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Monday Funny: We need more politics in spectator sports!

This spoof video makes clear how ridiculous it is to politicize spectator sports like the NFL.

~Eowyn

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NFL rejects veteran’s group #PleaseStand Super Bowl ad

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As if I needed another reason to despise the NFL.

From Fox News (by Todd Starnes): The National Football League has rejected a Super Bowl advertisement from American Veterans urging people to stand for the national anthem.

The nation’s largest veterans service organization had been invited by the NFL to place an ad in the Super Bowl LII program. AMVET’s advertisement included a two-word message – “#PleaseStand.”

“It’s a simple, polite request that represents the sentiment of our membership, particularly those whose missing or paralyzed limbs preclude standing,” wrote National Commander Marion Polk in a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

American Veterans accused the NFL of outright censorship by rejecting the advertisement.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy defended the league’s decision to ban the American Veterans’ advertisement noting that the game day program “is designed for fans to commemorate and celebrate the game, players, teams and the Super Bowl.”

“It’s never been a place for advertising that could be considered by some as a political statement,” McCarthy told Army Times.

So, the NFL believes that politely asking people to stand for the Star-Spangled Banner is akin to making a political statement?

The NFL has been rocked by national anthem protests throughout the season — leading to a massive decline in television viewership and game day attendance. Still, the NFL and most team owners refused to order players to stand for the national anthem.

Instead, the commissioner and many owners shamefully turned a blind eye as football players took a knee and disrespected not only the flag, but the brave men and women defending our freedom.

Perhaps the Goodell was concerned that a “political statement” in the game day program might take away from the “political statements” being made on the football field when players take a knee.

“Freedom of speech works both ways. We respect the rights of those who choose to protest, as these rights are precisely what our members have fought – and in many cases died – for,” Polk wrote. “But imposing corporate censorship to deny that same right to those veterans who have secured it for us all is reprehensible and totally beyond the pale.”

McCarthy told Army Times they gave American Veterans the option of changing their proposed advertisement to read, “Please Stand for our Veterans.” But the NFL said they never heard back from the group.

It’s becoming increasingly clear that the NFL’s disdain for American patriotism is not just isolated to the gridiron. It’s apparently infested the front office.

“Veterans are good for more than just military aircraft flyovers, photo opportunities during halftime, or props to sell camouflage-style NFL apparel; although, the NFL’s stance on not allowing the veterans’ unfiltered voice to be heard says otherwise,” Polk wrote to Goodell.

I wholeheartedly concur and might I suggest that freedom-loving Americans stand up to the National Football League by turning off the Super Bowl.

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Openly gay Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon says he won’t visit White House

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Skater Adam Rippon: Has a duty as an openly gay athlete role model

Be careful what you say, Mr. “First Openly Gay Figure Skater.” Remember what happened to skier Lindsey Vonn after proclaimed she wouldn’t attend the White House?

From Yahoo: In these tumultuous political times, many famous athletes have begun using their platforms for political messages. Over the past year, those actions have taken the form of declined invitations to the White House.

In February of 2017, for example, six members of the New England Patriots turned down the requisite White House visit after their Super Bowl win. Martellus Bennett, Devin McCourty, Chris Long, Dont’a Hightower, La Garrette Blount, and Alan Branch made public statements about their disapproval of Donald Trump with their decisions.

Further, in September of 2017, Golden State Warriors point guard Steph Curry said he wouldn’t go to the White House after winning the 2017 NBA Championship title. And in November, the University of South Carolina women’s basketball team declined their invitation as well. The latest athlete adding to that legacy is Team USA figure skater Adam Rippon.

Adam Rippon will be competing in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. He is the first openly gay man to compete for the United States at the Winter Olympics. And regardless of his performance on the ice, don’t expect him to visit the White House anytime soon. Not while Trump is there, at least.

Typically, the president hosts members of the U.S. Olympic team after the games. But in a recent interview with the BBC, Rippon declined his potential future White House invitation, saying he would not go meet Trump in Washington, D.C.

“I won’t go to the White House. And I won’t go because I don’t think somebody like me would be welcome there,”  Rippon told the BBC. “I know what it’s like to go into a room and feel like you’re not wanted there.”

