After Trump comments, vows to expand the protests.
The left wing antics of Colin Kaepernick and other players, taking a knee during the National Anthem, is having a devastating effect on the NFL’s bottom line.
We recently pointed out a similar trend at ESPN: ESPN Determined to Kill its Brand With Left Wing Politics
For the NFL it’s worse because you can actually see the empty seats left by the fans who have walked away.
Tyler Lauletta writes at Business Insider:
The NFL is getting hammered after another game was played in a half-empty stadium
“Thursday Night Football” gave football fans something of a surprise as the San Francisco 49ers hosted the Los Angeles Rams at Levi’s Stadium in a barn-burner of a football game, ending with an enthralling fourth quarter by the Niners before falling just short of completing the comeback.
The Rams’ 41-39 victory was a shootout — and some of the most exciting “Thursday Night Football” fans had seen in recent memory, featuring a successful onside-kick attempt, late turnovers, and a backdoor cover that sent gamblers home either elated or furious…
But the game also served as a reminder of one of the NFL’s recent woes: poor attendance.
Shots of the stadium, like the one above, made clear that attendance was dismal for the primetime game. Despite claims that attendance was over 70,000, anyone with eyes could see that the stadium was largely empty, with even some of the best seats in the lower bowl left untaken.
As SFGate noted, tickets were available on secondary markets for just $14 — about the price of a beer and hot dog inside the stadium. And still, few people found the time to support the Niners in person.
— Kent Porter (@kentphotos) September 22, 2017
— Michael Peredo (@MichaelPeredo) September 21, 2017
— Colin Resch (@colinresch) September 22, 2017
The attendance for the USC game was more than the Chargers and Rams’ attendances combined. pic.twitter.com/Pt96Vec5n4
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 18, 2017
Even Trump is getting in on the act. Last night at a rally in Alabama, he revved up the crowd by bringing up the protests and suggesting a way to deal with it.
From the FOX News Insider:
‘Tell That Son of a B***h He’s Fired’: Trump Blasts NFL Anthem Kneelers
President Trump railed against National Football League players who have knelt during the national anthem.
Trump said that he and Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.), who he was stumping for in Huntsville, are “unified” by “great American values.”
“We’re proud of our country and we’re proud of our flag,” he said.
He said players who disrespect the flag and kneel for the national anthem should be ejected from the stadium and cut from the team.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say ‘get that son of a b***h off the field right now – he’s fired’,” Trump said.
Here’s the video:
It’s only going to get worse for the NFL and for ESPN, as supporters of the protests are promising to expand the efforts:
Just so we're clear: the president's comments will only incite more player protests, not quell them.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 23, 2017
It’s like they are walking into a trap.
The players and supporters apparently don't realize they are helping Trump with all this. Keep it up, Trump can't get reelected without you. https://t.co/5erwCBDC6A
— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) September 23, 2017
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