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Report: NFL Will Have Social Justice Messages, Black National Anthem Again

Report: NFL Will Have Social Justice Messages, Black National Anthem Again

The NFL will go bigger and bolder in 2021! All of these efforts start right away in the preseason.

The NFL is not ready to let go of the social justice messages or the black national anthem.

In fact, the black national anthem will become permanent in 2021:

“They’re bringing back a lot of elements from last year,” said a source.

To reinforce its 10-year, $250 million commitment to combat systemic racism, the league will promote social justice via on-field signage, decals on player helmets, and in-stadium PSAs.

The NFL also plans to make “Lift Every Voice and Sing” — often referred to as the Black national anthem — a prominent part of all big league events, said sources. They will likely highlight victims of racial injustice with a “Say Their Stories” project, as well.

It also sounds like the NFL will go bigger and bolder than 2020:

While the NFL declined to comment, sources said this year’s social justice initiative could be as big, if not bigger, than last season’s in terms of spend, resources, and overall commitment.

The overarching theme for all of the league’s cause-marketing efforts this season will be: “It Takes All Of Us.” But in-stadium messaging will be more “targeted” this year — culminating with the “Inspire Change” theme during Weeks 17-18, said sources.

The effort will kick off in the 2021 preseason, which starts Aug. 5. NFL end zones will include messages such as “End Racism” and “Inspire Change.” The campaign will move into high gear with the NFL Kickoff game.


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Who cares what the NFL does.

The NFL is 58% black and earn huge salaries. Now THEY want to lecture America on racism and equity? No thanks, I’d rather watch Gilligan’s Island reruns.

“Lift Every Voice And Sing” is a damn fine song, and if we didn’t already have a perfectly good national anthem, and someone had proposed this song to fill the niche, I wouldn’t be set against it. My only objection would be that other than the reference in the first verse to Liberty, what makes it more suitable for the USA than for any other country or group or even individual on earth? Everyone has a dark past and hopes for a bright future, and pretty much everyone cherishes liberty. And everyone ought to thank God for the progress made so far, and hope to Him for the future. But other than that, sure, why not? It’s at least as good an anthem as “God Save the Queen”.

But we have an anthem, a good one, and if for some reason we lost it we have a fair number of serviceable backups. Including one to the tune of “God Save the Queen”, just in case someone left over from the Revolution is still hankering for that (though the tune was originally some German song). If we want some hymn-singing at the football, I’m all for it, but maybe at half-time?

great music to play upon exiting the stadium; not that we’re turning our backs on them

We are being broken to make way for the New World Order. Imagine them playing “The Internationale”. Same thing. Most Americans have already been broken. Or so it would seem. Their rallying cry is “Whatever!”.

I guess professional football isn’t so ‘professional’ after all. Just over paid pieces on a political chess board.

Fat_Freddys_Cat | July 16, 2021 at 8:08 am

LOL so all the woke purple hairs on the coasts will start buying and wearing NFL jerseys? Spend their Sundays watching the games? Go to the stadiums and eat hot dogs? Yeah, sure they will.

Changing your marketing strategy to appeal to a demographic that will NEVER spend a dime on your products…it’s a provocative concept.

    Paddy M in reply to Fat_Freddys_Cat. | July 16, 2021 at 8:13 am

    You’re correct, but the NFL won’t learn that lesson until enough people that do all those things you mentioned stop.

    I think part of the reason they can keep doing this is that they’ve got the broadcast contracts with the networks, Amazon, etc locked in for the next number of years. Then you add streaming.

    It’s pretty much a guarantee that 99% of the stadiums are going to have empty seats during regular season games, some of them embarrassingly so. What needs to happen is a marked drop in non-stadium viewership across the board: every network, every legal streaming method, doesn’t matter whether it’s Thursday, Sunday, or Monday, to cause the suits at those entities to sweat. And for NFL Sunday Ticket to have a nosedive in subscriptions.

      henrybowman in reply to p. | July 16, 2021 at 3:43 pm

      “they’ve got the broadcast contracts with the networks, Amazon, etc locked in for the next number of years.”

      That just means that when viewership tanks, a different pocket takes the hit. Either of those pockets works fine with me, don’t care which.

Has anyone here noticed that the recount efforts are exposing a ton of voter fraud in AZ, GA, NH and PA? The bipartisan resistance to the recount effort is massive. And the general disinterest by the “conservative patriots” is very revealing about how weak we truly are as a group. Apparently we only fight for sure things. Of course, once the dominoes start toppling and the tide is turned, everyone will be reunited just before we cross the finish line. This is the most disheartening thing of all about “us”.

    Dathurtz in reply to Pasadena Phil. | July 16, 2021 at 8:46 am

    I was noticing that, actually. The AZ hearing yesterday was incredible. Same stuff is gonna come from PA, GA, and MI.

      mark311 in reply to Dathurtz. | July 16, 2021 at 12:03 pm

      You mean the hearing where more baseless assertions were made by the CEO of cyber ninja. The man who made the original conspiracy theorist assertion without evidence who is now conducting an audit that doesn’t comply with any standard or practise as prescribed by law. Including no chain of custody, a ballot counting procedure that allows errors and inaccuracies, non compliance with the legal requirements and a company that have precisely zero experience of election audits or indeed elections.

