, but it's the hot
air coming out of this guy's mouth. F.P. Santangelo, an announcer for the Washington Nationals, bizarrely attributed a
spike in home run totals this season to a variety of reasons, most notably global warming. It's been fairly well-documented
that launch angles, a rise in batters swinging for the fences and accepting the associated strikeouts that come with such actions,
and a change in baseballs, have contributed to the astronomical numbers.
If you haven't
noticed, global warming is blamed for everything.
NFL team goes "woke" as Seattle Seahawks get rid of Sea Gal cheerleaders & become Seahawk Dancers (with men).
What is it with these NFL teams? Are they purposely trying to decrease their ever-decreasing attendance/TV rating
numbers? Men at football games do not want to see men cheerleaders. They want to see cute girls in cute little
outfits. And for that matter, I don't believe many women want to see gay men prancing around on the field. They'd
rather watch the big, burly football players.
Stars and Bartenders Are Not Slaves. George Orwell once observed that "we have now sunk to a depth at which the
restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men." Clearly, such are the times in which we now live,
considering that it's become necessary to explain why multi-millionaire sports stars are not, in fact, anything close to
resembling slaves. You wouldn't know that to hear some of them speak. On HBO's The Shop last year, Draymond Green
of the Golden State Warriors quipped that we shouldn't use the term "owner" to refer to NBA team owners, because it is racially
insensitive to the predominantly black players in the league. Now, at least two teams have "done away with"
the term "owner," ostensibly due to the word being a key component of "slave-owner."
isn't just problematic, it's an unethical tool of 'oppression': researchers. The games children play in
schoolyards are famously horrible, if you stop and think about them. Tag, for example, singles out one poor
participant, often the slowest child, as the dehumanized "It," who runs vainly in pursuit of the quicker ones. Capture
the Flag is nakedly militaristic. British Bulldog has obvious jingoistic colonial themes. [Another game]
involves deliberate imposition of corporal punishment on losers. But none rouse the passions of reform-minded
educational progressives quite like dodgeball, the team sport in which players throw balls at each other, trying to
hit their competitors and banish them to the sidelines of shame.
Ratings for Game 2 of the NBA Finals Down 20%. TV ratings for game two of the NBA Finals were in the
toilet. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the ratings for the Warriors win over the Raptors Sunday night were down
20% from the same slot last season. TVByTheNumbers reported the game got 10.79 million viewers. [...] I think it's safe
to say the NBA has a gigantic problem on its hands. These numbers are atrocious. I'm honestly not sure they could
get much worse at all.
On the other hand...
NBA Finals Game 3
Tickets Sell for $50,507.50 Per Seat. Tickets to Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and
Toronto Raptors are selling for an absurd amount of cash. According to Darren Rovell, two tickets were sold Sunday [6/2/2019]
for the price of $50,507.50 each. Another pair was sold for the combined total of $88,388. This comes on top of some
tickets to game four selling for over $80,000.
Network shows slashed, tensions rise after $20M cuts. The NFL Network is being forced to cut $20 million out of
its projected budget and, in the process, already has eliminated at least five shows, including one that featured Deion Sanders,
The [New York] Post has learned. The less-than-hoped-for budget has made negotiations with on-air personnel tense, and
there is a feeling some will either not be retained or be forced to take pay cuts, according to sources. The moves have
been made as part of the NFL's overall budget, which includes what is expected to be an amped-up celebration of the NFL's 100th
season this year. NFL Network has apparently absorbed part of the project into its budget.
ban Kate Smith's 'God Bless America' over 'history of potential racism'. The New York Yankees' anti-racism
efforts have extended to pulling from their seventh-inning stretch a famous recording of the legendary Kate Smith singing
"God Bless America." Not because anyone has complained that the song is racist, but because Smith recorded other
racially insensitive standards from and during the Jim Crow era. The Yankees pulled Smith's "God Bless America" from
the rotation at the start of the season, but the New York Daily News reported the reason Thursday [4/18/2019] —
"the Yankees were made aware of Smith's history of potential racism."
following Yankees lead and are dumping Kate Smith's 'God Bless America' over her racist lyrics. The Flyers
wasted little time in following the Yankees lead. A day after the Daily News reported the Yankees had stopped playing
Kate Smith's 1939 recording of "God Bless America" in the middle of the seventh inning over her racist lyrics, the NHL's
Flyers made the same call. And took the extra step of covering a statue in her honor outside the Wells Fargo Center.
ban Kate Smith's 'God Bless America' over 'history of potential racism'. The New York Yankees' anti-racism
efforts have extended to pulling from their seventh-inning stretch a famous recording of the legendary Kate Smith singing
"God Bless America." Not because anyone has complained that the song is racist, but because Smith recorded other
racially insensitive standards from and during the Jim Crow era. The Yankees pulled Smith's "God Bless America" from
the rotation at the start of the season, but the New York Daily News reported the reason Thursday — "the Yankees
were made aware of Smith's history of potential racism."
The Editor says...
What is potential racism?
is filed in Amalie Arena attack blamed on man who served 46 years for rape. A woman severely beaten last month
at Amalie Arena has filed a lawsuit against the company that manages the venue and the cleaning it service it hired, alleging
they were negligent in employing a man released from prison after serving 46 years for rape.
Cameras Cut Away the Moment Texas Tech Starts Praying. CBS cameras cut away from the Texas Tech locker room the
moment their head coach entered the room and began leading the team in prayer. The network seemed to have no problem
letting their cameras linger, while the announcers filled time and waited for the coach to arrive. However, moments
after the coach Chris Beard arrived, the team began to pray and the cameras cut away to a shot of the announcers.
Report: FBI Went To Baton Rouge
to Investigate LSU Basketball Coach Will Wade. The FBI reportedly went to Baton Rouge to investigate LSU
basketball coach Will Wade. Wade is currently suspended after he was allegedly caught on a wiretap offering payments to
a star recruit. He didn't coach in the NCAA tournament, and it's unclear if he'll ever coach at LSU again. Now,
it sounds like he might have bigger problems to worry about than a return to the bench.
fan suffers skull fracture in fight outside stadium, police hunt suspect. A Dodgers fan was hospitalized with
serious injuries after a fight in a parking lot at Dodger Stadium following Friday's [3/29/2019] six-hour game, according to
police and the victim's family. The assault stemmed from a "verbal dispute" between two men outside of the stadium
following the Dodgers game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Lt. Silvia Sanchez with the Los Angeles Police Department
told Fox News.
York Man Fakes Kidnapping to Avoid Paying 50k Super Bowl Bet. Gambling on the Super Bowl is technically illegal
in most states, but you're not likely to land you in jail unless you decide to fake your own kidnapping when you can't pay
out on bets.
League Baseball Ditches 'Disabled List' Over Social Justice Concerns. Major League Baseball will replace the
"disabled list" with the "injured list" for the 2019 season amid concerns that the term "disabled" was insensitive. The
"disabled list" has been part of professional baseball since the mid-1960s (though there are records of some teams using a
"disabled list" as far back as the early 20th century), and it's become second nature to refer to an injured or exhausted
player as "on the DL," but MLB has been reportedly playing around with the idea of renaming the injured roster in order to
better reflect the condition of players who skip games for medical or physical reasons, according to ESPN.
Foul ball officially blamed for killing elderly woman at
Dodgers game. A 79-year-old woman was killed when a foul ball struck her in the head at a Dodgers game during the 2018 season. Linda
Goldbloom died [8/28/2018] from a brain hemorrhage caused by blunt force trauma, according to a Los Angeles County coroner’s report obtained by ESPN.
While Goldbloom’s family did not attempt to hide the cause of death — even saying the “end came by a foul ball at [Dodger] Stadium” in an email
notification the day she died — the Dodgers made no public mention of the incident, nor did MLB.
Woman, 79, was killed
by foul ball at Dodgers game last season: report. A 79-year-old woman was killed when a foul ball struck her in
the head at a Dodgers game during the 2018 season. Linda Goldbloom died from a brain hemorrhage caused by blunt force
trauma, according to a Los Angeles County coroner's report obtained by ESPN.
Super Bowl ad demonstrates exactly what's wrong with the media. The Washington Post sponsored an ad during the
Super Bowl that may have been the most pretentious, the most exaggerated paean to the religion of journalism ever created.
They call it "Democracy dies in darkness," and it features a grand, sweeping musical score and actor Tom Hanks seriously intoning
the importance, the necessity, and the need to worship journalism. [...] The Washington Post spent millions on this ad, and the
reviews were decidedly mixed.
Bowl LIII was a ratings bust, scoring lowest viewership in 10 years. The Los Angeles Rams weren't the only
losers of Super Bowl LIII. Sunday's big game was a ratings flop for CBS, with viewership hitting a 10-year low.
Preliminary numbers from Nielsen show a 44.9 rating for the championship, down 5% from last year and the lowest Super
Bowl ratings in a decade.
rejects pro-flag, anti-Kaepernick 'Just Stand' Super Bowl ad. A veteran-owned apparel company's pro-flag Super
Bowl TV ad that punches back at Nike's promotion of Colin Kaepernick and his national anthem protests has been rejected by
CBS. According to the firm, Nine Line Apparel, CBS was apparently not satisfied the firm could pay for the 45-second ad,
despite having annual revenues of$25 million. A spokesman for Nine Line charged that CBS didn't like the ad's content.
Nail In The NFL's Coffin. As a lead up to the Super Bowl being played later today, there was a series of interviews of
NFL cheerleaders, past and present, including one of the original Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. The big "bombshell" however, was
the announcement that for the first time, the Rams' Cheerleading Squad would include males. Following this announcement was a
series of discussions by current cheerleaders, including these males, who promoted this decision as "enhancing the dance' aspect
Ignite Political Debate On Success. American politics at the moment can pretty much be explained by what you
make of the record sixth Super Bowl victory by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, coach Bill Belichick, and owner
Robert Kraft. One view of it is to marvel at, and celebrate, the hard work, risk-taking, and skill that produced the
achievement. That's the more conservative view of it. Another is to complain about it and wish the winning were
more evenly distributed. That's the more left-leaning view of it.
Battle? Senator Pocahontas Goes After Owner Of Washington Redskins. 1/1024th Native American Senator
Elizabeth Warren is attacking the owner of an NFL Team named after Native Americans for buying a $100 million yacht.
Senator Pocahontas also known as Fauxcahontas over her claims of Native American heritage has come out firing today against
the owner of the Redskins. The owner, Dan Snyder was in the news this week for purchasing a giant superyacht for
proves Tom Brady is a cheater, wins science fair. The science is ironclad: Tom Brady is a cheater,
according to a 10-year-old's fair-winning project. Ace Davis, who attends Millcreek Elementary in Lexington, Ky.,
wanted to do something different for his experiment. With the help of his mom and his sister, Davis set out to prove
Brady and the New England Patriots cheated by conspiring to deflate footballs during the AFC Championship in the 2014-15
season. Hypothesizing that "under-inflated footballs provide a competitive advantage in a game," the Davis family took
turns throwing footballs at different PSI — measuring for distance and accuracy.
Why Is There
a War on Cheerleaders? In The Boston Globe, Margery Eagan, Globe columnist and co-host of NPR's
"Boston Public Radio," wrote a column titled "It's time to say goodbye to the NFL cheerleaders." She described NFL
cheerleading as "creepy and demeaning." USA Today sports columnist Nancy Armour came to the same conclusion:
"The underlying premise of NFL cheerleaders is degrading. ... NFL cheerleaders need to go." Chicago Tribune sports
reporter Shannon Ryan wrote, "The league has shown only that it regards cheerleaders as pieces of sideline eye candy." To
make her point, she asked, "why aren't there scantily dressed male cheerleaders and dance teams?" Only the well-educated
could ask such a stupid question — because only the highly educated deny that, with few exceptions, the only
people who would like to see scantily dressed male cheerleaders are gay men.
first male cheerleaders to make Super Bowl debut in Atlanta. When the Los Angeles Rams secured their spot in
Super Bowl 53, they ensured at least their cheerleaders would make history. As members of the Rams' spirit squad,
Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies, will be the first men to perform with an NFL cheerleading team during a Super Bowl.
The Editor says...
Why do NFL teams have cheerleaders? Why do NFL games have halftime shows? Why do NFL stadiums have half-acre video screens?
It's all because football fans have short attention spans, tickets cost a lot of money, and football itself isn't all that interesting.
eye doctor offers free exams for NFL refs after Saints crushing loss. A Louisiana eye doctor has graciously
offered free eye exams to the NFL referees who oversaw the New Orleans Saints' crushing overtime loss to the Los Angeles Rams
in the NFC Championship game on Sunday [1/20/2019]. Taking to Facebook after the game, which headed into overtime shortly
after a controversial no-call late in the game's fourth quarter, Louisiana Family Eyecare said it would "hate for someone else
to feel our pain."
Administration Takes Aim At Online Gambling In Sudden Wire Act Reversal. First it was sports betting. In
May of 2017 when SCOTUS was debating whether or not to grant cert to New Jersey's bid to strike down the federal prohibition
of sports betting, Trump's Acting Solicitor General, Jeffrey B. Wall, filed an amicus brief recommending that the Court deny
cert. SCOTUS disagreed and took the case. And even though the federal government was not a party to the "sports
betting case" (Murphy v. NCAA), Wall participated in oral arguments in an effort to uphold the now defunct Professional
and Amateur Sports Protection Act ("PASPA"). Wall famously advocated that since New Jersey could theoretically repeal all
sports betting laws and allow 12-year-olds to place wagers in casinos that PASPA was constitutional. SCOTUS, in a 6-3
decision, disagreed. Despite taking a loss on sports betting, the Trump administration is now throwing a potential
haymaker at all online gambling, including poker, lotteries, and potentially even daily fantasy sports.
Online Gambling Reversal Puts 'Chill' on Industry. The U.S. Justice Department's decision to expand a federal
prohibition on internet gambling will cast a pall on the industry as businesses and state lotteries evaluate the implications
of the change and the government's plans to enforce it. The U.S. now says the U.S. Wire Act bars all internet gambling
that involves interstate transactions, reversing its position from 2011 that only sports betting was prohibited under the law
passed 50 years earlier. While the federal law specifically prohibits transmission of wagers and related information
across state lines, the Justice Department's new interpretation will impact all online gambling because as a practical matter
it's difficult to guarantee that no payments are routed through other states, said Aaron Swerdlow, an attorney with Glaser
Weil Fink Howard Avchen & Shapiro LLP in Los Angeles.
NFL wage slaves. Nobody forces anybody to play in the NFL. NFL players are well aware of the physical
ramifications of pro football — the high possibility of brain damage and crippling injury. They are also
aware of the financial ramifications and have not been slow to cash in. They enrich high-powered lawyers who find ways
to make them ever more money. Taking advantage of still other ramifications, they father kids all across the fruited
plain. No slave ever dreamed of such a life. Anyone making millions of dollars is no slave, and anyone paying
someone else millions of dollars to play a game hardly has a slave mentality. It's a hard-nosed business mindset on
both sides. Nothing more, nothing less.
Winning games may be important, but to some people it isn't as important as the color of the coach.
4 Black Head Coaches Likely Losing Their Jobs, NFL Could Have a Problem on Its Hands. The NFL could be on the
brink of a battle with the Fritz Pollard Alliance, a diversity group that advocates for minority candidates to get NFL head
coaching opportunities. On Monday, three black NFL coaches are expected to be fired — Steve Wilks (Arizona
Cardinals), Todd Bowles (New York Jets) and Vance Joseph (Denver Broncos). And on top that, another black coach, Hue
Jackson, was fired by the Cleveland Browns earlier this season.
Seats Galore: Thousands of Empty Seats Plague NFL in Week 15 of Season. Regular season of the NFL is winding down
and the stadiums were plagued with thousands of empty seats. [...] Americans watch sports to escape the daily stresses of life and
work; we don't want to watch spoiled millionaire SJWs protesting the American flag and disrespecting our Veterans.
Buccaneers offer free tickets amid sagging attendance. The NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers are giving out free extra
tickets to season ticket holders ahead of Sunday's clash with the Carolina Panthers amid sagging attendance at home games,
according to a report Wednesday [11/28/2018]. Season ticket holders reportedly received an email this week offering two
complimentary tickets, the Tampa Bay Times reported. The free seats were being issued on a first-come, first-serve
basis and had to be reserved by Thursday.
13 Proves Unlucky As NFL Continues to Struggle with Attendance. As Week 13 began to wind down on Sunday, it
became clear that 13 was still unlucky for getting fans in the seats at some games. As far as some were concerned,
Cincinnati's Paul Brown stadium could have used a few more fans as the Bengals got beat convincingly by the Denver Broncos, 24-10.
Thug Caught On Camera Brutally Beating 19 Year Old Girl. Seventy seconds. That's apparently how long
it takes to flush a promising NFL career down the toilet. [...] The league that had turned a blind eye to the endless
criminal infractions of its players (average of at least one arrest a week) can't afford to ignore violence against
women. Not in this #MeToo era, anyway.
Dumps Anthem Kneeler Reuben Foster Over Domestic Violence. You may have seen a version of this story before
because when Reuben Foster isn't protesting "police brutality" by hating on the anthem, he's allegedly smacking around his
better half. [...] Can the Nike campaign be far behind?
