Americans turn their wallets into weapons against SJW activism
FISCAL JUSTICE: Experts brace for economic impact of NFL drama while Madonna’s latest album tanks.
Professor Jacobson is not the only one who is “tuning out” sports and entertainment venues because of social justice warrior activism.
It turns out millions of American are joining him. Sunday Night Football ratings plummeted the night of the #TakeAKnee protests.
In metered market numbers, the primetime matchup that saw the Washington Redskins beat the Oakland Raiders 27-10 snared an 11.6/20, the worst SNF has performed this season so far. It’s an 8% dip from the early numbers of last week’s game, Atlanta’s 34-23 win over Green Bay. Amid cheers and boos from fans at FedEx Field in Maryland last night, the third week of the SNF season declined 10% from early numbers of the comparable game of last year on September 25, 2016.
Sunday’s SNF peaked with a 12.r5/20 during the second quarter from 9-9:30 PM ET. Still, NFL ratings are down double-digits this season so far after taking a similar tackle-for-loss last year. Add to that, Sunday’s game was the worst a Week 3 SNF has done in 11-years.
I have seen several lists of NFL sponsors make the rounds on social media, as citizens prepare responding to the social justice drama that has become part of recent football culture. In fact, economists are projecting fiscal consequences are looming ahead as Americans turn their wallets into weapons against the progressive pap they have been forced to endure while watching the games.
Should this Trump-NFL controversy roll on for the season, the playoffs or Super Bowl, then Pepsi, Visa, Budweiser, McDonald’s and such will feel the pain of lower ratings, lukewarm advertising impact and slower sales.
That’s a frightening scenario for huge companies that are staples of the U.S. economy and employ millions of people.
And while the elite media will want to blame President Trump’s “divisiveness”, the truth is this is a Commander-in-Chief who is willing to fight the Culture War with verbal daisy-cutters and nuclear tweets. Trump simply said what millions of Americans are thinking.
The elites and glitterati are upset because they aren’t used to someone fighting back AND getting popular support while doing so.
But sports teams aren’t the only targets of American fiscal justice! News from the music industry shows this movement is widespread.
Legal Insurrection readers will recall that the last time we featured pop-diva Madonna, she was uttering vulgarities while dreaming about bombing the White House during the Women’s March.
Numbers for her recent sales show that her star power has dimmed considerably.
Then there’s the astoundingly poor sales of Madonna’s new live album Rebel Heart Tour. Over a million people saw the tour when it traveled around the world but, here in the U.S., only an estimated 3,828 were impressed enough to buy a CD of the show.
It may be that those 3,828 could comprise the entire Super Bowl audience this year as well!
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Should probably note that Monday Night Football ratings went up, 12% I think.
But – it was the Cowboys playing and they implied that something would be different with respect to the protest. So people may have tuned in for that part. How long did the increased viewership last?
Only time will tell, but when posting on the low ratings of Sunday night, it’s only fair to acknowledge they went right back up and then some the very next night.
I’ve no idea in advance, but I am suspicious that a large portion of NFL boycotter’s did so out of anger of the moment and will soon renege.
Back in the ’90s, MLB had a player strike/management lockout which angered fans, many of whom swore they’d never watch another baseball game. Once games resumed, ratings went right back to where they were before. Talk of boycotts were just that, talk. I fear the same thing will happen with this.
Uh, it took over 10 years for MLB to recover from that strike.
And the addition of the interleague play during the season and the Wild Card race…
And steroids. Baseball started to recover when you had the home run wars powered by Mark Maguire, Sammy Sosa, and Barry Bonds. All taking steroids.
At the park, not on TV.
maybe shooting up on tv would have increased ratings Henry ??
Strikes don’t usually involve the force-feeding of politics (of any nature) or hypocritical and disingenuous twaddle like that coming from the commissioner and owners. To wit, Goodell’s claim last year that there was nothing he could do, when league policy empowered him to punish players who don’t stand for the anthem, and Bob Kraft’s pronouncement (directed at Trump) that politics are divisive and don’t belong in sports – a fine statement, but a year late and directed at the wrong person. Considering that this was driven by a fear of a Leftist backlash if the league had the temerity to punish a black athlete protesting against (imagined) racism (which would have sparked organized boycotts of sponsors) cowardice is at the root of the league’s problems. Imagine that. A league full of “heros” and all gung-ho patriotic is actually run by sniveling, fearful people who are willing to trade their image for money, and insult their fan base at the same time. It will not end well.
