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  • Seahawks Doug Baldwin on Donald Trump’s comments on anthem: ‘He’s an idiot, plain and simple’

    05/24/2018 7:34:33 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 70 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | May 25, 2018 | Bob Condotta
    A few days ago, Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin was hoping he wouldn’t be in a position anytime soon to be asked a question about the national anthem and a statement by president Donald Trump that would result in a headline-making comment. Baldwin, like many of his NFL-playing counterparts, thought the issue of players making protests during the anthem was receding and the focus turning to the league acting in concert with players to address their concerns that led to the protests in the first place.
  • NFL Owners Admit President Trump’s Influence a Factor in Anthem Policy Change

    05/24/2018 12:27:47 PM PDT · by detective · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 May 2018 | Dylan Gwinn
    After the NFL changed their policy, requiring players to stand and “show respect” for the national anthem, the conventional wisdom held that fear of a strong reaction from President Trump was a major factor in forcing the NFL to enact the new rule. While conventional wisdom is often wrong, in this case it wasn’t. According to Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer, NFL owners actually considered doing nothing about anthem policy, given how few players were protesting at the end of the year. However, the owners feared that if they did nothing they would be vulnerable if Trump targeted the league in...
  • Team Kaepernick strikes back at Pence over his support for NFL kneeling ban

    05/24/2018 12:03:08 PM PDT · by detective · 30 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 24, 2018 | Valerie Richardson
    Team Kaepernick swung back Thursday after Vice President Mike Pence cheered the NFL’s decision to ban kneeling during the national anthem. Mr. Pence responded to the Wednesday vote at the annual spring meeting by tweeting “#Winning,” prompting free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick to retweet a legal citation posted by his attorney, Mark Geragos, who added, “Winning!” Mr. Geragos posted a section of the federal code from the Legal Information Institute prohibiting federal elected officials, including the president and vice president, from attempting to influence the hiring decisions of private employers on partisan grounds.
  • Eric Reid says he won’t protest during the national anthem if an NFL team signs him

    03/25/2018 7:35:20 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 56 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 23, 2018 | Matt Bonesteel
    We’re well into the NFL’s free agency period and veteran safety Eric Reid still hasn’t signed with a team, even though he’s proven to be a reliable contributor over five seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. Last week, Reid said his current unemployment stems from the fact that he has continued to protest social issues during the playing of the national anthem, even with former 49ers teammate Colin Kaepernick out of the league in 2017. On Thursday, however, Reid announced that he won’t be taking a knee during the national anthem upon his return to the field, instead promising to...
  • East Bay High School Drops National Anthem From Rallies [San Ramon, CA]

    02/13/2018 12:40:16 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 28 replies
    CBS SF ^ | February 13, 2018
    SAN RAMON (CBS SF) – A seldom sung third verse of the National Anthem has led to the patriotic song being removed from rallies at San Ramon’s California High School. The decision has sparked a controversy among local residents and students. In a letter to the student body published in the school newspaper, Associated Student Body President Ariyana Kermanizadeh wrote the decision to drop “The Star Spangled Banner” from the school’s winter rally was made after students became aware of the third verse.
  • NFL runs 'equal pay' Super Bowl ad while rejecting vets ad to stand for anthem

    02/06/2018 9:37:45 AM PST · by rktman · 24 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 2/6/2018 | Ric Moran
    Last month, the NFL rejected an ad from AMVETS asking everyone to stand for the national anthem. They called the ad too "political" to run. But the league approved another ad that was blatantly political. T-Mobile's ad made a plea for "fair and equal pay" - a fraught political issue that means many things to many people. Why they ran the T-Mobile ad and not the AMVETS ad is a question many are asking. Washington Times: The T-Mobile spot features narrator Kerry Washington telling a group of babies, “Some people may see your differences and be threatened by them, but...
  • Boycotting the Super Bowl - Veterans, bars, even a bowling alley are saying 'no' to the big game

    02/04/2018 12:14:25 PM PST · by markomalley · 57 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/4/18 | Todd Starnes
    A growing number of Americans have decided they have better things to do with their time on Super Bowl Sunday than support a professional football league that doesn't have the decency to honor the national anthem.American Legion and VFW posts, restaurants and bars, and even a bowling alley have decided they will not broadcast the Super Bowl game in their establishments -- out of respect for veterans and law enforcement.A giant electronic sign outside the Oneota Veterans Club in New York reads, “In honor of our country, our flag, our veterans."The Knights of Columbus chapter in Longview, Texas decided to...
  • What Is Wrong With the NFL?

