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#BoycottNFL is working: Monday Night Football ratings hit season low

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Take that NFL SJWs!

From Deadline: With the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears tied near the end of last night’s Monday Night Football, it looked for sure that the game was going into overtime. Then, even with injured quarterback Sam Bradford put on the field last night, the Vikings took control and won the game 20-17.

That now finds Minnesota 3-2 in the fifth week of the 2017-2018 season. However, even with the much plugged world debut of the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer at halftime, for the NFL and ESPN it was not such a great result in what is clearly a season of ratings hurt and protest controversies surrounding the national anthem – even on a night when the latter was not shown on-air by the league.

Snaring a 7.0 in metered market results, last night’s MNF was down double digits from last week’s Kansas Chiefs’ 29-20 victory over the Washington Redskins. Down 17% in the ratings, that’s actually a regular game season low for the ESPN broadcast game and matches the MM result of the second game of the doubleheader MNF opener on September 11.

That comes a day after Sunday Night Football also hit a season low with its ratings down too.

A sliver of a silver lining can be found for the NFL and ESPN in that last night’s game was up 8% in MM ratings from the Week 5 match-up last year between Tampa and Carolina. With the help of strong ratings from those always well-watched Dallas Cowboys, MNF is holding steady with last year’s hard-hit season with a 5% uptick.

Read the rest of the story here.

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VP Pence leaves Colts game over anthem disrespect

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Works for me.

From Yahoo Sports: Vice President Mike Pence left the Indianapolis Colts game before it started on Sunday, making a show out of leaving when players from the visiting team knelt for the national anthem.

According to Indianapolis Star columnist Gregg Doyel, no Colts players took a knee while 15-20 players from the visiting San Francisco 49ers kneeled.

Pence tweeted the following statement explaining his departure:

I left today’s Colts game because President Trump and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem. At a time when so many Americans are inspiring our nation with their courage, resolve, and resilience, now, more than ever, we should rally around our Flag and everything that unites us. While everyone is entitled to their own opinions, I don’t think it’s too much to ask NFL players to respect the Flag and our National Anthem. I stand with President Trump, I stand with our soldiers, and I will always stand for our Flag and our National Anthem.”

Looking forward to cheering for our @Colts & honoring the great career of #18 Peyton Manning at @LucasOilStadium today. Go Colts! pic.twitter.com/C3aCYUNpqG

It seems pretty clear what Pence’s plan here was. But hey, #sticktosports (bias author’s comment and more below).

Attacking NFL players for peaceably protesting seems to be an easy way for President Donald Trump and his administration to rally support. It’s incredibly disingenuous to make this a story of the players being anti-military, because at no point in any protest have any players ever said they were against the military. But still that narrative persists, even with the vice president on Sunday.

If you thought that the issue was dying down, after many protests in Week 3, Pence made sure it was back in the news on Sunday.

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NFL player Marshawn Lynch sports “Everybody vs. Trump” t-shirt

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Actually it is the “NFL vs. fans.” Apparently Lynch hasn’t seen the NFL ratings lately.

From Yahoo: Marshawn Lynch was one of the first players in the 2017 season to sit during the national anthem. While other players noted that the protests were to highlight racial injustice and police brutality, Lynch never indicated why he was sitting.

Sunday afternoon, in the wake of a second round of NFL protests, the Oakland Raiders RB made his perspective clear, arriving at Sports Authority Field in Denver wearing a shirt that read, “EVERYBODY VS TRUMP.”

The reference, of course, is to the ongoing protests in the NFL which began as demonstrations during the national anthem but have expanded to a direct repudiation of President Donald Trump himself. Trump has repeatedly criticized both the NFL and its players over the past 10 days, firing off dozens of tweets such as this one from Saturday night:

Very important that NFL players STAND tomorrow, and always, for the playing of our National Anthem. Respect our Flag and our Country!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017

An ESPN report published early Sunday morning noted that the owners spent much of the week trying to figure a way out of this quagmire, and that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has worked to build unity in the NFL, both along the sidelines and between players and owners.

But it’s clear that many players aren’t quite ready to make nice, moving on and focusing primarily on football. Nor, for that matter, is Trump, who’s continued to hammer away at the NFL all week. As much as owners and fans would like to see the focus return to football, that’s not happening just yet.

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Sunday Night Football ratings down, again

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Not flying with the fans…

Imagine my distress…

From Yahoo: On a day that ended in gunfire and tragedy at a country music festival in Las Vegas, Sunday also saw continuing controversy with NFL players kneeling before games, more standing, locking arms, and some sitting during the national anthem.

Several members of the Seattle Seahawks chose to sit before Sunday Night Football kicked off, while the Indianapolis Colts decided to link arms in a show of unity for equality and racial justice. The result saw the Colts crushed as the Seahawks overcame early struggles (the Colts led the game at halftime) and scored a blowout 46-18 win.

Whether it was politics or the final score or a mix of both, it was no victory for NBC and the NFL.

With a 11.0/19 in metered-market results, SNF was down 5% from last week when the Washington Redskins beat the Oakland Raiders 27-10. As the league took another week-by-week ratings hit just a month into the 2017-18 season, Sunday’s game also was down a bit year-to-year. Compared with the then-season-low of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 43-14 smackdown of the Kansas City Chiefs in primetime on October 2, 2016, last night’s SNF dipped 2% in the early numbers.

