Pro sports leagues take massive ratings hit over anti-American, cop-hating political posturing

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Professional athletes and the teams and leagues they play for are taking a stance. And that stance, regardless of what they claim, is decidedly anti-cop, and arguably anti-America.

And the fans that watch their games are responding, and the response is not in favor of the players, teams or leagues. 

With COVID-19 deleting ticket sales, the leagues are relying on advertising during broadcasts for their revenue. Teams need that for their profit sharing. And, as the leagues return from COVID-induced stoppage in play, the numbers they need to see high continue to slide. 

It all started on August 14, 2016, when then 2nd-string quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, Colin Kaepernick decided to sit down during the National Anthem in what he ironically referred to as a “stand” against police brutality. 

It has been a hot topic every day since then. 

The President has spoken out about it. Newspapers, TV talk shows, sports talk radio and the rest of the media world have taken stances on it and their reporting shows their views.

Law Enforcement Today is no different. 

We took a stance. We are 100% pro-American and pro-law enforcement. And our reporting has born witness to that. We have written hundreds of articles over the years. 

We have prayed that the sentiments we have seen over the past 4 years would stop trending the way it has been. Sadly, we have actually seen it ramped up over the past 5 months. 

And what was once a display by primarily a handful of NFL players has exploded into league-led protests across several professional sports organizations. 

Major League Baseball opened their season recently while the NBA resumed theirs. 

And, fewer and fewer people are watching them. 

Multiple sportswriters have shared those numbers via social media. 

Outkick the Coverage’s Ryan Glasspiegel reported that the return of both leagues was lackluster. 

“Lakers-Clippers: 3.4 million
Pelicans-Jazz: 2.1 million

ESPN’s MLB return numbers were also underwhelming:

Yankees-Nationals: 4.0 million
Dodgers-Giants: 2.8 million”

While the numbers for the Lakers-Clippers are up from annual viewership of 1.99 million from the previous year, the other games were right on par.  The assumption would be that viewership would increase given that fans cannot attend games in person. 

As Outkick noted, these games were also carried on local stations rather than just the typical TNT broadcasts.

But it was the numbers following opening day that should give the leagues and team owners concern. 

While those numbers were only from day two, practically every day since has looked the same. Numbers are down. Revenue will be down. Owners will have to take notice in an era where the player salaries are inflating faster than balloons at a Chuck E. Cheese. 

Some of the comments on Glasspiegel’s article summed it up succinctly.

“I am a huge sports fan in general and it pains me to say it seems I won’t be watching anything this year. My love of sports has earned me my fair share of marital arguements [sic] along the way. Not anymore. I could maybe get past the more minimal MLB stuff if I weren’t a Red Sox fan having to remember they bought a 250 foot billboard to celebrate Marxist BLM.

It’ll be interesting to see what the NFL week 1 numbers look like when they promote more segregation and racism with dual national anthems. I’ll be missing that too.”

Another reader said: 

“I am taking a knee regarding my viewing.”

So, what is it that has viewers fleeing? 

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Maybe it is headlines like the one run last week in the Charlotte Observer

“Popovich, Isaac choose to stand for anthem in NBA bubble”

Maybe the issue is that people are fully aware of what it means when the news is that a coach and a player “choose” to stand for the national anthem. 

The article was written by Tim Reynolds, a basketball writer for the Associated Press. 

Reynolds writes: 

“Jonathan Isaac stood, and stood out.

And later Friday, Gregg Popovich and Becky Hammon did the same.

Most players and coaches, but not all, are kneeling while pre-recorded versions of the national anthem are being played at the restarted NBA season. Isaac became the first player to not kneel when he stood before he and the Orlando Magic played the Brooklyn Nets.”

Maybe the bigger story is that practically every player and coach are choosing not to stand. 

But the AP piece made the story about standing for the anthem. And that is a tragedy.

Not only did Issac not kneel, but he also did not sport the Black Lives Matter shirt that his teammates on the Magic did.

“He wore his white Orlando jersey instead, standing with his hands behind his back, the ordained minister praying silently as the song played.