    02/03/2018 7:22:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 85 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 3, 2018 | Steve Sherman
    I love pro-football. From the plains of Iowa, I became a Cowboys fan. Most of my friends like the Packers, Bears, Vikings, or Chiefs, but not me. I loved those Dallas Cowboys. Why? First, Iowa doesn’t have a professional football team and secondly in the late 70s the Cowboys were awesome.The days of Roger Staubach and Tony Dorsett gave way to Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith. As a boy those guys were larger than life…real life sports heroes. I suffered through two-a-days as a seventh grader because football was the greatest game I’d ever seen. I wasn’t too fast and...
  • NFL Rejects "Please Stand" Super Bowl Ad

    01/23/2018 1:42:00 PM PST · by PBRCat · 13 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | January 23, 2017 | Madeline Kenney
    The NFL rejected a one-page ad for the league’s Super Bowl LII program that was calling for people to “please stand” during the national anthem out of respect for veterans. AMVETS submitted an ad with the message “Please Stand,” according to the veteran organization, who said the same ad was accepted by the NHL and NBA for their respective All-Star Game programs. The NFL has been under fire for allowing players to take a seat or kneel during the anthem, which is played before every game. The gestures stem from free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protest in 2016. The former 49ers...
  • GAME OVER: NFL CANCELS ‘Sunday Night Football’ on New Year's Eve

    12/27/2017 9:05:43 AM PST · by xzins · 275 replies
    Hannity.com ^ | 27 Dec 17 | Hannity.com Staff
    The embattled National Football League announced its decision to cancel this week’s edition of ‘Sunday Night Football’ on Tuesday; hoping to avoid a ratings bloodbath as a less-than-stellar line-up and New Year’s Eve festivities would have caused the NFL to reach embarrassing new lows. The league opted to call-off the game before announcing which teams were scheduled to compete, adding the match-up wouldn’t have playoff implications and would likely cost the already troubled organization millions of dollars. “We felt that both from a competitive standpoint and from a fan perspective, the most fair thing to do is to schedule all...
  • NFL plots a cure for sagging ratings, empty seats

    12/26/2017 10:14:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 130 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | December 26, 2017 | JAZZ SHAW
    We’re quickly approaching New Years, which is traditionally a time for reflection on the events of the past year and plans for how to do better over the next twelve months. That’s particularly true for the NFL, which has seen both its television ratings and live attendance in many stadiums plunge precipitously in 2017. As the Washington Times reports this week, the leadership in the league is busy analyzing precisely what caused all of this and how they might address it in 2018.Your first guess might logically be that the National Anthem protests were a big driving factor. That was...
  • NFL Team (Ravens) Says Anthem Protest Has Caused People to Stop Coming to Games

    12/22/2017 11:40:20 AM PST · by Zakeet · 107 replies
    NTK ^ | December 22, 2017
    Baltimore Ravens team president Dick Cass sent a letter to season-ticket holders, suite holders, and sponsors about the noticeable dip in attendance at games this season, and cited the team’s protest during the national anthem as one reason. "The numbers [of no-shows] are higher, and it is noticeable," Cass wrote. "There are a number of reasons for the no-shows, but surely the one-time protest in London has been a factor." [Snip] The NFL's ratings have fallen by nearly 20 percent since players started protesting during the national anthem two years ago.
  • Papa John’s CEO OUT After Backlash For Speaking The Truth About NFL Anthem Protests

    12/21/2017 3:00:15 PM PST · by davikkm · 79 replies
    thegatewaypundit ^ | Joshua Caplan
    Papa Johns’ founder John Schnatter will step down as CEO following an intense backlash sparked by his criticism of NFL players protesting the National Anthem. The company’s president, Steve Ritchie, will take over as CEO. Business Insider reports: Schnatter sparked controversy in November when he slammed NFL leadership over the ongoing national anthem protests. “Leadership starts at the top, and this is an example of poor leadership,” CEO John Schnatter said in a call with investors. […] Schnatter owns roughly 25% of Papa John’s, and will stay on as chairman after stepping down as CEO in January. According to a...
  • NFL Attendance Continues To Plummet As Empty Seat Epidemic Enters Week 15