You Ready to Stop Watching the Never-Ending Commercial? [Scroll down] The point is that television
programs are little more than commercials for promiscuity, unfettered immigration, socialized medicine, gay rights, and the
rest of the Democrat agenda. [...] For those who seek refuge in sports, the NFL and its broadcasters have surrendered
completely to the Democrat platform. The NFL is unable to stop the National Anthem protests, while the sponsors embrace
the protesters. The athletes make headlines by refusing to attend White House functions during GOP
administrations. The NFL uses its tremendous leverage to bully state and local governments to adopt certain
policies. The NFL refuses to run ads by the Border Patrol during the Super Bowl. Broadcasters often refuse to say
they word "Redskin" for fear of offending someone. [...] The only question is whether you will pay to endure that
commercial. In the past two years, NFL ratings and attendance have declined. Unless you have developed a gambling
addiction through your fantasy football league, there is no reason to devote your Sundays to the NFL instead of joining your
fellow consumers in finding something else to do.
Loses 2 Million Subscribers This Year. According to Disney's recently released annual report, sports network
ESPN has lost 2 million domestic subscribers over the course of 2018. Disney's report revealed that the company's
sports network, ESPN, currently has 86 million subscribers. This is down two million from the 88 million
subscribers to the sports commentary and news station in 2017.
player Evander Kane facing $6M lawsuit as ex-girlfriend claims he reneged on $3M abortion payment. An unidentified woman
filed a $6 million lawsuit this week, claiming that NHL player Evander Kane of the San Jose Sharks failed to compensate her for
abortion procedures undergone while they were a couple. The woman claims that Kane, 27, impregnated her three times after they
began dating in 2015, and that Kane forced her to end the last two pregnancies after they mutually agreed to end the first, TMZ reported.
Jacksonville Jaguars stars involved in 4am London brawl over $60k bar bill. Three of the four Jacksonville
Jaguars involved in an incident at a night club over a bar bill of more than $60,000 have taken to the field less than 24
hours after their release. Safeties Barry Church, 30, Ronnie Harrison, 21, and Jarrod Wilson, 24, who were detained
early Saturday morning [10/27/2018], played Sunday when the Jaguars lost 24-18 to the Philadelphia Eagles at Wembley.
Cornerback DJ Hayden, 28, who was also detained in the incident, was out due to injury. The Florida American football
team confirmed that some of the squad was taken into custody by the Metropolitan Police because they didn't seem to settle
payment for the hefty check they racked up before they made their way toward the exit.
Cup spectator hit by Brooks Koepka's shot blinded in one eye and plans to sue organizers. The woman hit in the
face by a Brooks Koepka shot at the Ryder Cup says she has been left permanently blind in her right eye. Corine
Remande, 49, says her "eyeball exploded" after being caught by the American's drive on the sixth hole on the tournament's
opening day on Friday.
files federal lawsuit after son doesn't make high school soccer team. A St. Louis mom is making a federal
case over the fact that her son didn't make the high school soccer team. The unnamed woman, whose son is a junior at
Ladue Horton Watkins High School — located in the most affluent section of the city — filed a lawsuit
in federal court this week, claiming the coach's decision discriminates against her child. The boy, called John Doe
in the Wednesday [9/26/2018] filing at the US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, played on the junior varsity
team last year, and the suit claims he's good enough to do so again[.]
CEO Bob Iger says ESPN has become too political: 'The pendulum may have swung a little bit too far'. Disney CEO
Bob Iger admitted that ESPN has become overly political. When asked by The Hollywood Reporter in a new interview
published Thursday how the sports network has changed over the past year, Iger said that the network is working on reeling in
its politics and focusing on sports.
umpires revolting after Serena Williams feud. Fellow umpires don't want to be the next Carlos Ramos.
There is an uneasy feeling amid tennis umpires after the WTA and USTA took Serena Williams' side following her on-court feud
with Ramos during Saturday's US Open final. The Times of London reported that some umpires are considering boycotting
Williams' matches. Ramos, 47, was "thrown to the wolves for simply doing his job and was not willing to be abused for
it," one anonymous umpire told the English paper.
Williams fined $17,000 for code violations at U.S. Open. Serena Williams was fined a total of $17,000 for three
code violations during her loss to Naomi Osaka in the U.S. Open final. The tournament referee's office on Sunday docked
Williams $10,000 for "verbal abuse" of chair umpire Carlos Ramos, $4,000 for being warned for coaching and $3,000 for
breaking her racket.
Whining Serena Williams
is tennis's Hillary Clinton. No one expected Naomi Osaka to win the US Open yesterday. Everyone favoured
her opponent. The crowd was solidly with Serena Williams, as were the bookies. But the 20-year-old
Japanese-Haitian, who became the first player representing Japan to win a Grand Slam, prevailed against all the odds.
Victory, however, was bittersweet. The crowd booed her. The announcers were in shock. 'Perhaps it's not the finish
we were looking for today,' said one prominent commentator, adding 'This mama is a role model and respected by all.'
Muted kudos at best for Naomi.
of former NFL quarterback 'terrified' he will kill her after domestic violence arrest. The wife of former
Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears quarterback Erik Kramer has told police she is "terrified" that he will kill her and her
daughter after he was arrested for domestic violence. Kramer, a journeyman who played in the NFL and CFL for more than
a decade, was arrested on suspicion of felony corporal injury to a spouse or cohabitant at his home in Agoura Hills,
California, last week. The 53-year-old was released on $50,000 bond and was "cooperative" during the arrest, police
told the Los Angeles Times.
Daly quits USGA as golf cart war escalates. John Daly is taking his ball and carting home. The colorful
golfer said he will not play again in a tournament run by the USGA after the organization denied his request for use of a
golf cart during the U.S. Senior Open. "Just not worth it to me," Daly told USA Today, after withdrawing Monday [6/25/2018]
from the tournament. The two sides had dug in to their positions — Daly insisting he has a bad right knee, and
insisting he has medical evidence to prove it, while the USGA says it "offered Mr. Daly the opportunity to provide
additional information" to justify his cart use, and says he would not.
way down for NFL opener. The NFL's opening Thursday night game got disappointing TV ratings for a league that
is battling perceptions of rapidly declining popularity. NBC announced a 13.4 overnight rating for the Super Bowl
champion Eagles' last-second win over the Falcons. That was way down from the 14.6 for Chiefs-Patriots last year, which
itself was way down from a 16.5 for Panthers-Broncos the year before, which itself was way down from a 17.7 for Steelers-Patriots
the year before that.
Kneelers Season Kicks Off with a Whimper: 10 Year Low in Ratings. The NFL kicked off last night [9/6/2018].
The ratings were at a 10 year low.
Not just the NFL, but NCAA
football has a hidden attendance problem too. The 2018 collegiate football season opened Thursday night [8/30/2018], a
happy time of year for millions of us fans who enjoy watching the game played eagerly by young men who aren't yet spoiled millionaires
with a political agenda to show off. But there's a problem, a hidden attendance problem. Maybe you've been at a game and
heard a strong attendance figure announced, then looked around and said, "This sure doesn't look like 48,000 people." You were
right. The Wall Street Journal has done a fascinating analysis of announced NCAA attendance last year and actual attendance by
real tickets scanned. Turns out, there's a huge difference.
players join high school sports nationally, but football declines again. As the academic and athletic school
years begin across the nation: A good sign for U.S. youth conditioning: For the 29th consecutive year,
participation in high school sports has increased, especially among girls. An ominous sign for football: For the
second consecutive year the number of boys in 11-man football has declined. And so slightly have the number of schools
fielding such teams. According to the latest numbers from the National Federation of State High School Associations,
the total number of students participating in high school sports was 7,979,986. The federation writes the rules of
competition for most high school sports and activities. This included 4,564,680 boys and 3,415,306 girls, a record for
girls and an increase of 15,000. Football remains by far the most popular high school sport. Last season 1,035,942
high school students played 11-player football. That's a decline of 21,465, or 2 percent, from the previous year, which
had seen a 2.5 percent drop.
The Hillary Clinton of College Football. [R]eading through the full findings of the Urban Meyer investigation,
I couldn't help but notice the similarities between Meyer's scandal and those of ol' Crooked Hillary Clinton. Meyer was
aware that his assistant coach Zach Smith was arrested in 2009 for domestic assault of his pregnant wife while both coaches
were at Florida. Meyer brought Smith to Ohio State anyway. Meyer was aware in 2014 that Smith racked up a
$600 bill at a strip club while on a school recruiting trip, but didn't report him to Athletic Compliance. Meyer was
aware in 2015 that Smith was again being investigated for domestic abuse. But despite an entire other host of personnel
problems that led the athletic director to suggest Smith be fired, including frequent tardiness, misuse of funds, and drug
addiction, Meyer refused.
reaches another new low in its Little League coverage. The crying shame of it all is that ESPN could have been
the best thing to happen to American sports. Instead, it has senselessly, purposefully and relentlessly become the
worst. Consider what ESPN has done with and to the Little League World Series, an event that should be treated softly
and simply as per the common sense treatment of kids at play. Twenty years ago, ESPN began to exploit 12-year-old LLWS
participants to ask questions that would produce answers that served as in-game advertising. Favorite movie?
Favorite TV show? Favorite sportscaster? Favorite vacation spot? If the kid gave a Disney, ABC or ESPN
answer, bingo! — it appeared in a graphic. It was transparently cheap and disgusting, but ESPN was just
What a refreshing hobby!
bites off golfer's finger to the knuckle at Massachusetts golf club. An argument between two golfers at a
Massachusetts golf club turned bloody Friday when one of the men bit off the other player's finger, reports said. [...] A
47-year-old man, who was not identified, was arrested at the scene and charged with mayhem.
the Soccer Bubble Burst? When I was a small boy in England, I would go with a friend and stand on terraces of a
stadium in a crowd of up to 70,000, having paid an entrance fee (in purely nominal terms) of 14 cents. A ticket to
watch the same team play today — in a much more comfortable stadium — would cost $70. In those
days, professional footballers had a maximum wage that was roughly equivalent to a skilled worker's wage. They were
stars only on the pitch, their lives off the pitch being both unknown and of no particular public interest. After the
match was over, they would catch the bus home. [...] Now, to be selected for a major team is virtually to become a
in trouble — should you let your kid play? [Scroll down] Secondly, the concussion crisis is
not limited to football. In fact, some studies have revealed quite the contrary. A study of high school athletes
reported by the Winston Salem Journal in June of 2015 reported that, "In a population of 374,565 girls soccer players across
the nation, there were an estimated 55,598 concussions — a rate of 14.8 percent. Football players
suffered concussions at a rate of 13.5 percent in 1,094,949 players."
The Editor says...
If you add up the numbers, that comes out to 203,000 kids who suffered concussions playing soccer or football.
(And that doesn't include broken arms, legs and necks.) I can assure you that if 203,000 kids had suffered
concussions resulting from after-school firearms practice, the gun-related activities would be stopped overnight.
Jerry Jones to stop talking anthem, Fox 4's Mike Doocy cancels interview. Four days after seemingly defying the
NFL and letting the world know about his team's zero-tolerance policy regarding standing for the national anthem, Jones is
now not talking about the issue because he has been told not to by the league. Jones informed several local television
stations who had booked him for interviews on their Sunday night show from training camp in Oxnard, Calif., that questions
about the national anthem and his team's policy were not permitted because the NFL had told him to stop speaking on the
matter. It prompted Fox 4's Mike Doocy to cancel his interview with Jones.
The Editor says...
Please note that Mike Doocy didn't have to call Dallas to find out what to do. Notice also that even though Mr. Doocy had
every reason to be livid, he maintained his composure on the air, like the true professional that he is.
of Truth Strikes Again. For those not following the story, someone dug up some old tweets made by Hader while
he was in high school. The tweets are said to be racist, homophobic, and misogynistic. They may well be, though
after quite a bit of nubbing around online I've not been able to turn up the tweets themselves, just lots of stories about
how vile they are. Let's just assume they are. Hader has fallen all over himself apologizing for the tweets,
saying that he was young and stupid when he made them when he was 17 and that they in no way reflect the man he is today.
There's no reason not to believe him. But this didn't stop MLB from sentencing him to re-education camp —
both sensitivity training and to participate in "diversity and inclusion initiatives," whatever these might be.
Bowl champion charged with attempted murder after incident with woman. Super Bowl champion Brandon Browner was
charged with attempted murder along with three other felonies Tuesday after he allegedly assaulted a woman and held her
against her will over the weekend in California. Browner, 33, also faces robbery, burglary and false imprisonment
charges, according to NFL.com. He's also facing two counts of child endangerment — both misdemeanors.
of Wyoming's 'cowboy' slogan rustles up some controversy. "The world needs more cowboys," the University of
Wyoming says in a new marketing slogan. But apparently not everyone agrees. The slogan has drawn backlash from
critics, including faculty members and Native American groups, who call the catchphrase sexist, racist and counterproductive
to university recruitment — because it excludes women and people of color, Reuters reported. "Honestly, I
thought it was a joke at first," associate professor Ellen Currano told the Chronicle of Higher Education. "I thought
it was a joke. And then I looked it up on the university web page and saw that no, this was, in fact, serious."
more tickets? MLB fans will soon use fingerprints, facial recognition instead. A tap of the finger will
soon replace traditional tickets at baseball stadiums across the country. Major League Baseball and CLEAR are teaming
up to launch biometric ticketing, allowing fans to use their fingerprints — and eventually facial
recognition — to enter the ballpark. A pilot program will arrive at select venues later this season.
In 2019, MLB and CLEAR plan to roll out biometric ticketing to ballparks that utilize CLEAR and Tickets.com technology.
"We'll be able to immediately link [fans'] CLEAR accounts to their MLB.com account. Your biometrics — your
face and fingerprint — become your ticket," CLEAR co-founder and CEO Caryn Seidman-Becker told FOX Business.
The Bucs Cut Jameis Winston After Allegations Of Groping An Uber Driver? Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback
Jameis Winston will reportedly get suspended for three games, and it's time to take a look at his future with the NFL.
Winston is in hot water after he allegedly groped an Uber driver in Arizona back in March 2016. The NFL is now preparing
to hit him with a big suspension more than two years after the fact, and people are beginning to wonder whether or not the Bucs
should show the former FSU quarterback the door.
of former NFL quarterback 'terrified' he will kill her after domestic violence arrest. The wife of former
Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears quarterback Erik Kramer has told police she is "terrified" that he will kill her and her
daughter after he was arrested for domestic violence. Kramer, a journeyman who played in the NFL and CFL for more than
a decade, was arrested on suspicion of felony corporal injury to a spouse or cohabitant at his home in Agoura Hills,
California, last week. The 53-year-old was released on $50,000 bond and was "cooperative" during the arrest, police
told the Los Angeles Times.
Fraud Continues. During a recent University of North Carolina scandal, a learning specialist hired to help
athletes found that during the period from 2004 to 2012, 60 percent of the 183 members of the football and basketball
teams read between fourth- and eighth-grade levels. About 10 percent read below a third-grade level. Keep in
mind that all of these athletes both graduated from high school and were admitted to college.
Street Journal: Baseball in Florida 'has been a disaster'. The Rays and Miami Marlins "are at a moment of
reckoning" after histories of low attendance and an offseason in which they sold off many of their top players and were
singled out by the MLB Players Association for failing to spend revenue-sharing money, according to a story published
Thursday [4/19/2018] by the Wall Street Journal. Now, some are calling into question the experiment 25 years ago
to bring Major League Baseball to Florida, which has hosted spring training for decades and has a wellspring of local talent
as well as a large population of Latin Americans.
Cheerleader Says She Faced Discrimination for Christian Faith. Kristan Ware spent three seasons on the
sidelines cheering for the Miami Dolphins. But she declined to try out for a fourth season, claiming she faced
discrimination because of her Christian faith. Ware said on the Todd Starnes Radio Show that she was targeted for
ridicule and mockery after she posted a photograph of her baptism on social media — along with a Bible
verse. "Why can't I be a cheerleader and hold my faith and stand firm in that," she asked. Soon after, the
cheerleading staff learned she was a virgin and planned on waiting for marriage to have sex. That prompted a meeting
with cheerleading director Dorie Grogan. "Let's talk about your virginity," Grogan said, according to the complaint.
faith fit in at the NFL? Two NFL teams have a lot of people talking, and it's not for off-season moves and
draft prospects. Former Miami Dolphins cheerleader Kristan Ann Ware is suing the Miami Dolphins for religious and
gender discrimination. "It was a year-long bout of incidences, and many got worse and worse" says Ware's attorney Sara
Blackwell. "It started with her being called into an interview, which was supposed to recap the year before the tryouts
for the next year, and when she sat down for the recap of the year, her director and the coaches were all sitting there, and
the director said, 'So, I heard you're a virgin; let's talk about your virginity.'"
declines to sing national anthem at minor league game because she can't bring her gun. After being offered an
opportunity to sing the national anthem before a Nevada minor league baseball game, a woman has decided to turn it down after
learning that she can't bring her gun to the stadium. Alishia Wolcott was picked by the Reno Aces to sing after she
submitted an audition tape in March, she told Fox News. But after she and her husband went to the stadium on Saturday
to attend a game as spectators, they saw security included metal detector wands, which she claimed was a new measure this
year. "Upon walking up to the stadium we saw the normal bag checks, and past that were men stopping guests and using
the wand metal detectors before entering the game, which was an action just implemented this baseball season," Wolcott said.
MLB making record money, as
fewer fans attend games. Here's the good news for Major League Baseball: Gross revenues were up again last
year, exceeding $10 billion for the first time. Local and regional TV ratings are grand. Sponsorship and digital
media are very prosperous. Now, here's the bad news: Overall, last year's prime-time TV ratings were down six percent
with one team (Detroit) down an ugly 38 percent.
Sox, Rays play in front of reported crowd of 974. The White Sox (3-6) and the Rays (2-8) aren't exactly must-see
attractions this season. That is very clear by the number of people who showed up to watch the two teams play Monday [4/9/2018].
According to the Tampa Bay Times, the official number of people who used their tickets to enter the game was 974. It's hard to
believe that many actually entered the ballpark based on pictures from Guaranteed Rate Field. The actual paid attendance for the
game was 10,377. This is the lowest attended game since April 28, 2015 when Camden Yards was closed off to the public for
safety purposes due to rioting in Baltimore. A total of zero people were in the stands that day.