‘Kneeling while wearing a Black Lives Matter T-shirt doesn’t go hand-in-hand with supporting Black lives,’ Isaac said.

Isaac’s decision was not a surprise to his teammates; he revealed it in a team meeting earlier in the week. Isaac expected there would be some critical reaction, given how the kneeling is part of a statement against racial injustice and police brutality following the deaths of, among others, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd in recent months.

‘That’s a personal decision,’ Magic coach Steve Clifford said of Isaac’s choice to stand. ‘We’re all supporting each other in this. And if guys are not comfortable kneeling and they want to stand, nobody has a problem with that. I support him. His teammates support him. The organization supports him. That’s part of living in our country.’

Isaac has a history of being active with various charities and churches.”

Again, it is a tragic commentary on our society when a player standing for the national anthem is the biggest story. 

They want to get rid of The Star-Spangled Banner as the National Anthem.  They’re about to make it our battle hymn.

As social justice warriors try and destroy America – and seem to be doing so at an accelerated rate – there’s now a push to remove The Star-Spangled Banner as the National Anthem.  The National Spokesman for Law Enforcement Today, Kyle Reyes, has something to say about that.

“Leave us alone.”

I think that’s the consensus among the overwhelming majority of Americans.

We are sick of the riots.  We are sick of the quarantine.  We are sick of being controlled and attacked like we’ve never before seen in our lifetimes.

“Leave us alone.”

We are sick of being told we are racist because we don’t embrace the extremism of Black Lives Matter… yet still believe that, like all lives, black lives do matter.

We’re sick of having our jobs, homes, families and lives threatened because we support law enforcement.

“Leave us alone.”

We’re sick of scrolling through social media and seeing the latest news that lawmakers are destroying the Second Amendment.  That politicians are telling us we can’t go to church.  That celebrities want us to be shamed for wanting to see family and friends.

“Leave us alone.”

We’re sick of being told that if we don’t wear a mask in public, we’ll have to pay a huge fine that we can’t afford because the government putting so many companies out of business with their draconian measures.  We’re sick of then seeing thousands of people riot in the streets without masks.

“Leave us alone.”

We’re sick of seeing indoctrination in our schools that literally LIES to our little children and teaches them that police hate black people.

We’re sick of watching books be burned.  Statues be destroyed.  History be erased.

“Leave us alone.”

We’re sick of living this new life of anxiety.  We’re sick of restless nights because we hear a sound and think “is someone there?” or “is it finally happening in my neighborhood?”

“Leave us alone.”

We’re sick and tired of watching the America that we love destroyed right before our eyes.  And the sleeping giant is about to awaken.

We’ve sat here quietly.  We’ve watched the tension build up.  It’s like an earthquake, right?  Sometimes those tremblors are simply a preview of a massive quake that’s about to come.  We ain’t seen nothin’ yet, folks.

“Leave us alone.”

You couldn’t do it, could you?  You just had to push and push and push.  And now you want The Star-Spangled Banner?

We are approaching a breaking point.

Here’s the deal.

The editor-in-chief of Yahoo Music wrote an article asking if it’s time to replace “The Star-Spangled Banner” with a different anthem.  He says it’s because racism accusations against the man who wrote its words, Francis Scott Key, who is of course dead and can’t defend himself.

Just last weekend, protestors pulled down Key’s statue in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park for that reason.

They also destroyed with one of former Union General and U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant.

Then on Wednesday, the Tulsa Athletic — a National Premier Soccer League squad in Oklahoma — said it no longer would play “The Star-Spangled Banner” at home matches.

They’ll now play “This Land Is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie instead, which the team called “a new song of patriotism.”

Black activist and journalist Kevin Powell was interviewed for the article.  He had plenty to say about Key:

“He was a very well-to-do lawyer in Washington, D.C., and eventually became very close to President Andrew Jackson, who was the Donald Trump of his time, which means that there was a lot of hate and violence and division.

At that time, there were attacks on Native Americans and Black folks — both free Black folks and folks who were slaves — and Francis Scott Key was very much a part of that. He was also the brother-in-law of someone who became a Supreme Court justice, Roger Taney, who also had a very hardcore policy around slavery.