I will never go back. I don’t miss the ex, and I know I won’t miss football.
Sunday night isn’t Monday night – same thing as comparing apples to persimmons……
The ratings are comparisons of one Sunday night game with previous Sunday night games. Likewise, the ratings compared one Monday night game with previous Monday night games. When you see percentages up or down, that’s the comparison being drawn. There is no comparison made between Sunday and Monday games, hence no apples and oranges error.
Could that be because people are finally kneeling for the God who blesses them?! I am so happy to see this!
And that should be our talking point. Just turn it around on them.
Monday’s ratings were skewed up because it was the first time ESPN included streaming viewing in their MNF ratings.
Considering ESPN has a very large streaming audience this muddies the water considerably.
They may be able to fool the media into thinking ratings are up, but they won’t fool the advertisers.
Saw a picture of someone kneeling at the Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier on another site.
That might help kill MNF ratings.
I saw the lists of sponsors. It had an impact on me since I was at the grocery store, looking at the beer and opted to pass by and just get the tonic water.
I think the professor has the wrong video song up for today’s posts – it should be “I don’t care anymore” by Phil Collins.
“I don’t care anymore” by Phil Collins was featured a few days ago supporting his post along the same theme.
If the NFL protest continues through the season and fewer people watch… what impact will that have on Super Bowl commercials?
NBC would not be happy…
Since you can see all of the commercials online and they have been getting political themselves, I suspect that viewership will continue to be off.
There are more alternative activities that are being held at the same time. My pocket book always took a hit during the Super Bowl Sunday sale at my local quilt shop.
Not exactly what I meant. Super Bowl commercials are very expensive time slots. If viewers are expected to be down, NBC may take a hit in what advertisers will pay for that time.
Hard to tell if this will continue but I suspect it will. The left isn’t used to people fighting back against their verbal insults and onslaughts against 1/2 the population.
Many people didn’t see a way to fight back. Now they do.
The funny things is that the stupid left and their stupid SJW have turned many of us who were tepid Trump supporters at best into supporting him because they are so over the top foolish.
Add in disrespecting the flag to get a Trump and the left is in a hole and still digging.
The New York Times ran an op ed “admiring” wiener. As if sleazebags who have been caught multiple times aren’t practiced in the art of public remorse.
There are people taking North Korea’s side.
People apologizing for rapists.
Trump is branding the Democrats as skillfully as the democrats branded Goldwater. Except that this time it involves an entire political party.
The GOP isn’t doing so well, either.
Someone somewhere said Trump should target pedophiles, honour killings and rape just so we can enjoy the sight of liberals coming out in support of pedophiles, honour killings and rapists.
The evil Democrats have already done endorsement of all of that.
Same for Hollywood and the Industrial-Entertainment-Torture Complex……
When this all started last year the NFL ratings fell week after week.. never going back up. This year the passion and anger of the fans is much more intense… this will NOT be a momentary blip or brief drop in ratings…this has only begun
I hope you’re right
Speaking of advertisers and media, Directv announced yesterday, they would be refunding the fee for subscribers, who wanted to cancel their subscriptions to the NFL package they offer.
I was looking at this lead photo thinking the funny thing is that the kneeling is not really a protest of the flag or the anthem or police brutality at this point but a protest of DJT. Now where ever Trump goes his biggest detractors will be kneeling before him. They will think they’re kneeling in protest but of course he will be smiling and winking and having the time of his life as they all kneel and bow down before him. Accident or genius?
” Accident or genius?”
Well, it took DACA off the front page, didn’t it.
Kneeling is ALWAYS the position of DEFEATED ENEMIES!
The NFL likely assumes that it is too big to fail. After all, it is the number one sports venue in the US. And, in the last twenty years, it has shown a marked lack of concern for the desires of its customer base. So, it is no wonder that it would cater to the whims of its players rather than to the desires of its paying customers.
