After a year of boycotting the NFL, the teams seem to have decided that it is not worth it to pull their 3 minute antics on their employers’ time-clock.
The vast majority of NFL players are now standing for the anthem.
Only three players took a knee during the national anthem before the New York Giants game at the San Francisco 49ers, as the rest of the league stood during Veterans Day weekend.
Two 49er’s and one Giants player took a knee in protest of the National Anthem.
49er’s Eric Reid and Marquise Goodwin, both of whom have been protesting for most of the season, knelt, as did Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon, who was just activated. Vernon had been protesting while he was injured.
All of the players who have been protesting most of the season stood for the national anthem this week.
Fired 49er’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick began the protest movement last season. He remains unsigned and has filed a complaint that team owners colluded against him because of the protests aimed at police brutality against African Americans and other issues.
Total viewership for NFL football games is down 20 percent since 2015.
As NFL players continued to dig in, the fans continued to boycott harder and things are now looking very dire for the football franchise!
Each week, the ratings take another significant dive in the ratings and the NFL is in huge financial disaster.
According to brand-new reports, the ratings on Monday Night Football are down 9% from last week’s game. Ouch. And you can’t even blame the trick-or-treaters at the door for that one!
A HUGE Veterans Day NFL Boycott went viral and was expected to reach into the millions in solidarity against teams, players, coaches and owners disrespecting the flag during the national anthem.
The event also called on people to not purchase NFL merchandise or support businesses that help the NFL.
“Honor our military, many of whom come home with the American flag draped over their coffin. HONOR the best country in the world. This is not about ‘rights’ or ‘race’…this is about respect!” the video states.
Boycott the NFL also released a video on their event which has garnered about 10 million views since its release.
We have yet to see the numbers from this last weekend, but even many sports bars reportedly turned off the games.
The 20 TV screens at Woody’s Roadside Tavern in NJ did not show NFL games Sunday but instead hosted a fundraiser for veterans and their families, a response to complaints about ongoing player protests during the national anthem.
Rob Johnson, one of the owners of the bar, said the idea for the NFL blackout came from a Vietnam veteran and regular customer who felt disrespected by NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality.
“While it’ll probably costs us some money, we thought it was more important to stand with our veterans and send a message however big or small it might turn out to be,” Johnson said. “For us, it’s not a political statement, we’re here supporting our veterans on Veterans Day weekend.”
Two veterans groups, the Green Beret Foundation and Special Forces Chapter 19, will receive 20 percent of all food sales, Johnson said. Both groups will use the money to help military families.
Advertisers are pulling out, fans are turning them off. That means money is slipping away.
Maybe when these idiots take some huge pay cuts, they will leave their politics out of the game.
In the last week of October, TV executives were even looking to cut up to ten games from their Thursday night scheduling.
The NFL boycott has applied incredible pressure and network executives are even considering slashing over half of the games on Thursday Night Football!
Professional football is no longer America’s favorite sport as the NFL loses popularity due to players’ continuing to protest during the national anthem. After months of ongoing controversy, the devastating impact on the NFL is evident with emerging pictures on social media of stadiums with vacant seats throughout the league.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wrote a letter to all 32 league owners stating that the protests that have taken place during the national anthem need to stop!
In the letter Goodell wrote that the “current dispute over the National Anthem is threatening to erode the unifying power of our game, and is now dividing us, and our players, from many fans across the country.”
Protest on your own time dudes…not on your employer’s time clock! It really is that simple!
We will see what happens from here.
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