From Brent Bozell at Townhall:
Loser: the National Football League. Ratings took a dramatic hit, and attendance at games dropped, resulting in thousands of empty stadium seats and, in some cases, half-empty stadiums. Worse, the disdain shows no signs of abetting. The media tried not to draw the conclusion that kneeling for the national anthem to protest the country’s incurable racism caused a dramatic counterprotest. The NFL also chose to ignore the obvious. Look where that got it.
Winner: pro basketball, hockey and baseball. Somehow, all of these sports managed to avoid a flag-hating controversy, partly because they have owners that won’t put up with these insults and partly because they don’t have spoiled ingrates for players.More.
Reality check: I blame football’s management. Managers and execs should have taken the young fellows on the field aside and explained:
1. Yes, you have a legitimate cause (some cops are nuts). But you must consider how to support a legitimate cause in a way that makes a difference.
2. Football is an entertainment business. You make lots of money here and so do we. We are all entitled to spend that money making a difference—somewhere else. Provided fans continue to give us the money…
Anyone who wouldn’t understand that is hopeless anyway. So I say, fire the execs.
See also: ESPN crumbling because progressivism is not about providing entertainment. It’s about making people do things they don’t want to do and that’s a hard sell.