However, unlike MLB and the NBA, the NFL plays a very limited schedule. Where the other franchises in the other two sports can absorb several low attendance games and even a few low viewership broadcasts, the NFL does not have that luxury. Will the fans come back? Probably. Will the franchises in the league suffer in the meantime? Maybe. It depends upon what the league and the owners do. The smart move would have been to simply tell the players to stand for the anthem and save their protests for off-the-field activities. However, now that they have submitted to their player’s desires, to change course would cause them significant problems from the militants in their ranks. So, we shall see what happens. Considering how badly many teams have performed over the last decade, most people won’t notice the lack of professional football, unless they are masochists.
NFL is toast!
Stick a fork in the NFL.
I don’t think I’m a particularly out-of-the-ordinary citizen, and I will not be going back to the NFL. They betrayed their fans, and anything they do in the future will be to recover lost revenue, i.e., it will be done for money, not out of actual contrition and not by way of a seriously sincere apology to the fans. They went the way they did out of fear of monetary loss (from the organized boycotts the Left would have demanded if they had stopped Kaepernick from protesting), and now that they’re going to experience monetary loss, that is exactly what will drive any “apology tour” by the league. I, for one, won’t buy it, and I think many other fans will feel the same.
It seems like every year some team hits up the taxpayers of their “home turf” for upgrades to the stadium, or even a new stadium. The pitch usually includes all the spin-off business that will be generated for local eateries, hotels, whatever, when the upgraded venue opens. (There were a lot of empty seats visible in the spanking new Levi Stadium when the Santa Clara 49ers played on Thursday night last.) This kneeling BS may stir up more resistance than usual to the idea that taxes should be raised to provide a place for a private enterprise to do business.
I’ve been ignoring them since last year when the Kapernick first appeared on the scene… That extra 4 or 5 hours on Sunday has put a real dent in my to-do list…
And don’t forget that is was just a few years back when the players took a pay-off so they could continue to concuss their brains and die terrible deaths from dementia long after their playing days were over. Bad decisions abound…
Amazing that Madonna has had time to produce a new album. She’s been very busy lately…
I am looking for new auto/homeowners insurance. Been a Nationwide customer for 17 years. Time to drop them
Make sure you tell them exactly WHY you’re changing insurance companies.
Already sent them a letter informing them of such. No response, so I am guessing they don’t care.
Or busy responding to many, many more like yourself
I am speaking for myself so you may think I am way off here but this is what I believe is happening. For most of us, there is no opportunity for us to have our say in a meaningful way about this social justice issue. We may discuss it with our spouses or friends but not on a national level. By spitting in the faces of so many of us who think that our flag and the national anthem are sacred, boycotting the NFL is one way we, as a silent majority, can actually fight back. We don’t get on TV and get to say our piece like these overpaid felons. So, we will show the NFL, the left and the world that, like the first Marine flag, we say “Don’t tread on me”.
In other news, I’m going to start watching me some NASCAR!
Ernheart Jr has already come out in support of the kneelers.
I won’t watch NFL again even if they put a stop to the kneeling. They have shown their true colors.
All I know is this kneeling crap had better not infect college football. I gotta watch my Buckeye football on Saturdays. I’ve never once bothered to tune in to NFL games, they’re just not as dynamic and exciting like college is. But at least I know which corporations to steer clear from.
This nonsense has infected ELEMENTARY schools.
Do you seriously believe it won’t infect colleges?
I think the NFL is going to take a knee to their bottom line!
NFL ratings down 11% this season, Nielsen says
yes but ratings were up for week 3 overall
I think some of that rise is due to curiosity about this kneeling crap. There were probably many who never watch the NFL that tuned in to see if there was going to be a big conflict. The weak minded will still watch and bitch at the same time. But for many of us who have caught on to the ripoff of the century, the NFL is as bad as the WWF with its fake outcomes and shared profits. They are a living example of Socialism at work right here in America!
The non-NFL progs will turn on their TV’s to prop up the ratings at least for a few weeks. We’ll see who wins that battle. Who’s more motivated?