    12/17/2017 7:13:49 PM PST · by blam · 96 replies
    Newz Sentinel ^ | 12-17-2017
    As the NFL copes with a ratings slump and ESPN slashes $80 million in salaries after losing 15,000 subscribers a day in October, another major issue facing the league continued to play out in week 15 – terrible attendance. Ravens vs. Browns, Start 2nd Qtr While many blame the kneeing epidemic of unpatriotic players refusing to stand for the National Anthem – which started in the summer 2016 pre-season by former San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, others point to a boring season, cord cutters and broke millennials staying home. Either way, it’s ugly. Since most NFL attendance figures are...
  • Now Chicken Wing Producers Are Whining Over NFL Protests

    12/17/2017 9:10:56 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Eater ^ | Dec 15, 2017, 4:03pm EST | Chris Fuhrmeister
    Another food behemoth is blaming slumping sales on protests at National Football League games. Sanderson Farms, a poultry outfit headquartered in Laurel, Mississippi, is pointing to the protests, in which some NFL players kneel during the pre-game national anthem, as a possible reason for a recent decline, reports Fortune. “The only thing puzzling me right now is wings,” chief executive officer Joe F. Sanderson Jr. said in an earnings call on Thursday. “It’s just been reported to us that some of our customers think that their traffic is down because of the demonstrations by some of the NFL players.” Chicken...
  • Kaepernick Awarded Ho Chi Minh Red Star [semi-satire]

    12/12/2017 9:43:56 AM PST · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 10 Dec 2017 | John Semmens
    This week Colon Kaepernick, the original “kneeling football player,” was honored with the annual Ho Chi Minh Red Star award for his efforts against capitalist oppression. The gem-encrusted jewel was presented by 1972 award recipient Jane Fonda at the ACLU of Southern California’s annual Bill of Rights Dinner. Fonda hailed “Kaepernick’s extraordinary courage in the face of the extreme dangers he endured while being forced to risk life and limb for the amusement of unjustly rich team owners and rabidly racist fans of the barbaric sport as a player and the enmity of those who disrespected his right to disrespect...
  • NFL Ticket Prices Hit Rock Bottom As National Anthem Protest Backlash Extends Into Week 14

    12/11/2017 5:52:03 AM PST · by Bon of Babble · 142 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 12/11/2017 | Joshua Caplan
    "... tickets for Sunday’s matchup between the Buffalo Bills and Indianapolis Colts sold for as little as $2. (Yes, you read that right.) Even the stadium’s best seats — in the lower part of the stadium near the 50-yard-line — were selling for just $29. […] Tickets for the Carolina Panthers game went for a little as $7, while fans could see the Green Bay Packers for as cheap as $12. Tickets to see the Dallas Cowboys later this month are going for as little as $10,
  • Watch: The Incredible National Anthem at Yesterday's Snowy Army/Navy Football Game

    12/10/2017 4:19:20 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 10, 2017 | Guy Benson
    Tim flagged this in his Saturday post about the annual Army-Navy football game, but I thought it merited its own post, just for maximum exposure.  The game itself resulted in Army's second consecutive dramatic victory, after 14 straight years of Navy triumphs.  Regardless, the performance of the Star Spangled Banner prior to the game, featuring the glee club from each military branch, was really beautiful -- especially amid the lightly falling December snow.  A stirring, patriotic tribute. "Goosebumps" is right:2017 National Anthem at the Army-Navy Game (Video) And here's how the game ended, with apologies to the Midshipmen: NO GOOD....
  • NY Giants Player Who Continues To Protest Tells Upset Fans What He Thinks Of Them

    12/03/2017 5:20:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 67 replies
    American News Hub ^ | 12/03/17 | Nick Arama
    **SNIP** “You hear ‘coward’ and ‘stand up’ and ‘disgrace,’’ Vernon told the New York Post. “It’s fine. As long as nobody comes on the field and touches me. You stay where you at, you’re going to be all right. They have a right. Oh yeah, I hear it all the time.” And then there was the advice: “If they don’t like it, don’t come to the game.’’ And the fact is the fans may be doing exactly that.
  • NFL Bankrolls The Resistance to Trump

    12/02/2017 2:49:13 AM PST · by SJackson · 26 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | Matthew Vadum
    A $100 million fund to appease America-hating players while sticking the knife in patriotic fans. The dying National Football League is choosing its America-hating, national anthem-protesting multimillionaire players over patriotic sports fans by funneling close to $100 million to leftist charities like those founded by admitted communist Van Jones. The corrosive fairy tale, embraced by professional football, that police use black Americans for target practice is malicious nonsense but it is a useful lie, good for direct-mail campaigns and MoveOn solicitations. With this new initiative, NFL Commissar Roger Goodell is affirming for the umpteenth time that it is in the...