NFL Flagged for Being PC

SellwynThumbby Selwyn Duke11/1/16
Kowtowing to Kaepernick may have permanently damaged the NFL  •  There’s a price to be paid for everything — even for being politically correct in a “politically correct time.” A new poll shows that the main cause of the National Football League’s much discussed ratings drop is, in fact, the National Anthem Protests sparked by the very ignorant and callow Colin Kaepernick.

But here’s the really bad news for the NFL: some of the boycotting fans may never come back.

Watching sports is frivolity, a non-essential luxury, and people are creatures of habit. If fans stay away for a while, fill that time with other pursuits (perhaps more worthwhile ones), they may just find they don’t miss football all that much. Or they may watch more college ball and discover they like it more. Pro football isn’t indispensable.

It’s much as when people give up soda, sugar, going out to clubs or anything else: they often lose their taste for what they once found so alluring. Admittedly, this theory about permanent NFL fan loss is just that, a theory. But there’s no doubt the feckless, cowardly, corrupt NFL is playing with fire. Many believe the quality of play has declined, football is getting a lot of bad press, and today’s sports entertainment business is very competitive, with many in the younger generations watching extreme sports or mixed martial arts. Football is much like boxing: old school. There’s no guarantee the NFL can replace its old fans with new ones.

Besides being immoral and irresponsible, the NFL has been, in a word, phony. Many will say the San Francisco 49ers’ “Kaepernick has a right to protest, but…,” and the NFL has postured, bloviating about “freedom of speech.” As Niners coach Chip Kelly said recently, “Kaepernick’s decision to not stand during the Anthem is ‘his right as a citizen’ and ‘it’s not my right to tell him not to do something.” But this is nonsense. Freedom of speech only guarantees freedom from government infringement upon speech, and the NFL is a private entity that is like any other workplace: it sets conduct rules.

This brings us to the obscene NFL hypocrisy. The league sets rules for dress and expression all the time; for example, it penalized Kansas City Chiefs player Husain Abdullah for kneeling in prayer in the end zone, fined New York Jets coach Rex Ryan $100,000 for shouting profanity following a victory, and fined Kaepernick himself more than $10,000 after accusing him of using a racial slur. It also has not been supportive of other protests — such as ones in favor of police.

In addition, Kaepernick’s “cause” is based on nothing but lies. Many more whites than blacks are shot by police every year; shootings of black suspects have declined 75 percent during the last few decades; police are more likely to shoot whites relative to the races’ different homicide rates and the rates at which they feloniously shoot police; cops are more likely to be shot by a black suspect than to shoot one; and a study showed that law-enforcement personnel are actually more willing to shoot white suspects, no doubt due to conditioning stemming from the fear of career and personal destruction.

Many people are aware of at least some of the above information. And NFL leadership appears to be like so many other pseudo-elites: unaware that the average person doesn’t subscribe to doctrinaire political correctness. Even many people who may be somewhat sympathetic to BLM bushwa don’t think showing disrespect to our nation is a proper response or that an NFL game is the proper venue for disruptive social activism.

In other words, there’s no moral, market or legal incentive to allow Kaepernick’s BLM protests. The NFL’s policy is, on balance, all downside and no upside. Its leadership’s thinking is offside, with stupid men governing stupid players and pursuing stupid policy. And as is said, life is hard — it’s a lot harder when you’re stupid.


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8 Responses to NFL Flagged for Being PC

  1. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    Although I had cut back viewing NFL football already, I now may watch a Cowboys’ game and that’s it. I am inclined to cut back on that as I seem to have a lot of other things to do on Sundays.

    I know it is unlikely, but I would laugh my head off if the NFL went bust. It is owned by a bunch of plutocrats who get to operate a monopoly with the consent of the Federal Government. They make fishy deals with local governments which give them financing as well as tax breaks which are outrageous. It’s administration is run by a bunch of East Coast elites whose values are antithetical to those of their viewers. And who, as Selwyn noted, are dictatorial as regards the policy and speech rules which they lay down for their players. The players are, too often, a bunch of low-life types of questionable intelligence who seem to think they are terribly smart.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      That was a heck of a game (the Sunday Night game) the Cowboys were in the other day. For a while there, neither team could catch a pass, particularly the Cowboys. Their Tony-Romo-killer quarterback looked rather lame for a stretch there, but obviously came on in the end.