On a night of competition on the other nets, that 2016 game ended up with a 6.7/22 rating among adults 18-49 and 18.06 million viewers. Against the debut of Star Trek: Discovery and more, last week’s 8:30-11:15 PM ET Redskins-Raiders battle saw a final numbers of 6.3/23 in the key demo and a total audience of 17.48 million.

Now, blowouts usually always pour cold water on NFL ratings, and all things considered, last night’s MM numbers held up OK. However, with the politics that have become such a watched player in their own right in the past few weeks, the league might be close to having reached a tipping point. Barely ahead of last year’s struggling season in the ratings, the big-money NFL now finds itself losing traction in the numbers and public perception.

Read the rest of the story here.

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Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance is racist: 10 y.o. students called KKK/Nazis

The Left have declared war on America.

Natalie Rubino reports for CBS46 that two students at Orrs Elementary School in Griffin (metropolitan Atlanta), Georgia, say they were bullied for reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

10-year-old Jason Newberry said that on the morning of Sept. 26, 2017, he and another classmate were bullied for putting their hands over their heart while reciting the Pledge of Allegiance: “Me and him got called KKK, Nazi, and we just kept getting bullied the whole day.

It wasn’t until his second period teacher showed them a news clip of NFL players kneeling in protest during the National Anthem that Newberry knew about the current controversy surrounding the National Anthem, the Pledge and other symbols of American patriotism.

The (unnamed) teacher polled the students to see what they thought was right or wrong about taking a knee (as if the students would tell the truth, given it’s the teacher doing the polling.) The teacher even told students that she would never stand for the Pledge of Allegiance and that if she did stand she would not really mean it.

A spokesperson for Spalding School District said the assignment was supposed to be a lesson on First Amendment Rights, but refuses to say if the teacher was disciplined for her comments.

In a letter sent home to parents the day after, the teacher wrote:

“I apologize for expressing my views to my students.  I recognize that while this was not a one-sided lesson, the topic itself and the expression of my views were not appropriate, my intentions were well-meaning.”

Some parents said they would stand with their children on Sept. 28 in front of the school’s flag pole when the National Anthem is recited over the loud speaker.

Here’s information on Orrs Elementary School:

Address: 1553 Flynt Street, Griffin, Ga. 30223
Website: http://www.orrselementary.education/pages/Orrs_Elementary
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Orrs-Elementary-School/922230964468626

Evelyn Jones, Principal:

  • Email: evelyn.jones@gscs.org
  • Phone: (770) 229-3743

Given that Jason Newberry is 10 years old, he’s probably in 5th grade. One of these 5th Grade teachers is the one who told her students she will not stand for the Pledge of Allegiance:

~Eowyn

Seattle Seahawks create fund for team’s “justice and equality” cause

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Seahawks player Bennett (l) and his buddy the cop-hater Kaepernick.

They aren’t getting a dime from me. Donate some of that millions of dollars the “oppressed” players make.

From MyNorthwest.com: Amid a national conversation about NFL protests during the national anthem, the Seahawks have created a charity to “help build a more compassionate and inclusive society.”

An announcement Friday states:

In an effort to create lasting change and build a more compassionate and inclusive society, we are launching the Seahawks Players Equality & Justice for All Action Fund to support education and leadership programs addressing equality and justice. We invite you to join us in donating and taking action.

The announcement is short on specifics of exactly how the fund will contribute to “education and leadership programs addressing equality and justice.” The effort, however, is a component fund of the Seattle Foundation, which supports philanthropic remedies to disparities between rich and poor.

To get the fund going, the Seahawks are reaching out to 12s and all football fans to donate in a crowdfunding-style campaign. Fans can give once or set up a monthly donation. Donations can be made here.

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Boycott NFL: DirecTV refund; companies that sponsor NFL

NFL players refusing to stand for National Anthem

Are you a former NFL fan angry about the players’ disrespect of the National Anthem?

Hit the NFL where it hurts.

In addition to not buying the expensive tickets to watch NFL teams play, this is what you can do:

(1) Get a refund from DirecTV

2ndVote reports that DirecTV, a subsidiary of AT&T, is offering customers a full refund for the NFL Sunday Ticket package if you want to cancel it because of opposition to the anthem protests.

Sunday Ticket is a premium package that allows out-of-market customers to watch games that are broadcast regionally on CBS and Fox affiliates. Football fans purchase this package as an add-on to their DirecTV service for $280. DirecTV pays the NFL around $1.5 billion each year for the exclusive rights to carry the package. That means DirecTV must sell at least 5.35 million Sunday Ticket packages just to break even.

While the the fee for Sunday Ticket is typically non-refundable, DirecTV is willing to take the hit at a considerable cost in order to keep customers from cancelling their entire subscription.

To cancel your DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket package:

(2) Boycott businesses that sponsor the NFL

The decision by DirecTV to refund these fees is evidence NFL fans’ outrage is having an effect and that companies that do business with the NFL are starting to worry about their bottom line.

Here’s a list of companies that sponsor the NFL Players Association (NFLPA). Click the company’s name to tell them why you are boycott their business:

Anheuser Busch (Budweiser) wants to know your feelings about the NFL, they are considering pulling their advertising. Call 1-800 342 5283 and press 1.

H/t FOTM‘s stlonginus, maziel & TPR.

~Eowyn