Michael Bennett Indicted for Injuring 66 Year-Old Paraplegic Woman; Arrest Warrant Issued. Philadelphia Eagles
defensive lineman, who made headlines disrespecting the National Anthem at games last season, has been indicted for injuring
a 66 year-old paraplegic woman. The woman was working security at Super Bowl LI and, when she told Bennett to use a
different entrance, he got physical with her, KHOU reports: [...] Houston police say that, if they encounter Bennett before
he turns himself in, he will be arrested. The Philadelphia Eagles, who traded for Bennett in a deal with the Seattle
Seahawks in the off-season, say they're aware of the arrest, but have no comment.
coach fired after refusing to recruit students from states where pot is legal. Texas Wesleyan University's head
baseball coach Mike Jeffcoat was fired on Thursday after an email surfaced in which he told a prospective student from
Colorado he would not recruit due to the state legalizing marijuana. Jeffcoat stated that he and the baseball program
would not recruit any player from Colorado because they were more likely to fail a drug test. "In the past, players
have had trouble passing our drug test. We have made a decision to not take a chance on student-athletes from your
state," Jeffcoat wrote in the email. "You can thank your liberal politicians. Best of luck wherever you decide to
play." The announcement of Jeffcoat's firing was made less than 24 hours later by Texas Wesleyan President Fred
Slabach and Athletic Director Steve Trachier.
still going for the gold in on-air blunders. Most recently, sportscaster Dan Hicks [...] covered an Alpine race
in which little-known Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic beat Austria's Anna Veith, and won the gold medal. Ledecka,
who ranked No. 43 in the world, was considered to have so little chance to win that Hicks declared Veith the winner and NBC
switched away. [...] But the race wasn't over.
If you wanted to write a satire of leftist journalism, you could hardly do better than the sincere Sports Illustrated
article on Meek Mill by DeAntae Prince. It concerns the friendship, meant to seem rather touching, between Sixers
co-owner Michael Rubin and the jailed black Philly rapper. Much of the emphasis is on Rubin's "efforts to liberate the
rapper" — as if Mill were France under the Nazi occupation. Mill is currently serving a two-to-four-year
prison sentence for repeated probation violations. With unintended comedy, Prince describes this as "legal complications
due to constant travel and a rapper lifestyle that clashed with his probation obligations." The evasion is palpable
here. Imagine explaining to the IRS: "I didn't pay my taxes, a legal complication, because doing so clashed
with my lifestyle. I prefer spending my money on gambling and whores."
Football Player Who Protested Police Brutality Arrested for Domestic Violence. An NFL player who protested the
national anthem has been arrested for allegedly striking a woman. San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster was
arrested Sunday on charges related to domestic violence, possession of an assault weapon and threats. His bail has been
set at $75,000, per ESPN.
Lawmakers Moving to Ban Tackle Football for Kids. Joining the trend seen in a handful of other states, California
Democrats are preparing to outlaw tackle football for kids under 14. State Democrats have introduced the "Safe Youth
Football Act," and if passed, the bill would make California the first state to ban tackle football for kids.
of the NFL. In 2015, the peak year, Katy Perry rode into the halftime show on a mechanical tiger in a body suit
and a super-tight ponytail yanked mercilessly onto the top of her head. She bragged to her audience, "I kissed a girl,
and I liked it." Then, while singing a duet with Lenny Kravitz, she kneeled beneath him as if about to perform a sexual
act on him. This was followed by Missy Elliott imploring her audience to "Get Your Freak On," an expression that Urban
Dictionary tells me means "to have sex." Families watching the Super Bowl together may not have wanted the embarrassment
of explaining to Grandma what "getting your freak on" means, or the suggestion to an eight-year-old girl of what Katy Perry is
doing kneeling beneath Lenny Kravitz that way. [...] Americans love football, but they are not willing to be bludgeoned over
the head by virtue-signaling leftists like these.
Our team won! Let's destroy stuff! [F]ans in many cities have been known to riot after major sports
victories. Maybe the only difference is that some fans in Philly seem to take pride in it.
Imperiled Its Brand By Playing Politics. [Scroll down] One big surprise, however, is the NFL. It
ranks as the sixth most divisive brand, with a +39 approval rating from Democrats, but a -11 among Republicans.
This is particularly noteworthy, given that no other major sport has a negative rating (even NASCAR scores a +18 among Democrats),
and the fact that the NFL's fan base tends to skew Republican. One survey found that registered Republicans were 21% more
likely to be pro football fans than Democrats. The polarization is almost entirely the result of the fact that the NFL let
players play politics on the field all season long with their National Anthem protests. This, in turn, helps explain why
NFL ratings took a nose-dive in 2017.
Lost $30 Million in Ad revenue Over Cratering TV Ratings. With the 2017 NFL season now down in the record books
as having lost another ten percent in TV ratings, the league has found a $30 million dip in ad revenue, a report says.
As the final numbers for advertisement sales for the season were tallied, the league discovered that its revenue fell 1.2 percent
because "makegoods" rose to beat rate increases. A makegood is a partial repayment of money charged to advertisers because the
viewership did not reach the expected numbers to justify the top rate.
ESPN host Jemele Hill will no longer host 'SportsCenter'. Outspoken liberal Jemele Hill will no longer host
ESPN's flagship "SportsCenter," ESPN insiders have confirmed to Fox News. She will be re-assigned to a new role at The
Undefeated, the company's site that covers the intersections of sports and race, according to Sports Illustrated. The
controversial Hill famously called President Trump a "white supremacist" on Twitter last year.
The Editor says...
If you report from "the intersection of sports and race," you are politicizing sports coverage on television.
The only thing more un-watchable is the use of sports metaphors to describe politics.
Earn Lowest Early Game Rating Since 2013. If you're the NFL this morning, looking at the ratings from Sunday's
conference championship games, chances are you're mixing something extra strong into that morning coffee. A regular
season trend of declining ratings which then turned into a postseason trend of declining ratings, has culminated into a
championship weekend of, you guessed it, declining ratings.
says NFL censored its ad against flag protests. AMVETS officials are decrying "corporate censorship" from the
National Football League for their decision not to run an ad in their Super Bowl program which responds to league players'
decision to kneel for the national anthem in protest of national equality issues.
decline in civility': Inside the tensions between NBA players and refs. Saturday night brought more flare-ups,
as the Toronto Raptors were incensed at late calls in their loss against the Golden State Warriors. Raptors star DeMar
DeRozan said it felt like they were playing "five on eight," a comment that will likely bring a fine from the league.
The Dallas Mavericks' Mark Cuban chimed in via Twitter, maintaining his reputation as the most vocal critic in the ownership
ranks. And to think, it had been just three days since Chris Paul — the Houston Rockets guard who is also
the president of the National Basketball Players Association — teed off on longtime referee Scott Foster with
reporters after he received a technical foul in a game against Portland.
TV ratings drop nearly 10 percent during tumultuous season. National Football League executives looking to stop
a ratings skid continued to lose more yardage during the 2016-2017 season, as television viewership fell 9.7 percent across
all networks, according to Nielsen data. An average NFL game was watched by 1.6 million fewer people compared to last
year, declining overall from 16.5 million to 14.9 million, ESPN reported. The ratings slide bulit on an 8 percent
drop from the prior season, which had been partially attributed to the hectic 2016 presidential election, the network added.
looking at game plan to recover from record-low TV ratings. The NFL is approaching the playoffs looking for a
ratings turnaround after a year of record-low television numbers. Outcry over players protesting by taking a knee
during the national anthem isn't helping, but it's only one of several reasons fans are turning away from professional
football, media analysts say. Injuries to marquee players such as Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, teams
with losing records in the nation's largest media markets such as New York and Chicago, a glut of prime-time games, and
viewers with other options have also taken a toll.
ESPN's John Skipper Resigned Due to Sexual Harassment Issues, Not Substance Abuse. Nearly two weeks ago, ESPN
President John Skipper shocked the media world by suddenly resigning from his position at the "Worldwide Leader." At
the time, Skipper said he needed to resign to deal with substance abuse issues. [...] This explanation seemed rather
suspicious. Since Skipper had just signed a major contract extension the month before his resignation.
ratings surge while NFL flounders. While the NFL gets socked with ratings declines, the NBA is off to its
second-most-watched season ever. ESPN, which has telecast 30 games since the season's Oct. 17 opener, said Thursday
[12/21/2017] that average viewership has soared 18 percent, to 1.8 million a game, from this point last year. TNT,
with 16 NBA telecasts to date, said its average is up 25 percent, to 2.1 million viewers. Even NBA TV, with
41 telecasts, is up 25 percent, to 365,000.
Names Trump vs. NFL As the Top Sports Story of the Year. President Donald Trump has topped a second
year-end sports list, this time making the top sports story of 2017 as voted by the Associated Press. [...] The president's
criticism of the NFL's millionaire players for refusing to stand in respect for the playing of the national anthem became the
talk of the nation especially after the NFL refused to attempt to mute the controversy that caused millions of football fans
to turn off their TVs.
Why pro football's
grown so hard to watch. Today's league leadership didn't make football a great game. It inherited one.
[...] Current NFL execs had nothing to do with this. They were bequeathed a sport of tremendous value. And while
the market price of the average NFL team has risen by an order of magnitude over the past generation, the league is
destroying the game's true value. [...] The most obvious problem is the replay system, which has spread like a virus all
throughout the game. It seems like every play has to be reviewed, which means the naturally fast-paced nature of the
sport is constantly interrupted while the refs reconsider every play in slow motion.
officials convicted at FIFA trial; 3rd awaits verdict. Two former South American soccer officials have been
convicted of corruption charges at a U.S. trial stemming from the FIFA bribery scandal, while deliberations will continue
next week for a third official.
Night Football' Ratings Tumble To Season Low With Broncos' Win. At least with their 25-13 win, the NFL team
from the Mile High City snapped an eight-game losing streak on the road in Week 15 of the season. Not that many were
interested, it seems — and we don't just mean all those empty seats in Lucas Oil Stadium on Thursday [12/14/2017] in
a season sideswiped by protests, controversy and ratings declines. Snagging a 7.4/13 in metered market results, last night's
TNF [Thursday Night Football] was a season low for the broadcast, on both CBS and NBC and simulcast on NFL Network. Taking
a double-digit hit, the December 14 game was obviously down from last week and also the comparable gridiron match-up of last
year where the Seattle Seahawks beat the L.A. Rams 24-3.
Prices Plummet as Protests Continue. The NFL decided recently to move millions in donations to veterans groups
and breast cancer reserach in order to fund social justice issues. Colin Kaepernick's kneeling-for-the-anthem protest
has had a lasting effect whether America likes it or not. Now, because of all the nonsense on the field (which has
stretched into Week 14 of this season) ticket prices have plummeted. They're almost free!
NFL Just Doesn't
Get It. [NFL Commissioner Roger] Goodell is one of the enablers of the leftists, at the very least, and by
extending his contract, the NFL owners are thumbing their noses at the American people, who, by the way, have been the ones
who pay the salaries of the players and league officials, and allow those owners to reap their large profits. However,
the American people don't like to be insulted and have reacted by refusing to buy tickets, watch the games on TV, and not
purchasing NFL merchandise. All three of these money-makers for the league have shown sharp drops in income. It
is called biting the hand that feeds you. The American people have decided, in large numbers, to no longer feed the
NFL. The NFL and Roger Goodell might think this will blow over and the cash will soon return, but they are wrong.
14: NFL Stadiums Look Like Ghost Towns As Attendance Crisis Continues. The plague of empty seats which has
befallen the National Football League reached biblical proportions this week, as teams continued to find it hard to fill
stadiums. Naturally, a large number of players also continued their anti-American protests during the playing of the
national anthem as Week 14 rolled into stadiums everywhere. And as a result, ticket prices are plummeting.
Prices Fall To $10 As Teams Struggle To Fill Stadiums. The NFL protests have been lucrative for social justice
charities — they'll receive a whopping $89 million in "settlement" money, redirected from veterans and breast
cancer charity funds — but they're also becoming a boon for cash-strapped football fans. It turns out, if you
can still stomach a professional football game, you can now get tickets for about the same price as a couple of Starbucks lattes.
Goodell's NFL contract is a slap in the face to all patriotic Americans. The decision by the NFL Compensation
Committee on Wednesday to give Commissioner Roger Goodell a five-year contract extension that could top out at nearly $40 million
a year is pure craziness. NFL owners are watching their brand implode and TV ratings for games plummet under a reckless
commissioner — and they fail to see that Goodell is running the wrong game plan. Giving Goodell a huge
compensation package like this — 90 percent of it tied to incentives — is like giving Hillary
Clinton an award for outstanding email practices and honesty.
Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons : More Empty Seats Than Filled Ones. Tonight [12/7/2017] begins "Week 14" of
the NFL and it's suicide season. It began with given failed commissioner Roger Goodell a $200 million contract
extension. It continued a Thursday night playoff game featuring two tams fighting for the playoffs (that I have no
intention of watching).
can get tickets to an NFL game this week for under five dollars. As of Thursday afternoon [12/7/2017], there
are actual NFL tickets that are selling on the secondary market for under five dollars. Of course, like all good deals,
these tickets do come with a catch: You need to live near Buffalo, have a high tolerance for cold weather and be
willing to sit through three hours of a Colts-Bills game.
Owners' 'social justice' bribe spectacularly fails. Another progressive delusion was exposed yesterday as NFL
owners discovered that their attempt to bribe angry black players into behaving themselves flopped as the nation
watched. Despite promises to donate almost $90 million to "social justice" causes (which seem to be charities
ostensibly benefiting African-Americans) if players would only respect the National Anthem the way their colleagues in other
major league sports do, various NFL players demonstrated their contempt during games.
Seats Greatly Outnumber Spectators As NFL Attendance Crisis Continues. With last week's Thursday Night
Football and Monday Night Football broadcasts closing out Week 12 with new lows in metered markets, and despite
the nearly $90 million in social justice spending for players to end their constant, anti-American protests during the
national anthem, Week 13 began with tens of thousands of empty seats in stadiums everywhere.
Francisco 49ers' Eric Reid Says NFL Will Shift Charitable Funds to Fund Social Justice Causes. San Francisco
49ers' Eric Reid told Slate Thursday [11/30/2017] he was told the NFL will allow funds from charitable campaigns to be
shifted to fund a new social justice cause program announced this week. Reid told Slate the plan to take away funds
from breast cancer awareness and military service initiatives was one of the reasons he is breaking away from the Players
Coalition. Reid and the Dolphins' Michal Thomas announced their decision to walk away Wednesday, saying we "don't
believe the coalition's beliefs are in our best interests as a whole."
Surrender: NFL Gives Players $89 Million for 'Social Justice' Spending with No Condition That Anthem Protests Will
End. The National Football League and player representatives came to an agreement on Wednesday evening, that
the league would throw $89 million at so-called "social justice" issues. The money represents a desperate attempt by
the league to put an end to the constant anti-American protests held during the playing of the national anthem. Though,
the agreement does not include a condition that the anthem protests will end.
owners appear poised to pay nearly $100 million bribe for nothing. NFL owners seem poised to donate nearly $100 million
(including some contributions from players) over seven years to support the favorite social justice causes of the players. But in a
perfect show of how incompetent they are, the owners will get nothing from the players in return. No promise to stop disrespecting
the national anthem or any other meaningful concessions. Who taught these clowns to negotiate, Neville Chamberlain? Obviously,
they are used to trying to buy their way out of problems. Can you even imagine the sum total spent bailing their pampered players
out of legal beefs, domestic violence and sexual misconduct issues? It would likely dwarf even Congress and Hollywood.
to lay off 150 people, latest round of cuts at sports broadcasting network. ESPN President John Skipper
announced Wednesday morning [11/29/2017] the network will be terminating approximately 150 employees, bringing the total
number of employees the network has let go in 2017 to about 250. Of the latest round of layoffs, Skipper stated, "We
appreciate their contributions, and will assist them as much as possible in this difficult moment with severance, a 2017
bonus, the continuation of health benefits and outplacement services." The employees that were let go worked in "studio
production, digital content, and technology."
Coverage Estimate Reveals That ESPN Lost Just Under a Million Homes in 2017. One would think with the NFL,
college football, and the NBA all in action, that it would be a great time to be a sports cable network. Well, the one
who thinks that would be wrong, it's not a great time to be a sports cable network. Moreover, it's an even worse time
if you're ESPN. While it appeared as though ESPN had at least slowed the bleeding of subscribers this year, a massive
loss of households from November to December, essentially put the the Bristol-based sports giant back on the same subscriber
loss rate the company had experienced before.
Ratings for 'Monday Night Football' Hit New Season Low. Just when some industry observers were beginning to
think that it couldn't get any worse for the NFL's primetime ratings this year, it gets much, much worse. The NFL
served up the Texans and the Ravens on the week 12 edition of Monday Night Football, and NFL viewers
seem to have resoundingly said, "No thank you."
Like Their Television Ratings, NFL Merchandise Sales Plummet to New Lows. The NFL has already received their
fair share of bad news this holiday season. First, the league finds out that all three Thanksgiving games saw double-digit
drops in viewership from the previous year. Now, along with that lump of coal, we learn that the NFL's merchandise sales
have crashed as well.
Plagued By Empty Stadiums As Anthem Protests Continue. The NFL is in deep trouble and it's just getting worse
with each passing week. Most of their games over the weekend had more empty seats in stadiums than fans cheering them
on. And it wasn't just the National Anthem protests in the mix. There were fights, scuffles and bad football to
contend with. It's exactly the opposite of what the NFL needs right now. Over a dozen football players continued
their protests over the weekend in their first test since the Thanksgiving holiday. The protests and the boycott both
continue. And it's destroying the NFL.
