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NFL owners adopt new policy to address anthem protests

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The damage is done. I’ll never go back to caring about the NFL.

From Yahoo: NFL owners approved a new policy Wednesday aimed at addressing the firestorm over national anthem protests sparked by Colin Kaepernick and polarized by President Trump, permitting players to stay in the locker room during the ”The Star-Spangled Banner” but requiring them to stand if they come to the field.

Commissioner Roger Goodell said the change was approved unanimously by the owners at their spring meeting in Atlanta, but even that was up for debate.

The head of the San Francisco 49ers – Kaepernick’s former team – said his franchise abstained from the vote. CEO Jed York said he wasn’t comfortable with a process that didn’t directly involve the players.

”I want to work with my team to make sure everything we do is about promoting the right types of social justice reform and getting to a better America,” York said.

The NFL Players Association said it wasn’t consulted about the new policy and would challenge any changes that violate the collective bargaining agreement.

Clearly, Goodell and most owners just want to put the issue behind them.

”We want people to be respectful of the national anthem. We want people to stand,” the commissioner said. ”That’s all personnel, and to make sure they treat this moment in a respectful fashion. That’s something that we think we owe. We’ve been very sensitive on making sure that we give players choices, but we do believe that moment is an important moment and one that we are going to focus on.”

In the surest sign that players were not part of the discussions, any violations of the policy would result in fines against the team – not the players. That could be a way to avoid legal challenges from the players’ union, since fines against a team would not be subject to collective bargaining.

The league did say teams could impose their own workplace rules for those who fail to show respect for the flag and anthem, but didn’t say what those policies might be. Because the new policy is a change in the terms and conditions of employment that was not collectively bargained, any attempts to fine individual players who continue to protest in public would surely be opposed by the union.

The owners spent several hours addressing the contentious issue – which made its way to the White House.

Kaepernick, the former 49ers quarterback, began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016, a quiet but powerful protest against police brutality and racial inequities in the justice system. Other players took up the cause, and the gesture carried on during the 2017 season even after Kaepernick left the 49ers and failed to land a job with another team.

Trump turned the debate into a campaign issue, saying the NFL should fire any player who takes a knee during ”The Star-Spangled Banner.” The NFL hasn’t gone that far, but Kaepernick has yet to land another job and one of his former teammates and fellow protesters, safety Eric Reid, is also out of work.

Both have filed collusion grievances against the NFL.

While the owners touted the change as a compromise that everyone should get behind, the union expressed immediate skepticism.

”The NFL chose to not consult the union in the development of this new ‘policy,”’ the NFLPA said in a statement. ”NFL players have shown their patriotism through their social activism, their community service, in support of our military and law enforcement and yes, through their protests to raise awareness about the issues they care about.”

The statement added, ”The vote by NFL club CEOs today contradicts the statements made to our player leadership by Commissioner Roger Goodell and the Chairman of the NFL’s Management Council John Mara (co-owner of the New York Giants) about the principles, values and patriotism of our League.”

York said he intended to meet with his players to discuss the change.

”They know I will stand up for them. I’ve stood up for them in past, I will stand up for them in the future,” York said. ”I hope we can have a good, respectful conversation: Is it the best policy for us to write a check to the league (for further on-field protests) or can we find a better way to use this money.”

The owners sent a bit of a convoluted message with the new policy – appeasing those who feel the national anthem must be treated with reverence, while allowing some sort of conduit for players to protest as long as they stay out of the public eye.

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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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NFL TV ratings drop 10 percent, networks see revenue decline

NFL blowback

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

NFL blowback

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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Rapper “P Diddy” wants to buy the NFL Panthers and give kneeler Kaepernick a job

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Sean Combs: Wants to make history

Smart move…because we all know how much of a positive effect the protests, which Kaepernick started, have had on the NFL.

From MSN: Maybe the P in “P. Diddy” stands for Panthers. Sean Combs, more commonly known as Diddy, hopes to buy the Carolina Panthers in the wake of Jerry Richardson’s sexual harassment scandal, the hip-hop mogul and businessman announced Sunday.

“I would like to buy the @Panthers. Spread the word. Retweet!” Diddy wrote on Twitter.

Stephen Curry quickly responded to Combs’ tweet and offered his services in buying the team. “I want in!” Curry wrote.

The two-time MVP grew up in Charlotte and is an avid Panthers fan.

Diddy also said he would immediately sign controversial former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and give him a chance to compete with Cam Newton for the starting job.

“I will immediately address the Colin Kaepernick situation and put him in the running for next year’s starting quarterback,” Diddy said in a video posted to Instagram. “It’s just competition, baby. It’s just competition”

The 48-year-old hip-hop mogul also said he will make halftime shows a higher priority. “I will have the best halftime show, the best selection of music,” Diddy said. And we will win Super Bowl after Super Bowl.”

Richardson, who founded the Panthers in 1993, announced his intention to sell the team Sunday following reports he paid at least four women to keep quiet after allegations of workplace misconduct, including sexual harassment and using a racial slur.

Diddy said he hopes to become the NFL’s first majority African American owner. “There are no majority African American NFL owners. Let’s make history,” Diddy wrote. Diddy previously revealed his desire to own an NFL team in 2013.

“I have aspirations to become – it will happen – to become the first African-American majority owner. Not having a small stake but actually owning an NFL team,” Diddy told Bloomberg. “I think it’s time for that. A majority of the players in the NFL are African-American but there are no African-American owners. So that’s one of my dreams.”

The team is currently valued at $1 billion and Diddy only has a net worth of $820 million, according to Forbes. Sports teams also typically sell for significantly more money than their reported value.

Diddy will most likely need several investors if he hopes to purchase the Panthers — and Curry, who has a net worth of $47.3 million, would be a logical choice.

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