Commentator Brent Bozell’s cultural winners and losers of 2017: Loser NFL, winner other pro sports

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.

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  • simus1

    The NFL football club owners are rent seekers very much dependent for continued success on a friendly welcome from the vote whores running big cities. The VWs must build the needed facilities on the taxpayers dime to make the system work and it seems certain that the present form of American football is not going to escape changes to make it more PC “inclusive” and “safe”.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      Decades ago, Howard Cosell fulminated against sports team owners who used the threat of franchise removal to blackmail municipalities into building more luxurious stadiums at taxpayer expense.