America is 'fed up' with NFL national anthem protests. President Trump said Tuesday [11/28/2017] that America
is "fed up" with the NFL's "disrespect" to the country, extending his feud with the football league and its anthem-protesting
players. Just hours after Monday Night Football, Trump slammed the NFL on Twitter for being "out of control."
Ratings Slump Continues. Well, who would have thought that putting out a bad product and spitting on the
American flag would be bad for ratings. The National Football League has seen its week eleven ratings and they're not
good: one million fewer viewers from last year. The NY Post reported that the ongoing battle between Jerry Jones, owner
of the Dallas Cowboys, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been the center of NFL coverage. Goodell has put up
insane contract demands of a $50 million salary, along with free flights, and health care for his family — for
life. This coming from a man who has failed miserably to handle the national anthem protests that has engulfed the
league in controversy.
Seats Trend Moves into Week 12 in Stadiums Across the Country. As The Gateway Pundit reported, not only has the
NFL experienced a decline in game attendance, but its ratings have taken a hit. The NFL's ratings are a train
wreck — and there's no end in sight.
The NFL ratings slump is getting
worse. The TV audience for NFL games steepened its slide in Week 11, losing 1 million viewers versus last year's
season-to-date average. The 6.3 percent slump — worsening from comparable declines of 5.6 to 5.7 percent
during the previous three weeks — plagued a week whose off-the-field drama made gridiron tackling seem almost tame by comparison.
Subscribers Drop to 14-Year Low, Putting Pressure on Disney. ESPN lost 2 million subscribers last fiscal year, underscoring the challenge
owner Walt Disney Co. faces attracting young people who don't pay for cable. The network, one of the most watched on the cable dial, had
88 million U.S. subscribers at the end of September, including people paying for online versions, Disney said in its annual report Wednesday.
That's down from a peak of 100 million in 2010 and marks the lowest total since 2003. To ensure the long-term future of one of its most
profitable businesses, Disney Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger is negotiating to include ESPN in new digital forms of pay TV, such as Sling TV and
players beat teammate unconscious at party, authorities say. The alleged beating of a high school football
player — allegedly by four of his teammates — has a small Minnesota town debating the topic of
bullying. The four players at Blue Earth Area High School, ages 16 to 18, face felony charges — including
third-degree assault causing substantial bodily harm — and aiding and abetting.
high school football players charged with raping teen girl. Three high school football players have been
charged with raping a 14-year-old girl at gunpoint after she left a Pennsylvania town fair.
$1 Billion, More Layoffs Coming. It's going to be a very unhappy holiday season for employees at ESPN as
reports indicate more layoffs are coming between now and Christmas after massive losses to the anti-Trump sports
network. Somewhere between 60 and 100 employees are slated for the chopping block through the end of the year which
represents $80 million in salaries ESPN is trying to salvage to offset an almost $1 billion budget shortfall.
likely gambled and lost believing Jameis Winston would grow up. It's the headline everyone in Tampa feared, yet
no one in Tampa could ever rule out: The NFL is investigating an allegation involving Jameis Winston and an unnamed
woman. This was always the risk when the Bucs drafted Winston: their franchise quarterback would make the wrong kinds
of headlines as a pro, just as he did in college.
10 NFL Ratings In Freefall. Imagine a bungee jump without the, eh, cord. That's the picture in the NFL
NFL to Jones:
Behave or we'll try to take away your toys. For the last few seasons, the NFL has looked more like the Keystone
Cops than a well-run sports organization. We've had Deflate Gate, inconsistent discipline for drug violations, criminal
charges, etc. This year, we've seen falling television ratings continue to plummet, especially for Sunday and Monday
night games. NFL profits are declining as well. Amid all this, word broke over the last 24 hours that some NFL
owners are considering ways to force Jerry Jones out of the league. Are they freaking crazy? I'm no fan of Jerry
Jones, never have been. He is crass and head-strong. He is also one of the most successful team owners. He
took a team that was losing in the area of $1 million a month and turned it around. The Cowboys are now valued at
more than $4 billion. That, apparently, isn't enough for some owners. It seems that certain owners have
decided that Jerry isn't playing nice. They have discussed using a clause in the ownership contract that would allow
them to force him to sell the Cowboys: [...] If the NFL survives the battle, it will not come out on the other side as the
same NFL we know now. That might not be a bad thing but are the owners really willing to risk losing millions, possibly
even billions, to try to make a point?
100 layoffs expected at ESPN after Thanksgiving, SportsCenter will reportedly be 'hit hard'. Following a year
of layoffs, ESPN is expected to have another round after Thanksgiving. Over 100 staffers could lose their jobs in the
layoffs, including positions on the television side, producers, executives and those in digital and technology, according to
Sports Illustrated. SportsCenter is expected to be "hit hard" and some on-air talent could be out of a job. ESPN
declined to comment to Sports Illustrated about the looming job cuts. Layoffs have been occurring at ESPN multiple
times throughout the last two years.
Scully Refuses to Watch the NFL Due to Player Protests. Beloved former Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin
Scully has said that he will never watch another football game due to the player protests during the national anthem.
The 89-year-old, who broadcasted Dodgers games for almost 70 years, made the remarks at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium during
a question and answer session after a speech he gave. Everyone loves Vin Scully. It's impossible not to.
I'm a lifelong Cubs fan and Harry Carey will always reign supreme in my heart, but I have no problem saying that Scully was
the greatest sports broadcaster ever.
ESPN Could Abandon NFL Football. As it struggles to regain heretofore heroic heights — levels of
growth that are probably no longer attainable — ESPN has had to endure a slew of significant workforce layoffs
(with more reportedly on the way) and a once-doting Wall Street that has turned a skeptically cold shoulder.
Astonishing increases in earnings, previously viewed as faits accomplis, now seem like fantasies from another world, thanks
to the now-familiar combo of cord-cutting and burgeoning rights fees. With so much of ESPN's universe asunder, it's not
outlandish now to entertain a previously unthinkable prospect: Might ESPN elect to go without rights to NFL games after
the expiration of its eight-year deal for Monday Night Football in 2021?!
Hate Hoaxer Bruce Maxwell Arrested for Behaving Like Sociopathic Thug. The sort of athletes who refuse to
refrain from disrespectful antics during the national anthem are not cut from the finest cloth. Neither are inductees
on the Hate Hoax List. So the latest news on hate-hoaxing knee-taker Bruce Maxwell should come as no surprise.
Ratings: World Series Climbs, Trouncing Sunday Night Football. Sunday's Game 5 of the World Series — the last
to be played in Houston and the second-longest on record — climbed again on Sunday night [10/29/2017], trouncing NBC's typically
dominant Sunday Night Football in the process. Early indicators have the Astros' 13-12 win taking the No. 1 spot for
primetime — averaging a 12.8 overnight rating among households. That's off 16 percent from the comparable Game 5 in
2016 but still the second-biggest Game 5 since 2003. It also easily ranked as the biggest World Series game of 2017 thus far.
the NFL Be the First Legal Monopoly in US History to Fail? Monday Night Football ratings are down. NFL
ticket sales are down. Stadiums are half empty. The NFL may cut 10 Thursday night broadcasts from the
lineup. NFL owners met in New York last week to deal with the kneeling crisis. Now consider this: the NFL is a
private monopoly established by an act of Congress, and it looks like it's going down. How is such a thing possible?
Execs Scramble to Stop Plummeting NFL Ratings, Suggest Canceling Ten 'Thursday Night Football' Games. Network
executives are scrambling to solve the growing problem of crashing ratings for the National Football League, by cutting games
to end the perceived "over-saturation" of football on TV. To put an end to the sliding ratings, the executives are
proposing that fewer games may be the ticket to stop that "over-saturation," with one idea being to cut Thursday Night
Football by a whopping ten games.
Ratings Continue to Crater As New Numbers Reveal Massive Two-Year Decline. The NFL used to be the golden goose
for television networks, and their ratings. However, new numbers show that the league has gone from laying golden eggs
for the networks, to just laying, well, eggs. According to Nielsen data obtained by the Sporting News, "League games
averaged 15.1 million viewers through Week 7. That's down 5.1 percent from 15.87 million viewers
during the same period last season and off 18.7 percent from 18.35 million viewers during the same period in 2015."
Execs Scramble to Stop Plummeting NFL Ratings, Suggest Canceling Ten 'Thursday Night Football' Games. Network
executives are scrambling to solve the growing problem of crashing ratings for the National Football League, by cutting games
to end the perceived "over-saturation" of football on TV. To put an end to the sliding ratings, the executives are
proposing that fewer games may be the ticket to stop that "over-saturation," with one idea being to cut Thursday Night
Football by a whopping ten games.
Losing Viewers At Alarming Rate But Faces Limits On Its Response. Last year, the NFL lost about a million
regular-season viewers versus the 2013 and 2014 seasons. It represented about a 6% fall-off — enough to be
easily noticed and maybe even cause a little concern, but it could be written off as a one-year blip. Last year's
seepage has turned into a major break in the dam. The league is now down about three million viewers per game from 2013
and 2014. When the specific teams appearing, the scope of the telecast and the week of the season are taken into account,
the decline is even more dramatic: more than four million viewers, or in excess of 20%.
academic corruption lets UNC sports off the hook. [Scroll down] I take no position here on whether the
NCAA should have penalized the University's sports programs. But the key factual findings that form the basis for the
NCAA's ruling appear to be true and the rationale for its decision is coherent. The sham courses were, indeed,
available to all students. In fact, the majority of students who took them were non-athletes. Thus, it was
reasonable to conclude that the University did not provide its athletes with an unfair benefit. It's possible that the
sham courses existed for the purpose of helping athletes maintain their eligibility, and that other students simply took
advantage of a benefit created and/or maintained for jocks. However, the NCAA apparently found no evidence that this
was the case. Nor should we assume that the courses were created or maintained for the benefit of athletes. More likely,
they were created and maintained to benefit a much larger class of students — those who struggled in real courses.
NFL cash cow dries
up. Ratings are down 17% at CBS for its NFL games. Part of this is the disloyalty of the league.
The Baltimore team moved to Indianapolis. Cleveland's team moved to Baltimore. Houston's team moved to
Tennessee. Oakland's team moved to Los Angeles. St. Louis's team moved to Arizona. One Los Angeles
team moved to St. Louis, while the other moved back to Oakland. Then the St. Louis team that moved in from
Los Angeles moved back to Los Angeles, and the San Diego team moved to Los Angeles. There was no reason for these
moves. The NFL makes about $100 million a year in profits. That's per team. More than $3 billion
a year. The NFL allowed teams to move around for a few million more.
Suspension with pay = vacation.
Jemele Hill will get paid while serving suspension for ripping Trump, Dallas Cowboys. An ESPN host who got
sidelined for two weeks after calling President Trump a "white supremacist" and urging people to boycott Dallas Cowboys'
advertisers will pocket an estimated $40,000 or more during her time in the sports network's penalty box. Jemele Hill
was suspended for repeatedly violating the company's social media guidelines, but the punishment comes with a paycheck,
according to a tweet from author James Miller, who literally wrote the book on ESPN.
Hill: How Not to Learn From Experience. Jemele Hill is an on-air ESPN personality. In the last few
years, ESPN has become notorious for emphasizing politics over sports; Ms. Hill is part of the problem. Last
month, she denounced President Trump as a "white supremacist" after he criticized NFL players who kneel during the National
Anthem. After that incident, she apologized for "letting her colleagues and company down" with the white supremacist
tweet. She did not, however, learn from the experience.
Suspends Jemele Hill After Calling For NFL Advertiser Boycott. Liberals aren't the sharpest tools in the shed. ESPN
lives and dies by the NFL so Jemele Hill is telling people to boycott her own network.
considers ending their NFL sponsorship over protests. In the wake of increased national anthem protests by NFL
players, Anheuser-Busch is reconsidering its NFL sponsorship, likely because the protests are very unpopular among everyday
Americans. Bud Light currently serves as the official beer of the NFL. So the company set up a hotline for fans
to call and give their thoughts about the protests and Anheuser-Busch's sponsorship of the NFL.
Considers Dropping The NFL — Asks Customers For Input. This is huge. If Budweiser ends its
business relationship with the NFL over the National Anthem protests, it will send a shock wave through the world of
professional sports. The company is asking for input from their customers. It's a very smart move.
the sneaker giants became the shame of college sports. The numbers are staggering. Ohio State has a 15-year,
$252 million deal with Nike, which is just ahead of Texas's $250 million deal with Nike. That's more than
$500 million for two schools. If you think that could buy a lot of textbooks, consider this: Nike's revenues in
2016 were $32.6 billion. The GDP for the nation of Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis' Latvia was $27.6 billion.
Adidas's revenue last year was $22.65 billion, slightly more than Starbucks ($21.31 billion). Under Armour's
revenue was $4.83 billion in 2016, more than double from $2.33 billion in 2013. "There is a major arms race
going on," George Belch, a marketing professor at San Diego State, recently told the L.A. Times after Under Armour
signed UCLA to a record 15-year, $280 million merchandise deal.
The NFL Leaves
America. With attendance and viewership in decline, the NFL has increasingly embraced gambling as a way of boosting its own
profits at the expense of those vulnerable to that addiction. Its decision to move the Raiders to Las Vegas will make football seem
more like a game of roulette or blackjack than family entertainment. [...] The current NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, has played footsie
with gamblers by making deals with weekly fantasy football games, which are thinly disguised gambling, while fans are deciding not to fill
stadiums in several major markets like San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Why is the
FBI trying to enforce NCAA rules? In 2006 — to pick just one among the many, many NCAA scandals over
the years — two less-than-reputable agents gave the family of the University of Southern California's star running
back, Reggie Bush, gifts and benefits, including the free use of a house, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. They
did so in the expectation that Bush would sign with them when he decided to turn pro. (He didn't.) Although the
university was severely punished by the NCAA, the FBI chose not to look into the matter. Why would it? Giving a
star athlete's family the use of a house may be unseemly, and it may violate NCAA's rules regarding amateurism, but it
doesn't violate the laws of the United States. Not even close. And yet on Tuesday [9/26/2017], the US attorney
for the Southern District of New York — that was Preet Bharara's old jurisdiction, before the president fired
him — announced with great fanfare that it had cracked a college basketball bribery scandal.
suspended Florida players now face multiple third-degree felony fraud charges. Nine Florida players have been
suspended since the start of the season and are now facing third-degree felony charges related to an investigation into
improper debit card charges and alleged fraudulent use of credit cards. [...] The nine players all faces at least two felony
charges, one for fraud under $20,000 and one for impersonation.
Players [are] Arrested Every 7 Days On Average. The National Football League is in a golden age right now: It's
been 23 days since one of its players has been arrested. The average time between arrests is just seven days, while the
record without an arrest is slightly more than two months, at 65 days, according to NFLarrest.com, which "provides an interactive
visualized database of National Football League player Arrests & Charges," the site says. Players get arrested for a variety of
crimes: drunk driving, drug offenses, domestic violence, assault and battery, gun violations, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest,
theft, burglary, rape and even murder.
to the National Football League. For my health, sanity and productivity, I quit watching the NFL regularly on
television about the time Clint Longley single-handedly beat the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving Day, 1974. I tuned in
periodically in the early '80s, but gave it up entirely by the end of the decade — in part because I was then
living abroad. When I returned to the States nearly a decade later, I found I no longer cared, and eventually even gave
up on the Super Bowl. There was never the slightest chance I would go back, but even if I wanted to, I couldn't, as I
cut the cable long ago and learned I can live quite happily and more cheaply without it — no sports, no CNN, no
Fox News. But even if I hook up the old satellite dish again here in my rural New England community, I still wouldn't
watch pro football now that the NFL and some of its players have injected racial politics into a sport that, more than any
other, pioneered on-field integration and got white America cheering for black athletes.
Could Lose $200 Million if NFL Ratings Slide Continues. If NFL fans continue to turn away from football, the TV
networks could lose as much as $200 million in earnings, according to a new report. After ratings for Week Two crashed,
adding to the angst already felt by a poor showing in Week 1, industry insiders and analysts are sounding the alarm. A
new report claims that CBS, ESPN, Fox and NBC could take a $200 million hit to their estimated $2.5 billion in NFL
advertising earnings if fans continue to turn off the TV, the The Hollywood Reporter noted recently.
Hernandez's family sues NFL, Patriots amid CTE revelation. An attorney for former New England Patriots tight end
Aaron Hernandez announced Thursday [9/21/2017] a $20 million lawsuit had been filed in federal court against the New England
Patriots and the NFL on behalf of the ex-player's former fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez, and the couple's daughter.
The lawsuit was filed the same afternoon as it was announced that Hernandez had been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy
(CTE). The 18-page filing, a copy of which was obtained by USA TODAY Sports, contends both the league and team "were fully
aware of the damage that could be inflicted from repetitive impact injuries and failed to disclose, treat or protect him from the
dangers of such damage."
Tweets Support for ESPN's Jemele Hill After She Called Trump a 'White Supremacist'. ESPN has come under fire
after "SportsCenter" host Jemele Hill tweeted that President Donald Trump is a "white supremacist" who is "unfit and
unqualified" to be commander-in-chief. ESPN's public relations department later tweeted a statement, saying that Hill's
comments do not represent the position of the network. ESPN took no action against Hill for her comments, however,
which has led to criticism.
Sehorn says he was told to 'curtail his political aspirations' when he joined ESPN. ESPN is taking heat from
one of its own employees, with former New York Giants cornerback taking issue with the fact that he was asked to avoid any
talk of politics when he joined the network in the wake of the recent Jemele Hill controversy. 'I, as a fan and a viewer,
tune into ESPN and I don't want politics,' said Sehorn on Wednesday morning [9/13/2017] during an appearance on Fox & Friends.
