We are all aware that the NFL is in big trouble. The reason? They made the strange decision to spit in the face of all the veterans out there by not making sure their players stood for the national anthem. Other sports do it. It wouldn’t have been a big deal at all for the NFL to fine players who disrespected our flag and our troops. Heck, they would simply be enforcing the current operation manual.
From Waco Tribune:
The NFL’s game operations manual says that “all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem” and must “stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand and refrain from talking” or face discipline “such as fines, suspensions and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s).” The league regularly penalizes players for dancing in the end zone, but it allows players to violate the rules regarding the national anthem with impunity.
The NFL didn’t do that. Instead, they cowered to the players.
The ratings have suffered and people are definitely watching less football which is never good.
As if that wasn’t bad enough. The NFL just got some even more bad news.
The upcoming Super Bowl in Minnesota could be an absolute disaster.
From Conservative Tribune:
As if the NFL doesn’t have enough problems in 2017, the league could face another quandary when it comes to Super Bowl time: namely, getting fans around chilly Minneapolis.
According to ESPN, unionized workers for Metro Transit in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul voted by a massive margin to authorize a strike during Super Bowl week in February, potentially crippling travel around the city.
“The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1005 represents about 2,500 bus drivers, light trail operators and other Metro Transit workers. Members voted Sunday and Monday to reject the Metropolitan Council’s last contract offer by a 93 percent margin,” ESPN reported.
The NFL just can’t seem to catch a break.
Hard to feel bad for them, though.
Maybe it’s karma?
People are clearly tuning out.
From Yahoo Finance:
A new Yahoo Finance poll suggests the NFL has an enduring problem on its hands. Nearly 62% of 9,056 respondents told us they plan to watch less pro football in response to the anthem controversy. Thirty-six percent said they plan to buy less NFL merchandise, and 32% have chosen not to attend a game they would otherwise have gone to. Those findings all have financial implications for the NFL and its 32 team owners.
The NFL is still making a lot of money. They will continue. However, there is no way this move has been good for them. They are losing fans. No company wants to alienate fans the way they have.
The NFL could easily get back on track. Start fining players for sitting for the anthem. They could repair their image. We all know that won’t happen. As far as this strike goes, there is plenty of time to rectify the situation. It’s hard to imagine the city allows this disaster to take place. At some point, you’d think that this will get ironed out. But, you never know.