Rippon also mentioned that if he said some of things Trump has said, his mom would “kick [his] ass.”

“Athletes are given a really special platform. It’s our duty as athletes to be role models,” he continued. “Given this platform of being an Olympic athlete, I think it’s really important that we stand up for what we believe in, and we speak out against things that we think are wrong and unjust.”

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NFL TV ratings drop 10 percent, networks see revenue decline

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Imagine my distress.

From Yahoo: NFL ratings dropped almost 10 percent in 2017 from the previous year according to Nielsen data released on Thursday, a further decline in the decreased TV viewership from 2016 that saw an 8 percent drop.

The average number of games watched by viewers throughout the season dropped from 18.8 in 2015 to 16.5 in 2017.

Several factors appear to have influenced the decreased interest from fans in watching games, with a Los Angeles Times report pointing to evidence that suggests controversy over players kneeling for the national anthem played a role early in the season.

The L.A. Times spoke with Fox Sports executive Mike Mulvihill, who shared some numbers from the network. Fox’s Sunday package saw an 8 percent decline in Weeks 2 through 10 when the anthem controversy was at its peak, spurred on by commentary from President Donald Trump.

During Weeks 11 through 17, the drop in viewership shrunk to 2 percent for the network.

Viewers upset with players kneeling and others not satisfied with the NFL’s handling of the Colin Kaepernick situation that saw the quarterback miss the entire season appear to have tuned out.

A more compelling slate of national games and better quality of play as the season wore on and the playoff picture cleared up likely played a factor in the late-season shift as well.

Mulvihill also pointed to a changing demographic that consumes its entertainment in non-traditional media, most notably YouTube, in this case. “The audience for NFL highlights on YouTube have become pretty substantial,” Mulvihill said. “Those highlights can be eight, nine or 10 minutes long, and I do worry they can be serving as a disincentive from watching the live game.”

Mulvihill is clearly concerned about a younger audience less interested in sitting down for three-plus hours to watch a single game play out. He also theorized that more people are watching the news on Sundays with the volatile political climate being a big television draw, piggybacking on the wide-held belief that the election last year played a role in the declining 2016 numbers.

Despite the declining numbers, NFL viewership is still king on broadcast TV, by a wide margin. AdAge analysis shows that NFL broadcasts accounted for 37 of the 50 most watched broadcasts in 2017. NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” remained No. 1 prime-time show on TV.

But that doesn’t mean network heads aren’t concerned. With CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN each paying at least $1 billion for broadcasts rights, the stakes are high. And, according to an anonymous network executive who spoke with the L.A. Times, each of those networks “made a lot less money than they expected” in 2017.

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Hollyweird libtard Debra Messing praises her son for sitting during National Anthem

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Debra Messing

Virtue signaling: It’s what Hollyweird does best.

From TV News Guide: Actress Debra Messing posted a message to social media praising her son’s decision to sit “in protest” during the singing of the National Anthem before the start of a New York Rangers game.

The Will & Grace star captioned the conversation she had with her son, Roman, and ended the message with the Black Lives Matter hashtag: “Please stand for the pledge of allegiance.” Son: “Mom, I want to sit down in protest. Can we do that?” Me: “Yes, honey. We can do that.” Whose crying? I’m not crying. #BLM”

Messing posted a photo of the boy holding his hand over his heart, as he sat in a similar fashion as the NFL players who have taken a knee during the playing of the National Anthem before football games.

The trend of sitting or kneeling during the National Anthem began last year with former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, expanded to other players across the league, prompted criticism from President Donald Trump, and is likely the single biggest driver behind sagging viewer ratings from a year ago.

Messing’s post garnered some praise from her followers and was ripped as “disgusting” and “sickening” by others who said they doubt the actress’s son is mature enough to fully understand what he’s protesting against.

Messing, indeed, is an outspoken critic of President Trump. Last January she posted a “#SolidaritySelfie” to show her solidarity with Muslims and immigrants and protest against the president’s immigration policies.

Ironically, Messing praised Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) in September when she kneeled on the House floor in solidarity with NFL Player. “Teary…this is amazing,” Messing said in her tweet.