Fourth and Long for the NFL.
Television ratings declined, last season, for the National Football League's games. This came as a shock to the Lords
of the NFL. Ratings are not supposed to decline. The NFL's ratings never decline. This is a law of nature.
[...] While football is still supreme among sports, those ratings declines are incontestable. And not only are fewer
people watching, there are measurable declines, also, in the number of young people playing. This is true even in, of
all places, the state of Alabama where football is a kind of secular religion. Where people will tell you that football
isn't life or death... that it is more important than that. Still, according to the Alabama High School Athletics
Association, the number of players there declined by 7% from 2015 to 2016.
host under fire again for calling Trump a 'white supremacist'. ESPN's Jemele Hill is under fire once again for
her controversial comments. The SportsCenter co-host has been slammed for describing President Trump as 'a white
supremacist' in a post on her Twitter page. The sports commentator ignited the social media tirade Monday [9/11/2017]
during a conversation regarding 'racist' singer Kid Rock's potential Senate run.
Brain Injuries Increase, National Enthusiasm for Football Fades. The head-injury epidemic in the NFL has
changed what was once a beloved pastime into a spectacle that degrades its viewers. [...] Football's kinetic
energy — a function of the masses and velocities of the hurtling bodies — has increased dramatically in
50 years. On Alabama's undefeated 1966 team, only 21 percent of the players weighed more than 200 pounds.
The heaviest weighed 223; the linemen averaged 194. The quarterback, who weighed 177, was Ken Stabler, who went on to a Hall of
Fame NFL career — and to "moderately severe" CTE before death from cancer. Today, many high-school teams are much
beefier than the 1966 Crimson Tide. Of the 114 members of Alabama's 2016 squad, just 25 weighed less than 200 and 20 weighed
more than 300. In 1980, only three NFL players weighed 300 or more pounds. Last season, 390 weighed 300 pounds or
more, and six topped 350.
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy
(CTE). is a degenerative disease found in people who have suffered repeated blows to the head. A subtype
of CTE is dementia pugilistica (DP), i.e. "punch-drunk," as it was initially found in those with a history of boxing.
CTE is most commonly found in professional athletes participating in American football, rugby, ice hockey, boxing,
professional wrestling, stunt performing, bull riding, rodeo riding, and other contact sports who have experienced repeated
brain trauma, such as concussions and blows to the head that do not produce concussions. The presence of CTE in
domestic violence is also being investigated. It can affect high-school athletes following just a few years of
participation in sports.
Sports to cut commercials to just six seconds during NFL games to try and hold viewers attention. NFL ratings
dropped in 2016, and in an attempt to fix the problem, Fox Sports will reportedly experiment with six-second advertisements
alongside their traditional 15- and 30-second spots. According to a report by The New York Times, Fox Sports is
attempting to make the six-second advertisement an 'industry standard'.
why ESPN is imploding. ESPN's first problem has been the move of TV viewers to cheaper online viewing
platforms. With younger viewers increasingly choosing to forgo expensive cable packages in favor of selective products
like Netflix, ESPN has been left with big bills and not enough subscribers. Making matters worse, ESPN continues to
charge existing subscribers an excessive premium for its product. Why does it do so? In part, because it
must. After all, ESPN has spent the last few years spending billions of dollars on broadcasting rights for a wide array
of tournaments. Had they negotiated more effectively — perhaps sacrificing one sport to disabuse other
sports of their confidence in demanding astronomic broadcast fee payments — ESPN could have reduced their
front-end costs and offered lower subscriber rates.
yanks Robert Lee and becomes a metaphor for everything wrong in media. Some news stories are so insane that the
first reaction has to be disbelief. That was the case Tuesday night when it was revealed that ESPN had pulled a
broadcaster from covering a football game simply because he has a similar name to a Confederate general. In one
ridiculous move, ESPN became a metaphor for everything wrong in media. Poor Robert Lee, an Asian-American with no
relation to Army of Northern Virginia Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, was scheduled to announce the University of
Virginia's home opener. But after the Charlottesville protests ESPN feared that his name might be a "trigger" to its
nonexistent audience of social justice warriors, following.
ESPN Removes College Football Announcer From Game Because He's Named 'Robert Lee'. ESPN confirmed via emailed
statement that they did, indeed, take Robert Lee off the UVA game over the fact that his name was close to that of a
the worldwide leader in liberal idiocy. So let me ask, "what if I told you that ESPN decided to pull an
Asian-American announcer from calling a University of Virginia football game because his name is Robert Lee?" Your answer
would probably be, "you're making it up." But I'm not. It is reliably reported that Robert Lee was slated to call
Virginia's game on September 2 against William and Mary, but because of events in Charlottesville, which originated with
a dispute over removing a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee, he has been reassigned.
Pulls Game Announcer Robert Lee Because His Name Is Too "Triggering". If ever you doubted that ESPN was the
sporting epicenter of liberalism, well, consider this the day you can put those doubts to rest. In what can only be
considered the most ridiculous, over-the-top, example of political correctness running amok ESPN has pulled a college
football announcer from the game between William & Mary vs the University of Virginia because his name is Robert Lee.
Seriously, you just can't make this stuff up. Oh, and Robert Lee is Asian (pictured left) but even his ethnicity
couldn't save him from the executive level stupidity and delicate sensibilities of ESPN.
pulls announcer Robert Lee from covering a Virginia football game because his name is Robert Lee. An announcer
by any other name would announce just as sweet. In what is sure to be a controversial decision, ESPN has decided to
pull college football announcer Robert Lee from covering a Virginia football game this season due to the simple fact his name
is Robert Lee, the network announced on Tuesday. Outkick the Coverage's Clay Travis was the first to report the
Just Took Political Correctness Way Too Far. In the wake of the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, ESPN
decided to pull one of its announcers from calling a University of Virginia football game — because his name is
Robert Lee. Lee, an Asian-American sportscaster who started with the network in 2016, was moved to a different game
"simply because of the coincidence of his name," ESPN said, referencing the Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
Exec on Robert Lee Controversy: 'No Biggie Until Someone Leaked it to Embarrass Us and Him'. ESPN is now in
full blown damage control mode over what would seem to be one of the more ridiculous self-made controversies in recent
times — the decision to pull a broadcaster from a University of Virginia football game telecast because his name
happens to be Robert Lee. With cable news and social media reaction nearly universal in their criticism of ESPN, the
Worldwide Leader is looking to calm the outcry from those on the left and the right over the decision.
Pulls Announcer from UVa Football Game -- Because His Name Is Robert Lee. The man shown to the left is
sportscaster Robert Lee. The man to the right is Confederate General Robert E. Lee. ESPN was afraid that viewers
would mix them up. Mr. Lee (the one who didn't die in 1870) was scheduled to announce next weekend's University of
Virginia football game against William and Mary. This match-up will be hosted in Charlottesville, which has a statue of
Gen. Lee (who never provided NCAA play-by-play). ESPN decided that this was far too confusing for their viewers to process.
Name/Statue Game Has Barely Begun! One of my daughters asks, are Robert Lees across the country scrambling to
change their names, lest they be discriminated against by their employers? Is Robert the new Adolf? I say,
Yes! And it's only right. But why stop there? Think how many Thomas Jacksons and James Stuarts there are in
the U.S. Why shouldn't they be discriminated against, too?
Announcer Pulled off VA Football Game Because of His Name. The cultural totalitarians at ESPN pulled an Asian
man off the Virginia football game because his name is Robert Lee, the same as Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
These people are crazy.
The Editor says...
Ordinary viewers don't care what sports announcers' names are. It doesn't matter if the commentator's name is Chuck Roast
or Patty O'Furniture: The names will be forgotten at the end of the broadcast, or about two seconds after the last
time the names appear at the bottom of your TV screen. (And if those names never came up in superimposed text, who
would notice?) I suspect that even the most rabid sports fan can't recall the names of the announcers on any televised
sporting event they saw last week.
ESPN's Surrender to Grim New Reality.
With cable TV subscribers fleeing, the sports giant has to look for customers online. That's not where the money is.
When did we vote on this?
UN to name Yankee Stadium
a Palestinian Heritage Site. Well why not? If they own the Cave of the Patriarchs all bets are off and
they own everything, including Yankee Stadium, which to American culture is hallowed ground for the memories of Babe Ruth,
Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Reggie Jackson and at this rate, some day Aaron Judge. In fact I'd be surprised if Mahmoud
Abbas hasn't already put in his bid. All he has to do is ask and UNESCO says sure, it's yours. When it comes to those
UNESCO clowns — the 195 nations that make up the UN's "heritage center" — the other shoe always drops.
female athlete I know has had an abortion: US gold-medalist runner breaks 'sport's last taboo'. A
double-gold Olympic medalist claims every female track-and-field athlete she knows has had an abortion. Sanya
Richards-Ross, 32, said pregnancy and abortions are issues 'that are not really talked about, especially in sports.'
The Jamaican-American athlete revealed in her new book that she herself had an abortion — just one day before
leaving for the Beijing Games in the summer of 2008.
Yankee Stadium attendance falls while TV
ratings rise. The Yankees are the big talk in New York sports right now. But it's not all good.
Fans are psyched the young team is in first place, Yankee Stadium ticket sales aren't living up to the hype. "I think
people don't show up because it's really a pain to get here," one fan said. Well, that's one way to look at it.
And it seems many Yankees fans would agree. "$15 to get over the bridge, $40 to park," another fan said. "It's
still $100, $150 out of your pocket."
Whitlock: ESPN 'Lost the Culture War' to Left-Wing Deadspin. The fall of ESPN is still a hot topic in sports media, but
former ESPN commentator Jason Whitlock has a unique point to add to the litany of reasons for the famed cable sports network's troubles.
Whitlock says that left-wing sports blog Deadspin caused ESPN to veer left, and that was the seed that caused the network's downfall.
Deadspin, a popular but far-left website that forms part of the Gawker chain of sites, has targeted ESPN for political correction for several
years with a long list of posts aimed at forcing ESPN to toe the political line of the extreme progressive left.
Too Much Caitlyn Jenner Doom ESPN? Last week, ESPN, often referred to as the Worldwide Leader in Sports, laid
off around 100 employees. The cuts were painfully public and claimed the jobs of some of the top talent and most
familiar faces at the network. At the heart of the latest downsizing, as with earlier layoffs, is math: The
network has committed billions of dollars to broadcast live sports, and waves of cord-cutters now threaten the cash flow to
pay those bills. But amid the hand-wringing over the cable giant's business outlook, a subplot has begun to dominate
the coverage: ESPN'S politics. "[The] collapse has been aided by ESPN's absurd decision to turn into MSESPN, a
left wing sports network," wrote Clay Travis on Wednesday. "ESPN made the mistake of trying to make liberal
social media losers happy and as a result lost millions of viewers."
SportsCenter 6 Co-Host Michael Smith: Every City in America Is Racist. ESPN's determination to dig its
own grave continues to move at high speed. On Tuesday [5/2/2017], SC6 (short for SportsCenter 6)
co-host Michael Smith intensely overreacted to the racist actions of a small contingent fans at a Major League Baseball game
at Boston's Fenway Park, using what they did to tag every city in America as "racist."
Michael Smith: All Cities in US are Racist. After racist Boston chowder-heads threw a bag of peanuts with
a racial slut at Orioles' player Andrew Jones, ESPN and black racist Michael Smith says all cities in America are racist or
something. I guess that means San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Chicago and New York are also racist cities eh
Michael? And ESPN wonders why they continue to lose viewers. They axed 100 dirtbags a few days ago. Why
wasn't Michael Smith the racist one of them?
ESPN Loses Millions of
Subscribers Since They Became a Left-Wing Political Mouthpiece. ESPN has been hemorrhaging subscribers.
In two months in last year alone, they lost over a million subscribers. They lost 621,000 in October, another 555,000
in November. The bleeding continues and they keep pretending it doesn't matter. All of ESPN is losing viewers.
ESPN2, according to Nielsen's estimates, lost 595,000 subscribers, and ESPNU — its college sports-focused
channel — lost more than 700,000. It admitted to losing 7 million subscribers between 2011 and 2015,
Huff Po reported. Every single day this year ESPN has lost roughly 10,000 cable and satellite subscribers.
yanks poem honoring cop-killer Assata Shakur. An ESPN site targeting female sports fans on Thursday [4/27/2017] removed a
poem paying homage to a convicted cop killer after "an oversight in the editorial process" led to the poem being published several days ago,
the embattled sports giant told Fox News. DaMaris Hill's poem "Revolution" had led the April 25 ESPNW.com feature "Five Poets
on the New Feminism," which was produced "in honor of National Poetry month... to reflect on resistance, redefining feminism and movement,"
according to a site description. But Hill's poem opened with the dedication "(for Assata Shakur)," honoring the one-time Black
Liberation Army member who has been hiding out in Cuba to avoid finishing a prison term for her murder rap.
come the ESPN firings, worse than we thought. The mass firings can turn into a blaze. The 40 to 50 pink
slips that ESPN insider Jim Miller expected to be dished out may escalate to about 70 at the Worldwide Leader, according to
the Sporting News. Talent from all over — from front-facing TV personalities to online writers —
is in jeopardy as parent company Disney looks to slash costs. "This could be a bloodbath," one source said, according
to the report. And the carnage is coming soon: ESPN will start its Bristol-based layoffs as soon as Wednesday
[4/26/2017], according to Sports Illustrated.
Massive ESPN Layoffs, Contract Buyouts Expected to Hit Over the Next Month. The long-reported layoffs at ESPN
will reportedly take place over the next month. That, according to sports media reporter Richard Deitsch of Sports
Illustrated. What hadn't been rumored or reported, until now, is that ESPN will look to actually buy out some talent
currently under contract. That represents a sharp departure from past ESPN policy. The Bristol-based sports giant
typically refrains from buyouts, because like many companies they don't see the sense in paying someone to not work.
The decision to depart from that way of doing business suggests that ESPN wants to have the layoffs and the massive talent
shake-up completed quickly.
Sports: U.S. Flag at Baseball Games Too Political. Everything is political to the overly sensitive mind
of today's leftist. When the Atlanta Braves unfurled a gigantic flag for the playing of the national anthem, it
prompted an ultra sensitive member of the partisan media and his Twitter followers to express a whole host of ridiculous
claims. In a Twitter post this weekend, NBC baseball writer Craig Calcaterra complained that the presentation of Old
Glory evoked overly political tones.
Hey ESPN, Here's Why You're
Tanking. ESPN's collapsing ratings has mysteriously occurred concurrently with their increasing venture into
injecting leftwing political commentary into their sports programming. This has not escaped the notice of several
concerned shareholders who confronted the CEO of Disney, the network's parent company.
sends 1,300-page corruption probe to Swiss prosecutors. FIFA has sent 1,300 pages of internal investigation
reports into suspected bribery and corruption to Switzerland's attorney general.
Mixes Sports and Politics. After a hiatus of more than 10 years, during which time the National Collegiate
Athletic Association (NCAA) refused to hold championship events in South Carolina because the Confederate flag was not
removed from the statehouse grounds in Columbia, an NCAA-sponsored event was held in Greenville, South Carolina. The
state was finally taken off the NCAA's "bad list" when the "offending" Confederate flag was removed in from the grounds of
the South Carolina Capitol in July 2015. [...] Ironically, the NCAA games were originally slated to be held in neighboring
North Carolina, in Greensboro, but the NCAA has now blackballed that state for political reasons. In the North Carolina
case, the Confederate flag was not the issue, but rather a North Carolina law drew the ire of the NCAA. The law required
"transgender" people to use public restrooms corresponding to the sex found on their birth certificate.
ESPN is Financially Struggling & About to Begin Big Layoffs. A few months ago ESPN acknowledged that perhaps
they have been a little politically biased. And the results are now more evident than ever. They Sports network
has become extremely political, with extremely liberal tendencies. And now, the network is struggling to keep going.
Is ESPN Unraveling?
I don't know, but it's certainly hurting. [...] But don't worry. You'll be seeing more women in front of the camera. John
Skipper, the left-winger who runs ESPN, has directed that more women appear in "front-facing positions" during NFL coverage. If
he doesn't pay them what the departing males earned, there may be a pay discrimination suit in ESPN's future. Why is ESPN in
so much trouble? Mainly because people are "cutting the cable."
Loses Millions of Subscribers After Pushing Left-Wing Politics. According to reports by Market Watch, in 2011, ESPN had 100.1 million
subscribers. In 2016, that sharply plummeted to 88 million. This drop was a big hit to Disney, with losses being up to $7 a
subscriber. [...] Much of this loss is due to the left-wing politics that ESPN has started to mix into its every day coverage of sports.
ESPN Losing 10,000 Subscribers a Day Over Its Political Left Turn. Once an indispensable sports powerhouse,
cable TV network ESPN has gone from must-see-TV for millions of sports fans to financial boondoggle for owner Disney with the
network losing up to 10,000 subscribers a day, a report says. "A floundering ESPN, with rising costs and declining
viewership, continued to sink Disney's financial results during its fiscal first quarter," MarketWatch.com reported. With
the impact of the flailing sports network, Disney's revenue fell 3 percent, and its profits sank 14 percent, the
financial site reported.
Freedom or Football? The
National Football League has officially put the State of Texas on notice: if that state persists in denying men with peculiar sexual proclivities
access to public rooms full of young girls with their pants down, then Texas may be denied the privilege of hosting any more Super Bowls. To
be precise, as you probably know, Texas lawmakers are proposing a law similar to North Carolina's, restricting access to public bathrooms and
changing rooms to people of the actual biological sex for which those facilities were designed. [...] Why is this controversial? Because
it is "inconsistent with [the NFL's] values." Really? And when was this great table of NFL values etched in stone? Would the
NFL have taken up this issue as a matter of principle at any time prior to, say, five years ago?
