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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

NFL cash cow dries up

Wattles shook in self-righteous indignation on September 24 as the NFL prepared to get on its knees in a bizarre act of defiance against our duly elected president.

Broadcasters applauded this politicization of another form of entertainment.



James Brown of CBS said:
“To be dismissive, vulgar and divisive with comments that reflect a lack of understanding, insensitive, and indeed colonizing does not serve the purpose of trying to honestly resolve problems, build bridges and foster civil dialogue. What would be more effective is … the kind of dialogue that uses the four-letter word that former UCLA coach John Wooden said is the most powerful one to effect change — and that is love.”
I fail to see how disrespecting our flag is civil.

I fail to see the dialogue in calling our nation oppressive to black people, which had a black president when this protest began.

I fail to see how turning your back on the new president is love.

Oh and "colonizing"? We need to stop teaching Marxism and go back to teaching history in college because revisionist history like that scars people for life.

But OK, James Brown and CBS are entitled to express their opinion -- even if they would deny the president's right to free speech.

Fans dialogued right back at James Brown, his employer, and the NFL. Ratings are down 17% at CBS for its NFL games.

Part of this is the disloyalty of the league.

The Baltimore team moved to Indianapolis. Cleveland's team moved to Baltimore. Houston's team moved to Tennessee. Oakland's team moved to Los Angeles. St. Louis's team moved to Arizona. One Los Angeles team moved to St. Louis, while the other moved back to Oakland. Then the St. Louis team that moved in from Los Angeles moved back to Los Angeles, and the San Diego team moved to Los Angeles.

There was no reason for these moves. The NFL makes about $100 million a year in profits.

That's per team.

More than $3 billion a year.

The NFL allowed teams to move around for a few million more.

After having the Rams and Raiders leave, guess what? Los Angelenos are not greeting the Chargers and the return of the Rams with open arms. Stadiums are half-filled (maybe) in Los Angeles.

Then the NFL took a knee.

And ratings took a dive.

This hurts the bottom line of the NFL:
Declining NFL television ratings will lower CBS earnings, according to Credit Suisse.
The firm cut its third-quarter EPS estimates by 5 percent, citing CBS' softer Sunday NFL ratings. The media company reports on Nov. 2.
We are having a dialogue that James Brown wanted.

Money talks.

Losers kneel.

Victor Davis Hanson made the right call:
To save their NFL investment, some networks now try to avoid airing the pre-game national anthem altogether. The alternative is to show dozens of confused and pampered multimillionaire athletes kneeling in defiance. The cameras only selectively scan the stadium crowd and detour around empty seats. ESPN talking heads glance sideways at one another in hopes that colleagues will cool their accustomed virtue-signaling social-justice rants that are as hypocritical as they are incoherent — rants that cost them viewers and maybe their own jobs.
He mentioned that anti-trust exemption the NFL enjoys.

Congress should revoke it after 56 years.

I mean, after all, the NFL sees this as an oppressive nation that does not provide equality.

Here you go. Treat the NFL like we treated Standard Oil.

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35 comments:

  1. When I want social commentary I turn to CBS’s James Brown. I am not watching football cause Popa’s Got a brand new bag

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    1. I get my social commentary from Michael Moore because he is so damned smart and is the poster boy for healthy living. I get my international affairs commentary from Jane Fonda because whores need my support.

      They are just a bunch of coyotes who think they are roadrunners.

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  2. Treat the NFL like any other business with over 49 people...make them comply with all the diversity laws.....
    Each team must be racially diverse, have half women on the roster and plenty of disabled people (like universities must accept morons, the NFL needs more cripples)

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  3. Having read the latest from the NFL.......Hmmmm.....70-75% Black players.....so, they're feeling their oats.....and literally protesting against Black incarceration rates? Seriously? And White middle class men are supposed to literally buy into that?

    The cash cow is being butchered as we can see. Looks like Soccer is going to get the next shot.

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  4. . . . disband the NFL, donate the owner's excessive net worth to St. Judes and Shriners Children's hospitals, conscript all the husky and healthy disgruntled players into the military and send them to fight ISIS so they may experience first hand the life style they seem so adamant to purpose!! The market place will give birth to a suitable replacement (maybe).

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  5. chaH HoH peng qul!

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  6. The NFL believes in equality? Fine. Revoke the League's anti-trust exemption and treat the NFL like any other business that has to make do without such a benefit. Because EQUALITY!