      It is owned by a bunch of plutocrats who get to operate a monopoly with the consent of the Federal Government. They make fishy deals with local governments which give them financing as well as tax breaks which are outrageous.

      If only more government-assisted entities could be as entertaining and profitable.

      It’s administration is run by a bunch of East Coast elites whose values are antithetical to those of their viewers.

      Well, that’s really the long-term question, isn’t it? This embracing of overt anti-Americanism (under the cover of “free speech”) doesn’t perhaps yet represent the mainstream culture of NFL viewers. But it’s a safe bet that it will. And for white people indoctrinated in White Guilt (the very province of “East Coast Elites”), it is likely a bigger offense to offend black players than it is their viewers.

      Like Target, the NFL will probably gladly take a short-term hit because (rightly, I believe) they have made the calculation that not offending blacks (and squishy women viewers and the girly-men sitting next to them) is more important in the long term. Call me cynical. Call me bonkers. Just don’t call me late for the kickoff.

  2. Timothy Lane says:

    World Series game 5 had higher ratings than the Sunday night football game. This evidently has never happened before — but MLB treats the National Anthem with respect.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      That was a pretty good Sunday Night Football game.

      It does seem that the NFL has taken at least a slight ratings hit due to its embrace of Cultural Marxism. But because Cultural Marxism is the reigning influence in America (blacks will always be victims, for example, no matter how many millions they make), it’s perhaps wishful thinking to suppose the NFL is in trouble because of this.

      Nor is Target likely in any long-term trouble for embracing Gender Recreationism. I’m trying to take the long view here. Every time the Left commits an offense (or its useful idiots such as NFL executives), those on the right predict their tipping-point moment. But that tipping point has not yet come. We might get a small moral victory here and there, but these are generally small skirmishes. The Left is winning the war.

      But speaking personally (which means speaking out of the mainstream where the money and mobs are), I wouldn’t watch an NBA game if you paid me. The black hooliganism long ago turned me off. In that vein, the NFL did the right thing in trying to tamp down on black gang signals (the slashing of the throat signal, for example). And yet these now seem to be small moral victories with the major battles trending toward Cultural Marxism. You can dress up the players in pink and have them stab the flag, but you dare not, for instance, show scantily-clad cheerleaders.

      Speaking of Major League Baseball, there has been talk about tamping down on the self-enforcing nature of pitchers intentionally throwing at batters because the batter was showing-up the other team by excessive celebration of a home run or something. Major League Baseball is relatively free from the kind of marketing baloney that has infected the NFL. Let’s hope it stays that way.

      And let’s hope we get an exciting game seven. But I guess a game seven is exciting by definition. I watched “Field of Dreams” yesterday just to get into the mood. It’s hard not to pull just a little bit for the Cubs, although I have nothing against Cleveland. In fact, their “Indians” name gives more than enough reason to pull for them. May the best team win.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        The Indians’ name honors Lou Sockalexis, a popular player over a century go. He had a good year or two before falling victim to alcoholism. Previously they were the Naps, after popular star Nap Lajoie.

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          The Wiki article notes that as well. Hadn’t heard that story before. So, in PC terms, they have to dishonor Sockalexis in order to honor Indians. You do the math.

  3. David says:

    “This brings us to the obscene NFL hypocrisy. The league sets rules for dress and expression all the time…”

    Selwyn I agree 100%! The league keeps a tight reign on its ‘product’, and has been gradually engineering this brutal sport to conform to politically correct sentiments for years, all wrapped up in pretty pink ribbons.

    The fact that they regulate their players about a myriad of things so tightly and yet leave the door open to social justice complaints (Beyonce’s super bowl halftime debacle comes to mind) is revealing about who they are beholding to.

    Pro sports, like pro politics, are corrupt. They play the tunes, and the people dance to them.

  4. NAHALKIDES NAHALKIDES says:

    All I can say is that I hope the NFL is indeed being hurt by its neutrality toward anti-American gestures, which in practice means an implicit endorsement of them. But as Brad says, this isn’t a turning point in the culture wars. It could become one if there are any patriotic team owners who start including clauses in their contracts requiring players to show respect during the National Anthem. Someone needs to stand up to the Kaepernicks by saying, “You don’t like America? Fine – then don’t partake of the benefits you couldn’t get anywhere else.” They mustn’t be allowed to get away with a spurious “freedom of speech” argument. Freedom of speech does not mean not being held accountable if your “speech” is a filthy lie and a slander against a great nation.

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