Oh, he's got an illness, alright.
fakes illness in failed attempt to check into hospital with view of sold-out soccer game. Officials in the
small Italian city of Crotone figured things were going to get wild on Wednesday when Juventus, one of the country's best and
most popular soccer teams, came to town to face its squad. So they made a plan. Along with bumping up security
around the coastal city's sold-out, 16,000-seat stadium, officials also put extra guards around its hospital, according to reports,
which happens to be situated across from the stadium and offers some of the best views of the action from its higher floors.
Baylor student alleges 52 rapes in 4 years by football players in lawsuit. A former Baylor University students [sic] is accusing the
football program to have fostered a "culture of sexual violence" in which coaches encouraged female students to have sex with recruits and players.
She says it led to at least 52 rapes by more than 30 football players over a four-year period. In the lawsuit, the student — who is
listed in the documents only as "Elizabeth Doe" — says she was raped by two football players in 2013 and that there were dozens more assaults of
women involving other players.
49ers Honor Colin Kaepernick with Team's Most Prestigious Award. Following a season marred in controversy
surrounding him taking a knee during the national anthem, Colin Kaepernick has been honored by his teammates. The San
Francisco 49ers released the recipients of their team awards Friday [12/30/2016], and Kaepernick won the Len Eshmont Award, the
team's "most prestigious honor" given to the "49er who best exemplifies the inspirational and courageous play of Len Eshmont,
an original member of the 1946 49ers team."
The Editor says...
I guess I don't know what prestigious means.
posts second-worst 'Monday Night Football' season. If not for this past Monday night's highly watched NFL game, The Walt Disney
Co's ESPN network would have had its smallest audience for "Monday Night Football" in 2016 since the 2006 season. [,...] Monday's Dallas
Cowboys-Detroit Lions game averaged 18.6 million viewers, the most ESPN has garnered for a "Monday Night Football" game since 2014.
That helped ESPN post an average of 11.4 million viewers for its 17 games this season, finishing ahead of only the 2007 season, when
it drew 11.2 million, according to Nielsen data provided by ESPN.
to end 'Pink October,' teams can choose own charities in 2017. The NFL informed teams last week in a
league-wide conference call that "Pink October" — a three-week window in October in which the league dressed up
its fields, sidelines, and players in pink to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer — will not continue in 2017.
The Editor says...
The whole notion that the NFL players were universally enthusiastic about fighting breast cancer (and proudly wore pink shoes) was
a sham. The players — and even whole teams — do as they are told. Moreover, the idea that wearing
pink shoes will eliminate cancer is superstition at best.
football positions linked to high blood pressure. It might not be obvious to those who spend Saturdays cheering
on their alma mater on the gridiron, but playing college football is linked to changes that negatively affect the
heart. However, not all players are affected equally — position makes a difference, a new study finds.
In the research, linemen were more likely to develop high blood pressure over the course of a season than players in other
positions were, according to the study, published Dec. 5 in the journal JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging.
Moonves of CBS Blames Trump, Manning, Brady for NFL Ratings Collapse. When trying to explain the NFL's massive
ratings drop this year, CBS CEO Les Moonves has a particular culprit in mind when naming the fly in the NFL's ratings
ointment. Moonves blames Donald Trump. Well, in fairness, he also blames Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.
Moonves addressed reporters and analysts at the UBS 44th Annual Global Media and Communications Conference in New York on
Monday. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Moonves said that less-than-stellar ratings for NFL games earlier this
season is the fault of Peyton Manning (retired), Tom Brady (suspended for the first four games) and Donald Trump (because too
many people preferred his presidential campaign to football).
scores $3.21 million NYC home. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick — the soon-to-be
free agent who's nabbed headlines for kneeling during the national anthem and defending late Cuban dictator Fidel
Castro — can now call New York City home. In summer purchase records only just unearthed, Kaepernick snagged
himself a 1,733-square-foot condo in Tribeca for $3.21 million, according to the Los Angeles Times.
football could fall like the gladiators of ancient Rome. This season, ratings for professional football are down
27 percent across all of the major networks: ESPN, Fox, NBC and CBS, according Forbes. The decline in the
ratings underscores a bigger truth that no one wants to face: Nothing lasts forever. And that includes the
popularity of professional football, which now may be experiencing the slow, inevitable crumble of a Roman-style empire.
viewers? ESPN reportedly lost 555,000 subscribers this month, according to sports writer Clay Travis. The
drop in November for the sports media company comes right after its worst-ever month, when it lost an estimated 621,000
subscribers in October.
Three NBA teams
boycotting Trump hotels. It looks like three NBA teams — and maybe more — want nothing to
do with property branded by Donald Trump. The Bucks, Grizzlies and Mavericks have decided to stop staying at Trump
hotels on road trips to New York City and Chicago in an effort to disassociate themselves from the controversial President-elect,
according to an ESPN.com report. One other Eastern Conference team, which ESPN has kept anonymous, also reportedly will
abandon Trump SoHo hotel in favor of a different hotel in Manhattan when its contract expires at the end of the season.
reviewing options to fix sagging ratings. Think NFL games are too long? At least one league executive may
agree. Speaking at the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show New York conference Wednesday, NFL Media
executive vice president Brian Rolapp said, "we don't blame everything on the election" and cited the need to hold the
audience's attention as a significant reason for sagging national television ratings on prime time broadcasts.
cancels men's soccer season due to sexually explicit 'scouting reports'. Harvard has canceled the remainder of
its men's soccer season due to what the university has described as continued production of sexually explicit "scouting
reports" by players, which graded recruits of the women's soccer team based on their appearance, according to the school's
newspaper, the Harvard Crimson. The practice of creating these reports dates back to a July 2012 email string created
by members of the men's team. The reports rate incoming women's soccer recruits on a numerical scale based on their sex
appeal. The ratings also included photos from the recruits' social media accounts, their positions on the team,
assigned hypothetical sexual positions and vulgar, descriptive paragraphs assigned to each recruit, per a report last
week from The Crimson.
soccer coach, an undocumented immigrant, accused of abusing 8 players. A soccer coach in Texas was arrested
after he was accused of sexually abused eight of his players — boys between 10 and 15. Police say more players
are likely to come forward. Marcos Ramos, an undocumented immigrant living in Corsicana, Texas, is also is wanted in
his native Guatemala for sexually assaulting children, police said. He faces three counts of aggravated sexual assault
of a child and five counts of indecency with a child.
The NFL is in Decline.
There have been signals that the NFL — and all of football — may soon be in for hard times. The
game is increasingly brutal, and that brutality is not some fixable flaw. Football is violent by nature, and if you
take away the violence, you have soccer without the grace. There is undeniable evidence of brain damage among former
football players, some of whom suffer dementia and a few of whom have committed suicide, the reasons for which are unknowable
but might plausibly include the beatings they took from the game. Improvements in equipment and changes in the rules
might make the game marginally safer, but perhaps not by enough to keep the lawyers outside the ramparts or, more important,
persuade parents that they should let their children play the game.
College football player arrested
after punching referee. The Ventura County Star reports that Mount San Antonio freshman offensive linesman Bernard Schirmer was immediately
ejected from the game and later arrested on suspicion of battery and taken to Ventura County jail.
The Moral Merits of
American Football. [F]ootball as it stands is now threatened by an ever-encroaching worldview that confuses competition for
confrontation. Proponents of this worldview perceive competition and morality as being impossibly incompatible, suggesting that a
society's praise for competition becomes quickly antagonistic to cooperation and impedes the realization of universal equality.
How do these ultra-fragile people expect to survive college — or a career?
the Hawk's grimace too 'aggressive' for fragile students, Iowa professor says. A University of Iowa professor
is asking the athletics department to make the university's mascot, Herky the Hawk, display friendlier facial expressions,
arguing that his angry grimace is traumatizing students. "I believe incoming students should be met with welcoming,
nurturing, calm, accepting and happy messages," Resmiye Oral, a clinical professor of pediatrics, wrote Tuesday [8/23/2016]
in an email to athletic department officials, obtained by the Iowa City Press-Citizen.
Do Women's Sports Even Exist? My, my, there those feminists go, complaining again. This time the whining
concerns supposedly "sexist" Olympics coverage. Their problem? Many journalists are, we're told, using different
language when talking about female athletes than when speaking of male ones. Oh, the humanity! There's the guy
who credited a female swimmer's husband/coach for her success, the talk about a six-foot-three-inch South Korean woman volley
ball player's difficulty finding a boyfriend, and a reporter who called an equestrian rider "blondie." Putting aside the
female teacher who once called me blondie when I was 13, let's have a reality check. Do you really think sports
commentators don't look for storylines, often infused with frivolity, relating to male athletes? And insofar as the
treatment is different, so what?
Carolina high school football player dies at practice. Coroner Helen Fisher said Lewis N. Simpkins, 14, of
Lexington, was pronounced dead Wednesday night at Lexington Medical Center.
Loses 4 Million Subscribers In Past Year. In the past five years ESPN has lost 11,346,000 subscribers according
to Nielsen data. If you combine that with ESPN2 and ESPNU subscriber losses this means that ESPN has lost over a billion
dollars in cable and satellite revenue just in the past five years, an average of $200 million each year. That total of
a billion dollars hits ESPN in the pocketbook not just on a yearly basis, but for every year going forward. It's gone forever.
basketball player dies after team workout. Junior college transfer Tyrek Coger died Thursday after collapsing
following an Oklahoma State basketball team workout, the university announced.
And this is why soccer is
just stupid. If soccer were an interesting game, that would be one thing. But it's not. Basically,
this seems to be the sequence with soccer: There's a rhetorical prelude with trash-talking and fans making drive-by
allusions to bumper-sticker versions of political history and social resentments. Fans leave huge messes at local
eateries. A bunch of people gather in a stadium around some "pitch." Referees show up with their armored personnel
carriers and security guards, contracted by Blackwater. A few guys run around on the pitch for a while in shorts.
Nothing much happens. The fans riot and pillage. Videos are posted on social media. It all starts over again.
vs. Warriors Game 7 Courtside Tickets Sell for Record $49,500 Each. According to ESPN.com's Darren
Rovell, online ticket marketplace StubHub sold a pair of courtside seats for Game 7 at $49,500 apiece — the
highest price ever paid for a non-suite ticket in the site's history.
Ticket for NBA Finals Game 7 Breaks StubHub Record. A $50,000 ticket for Sunday's Game 7 of the NBA Finals has
broken StubHub's record for the highest price ever paid to see a basketball game. Actually, that's two tickets: the
customer bought a pair for one hundred grand. And that new record could still be broken: other seats for the historic
game on Father's Day at the Oracle Arena in Oakland are advertised for even higher prices.
The Editor says...
As a public service, I'll save you thousands of dollars by describing everything that will happen in the Big Game: Some young man will bounce the ball a few times while he's jogging
toward one end of the court, then some other big guy will take the ball away from him and go the other way. One of them will throw the ball, another will catch the ball. Before long,
some fellow will throw the ball toward the goal, and it may or may not go through the hoop. This will be repeated hundreds of times. Throw the ball. Catch the ball. Bounce the
ball. When it is all over, you will return to your house and find nothing has improved — especially your bank account. The game will have no lasting impact on your life,
with one exception: You will have been totally distracted and diverted from a number of serious problems that confront this country today and threaten your freedom. You don't care about
"politics." You only care about a contest to see who can throw the ball, catch the ball, and bounce the ball with the greatest success. Grow up.
Anti-White Boxer of All Time. Muhammad Ali, widely regarded as the world's most famous man, died Friday at age
74. Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, he was a titan both as a boxer and a provocateur. Because we live in an era much
weaker and more sensitive than it was during Ali's prime, his death is being eulogized with the sort of solemn,
sanctimony-addled, weak-tea, low-T, hagiographic twaddle we've come to expect from neutered zombie bloggers on
antidepressants. Just as mainstream history has Photoshopped all the warts off Nelson Mandela and MLK, Ali
is now strictly framed as an inspirational figure who "spoke out against racism."
Top FIFA officials split $80 million in bonuses. Three top FIFA officials allegedly awarded themselves salary increases and bonuses
totaling nearly $80 million over five years, according to contracts released by FIFA on Friday [6/3/2016]. Former FIFA president Sepp
Blatter, former secretary general Jerome Valcke and former finance director Markus Kattner appear to have paid each other bonuses tied to the World
Cup along with other incentives in the last five years since their departure from world soccer's governing body.
Waco PD Took "Extraordinary
Steps" to Keep Baylor Football Accusations Quiet, School's Apology Rings Hollow. Baylor University released a
report yesterday [5/26/2016] summarizing an investigation conducted by the law firm Pepper Hamilton which found a systemic
cover-up of multiple rape and assault allegations against the private Christian university's football players by administrators
and the coaching staff. The report reveals how the school's culture of protecting its cash-cow football program trumped
all other concerns, including those of the victims of alleged sexual assault. What is not in the report, but which
was exposed by ESPN's Outside the Lines last week, is that the Waco Police took "extraordinary steps" to keep at least
one alleged incident of non-sexual assault by a Baylor football player from public view, "given the potential high-profile nature
of the incident."
tied to more school problems than other injuries. High school and college students who get concussions may struggle more
with academics than their peers who get other types of sports injuries, a small U.S. study suggests. Researchers surveyed
70 students who received emergency treatment for concussions and 108 teens and young adults treated for other injuries.
With a concussion, students took an average of 5.4 days to return to school, compared with 2.8 days for other injuries.
keep unleashing insane gut-busting food creations. Concessions have come a long way from flavorless hot dogs
and lackluster soft pretzels, but in the past few years stadiums across the country have been rolling out over the top junk
food mashups that make a footlong seem tame. Since when did peanuts and cracker jacks morph into chocolate-marshmallow
covered bacon and burgers glazed with Monster energy drink?
Taking aim at New York's academic fat cats.
Gov. Cuomo has picked a truly obese target by telling New York's public university systems to get serious about cutting the fat — starting
with bloated executive salaries. Fact is, getting to the high rungs of both SUNY and CUNY looks to be the most lucrative career path in state
government. As the Empire Center for Public Policy notes in its yearly review of taxpayer-funded salaries, 47 of New York's top 50 publicly paid
employees work for SUNY — and the other three for CUNY. That includes SUNY Stony Brook's basketball coach and SUNY Buffalo's football
coach, each paid nearly $450,000 — more than 2½ times what Cuomo makes.
of California acknowledges negligence in death of football player. The University of California has acknowledged its negligence was a substantial
factor in the death of former California football player Ted Agu. The 21-year-old defensive lineman from Bakersfield died nearly two years ago after a
strenuous team workout. His family filed a wrongful death lawsuit, arguing that Agu had sickle cell trait and should not have been put through an exercise
where players sprinted up and down a hill while holding a rope together.
Naismith Created Basketball to Counter Football's Violence. This Christmas, Concussion will bring to the big
screen the latest saga in football's inherent reckoning with the damage and violence it inflicts upon players. This sort of
condemnation, however, is not new. Over a century ago, opponents of football charged that the sport was too violent to deserve
any reputable sanction in the United States. The Washington Star newspaper featured an article titled "The Game of Manslaughter"
lamenting that the 1897 football season had only just begun and "yet at least three deaths have already occurred as the direct results
Two Americas soccer bosses
arrested as FIFA corruption scandal deepens. Soccer bosses from across South and Central America were among 16 people charged
on Thursday [12/3/2015] with multimillion-dollar bribery schemes for marketing and broadcast rights, in a dismantling of a Latin American soccer
network by U.S. prosecutors.
NFL Has Become Unwatchable. Based on this year's experience, I have concluded that penalties, along with
endless video reviews of plays, have made the game just about impossible to watch. After every big play, you wait for the
flag. More often than not, it seems, it comes. While some penalties are obvious, more often they appear to be called
randomly, especially on important plays. It is frequently impossible to say what distinguishes a particular hold, pass
interference or unnecessary roughness from similar conduct that occurred a few plays earlier or later. Given the lack of
any apparent pattern in what constitutes a penalty, it is tempting to infer that referees insert them periodically to mold the
flow of the game in a predetermined direction.
General Tells Daily Fantasy Sports to Stop Taking Bets in New York. The New York State attorney general on Tuesday [11/10/2015]
ordered the two biggest daily fantasy sports companies, DraftKings and FanDuel, to stop accepting bets from New York residents, saying their
games constituted illegal gambling under state law. [...] The cease-and-desist order by the attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, is a
major blow to a multibillion-dollar industry that introduced sports betting to legions of young sports fans and has formed partnerships with
many of the nation's professional sports teams.
high school football player dies after collapsing during game. A Texas high school football player died
Saturday evening after he reportedly collapsed during a game on Friday [10/16/2015]. [...] [Cam'ron] Matthews is the sixth
high-school football player to die since early September, according to USA TODAY.
The Editor says...
You can safely bet that if the schools had gun ranges instead of football fields, and six students died in gun classes in a period of
two months, the gun classes would be permanently outlawed. Why are football-related deaths acceptable?
Night Football is a menace to American families. My husband's dish list keeps me busy while he lounges on our couch
watching the games. Some years, I don't get to all of them, and they roll over to the following year. Some dishes
become beloved and therefore frequently repeated. On Sundays during the football season, my husband doesn't accompany me
to the many children's birthday parties that our kids get invited to. We don't make plans to go out. My husband
isn't responsible for errands. We don't do any shopping. I don't engage him in conversation about anything more
complicated than "What's the score?" and "So you want more of that?"
The Editor says...
