Given the tumult that our nation is currently experiencing, Americans are unlikely to shun patriotism in any measurable amount.
While the grim tragedy of Las Vegas will certainly occupy our minds for weeks and months to come, the event has had the auxiliary, positive effect of bringing our nation together to mourn and move forward. It has instilled in us a powerful sense of community – something that we, as a people, have been struggling with over the course of the last few months thanks to the rampant divisiveness being injected into our political realms.
This all means, of course, that our patriotism has grown just a bit in our reposes to the Las Vegas massacre of Sunday night. This is bad news for the NFL, who have yet to remedy their own political capitulation of their employees who refuse to stand and face the American flag during the playing of our National Anthem.
Americans are thoroughly unenthused with the broadcasted disparagement of the national symbol, and, as such, have been tuning out in record numbers. Now, as advertisers see the writing on the wall, they too are abandoning the doomed league.
“In response to the ongoing controversy surrounding NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, the owner of Flemington Car and Truck Country has pulled the dealership’s ads from broadcasts of games for the remainder of the 2017 season.
“‘The National Football League and its owners have shown their fans and marketing partners that they do not have a comprehensive policy to ensure that players stand and show respect for America and our flag during the playing of the national anthem,’ Steve Kalafer said in a statement. ‘We have cancelled all of our NFL advertising on the Optimum and Infinity (cable) networks.’
“Kalafer is also part of the Somerset Patriots’ ownership group, an independent professional baseball team based in Somerset County.
“‘As the NFL parses the important nationwide issues of “social justice” and “freedom of speech,” it is clear that a firm direction by them is not forthcoming,’ Kalafer said in the statement.”
This common thread has been the unraveling of a number of sponsorship deals throughout the league this season, as team owners and coaches do nothing to end the offensive protests.
This week, the Dallas Cowboys promised that the entire team would be standing for the anthem, and while some NFL fans appreciated the gesture, a vast majority believed that it was too little, too late for the league. With the baseball post season just days away, and the return of the NBA and NHL, the gridiron could be going the way of the dodo.