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    1. how about NO taxpayer financing of stadiums
      and change the patriot act to stop DHS from paying for the security at the stupid bowl

      the nfl can afford to apy its way in the world

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  7. What benefit does the anti trust exemption provide the NFL? I am curious. I keep seeing this is a threat of force against the league (which I have zero issues with)... I just don't know what this would do to the league.

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    1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2014/09/16/how-the-government-helps-the-nfl-maintain-its-power-and-profitability/?utm_term=.1f50268d4a26

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    2. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2014/09/16/how-the-government-helps-the-nfl-maintain-its-power-and-profitability/?utm_term=.28d8311f4dee

      This is from 2014:
      An antitrust exemption: In 1961, Congress approved legislation that allowed professional football teams to pool together when negotiating radio and television broadcasts rights. The law, signed by President John F. Kennedy, was the first action by the federal government that would spur the growth of a multi-billion-dollar enterprise, academics say. CBS paid $2 million for the right to broadcast the NFL’s championship game in 1966, the year Congress approved the NFL’s merger with the AFL and expanded the combined league’s antitrust exemption. The idea was to support the fledgling sports league. Today, however, the NFL makes an estimated $7 billion in revenues just from their television deals. Hands down, NFL games are the most popular programming on television. Last fall, 34 of the 35 most-watched TV shows were NFL games.


      “Apple or ExxonMobil can only dream of permission to function as a monopoly: the 1966 law was effectively a license for the NFL owners to print money,” wrote Gregg Easterbrook, author of “The King of Sports: Football’s Impact on America,” in an article for The Atlantic.

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    3. The late, great Bill Veeck wrote in one of his books ("The Hustler's Handbook?") about baseball executives appearing before congress to defend their anti-trust exemption.

      A baseball executive told congress, with a straight face, that baseball should be exempt as baseball, "...is a humanitarian enterprise."

      "Yeah," snorted Veeck, "Baseball is a humanitarian enterprise, just like loansharking!"

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  8. Don, you left out the teams that agreed to move only if the new city agreed to build a new stadium for them.

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  9. There are some of us who would be willing to have this conversation (although I doubt these people are really serious about it being a conversation) but kneeling for the anthem is a non-starter.

    Whoever told them this is good politics should be fired.

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    1. I think he was fired. Kaepernick ain't playing anywhere

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    2. Kap became a free agent after opting out of his contract with the 49ers.

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    3. And now he's whining because no other team will hire him. Bo-hoo.

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  10. And now the NFL is doubling down and is having a meeting with the players to discuss how the NFL can support social justice. Dudes! Your one and only job is football and you are failing at it.

    Unknown - The anti-trust exemption allows the NFL to bargain as a single organism rather than as 32 separate teams. This gives it a great advantage especially if a new league tries to start up. Think of all of the oil companies colluding together. - GOC

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  11. 70% black in an industry that was until recently a cash cow, with no "quotas" for racial mix on any of the teams? I was assured that white privilege is a thing. . .

    I'll believe the NFL truly wants "equality" the second they establish true equality of their product in the areas which they control. For example, to deal with income inequality get the NFLPA to establish a pay scale in which pay only differs based on experience. All rookies get the same pay; all 2nd year players the same as other second year players; etc. Let these players seek endorsements to fill the void from their current contracts. My guess is you would have a much more customer-friendly product. Not that the NFL cares about the customer, they only care about virtue signaling. . .

    (Oh, and cheerleaders should get paid A LOT more--they are a much bigger part of the "product" than players 43-53 on any given roster. Pay equivalent to a Full-time job would allow these folks to be even better ambassadors. Why is the NFL so misogynist, refusing to even provide a living wage to this group of employees?)

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  12. The Charger radio spots around Los Angeles promoting the team have suddenly disappeared. They were highly obnoxious, anyway, and clearly the speakers were less than Mensa caliber by a long shot. Only "people of color", too. Pretty racist and unfair. Who's oppressed now?

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  13. Paying a NFL cheerleader 75-125.00 a game is obscene. That's a hard job. I'm a card carryin' redneck, no doubt about it.....but that's just cheap and wrong. Oh well....it's not going to matter much longer. You see, White folks are paying for all these NFL antics. Do you really think Bubba cares about Black protests? Not in the least. All he sees is millionaire Black thugs disrespecting this Country. The money faucet is shutting down.