Well, lady, it is obvious that the television has a higher priority than you do. Perhaps you ignored the warning signs
before you married this guy, but now you're stuck with him. You could convert to his religion (football, that is), or,
you could treat his affection for the TV as an addiction, which it is. If you ask him rational questions to point out the
fruitless futility of his hobby, it will only make him angry. For example, if you ask him how his life is any better or
worse on Monday morning because his favorite football team won or lost, he won't have an answer other than "shut up."
Congress: Hold Hearings on Fantasy
Football. A new form of gambling has suddenly appeared in America, and the outfits raking in the money claim that
what they're doing is perfectly legal. In the last four years, two recently formed companies, DraftKings and FanDuel, have
collected billions from the mostly young men who place bets on their smartphones on what's called fantasy football. Many
people first heard about this when a DraftKings employee won $350,000 for coming in second place in a FanDuel contest that cost
$25 to enter and featured $5 million in cash winnings, including $1 million to the winner. The New York attorney
general is investigating whether the employee benefited from inside information, but the bigger question is the eye-popping jackpot.
NFL Went a Full Month Without an Arrest. Not a single player in the National Football League was arrested in
September, the first month without a reported arrest since July 2009.
Court Strikes Down Payments to
College Athletes. The N.C.A.A. may restrict colleges from compensating athletes beyond the cost of attendance, a three-judge
panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled on Wednesday [9/30/2015] in an apparent victory for the college
sports establishment as it fights back efforts to expand athletes' rights. The ruling upheld a federal judge's finding last year
that the N.C.A.A. "is not above antitrust laws" and that its rules have been too restrictive in maintaining amateurism. But the
panel threw out the judge's proposal that the N.C.A.A. set a ceiling for members at paying athletes $5,000 per year in deferred
compensation, stating that capping compensation at the cost of attendance was sufficient.
high school football players say coach told them to tackle referee. The Texas high school football players who
brutally tackled a referee broke their silence, insisting their assistant coach told them, "You need to hit him." Victor
Rojas and Michael Moreno said the coach, Mack Breed, told them the referee "needs to pay the price" for hurling racial slurs
and making unjustified calls after a safety got injured. "His emotions just got mixed into it," Moreno, 17, said on Good
Morning America Friday [9/18/2015]. "He told us to do what we did."
high school football players say coach told them to hit referee. A Texas high school football coach directed two players
to strike a referee during a game because of missed calls that had hurt the team, the players claimed Friday during a national broadcast.
high school football player dies from injury suffered at game. A Louisiana high school football player has died after
suffering an injury during a game Friday night. [...] Johnny Ogden, an investigator with the parish coroner's office, said the player
collapsed on the field after impact with another player. He was transported to the emergency room at Franklin Medical Center,
where he was pronounced dead. The coroner's office was still investigating the precise cause of death, Ogden said.
HS QB dies after tackle during football game. The star quarterback on a New Jersey high school football team
died after suffering an injury on the field. Evan Murray, 17, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound senior, played for Warren Hills
Regional High School. During a game Friday night [9/25/2015] at home against Summit he was hit by an opposing player late in
the second quarter, the [New York] Daily News reported.
Liberal reactions to allegedly violent black burglar shot by police. We don't know all
the facts. Maybe he fought with the cops and they shot him in self defense. Maybe he didn't fight at
all and they still shot him. What we do know, however, is that he rammed a dealership with his car
and started to deface the cars in the lot. He wasn't shot walking home from the library; he was
shot while committing an act of violence and destruction of property.
Fatally Shoot Unarmed College Football Player. Officers were responding to a burglary
call about 1 a.m. Friday [8/7/2015] in Arlington when they discovered someone had driven a vehicle
through a front window of the Classic Buick GMC, according to a statement from the Arlington Police
Department. The statement said police approached the suspect and a struggle ensued. At
some point during the struggle, an officer shot Taylor.
The Editor says...
Why is the perpetrator identified, every time this story comes up, as a football player? What difference does it make if he plays
football? He certainly wasn't playing football in the closed showroom of a car dealership well after midnight. The clear
implication is that the liberal press considers football players to be on a plane above all others.
widen FIFA money-laundering investigation. The Swiss justice authorities have received
new instances of alleged money laundering almost on a daily basis since the attorney general Michael
Lauber announced on June 17 an initial 53 cases to be looked into.
FIFA official Chuck Blazer expelled from football by ethics committee for bribery.
Chuck Blazer was banned for life by FIFA's ethics committee on Thursday [7/9/2015] for widespread
corruption, finally ending the career of the longtime most senior American in world football.
Swiss Chase 53 Fraud Cases Tied to
FIFA. Swiss authorities are investigating 53 potential cases of money laundering related to the FIFA probe, officials announced
Wednesday [6/17/2015]. They're also looking at an additional 105 bank accounts for suspicious activity as the investigation into the
world soccer body expands. "I am well aware of the enormous public interest in our investigation. Equally enormous is the public
interest in an independent criminal procedure," the country's attorney general said.
Oliver Toasts FIFA President Sepp Blatter's Demise by Chugging a Bud Light Lime. [Scroll
down] Yes, Oliver was understandably ecstatic. The sport that he loves had finally rid
itself of what he called its "Swizz lizard" of a president. "The timing of Blatter's announcement
was notable for two reasons: First, it was only four days after being reelected president.
That's like being elected pope and immediately announcing, 'Judaism makes some good points... I think
I may have got this wrong,'" joked Oliver. "And secondly, Blatter stepped down just days before
the U.S. release of United Passions — a suspiciously glowing movie history of FIFA."
Sepp Blatter resignation and FBI probe, some skeptical FIFA can change. Several U.S.
news outlets were reporting Tuesday [6/2/2015] early evening that the FBI is investigating Blatter
for corruption. While many are relishing in the possibility of a post-Blatter era in soccer,
some analysts are less optimistic that any impactful change will happen immediately.
Blatter resigns as FIFA president amid bribery scandal. Sepp Blatter is now at the
centre of the FBI's corruption probe after the FIFA president sensationally announced he will be
resigning after 17 years in world football's top job. Federal agents, who last week charged
14 FIFA officials with corruption, have told the American media that they are hoping those men will
help them build a case against their former boss.
Corruption Is Typical of Unelected Globalist Institutions. What does FIFA, the
international soccer federation, have in common with the United Nations, Formula One, and the
International Olympic Committee (IOC)? They're all international organizations and they're all
notoriously corrupt. The corruption at FIFA, including the payment of millions of dollars in
bribes, has now been uncovered by Department of Justice sleuths who indicted a number of senior
officials and forced the resignation of longtime chief Sepp Blatter. Whether this will bring
long-term changes in the way that FIFA is run is questionable, however. Certainly the track
record of the IOC and UN would indicate otherwise.
Top FIFA Deputy Is Said to Have Transferred Money Central to Bribery Case. Federal
authorities believe that Sepp Blatter's top lieutenant at FIFA made $10 million in bank transactions
that are central elements of the bribery scandal engulfing international soccer, United States
officials and others briefed on the case said Monday [6/1/2015]. The revelation puts the
money trail closer to Mr. Blatter, FIFA's president, than had been previously known.
becomes suspected player in alleged $150 million FIFA bribery scandal. The
international investigation into bribery, fraud and corruption at FIFA involved some surprising
American names: The Miami chairman of a popular nationwide soccer league, and a major U.S.
sportswear firm some believe could be Nike. For more than two decades, the Justice Department
said Wednesday, five "unscrupulous" U.S. and South American sports and banking executives helped
funnel more than $150 million in bribes to officials atop FIFA, the multibillion-dollar goliath
governing the world's most popular sport.
Shows How Government Poisons Sports. Rumors of corruption in the world of international sports
are everywhere. Shady advertising deals, fixed matches, and other misconduct amount to open secrets in
the sports world. Sochi's Winter Olympics were well understood to be more a front for graft than a sports
competition. Yet, somehow, last week's arrest of top FIFA officials stands out above the rest, and, if
true, would be one of the most egregious events in the history of corruption in sports.
Players. Any breaking
story involving scandal among the powerful inevitably entails other recognizable names, either as victim,
confederate or kibitzer. Headlines in the last few days have been dominated by the arrest of top ranking
members of FIFA, an acronym for a sports association that stands for the Fédération Internationale
de Football Association. It controls the revenues which flow out of soccer football and has known cash
reserves of $1.4 billion dollars, which — or so investigators allege — represent only
a fraction of the actual moneys that the association deals with. It's president, Swiss German "Sepp"
Blatter, is so powerful that he is described in the press as a de facto head of state, a sort of president
or prime minister.
FIFA Has Clinton Foundation Ties; World Cup Host Qatar Gave Millions. And just like
that, another Clinton Foundation donor is in the news. The Clinton global charity has received
between $50,000 and $100,000 from soccer's governing body and has partnered with the Fédération
Internationale de Football Association on several occasions, according to donor listings on the foundation's
website. Several top FIFA executives were arrested Wednesday [5/27/2015] in Zurich and face corruption
charges stretching back two decades, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
FIFA corruption probe
targets 'World Cup of fraud,' IRS chief says. The next step in the FIFA corruption investigation is extradition,
whereby federal officials will attempt to bring suspects to the United States to face allegations they arranged bribes at
meetings on U.S. soil, employed the U.S. banking system in conveying the bribes and created documents to cloak their activity,
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Wednesday [5/27/2015]. "In short, these individuals, through these organizations,
engaged in bribery to decide who would televise games, where the games would be held and who would run the organization overseeing
organized soccer worldwide," she told reporters.
Christie racked up $82,594 bill at sports stadium. Chris Christie racked up a $82,594
bill at the concessions operator at MetLife Stadium during the 2010 and 2011 football seasons, the
New Jersey Watchdog reported on Monday as part of a broader look at how the New Jersey governor
spent $360,000 of his state allowance over five years. The New Jersey governor spent $300,000 of
that amount on food and alcohol, the report said, and pointed to the stadium bill as the most notable
Christie Spent $82,000 of State Money on Snacks at NFL Games. New Jersey governor
Chris Christie is a big football fan, but he is also apparently a big fan of snacks at football
stadiums. According to New Jersey Watchdog, Christie reportedly spent over $82,000 of taxpayer money
on concessions at MetLife Stadium. Christie paid for food and drinks at MetLife with a debit card
58 times over the 2010 and 2011 NFL seasons, accruing a bill of $82,594. That means he spent
an average of nearly $1,500 on food and drinks every time he attended a football game.
Christie spent $300,000 in taxpayer money on food and drinks. New Jersey Gov. Chris
Christie (R) has spent about $300,000 of taxpayer money on food and drinks during his five years in
office, according to an analysis released Monday. The report from New Jersey Watchdog found
Christie spent more than $82,000 alone at MetLife Stadium, the home of the New York Giants and New
York Jets, during the 2010 and 2011 football seasons. The New Jersey Republican State Committee
later reimbursed the state for the full amount, and Christie has since stopped using the expense
account at sporting venues.
the Statistically Impossible Patriots Fumble Record. Patriots partisans are deflating
the deflation controversy by arguing that their impermissible deflation of the footballs wasn't what
allowed them to beat an overmatched Colts team. Perhaps. But a new statistical analysis reveals
that if it weren't for deflation of the footballs, the Patriots might not have even been playing a series of
home playoff games as the top seed. Careful analytics reveal that suddenly in 2007, a strange and
statistically impossible phenomena [sic] began to occur at Patriots games.
the '5 Best Baseball Movies' Are Actually Terrible. $212.46. That is what the average
family of four spent at a major league ballgame last year.
Baltimore, game at Orioles' locked stadium is safe, serene — and sad. It
was, by design, the safest and most serene baseball game in major league history. It was also
quite possibly the saddest. When the Baltimore Orioles hosted the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday
[4/29/2015] at a locked Camden Yards in riot-torn Baltimore, the word "empty" described more than the
stands. Against a backdrop of thousands of vacant green chairs, amid such a deep silence that
diving catches sounded like strikeouts, it was an afternoon filled with empty.
NFL Gives Up Tax-Exempt
Status. The National Football League is disavowing its tax-exempt status, which could
help shield the sport from Congressional inquiries and financial disclosure requirements.
Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the decision Tuesday [4/28/2015] in a letter to team owners and
members of Congress, calling the league's tax-exemption a "distraction," Bloomberg reports. The
move involves minimal sacrifice on the part of the NFL, because the tax break is only worth about
$10 million per year — a fraction of the league's roughly $10 billion in annual
to Play White Sox on Wednesday in Closed Stadium. After a pair of postponements caused
by rioting in Baltimore, the Orioles and Chicago White Sox will play Wednesday at Camden Yards in
what is believed to be the first game without fans in major league baseball's 145-season history.
Game Canceled Again Amid Violent Rioting in Baltimore, Wednesday's Game to Be Played in Empty Stadium. The
Baltimore Orioles game canceled Tuesday night's [4/28/2015] game against the Chicago White Sox at Camden Yards due to
the violent riots incited by the death of Freddie Gray while in the custody of the Baltimore police.
Boston Olympic Bid Vote, More at Stake Than Games. The bad days have seemingly far
outweighed the good since Boston was chosen in January over Los Angeles, San Francisco and
Washington as the American candidate to host the Summer Games in 2024; it would be the first
Summer Games in the United States since Atlanta in 1996.
Rio Olympics: Sailing with sewage. If Rio de Janeiro can't clean up Guanabara Bay in
time for its use as the sailing and windsurfing venue for the 2016 Olympic Games, competitors could
confront some unaccustomed challenges: millions of dead fish, sewage, "floating sofas, plastic bags
and even dead animals" and a deadly "super bacteria." With the games only 17 months away,
athletes are concerned and disappointed.
Calls on NASCAR to End Funding to Al Sharpton. A government watchdog group is calling
on NASCAR to cut ties with the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network in response to the cable
news host's comments about police in the wake of the shooting of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and
the questionable financial activities at his nonprofit groups.
survivor: The truth about Super Bowl and sex. The Super Bowl [...] draws a massive
audience from every demographic and pumps millions if not billions of dollars into our economy.
And every year, as if on cue, the city hosting the Super Bowl announces an awareness campaign to
combat sex trafficking around what many in the media have referred to as "the biggest weekend for
Arthur Blank on crowd noise: 'What we've done ... is wrong'. Atlanta Falcons owner
Arthur Blank introduced new head coach Dan Quinn, fresh off the plane from Phoenix, on Tuesday
[2/3/2015]. And after the requisite excited-to-be-here's from Quinn, talk turned to the ongoing
investigation of the Falcons regarding allegations of faked crowd noise at the Georgia Dome.
Blank was unequivocal, saying he was "angry and embarrassed" that the NFL is looking into whether
Atlanta piped in crowd noise to impact play during Falcons home games over the last two seasons.
Fear and Loathing at the Nanny
Bowl. [Fortunately] the on-field action was so compelling, because the ads were so unpalatable.
By my rough count, there were at least two ads featuring people with no legs, one with a missing father, one with
misogynistic anti-male crack from comedienne Sarah Silverman, and one ad bullying a ten year old boy because he
said someone "plays like a girl." (The horror.) And perhaps most infamously based on comments on
Twitter and even the London Daily Mail, one dead ten year old boy, thanks to Nationwide.
Bowl sex 'sting' nabs 570. Some 570 would-be sex buyers were arrested in a national
Super Bowl "sting" that ended on Super Bowl Sunday, an Illinois sheriff said Monday [2/2/2015].
Another 23 people were arrested for trafficking or acting as pimps, and dozens of adults and
juvenile victims were recovered.
overinflate Super Bowl 'heroes'. Let's remember a key fact as we prepare snacks and
grab the remote to watch the Super Bowl. The people playing in the game are important only because
they happen to be good at football. They aren't super heroes. They aren't necessarily good at
anything beyond football. Some are philanthropists who give back to their communities, but even
those efforts are the result of being good at football.
survivor: The truth about Super Bowl and sex. The Super Bowl [...] draws a massive
audience from every demographic and pumps millions if not billions of dollars into our economy.
And every year, as if on cue, the city hosting the Super Bowl announces an awareness campaign to
combat sex trafficking around what many in the media have referred to as "the biggest weekend for
NFL Doesn't Want to Know How Deflate-gate Happened. [W]e are just ten days from the
Super Bowl and there is very strong evidence of cheating. If the league quickly learns who is
responsible, it would have to suspend the cheater(s) from the big game or be mercilessly ridiculed
for turning a blind eye. The NFL obviously does not want to suspend star players or coaches
from its showcase event.
Winston Cleared of Rape Like Every Other College Sports Star. His accuser was smeared
and demeaned, and a star football player was allowed to keep on playing. This has been going on
for too long.
How the NFL
leaves players broken — and broke. "Is There Life After Football?" brings
us inside the lives of NFL players to show why so many wind up in dire straits after their time on
the field, from depression to debilitating lifelong injuries to catastrophic financial
mismanagement. While much-publicized concussions and head injuries account for some of the
problems, they're just one possible hardship of many for those who spend years slamming into each
other at full speed.
Can't a professional football team afford to pay the minimum wage?
homeless program uses unpaid, destitute residents as steady labor force, revenue source. Before every Tampa Bay Buccaneers
home game, dozens of men gather in the yard at New Beginnings of Tampa, one of the city's largest homeless programs. The men —
many of them recovering alcoholics and drug addicts — are about to work a concessions stand behind Raymond James Stadium's iconic
pirate ship, serving beer and food to football fans.
an F.S.U. Football Player, a Hit and Run Becomes Traffic Tickets. In the early morning
hours of Oct. 5, as this college town was celebrating another big football victory by Florida State
University, a starting cornerback on the team drove his car into the path of an oncoming vehicle
driven by a teenager returning home from a job at the Olive Garden. Both cars were totaled. But
rather than remain at the scene as the law requires, the football player, P. J. Williams, left his
wrecked vehicle in the street and fled into the darkness along with his two passengers, including
Ronald Darby, the team's other starting cornerback.