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NFL’s biggest audience of season can’t save sagging ratings

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Too bad, so sad.

Via NY Post: The NFL scored its biggest TV audience of the season in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ controversial loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday night — but it wasn’t enough to reverse overall viewership declines.

The disappointing TV audience for Week 15’s eight games, including two on Saturday, left the NFL’s average TV viewership 9 percent below last season’s total for the same period, according to Nielsen. After Week 14, viewership was 8.4 percent behind last season.

Each of the NFL’s 96 national telecasts this season has averaged 15.1 million viewers, compared with 16.6 million for the 95 telecasts through Week 15 of last year. All told, viewership of all NFL telecasts this year has dropped by 130 million.

The CBS season-leading broadcast of the Pittsburgh-New England contest attracted 26.9 million viewers, an 8 percent increase over last year’s comparable game.

The only other match-up to post a gain was NFL Network’s telecast of the Kansas City Chiefs’ 30-14 win over the Los Angeles Chargers. Yet its bump of 59 percent took viewership to a mere 7 million.

That’s better than the 4.4 million drawn to the Miami Dolphins’ rout of the New York Jets in the same slot a season ago, but it barely moved the needle.

“Thursday Night Football” was the week’s biggest loser, down 40 percent, despite being telecast on NBC and NFL Network — as well as streamed by Amazon.

The 10.9 million viewers drawn to the tri-cast, pitting two second-division teams, was a season low for “TNF.”

NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” and ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” also posted double-digit declines.

On “SNF,” the Dallas Cowboys’ win over the Oakland Raiders drew a respectable 19.2 million viewers — but it was down 26 percent from last year.

On “MNF,” the Atlanta Falcons beat the Buccaneers in a game won by a field goal. Yet viewership was down 16 percent from 2016’s Carolina Panthers-Washington Redskins game.

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NFL, Morehouse College co-host “social justice” workshop

Colin Kaepernick

Oh, the personal “sacrifice” of the warrior Kaepernick…

No doubt listing that workshop on your resume will certainly impress potential employers.

From Fox News: The National Football League is partnering with Morehouse College for a three-day social justice workshop in February inspired by Colin Kaepernick’s activism.

“The Advocacy in Sport Workshop is a direct extension of Colin Kaepernick’s activism,” Interim President of Morehouse College Harold Martin Jr. wrote in a letter. “We recognize and applaud Mr. Kaepernick’s efforts and personal sacrifice. His work…inspired this very tangible discussion and training.”

The workshop in Atlanta, Ga. “will engage professional athletes around issues of social justice and other advocacy agendas emphasizing how to effectively launch platforms that rally community support and national attention.”

The announcement comes after the NFL pledged to donate $89 million to social justice causes over the next seven years, a commitment that came after Kaepernick and other NFL players kneeled during the national anthem to protest police brutality and other perceived racial injustices.

“This historic workshop is aimed at training the next generation of athletes who wish to use sport as a powerful platform for advocacy,” said Troy Vincent, NFL executive vice president of football operations in an NFL press release. “Our partnership is designed to equip athletes as influencers and community leaders with the mechanics to develop their advocacy platform.”

Dr. David Wall Rice, associate professor of psychology at Morehouse, designed the curriculum for the workshop through his Identity, Art and Democracy Laboratory. Students selected to participate in the workshop will also take his winter term course Psychology, Sport and Social Justice.

Rice tweeted his thanks to Kaepernick for the event: “Looking forward to this crucial work. Thank you @Keapernick7 @RISEtoWIN @nfl @Morehouse for the activism that got us here…”

“Linking with the NFL and their players in pushing forward social justice agendas that mirror present and past activist foundations of Morehouse College is important work,” said Martin Jr. “We take our relationship here and the trust that many of the players have already communicated to Dr. Rice seriously, and we know that the work we do in February and beyond has the capacity to impact lives.”

Kaepernick drew praise but also outrage for refusing to stand during the national anthem. Some accused him of lacking patriotism and disrespecting the American flag. He has not been signed by another team since his protest.

While the university referred to Martin’s letter, Benson said “the workshop will not support or promote kneeling during the national anthem.”

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