With the NFL season practically upon us, the number one question on the nation’s mind is not who’s going to make the playoffs, or when to hold my fantasy football draft. Instead, it’s whether or not they’re going to pat attention at all.
The National Football League has an enormous issue with patriotism at the moment. You see, being a professional athlete is, in many ways, the pinnacle of the American Dream. It’s a consequence of living in a nation so free, and so powerful, that you can make a living far beyond what 99% of the world affords simply by being inherently excellent at playing a game. Sure, there is a lot of hard work that goes into this, I won’t deny that, but possessing the freedom to even discover that these talents lie within you is something truly special…and something that gets taken for granted far too often.
Now, as a great many player decide to make a spectacle of themselves during the somber remembrance of those who died for these very freedoms, fans are tuning out in droves. Television networks with NFL contracts have been left scrambling after last year’s ratings nightmare, and there are a number of possibilities out there for how the anthem will be handled in 2018.
ESPN has now apparently made their choice on the matter, and it’s cowardly at best and disingenuous at worst.
ESPN just announced that they will not show the national anthem during “Monday Night Football” broadcasts this year, the company’s president said on Friday.
“We generally have not broadcasted the anthem and I don’t think that will change this year,” he said. “Our plan going into this year is to not broadcast the anthem … again that could change. It’s unpredictable what could happen in the world but as of now, we’re not. We have communicated that back to the NFL.”
ESPN had already been going the way of the main stream media with their support of the left’s agenda so this is not a huge surprise. When Jemele Hill trashed President Trump over and over but ESPN finally gave her a slap on the wrist, you knew it was a full on entity of the leftist media and no longer just a sports news network.
This should infuriate Americans, as ESPN was one of the sole catalysts in this anthem-kneeling fad.
By giving an inordinate amount of airtime to the second and third stringers taking a knee, ESPN fueled more blind protests that seem to have no real-world backing whatsoever. These filthy rich athletes are “activists” only when it comes to making headlines, but aren’t putting much of their wealth on the line to fight the issues they claim to be protesting.
For ESPN to not lie in the bed that they helped to make is simply abhorrent, and has further helped me to make my decision on when and where to maybe watch NFL games.
And that’s a big maybe.