Academic fraud benefits the entire university community except the black students. If universities
can maintain the scholar-athlete charade, they earn tens of millions of dollars in sports revenue.
Other than as a pretense, academics can be ignored. The university just has to create academic
slums, where weak students can "succeed." Stronger academic departments benefit because they do not
have to compromise their standards and bear the burden of having to deal with weak students. Then
there's that feather in the diversity hat upon which university administrators are fixated. I
guarantee you that academic fraud is by no means unique to UNC. As such, it represents gross
dereliction and dishonesty on the parts of university administrators and faculty members.
Lakers 'Showtime' Threatened by Class Action Over Text Messages. On their home court
at the Staples Center, the Los Angeles Lakers are known for giving their fans "showtime" in the form
of exciting basketball. One fan, however, wants to give back to the team in the form of a class
action lawsuit. Why is he suing the Lakers? During a game, the team offered fans the chance to
have their custom text message displayed on the "Jumbotron." Because of the Telephone Consumer
Protection Act of 1991, a law originally designed to stop telemarketers from systematically calling
huge batches of numbers, this fan and others are able to sue the Lakers and the Clippers for getting
any text sent back to them, even though they initiated the first text to participate in the offer.
Former UNC athlete sues school
over academic scandal. A former University of North Carolina football player has
become the first to sue the university over an 18-year academic scandal that kept athletes eligible
to play sports by taking classes that never met. Mike McAdoo was a football player who lost his
eligibility in 2011 when he was accused of getting too much help with a paper, and was one of the
first athletes revealed to have taken part in "paper classes," for which the only requirement was
completing a single paper. Now he's suing the university in federal court, saying UNC broke its
promise to give him an education in return for playing sports.
The Editor asks...
He's just now figuring that out?
Abandon The Scholar-Athlete Charade. Rampant academic cheating is not confined to
primary and secondary schools. Cheating occurs in the nation's colleges, as discovered during an
investigation at the Chapel Hill campus of the University of North Carolina, the state's flagship
university. Over two decades, more than 3,100 students enrolled in and received credit for taking
nonexistent phantom classes in the university's department of African and African-American studies.
Nearly 50 percent of the students taking the phantom classes were athletes on the university's
football and basketball teams.
president calls on Univ. of North Carolina to lose accreditation over athlete grading fraud. There is
no question that the University of North Carolina committed fraud for almost 2 decades by giving fake grades to
college athletes taking fake or non-existent course, in order to profit from football and basketball revenues.
While the University is blaming a low level administrator, there is plenty of reason to suspect that senior levels knew
or should have known of the fraud, as Robert Weissberg points out today on our pages.
fraud uncovered at UNC. A scandal involving bogus classes and inflated grades at the
University of North Carolina was bigger than previously reported, encompassing about 1,500 athletes
who got easy A's and B's over a span of nearly two decades, according to an investigation released
UNC report finds 18 years
of academic fraud to keep athletes playing. For 18 years, thousands of students at the
prestigious University of North Carolina took fake "paper classes," and advisers funneled athletes
into the program to keep them eligible, according to a scathing independent report released Wednesday
[10/22/2014]. "These counselors saw the paper classes and the artificially high grades they yielded
as key to helping some student-athletes remain eligible," Kenneth Wainstein wrote in his report. He
conducted an eight-month investigation into the scandal, which has plagued the university for nearly five years.
Athletes took fake classes at University of North Carolina. More than 3,000 students
at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received credit for fake classes over an 18-year
period as part of a program that allowed many of them to remain eligible to play sports, according
to a report released on Wednesday [10/22/2014].
11 colleges ban booing at soccer
games. Fans attending men's college soccer games in New England are expected not to boo if they don't like something
on the field, according to a recent letter sent out by the New England Small College Athletic Conference. "As a supporter,
we ask you not engage in any unsportsmanlike actions, which include booing, taunting, profanity, rude language or gestures, or any
other action that could be potentially construed as negative or confrontational," the NESCAC letter read.
NFL Is Full of Ray Rices. The Baltimore Raven was indefinitely suspended but even one
of his teammates suited up after punching a girlfriend in the neck. So much for zero tolerance.
takes $70M first steps to helping players with head injuries. The NCAA agreed on
Tuesday to help athletes with head injuries in a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit that
college sports' governing body touted as a major step forward but that critics say doesn't go nearly
far enough. The deal, filed in US District Court in Chicago, calls for the NCAA to toughen
return-to-play rules for players who receive head blows and create a $70 million fund to pay for
thousands of current and former athletes to undergo testing to determine whether they suffered brain
trauma while playing football and other contact sports.
California banned full-contact football practices. A new California law bans full-contact
football practices for middle and high school students due to concerns over possible concussions.
In Los Angeles, a high school now has mandatory baseline testing for concussions for all students.
The Editor says...
If the public schools (or colleges) had extracurricular firearms training that resulted in concussions, broken bones
and paralysis, in addition to a dozen fatalities per year, those programs would be banned in no time.
But if the same injuries and deaths occur while playing football, somehow they are acceptable.
12 high school and college football players die each year. Researchers from the National Center for Catastrophic Sports
Injury Research studied 243 football deaths recorded between July 1990 and June 2010. Their study found heart conditions, heat and
other non-traumatic causes of death are twice as common as injury-related ones.
Warriors Coach Fired for Christian Views on Homosexuality. Was Golden State Warriors head coach
Mark Jackson fired for his Christian views on gay marriage? That's what Ann Killion is asking at sfgate.com,
noting that Jackson's lukewarm reaction to the coming-out of Jason Collins, last year was something of a mismatch
for the Bay Area, which is the global capital of gay politics and culture.
NFL to penalize use of racial
slur. The head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which monitors diversity in the NFL, expects the league to institute a rule where
players would be penalized 15 yards for using the N-word on the field.
A flag and 15 yards for a
slur. Seventy percent of the players in the NFL are black, and by the math, most of the 15-yard penalties assessed
for violation of the dirty-speech rule will be black. Beyond that, say some black players, the use of the n-word is cultural,
and in friendly conversations between black players it isn't always a slur spoken in anger. In the NBA, where nearly all the
players are black, there's even greater skepticism of how such a rule could be applied.
NFL Considering Penalizing Players 15 Yards for Racial, Anti-Gay Slurs. The NFL may penalize players 15 yards for racial and
homophobic slurs and eject them from the game after a second offense. John Wooten, the head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, a group that monitors
diversity, told ESPN that he "expects the league to institute a rule where players would be penalized 15 yards for using the N-word on the field."
The Editor says...
What's the penalty for using words like honky and cracker, or the F-word, or the MF-word? Only one spectator in a thousand can hear
what the players say, so who cares what words are exchanged? The fans don't come to a football game to see the players treat one another with
courtesy and civility.
What happened to E pluribus unum?
block game ticket sales to California, 43 other states. The good feelings between the 49ers and Seahawks could never last.
Last week, fans from both teams decided to donate money to children's hospitals in Seattle and San Francisco. Now, the Seahawks are
limiting ticket sales to just six states and the Canadian Provinces.
College basketball, football athletes can barely
read. The headline over the dispatch this week says it all: "CNN Analysis: Some college athletes play like adults, read like
fifth-graders." For those familiar with college athletics — especially the sports that bring in the millions — that's
not exactly a news flash. But a researcher at the University of North Carolina, Mary Willingham, came in for particular vitriol after
reporting that of 183 Tar Heel football or basketball players, 60 percent were reading at levels between fourth and eighth grade.
Delta Air Lines
bumps passengers for University of Florida basketball team. On one of the busiest flying days of the year, Delta Air Lines cancelled an
Atlanta-bound commercial flight from Gainesville Regional Airport to accommodate the University of Florida men's basketball team.
cremated remains left on Auburn's field after Iron Bowl. In Alabama, college football is life and death, and following the Tigers'
incredible 34-28 win over the Crimson Tide on Saturday, one fan scattered the cremated remains of a loved one on the turf at Jordan-Hare
fan shot dead outside football party. An Alabama fan was shot dead after a fight outside a football-watching party shortly after the Crimson
Tide lost in a stunning upset to the Auburn Tigers Saturday [11/30/2013]. Michelle Shepherd was attacked by fellow fans of the University of Alabama after she
commented that she didn't care that much that the team had lost, her sister says.
How much of the NFL breast
cancer gear revenue actually goes to research? The NFL has been promoting its breast cancer awareness program through pink equipment and
Web campaigns. Players are wearing pink shoes, cheerleaders don pink outfits and the NFL official merchandise website is full of gear that fans
can buy to support the American Cancer Society's breast cancer research. But how much of the money raised through gear sales actually goes to
breast cancer research? Only $8 out of every $100 spent on merchandise, according to an ESPN reporter.
NFL security sacks some fans. Twenty minutes after kickoff for the Bears' final preseason game, swaths of people were still heading through
tunnels south of Soldier Field after unsuccessfully trying to get backpacks, large purses and fanny packs into Thursday night's game. They were
headed to a block of about 600 lockers that could store their prohibited items for $10 cash.
Tarkenton: NFL covering up biggest sports scandal of all time. "Here is the biggest cover-up of all," Tarkenton warned.
"They talk about safety in the National Football League. How can you have safety in the National Football League when you have
performance-enhancing drugs?" Tarkenton insisted performance enhancing drugs were "all over" college and professional football,
which made the game more dangerous.
Islam, purses, seat cushions, coolers banned from NFL games. It's certainly not illegal immigrants they are worried about so it
must be terrorists.
NFL Bans Purses From Stadiums. Starting
with preseason games in 2013, women will no longer be allowed to bring purses to NFL games unless they are made of clear plastic or clutch
bags no bigger than the size of a hand. Fanny packs, seat cushions, briefcases, and computer bags will also not be allowed.
Blankets, though, will still be permitted.
Is Football on Its Deathbed? Lawsuits over players' brain injuries
have some saying football is dead. In fact, it has dislodged baseball as the national pastime and will remain America's passion for decades to come.
Bread and Circuses:
The Last Days of the American Empire. Pan et Circenses (Bread and Circuses) famously described the relationship between
the Roman Emperor and his people in the decadent years of the Empire, and they seem fairly applied to America today. We have, in line
with our technological advancement, upgraded (if that is the term) to food stamps (47.5 million and counting) and sports, but the broad
scenario hasn't changed.
The Super Bowl Veers Left. During
Sunday's Super Bowl, the advertising and programming executives in Hollywood and New York graced us with their version of what we want to
see. And if it's any reflection of reality, we're becoming a coarser, stupider, and less value-oriented nation.
The Toy Department. A common claim is, "We watch sports to
take our minds off the real world." How this can be true is beyond me, unless they consider the doings of unions, lawyers, agents, drug-testers
and congressional investigators not parts of real life. Mix in the all-too-often accounts of wife-beating, DUIs, drug busts, and the occasional
murder charge, and you're sometimes unsure of which section of the newspaper you've wandered into.
Costas, NFL Surrounded by Armed Security. Bob Costas' gun control rant was bad but made worse by one key point —
he lives much of his life with the benefit of armed security. If you've ever been to an NFL game this point is academic. The
number of armed policemen you pass between the gate your seat is incredible. And if you get behind the scenes, in certain corridors,
the armed presence can be just as strong (or stronger). Those policeman and security personnel are there to preserve order and to
protect their assets, be they football players, football coaches, or the celebrities and news anchors in attendance.
Study Reinforces Link Between Head Trauma, Brain Damage.
An extensive Boston University study of head trauma found strong evidence that repeated blows to the head can lead to long-term brain damage.
The study, conducted by the BU Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, looked at the brains of 85 football players, boxers and
military veterans. Sixty-eight of the subjects — or 80 percent — showed evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
Before steroids and HGH and the cream and the clear and other substances of superpower magic, we had old-school baseball: You know,
stealing signs from center field, corking the bat, spitting on the ball, using the catcher's belt buckle to cut the ball, nail files, watering
the dirt around the basepaths if the visiting team had speedy players, rubbing pine tar or other sticky goo on your glove, maybe a little
K-Y jelly on the bill of your cap, pitching from six inches in front of the rubber, using superballs in your bat, taping a thumbtack
to your index finger ...
Why College Football Should Be Banned
: In more than
20 years I've spent studying the issue, I have yet to hear a convincing argument that college football has anything do with what is presumably the primary
purpose of higher education: academics. That's because college football has no academic purpose. Which is why it needs to be banned. A
radical solution, yes. But necessary in today's times.
Texas Rangers ready to roll with $26 hot
. When fans belly up to stadium concession areas on opening day on April 6, they will be able to purchase a
one-pound hot dog priced at $26.
$26 Hot dog!
Team president Nolan Ryan did not mince words with ESPN Radio in Dallas regarding the Texas Rangers' most recent
acquisition — a two-foot-long, one-pound gourmet hot dog that feeds three or four fans and costs $26.
America's One True Religion
The hold of sports on the American psyche and imagination is so complete, so absolute, that for some poor souls,
it's their one true religion. And if fans worship certain athletes, those athletes join in their adoration,
exulting, gloating, and prancing in the end zone. ... To cater to our new religion, most major metropolitan
newspapers devote an entire section to sports.
Fear and Loathing at Arrowhead Stadium
. Claims that
Kansas City Chiefs organization taps phones, spies on employees.
Fears "Cougars" Mascot Will Offend Women
. A Utah school district decided not to select a cougar as the
mascot of a new high school partly because school officials and some parents believed the word is disrespectful to women.
The Editor says...
One by one, legitimate and harmless words are being hijacked by the amoral dregs of society.
. You'll need to strike oil to afford a seat at the Giants-Dallas game on Sunday
night. The do-or-die game against the Cowboys is one of the NFL's hottest tickets of 2011, with an average
price that's nearing a record for the season.
football took over our culture
. Nothing brings us together like the NFL, which last year provided
America with eight of the top highest-rated telecasts and the highest-rated TV program of all time (Super Bowl
XLV). Last week a football program was the week's highest-rated show in 29 different markets — even
in Indianapolis, where yet another loss by the now 0-13 Indianapolis Colts drew 50% of the viewing audience.
Who Forbid Footballs
. A public school in Toronto has put a ban on most balls their kiddos toss
around during recess because school administrators have deemed such projectiles dangerous. ... In this day of
Puss 'n Boots squish, do we really need more softies who don't have enough sense to avoid getting
hit in the mouth by a slider? Getting rocked up in the face by a fastball could be the best thing that
ever happened to your stupid kid. Pain is God's way of telling your lackluster boy to quit texting and
watch the game.
The Footage the NFL
Won't Show You
. If you ask the league to see the footage that was taken from on high to show the
entire field and what all 22 players did on every play, the response will be emphatic. "NO ONE
gets that," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy wrote in an email. This footage, added fellow league spokesman
Greg Aiello, "is regarded at this point as proprietary NFL coaching information." For decades, NFL TV
broadcasts have relied most heavily on one view: the shot from a sideline camera that follows the progress
of the ball. Anyone who wants to analyze the game, however, prefers to see the pulled-back camera angle
known as the "All 22."
Bobby Rush: NCAA is dirty, 'would make the mob look like choirboys'
. Issuing a call for Congress
to involve itself in monitoring college sports, Democratic Illinois Rep. Bobby Rush said the NCAA "would make
the mob look like choirboys." "I have this innate understanding of the NCAA, and I think it is one of
the most vicious, most ruthless organizations that was created by mankind," Rush said Tuesday [11/1/2011]
during a roundtable discussion he organized.
Some Peanuts and Crackerjack
. Ah, baseball! That hallmark of summer; those men in their
dusty uniforms, the sound of the loudspeakers, the electronic scoreboard. Beer vendors crying out their
presence amidst the sweating crowd of boosters, and the smells of the concession stands where a plethora of
American fare may be purchased and consumed. Hot dogs, pretzels, popcorn, nachos, etc. Ballpark
food is party food, treats to be indulged in by reveling fans to celebrate the joys of summer and their
favorite teams. Nobody goes to the ballpark to eat a major meal.
Point to heavens means penalty for Tumwater
. Tumwater beat East Valley 63-27 on Monday night at the Tacoma Dome during the 2A state
semifinal game, but a post-touchdown penalty call was a big surprise for the player responsible. In the second
quarter of the game, Tumwater running back Ronnie Hastie scored on a 23-yard run, took a knee in the end zone and
briefly pointed to the heavens above. For that the referee threw a flag, saying it was unsportsmanlike conduct.
. The bean-counters have struck again — this time in the sports pages.
Two New York Times sport writers have discovered that baseball coaches from minority groups are found
more often coaching at first base than at third base. Moreover, third-base coaches become managers
more often than first-base coaches.
Soccer ball makers in
. Thirteen years ago companies such as adidas and Nike joined labour and development organisations
to end the use of an estimated 7000 children to stitch soccer balls. However, "child labour continues to exist" in
the three main ball-making countries — Pakistan, China and India...
The reality of
international soccer — anti-American bias
. International soccer is an artistic
expression painted by referees on a canvas of grass with athletes as brushes. Neither current public
comments of frustration or the reactions of American players sufficiently explains how international referees
create and render the game of international "soccer." The referees do not specify any foul when they
are called. So "offsides" or "tripping" are never named when they are called by a referee. The
referees do not have to provide any clarification apart from where the kick shall proceed from as
it re-enters play.
bin Laden and jihadists love soccer and the World Cup
. We're not the only ones who love the
World Cup. Osama Bin Laden and his fellow jihadists do, too. Several prominent Islamist
organizations have ties to soccer, according to Newsweek. And jihadists use the sport to bond
with potential recruits.