Many probably will, but they’ll be wasting their time. It doesn’t work that way.
How TV ratings are determined:
The rating went up from the same Monday night last year but there was a presidential debate that night so don’t let the 12% increase fool you.
Any fan that chooses a presidential debate over football is no fan at all, lol.
I wish the Republicans had the courage and would cut the subsidies to pro sports by federally taxing local and state subsidies for stadium construction as income to the team. Further, prohibit Pell Grants to so-called “student athletes” that are on scholarship and admitted under special circumstances/waivers just so they can play sports in college. In other words, if they are admitted under criteria different than others admitted to the school (such as a “Presidential Admission”) and they play sports, no Pell Grants and no student loans. The school will therefore have to fund the ringer athletes all the way with scholarship money from the athletic department or other sources besides money from the taxpayer.
There are those shallow, knee jerk thinkers that would contend my proposal is cruel because it might prevent such special admission ringers from attending at least some college and bettering themselves. But the fact is, education institutions were not started to be farm programs to subsidize billionaire sports team owners and provide them a system so they do not have to have one like baseball does. They were not created to further the pursuit of recreation and leisure. They were created to impart education and benefit society by producing more capable, higher earning people (we know they are falling short of that). The opportunity cost of throwing special admissions to athletes is in the form of potentially good students who may have had tough circumstances and are academically fair to marginal. If special admissions were given to them, and the tutors and remedial resources spent on them, they might actually produce some good academic performers that go on to represent the school well. But those slow and fairly quiet accomplishments, without the flare of the “bread and circus.” That type of special admissions project is far more consonant with the purpose of academic institutions that the “bread and circus” approach that currently exists.
It is another example of how this country has gotten off track and lost its priorities.
I wish the NFL would pay dearly, but I’m sure justice won t be what I’d like. But, I am intrigued that we’re talking about whether there is or isn’t a decrease in ratings, because for a business to continue they actually should be looking for growth. Even if decrease not what we’d like, it isn’t growth.
I’m guessing the calculations being made by the NFL and others with financial interests are about judging if this is something that will pass, therefore some temporary loss of revenue might be preferable to cracking down and possibly reigniting things or something worse. Alternately, I’m guessing there are also NFL execs and/or owners who want this mess nipped in the bud, damn the costs. I admit to a tad of schadenfruede over the image of NFL, player’s union, team owners, and sponsor execs all going nuts in some conference room trying to figure out what to do. The Bottom Line, not ideology, will decide thuis thing.
I wish people could equate the cost of the product to the advertising dollars. If you knew that your product would cost 10% less because they were not spending ad dollars on the the highest time slots, I bet you would be happy. Time to make the capital economy work and for once, tell them what we want instead of them telling us.
I cancelled my NFL Sunday Ticket subscription this week. I may watch an occasional game on TV but I have no interest in paying the oppressed millionaires any more than I have to.
And the police didn’t shoot and kill him!
Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Ethan Westbrooks, age 26, was arrested on Friday night, September 22.
The incident occurred on Interstate 5 near Bakersfield, according to MSN. Police said that Westbrooks was stopped for speeding, and officers observed a handgun in the glove compartment of his vehicle while he was looking for his registration, according to ESPN.
The firearm was reported stolen in 2009, according to California Highway Patrol records, and was loaded with a “high-capacity” magazine holding a whopping 13 rounds of ammunition.
Westbrooks was arrested on five felony charges: receiving stolen property, carrying a loaded firearm, carrying a stolen loaded firearm, grand theft of a firearm, and possessing a high-capacity magazine. He was booked into the Kern County Jail in Bakersfield, and has since posted bail.
They’ll hang him for the only charge that will stick – possession of a high-capacity magazine. The horror!
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SALUTE TRENDING: Taking a knee during the national anthem at major league sporting events has garnered national attention by way of support for some, and outrage for others.
A combat veteran who was visiting Arlington National Cemetery yesterday at the Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier with his daughter snapped a photo of a man kneeling during the playing of TAPS.
Has professional sports protest’s bled onto hallowed ground? Arlington National Cemetery had long been a place of reflection, honor and remembrance.
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