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  14. the anthem issue is ridiculous and makes me laugh at ALL who call themselves conservatives

    NONE of them ever had a problem with public subsidizes to the nfl at the federal state and local levels
    NONE of them ever has a problem with the nfl using threats to get that financing
    NONE of them ever has a problem with the nfl threatening cites and states over laws and ordinances
    NONE have had an issue with the entire stupid bowl security bill being picked yup at the federal level

    glad to see the pretend conservatives are upset but they will ALL run back if the anthem issue is resolved and screw the taxpayers for their stupid game

    F the nfl and F ALL the cowards who are now upset the players won't do what they want

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    1. NONE of them ever had a problem with public subsidizes to the nfl at the federal state and local levels
      NONE of them ever has a problem with the nfl using threats to get that financing
      NONE of them ever has a problem with the nfl threatening cites and states over laws and ordinances
      NONE have had an issue with the entire stupid bowl security bill being picked yup at the federal level


      You may apply that absolute NONE to Republicans, I wouldn't pretend to know for sure, but I certainly don't think it applies to "conservatives". While I consider myself more classical liberal, mighty close to conservative, and I have had a serious concern with this misuse of public funds since the trend started decades ago.

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    2. Yes, I remember you. You stood alone against all those things you list. It was you alone, our hero! Jesus, tone your sanctimony down. You don't know me or anyone else here. How the f**k do you know our takes on all those things?

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    3. No offense but what a ridiculous assertion. How can you possibly know what ALL conservatives think about these issues. I'm against all the these things. Always have been. The NFL has gotten away with it because politicians in state and local governments have allowed them to.

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    4. You don't get to decide what is and is not a true conservative, boy.

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    5. "ALL the cowards who are now upset the players won't do what they want" That's a stupid thing to say, because only a stupid idiot bites the hands that feeds them. If you don't do what I want you to do, then, I stop giving you money. Or in this case, if you don't stop doing what I don't want you to do, which is to insult and disparage my country unjustly and inaccurately, then I stop giving you money. What is so hard to understand about that? Does it take a lot of brains to grasp the notion?

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  15. If you wish to get into a conversation about the legal/Constitutional aspect to the NFL kneelers, you certainly can. But let's not conflate the moral aspect and the legal aspect to this situation.

    These pampered rich kids and their billionaire owners may, repeat--may, have the right to disrespect the flag and nation as they see fit. They, however, have given up the moral side of their complaint by disrespecting the flag and nation that has changed the world for the better in so many facets of life. In fact, they'd not be where they are in life today if they lived in any other country on the planet.

    Because Americans respect the sacrifice made by the men and women who join the military, and the foundations that support the United States of America, they stand respectfully during the playing of the national anthem, or when the flag passes in a parade. Americans can be concerned about social, moral, and economic characteristics, all without being disrespectful toward the country.

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  16. Baseball is next.
    Ban Football it only harms the Children's brains.

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  17. A true dialogue would discuss factors like a 72% black illegitimacy rate, high drop out rate and soaring black crime rate and objectively ask if these aren't the greatest factors causing inequality.

    Of course, that's a discussion the protesting players, James Brown, Roger Goodell and the rest of the liberals refuse to have

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  18. The (oppressive) American system that funds most of their stadiums is WHY players should stand for the Flag & the Anthem. Or, you can kneel & start paying your own damn electric, infrastructure, security and insurance costs. I am DONE watching. The NFL let the left creep in and the damage is done,

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  19. CBS not covering the anthem protests is cute. Nothing to see here.

    However I suspect they are their own worst enemies in this matter. Their ratings dive also coincides with Cris Collinsworth telling Trump to apologise to the kneeing players.

    NFL players going political is one thing, but CBS allowing one of its presenters to do it is utter stupidity. Insulting half or more of your audience is dumb. No wonder viewers are turning off.

    I used to enjoy their coverage too.

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  20. I FEEL GOOOOD.
    I love dopes who pretend they're smart by throwing in words they barely understand. This piece couldn't pass in HS freshmen English class.
    Never mind the grammatical nightmare ...the "thought" behind the work is inane...This piece demonstrates why it is impossible to develop an dialogue with these radicals.

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  21. No dialogue necessary. Buh Bye NFL!

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