With the NFL seemingly unwilling to address the issue of anti-American protests occurring during the playing of our National Anthem, TV networks have been forced to respond.
In the weeks since anthem kneeling political statements have become all the rage within the National Football League, the game’s viewership and favorability ratings have taken an enormous hit. The league itself is in serious danger of financial ruin, and the attendance at games by the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49er’s have been pathetic to the point of concern for the team’s owners.
While the Dallas Cowboys have made good on their promise to show a bit more decorum during their pregame ritual, teams such as the Green Bay Packers have openly invited fans to join them in their anti-American antics to protest the President after he demonstrated his disappointment in the protests.
Now, Fox Sports is taking their coverage of the anthem off the air, sticking to the what their stated goal is: Airing broadcasts pertaining to sports, not politics.
“Fox Sports will no longer air the National Anthem before most football games.
“They will, however, continue to air ‘God Save The Queen’ in London.
“This announcement is unprecedented for the network. Last week over 200 players were shown protesting the Anthem, causing national outcry and plummeting ratings.
“Fox Sports president Eric Shanks explained last week that it’s somewhat routine not to air the Anthem.
“‘The standard procedure is not to show them because of the way the commercial format works and the timing of the anthem to get to the kickoff…So I think we’re going to pay attention to events.’
“‘Who knows what’s going to happen? …We are all on the same page in that we’re taking it in stride. This has been probably one of the more bizarre starts to the season that we have ever had . . . What we’re looking at right now is the progress that the consumption is making week over week.'”
This move flies in the face of the agitating and irritating antics of other sports broadcasters, such as ESPN, who have been actively engaging in political discussions in a feeble attempt to bolster their ratings.
Given the circus that has surrounded the protests taking place during the National Anthem, a number of players within the league have involved themselves simply as a way to continue to have their names in print and on broadcast. This has led to these disrespectful hi-jinx spreading like wildfire throughout the already embattled league, and subsequently destroying the integrity of the NFL’s leadership.