And so, all of that is problematic. And the fact that Key, when he was a lawyer, also prosecuted abolitionists, both white and Black folks who wanted slavery to end, says that this is someone who really did not believe in freedom for all people. And yet, we celebrate him with this national anthem, every time we sing it.”

In George Orwell’s “1984” he wrote:

“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. History has stopped.”

That’s where we are today.

Let me tell you what I want for America.  Because not that you know who I am or particularly care, but in many ways – I am YOU.  Regardless of what you look like.

I have three little girls and a wife.  I love them dearly.

I don’t want to fight people.  I don’t want to be bothered.  I want to sit by the little blue kiddie pool and dangle my toes in the freezing cold water with them.

I want to sit outside in our little backyard at night with my wife, drinking cheap American beer and listening to Hall and Oates. 

I want to go to church – not under threat of arrest – and thank God for the blessings He has bestowed upon us.

I want to run with my family playing Tag in the park.  I want to cook burgers and dogs.  I want to hang out with our friends – our gay ones, our black ones, our Hispanic ones, our straight ones, our Christian ones, our Jewish ones, our Muslim ones – ALL OF THEM – and do what we always do.  Break each others’ balls and laugh and joke and not talk about politics.

I want a world like we had where I was growing up – where you could pray how you wanted, vote how you wanted, live like you wanted without garnering the hate of your family and neighbors because they stalk you on social media and have decided they hate you.

Is it silly to think that changing The Star-Spangled Banner might be the breaking point for many Americans?  Perhaps.  But every night, as we tuck our girls into bed, we pray with them.  And we sing that song.  Because to our family, it’s bigger than us.  It’s bigger than ALL of us.

It reminds us that there’s hope we can still be one nation, under God, indivisible.

Now I wonder if perhaps we’re indivisible after all.

Just understand this – if you eliminate The Star-Spangled Banner as our national anthem… it might very well become the battle hymn of countless Americans who asked you to do just one simple thing that you couldn’t seem to do…

“Leave us alone.”

We hope you’ll consider getting in the fight with us.  Here’s what Law Enforcement Today – the largest police-owned media outlet in America – is doing.

We at Law Enforcement Today want to make our stance very clear. 

We strongly and firmly stand behind the Second Amendment, companies that keep civilians and law enforcement officers safe through products and innovation, and the men and women who serve and protect our communities and our country.

We are launching a new series of options to help our partners and other patriotic businesses to be able to connect with consumers. While we can’t replace Google, Bing or Facebook – we sure can provide options to ensure that these companies and our brothers and sisters have a voice.

We welcome with open arms companies that openly support law enforcement, and we are proud to offer them options to get their products to market. 

We started noticing the problems a couple of years ago.  Social media was scaling back the reach of content that it didn’t believe people should see.

Not that there was anything offensive about it.  We’re talking about pro-police videos, stories about patriotic Americans and more. 

And from our perspective, that created a huge problem.  We have some of the greatest warriors in the world.  Yet their voices and their stories were being buried.

The mainstream media, on the rare occasion that it would tell some of these stories, would give you only a piece of them.  They’d cram as much as they could into a 90 second segment, slap their bias on it and that was it.

We needed to fix it. And so we are.

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Many of those in our focus groups dubbed it the “Netflix of the law enforcement community”.  But the truth is, it’s so much more.

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Pro sports leagues take massive ratings hit over anti-American, cop-hating political posturing

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Pro sports leagues take massive ratings hit over anti-American, cop-hating political posturing

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Pro sports leagues take massive ratings hit over anti-American, cop-hating political posturing

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Pro sports leagues take massive ratings hit over anti-American, cop-hating political posturing

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Pro sports leagues take massive ratings hit over anti-American, cop-hating political posturing

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Pro sports leagues take massive ratings hit over anti-American, cop-hating political posturing

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Pro sports leagues take massive ratings hit over anti-American, cop-hating political posturing

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Pro sports leagues take massive ratings hit over anti-American, cop-hating political posturing

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Pro sports leagues take massive ratings hit over anti-American, cop-hating political posturing

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God bless you all, and God bless America.

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