      A “tree falling in a forest” event? Too many of us are too determined to not be disappointed so as to not have our feelings hurt. Can’t risk it. We’re too frail.

        Dathurtz in reply to Pasadena Phil. | July 16, 2021 at 5:31 pm

        I hear ya. There is never a hill to fight on, let alone die on. Always the line moves and we will fight next time.

        Rightly or wrongly, our founders would be in armed conflict with our government by now.

    alohahola in reply to Pasadena Phil. | July 16, 2021 at 10:33 am

    Just because people aren’t grouped together on the street or on a platform doesn’t mean they aren’t “united.”

    Milwaukee in reply to Pasadena Phil. | July 17, 2021 at 3:44 am

    Yes. I am disappointed Wisconsin is not on that list. Their numbers are very suspicious.

    One year a member of the legislature had a rental property of a single family dwelling. 35 people voted with that as their address. Any chance the election would also touch on the legitimacy of the current governor?

    If the election were honest one would want all the audits in the world. It would lend credibility to Biden and totally discredit Trump. That is so compelling a motive that the opposite conclusion is justified – a stolen election. That Republicans do not shove that in Democrats’ faces every day is a compelling argument that they really are Democrats-lite for the most part and happy to be rid of Trump. IMO they have been that way for years, including the years of Bush 2 and Paul Ryan, as House speaker.

The last football I watched was the Heidi Bowl, and before that a couple in unplayable conditions of mud or subzero snow. Generally modes of failure are entertaining in overhyped systems.

The entertainment value of BLM depends on how stupid it can be made to appear.

2smartforlibs | July 16, 2021 at 8:17 am

How long before the income is out-striped by the salaries of these overpaid Gladiators?

The NFL lost me when they caved to the SJW virtue signalers and I haven’t watched a down in at least three seasons, and don’t plan to moving forward. I stopped following NASCAR when they called in the FBI to investigate a pull-down rope on a garage door and called most of their fans a bunch of racist rednecks.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Idonttweet. | July 16, 2021 at 10:21 am

    I stopped following NASCAR when all the cars became the same. I recall when a Ford was a Ford, a Chevy a Chevy, and a Hudson was a Hudson.

    Another reason to stop watching: the wrestling-match trash talking that started several years ago. The old Southern Gentleman image died.

      You might like the amateur and sportsman classes of NHRA Drag Racing, which constitute the bulk of the sport. You’ll see everything from front engine dragsters to multitudes of muscle-cars, gasser door-slammers, and altereds.

      There’s a huge variety of cars, and at least at the races I attend, the spirit of good sportsmanship and being a gentleman (or lady) is still very much the norm.

      In regards to the subject at hand, I never liked football in the first place, so no skin off my back. Let the NFL wallow in their wokeness.

        The Friendly Grizzly in reply to SField. | July 16, 2021 at 5:27 pm

        Sorry. When drag racing on strips was something organized by Luons or Kiwanis to get racing off the streets, and gave young hot rodders a place to race legally, it was fun.

        Then, Money came in. Engines with tens of thousands invested to run one or two trips down the strip.

        “Funny Cars”.

        Those asinine flaming-tire burnouts.

        The racing trucks with the weighted tailgates dropping down so the front ends reared in the air like Trigger the Horse.

        The kids there to have fun with their shade-tree hop-ups were treated as nuisances by the “pros”, and all with the blessings of the organizers.

        Drag racing, in short, became a circus.

          henrybowman in reply to The Friendly Grizzly. | July 21, 2021 at 4:20 am

          But ’twas ever thus.
          Do you remember the first couple episodes of “Who Wants to Make a Deal,” in which no one in the audience was dressed like a refugee from a lunatic asylum?

      henrybowman in reply to The Friendly Grizzly. | July 16, 2021 at 3:48 pm

      Wrestling match? I was introduced to trash talking by Muhammed Ali, back when he was Cassius Clay. It was my own personal “say it ain’t so, Joe” moment. My horror was that the media thought it was cute and encouraged it, rather than ranking him for it as they would have done to any athlete just 20 years prior.

Ghost Rider | July 16, 2021 at 8:29 am

Another year without the NFL, MLB, NBA and college sports……… no big deal.

NFL Will Have Social Justice Messages, Black National Anthem Again

Nor will it have Iowa Jim following the games.

Screw the NFL … if I wanted to be preached to … I’d go to church …

stevewhitemd | July 16, 2021 at 8:59 am

I’ve been able to swear off the other professional sports. Leaving the NBA took me about five seconds. Baseball, a minute. Hockey is a sport I didn’t watch in the first place so no problem there. Metric football? Other than the World Cup there was no pull.

I tried to leave the NFL last year and it didn’t quite work (my boyhood team, the Browns, did well, and that had something to do with it), something my wife snickered about. Some backstage whisper about “principles, indeed.” But the NFL looks as if it really wants me to complete the process of walking away from all professional sports. I’m going to give it another try.

    Paddy M in reply to stevewhitemd. | July 16, 2021 at 9:19 am

    Good luck. From my understanding, the Browns are supposed to be a contender this year.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to stevewhitemd. | July 16, 2021 at 10:26 am

    “Metric football” had me burst out laughing! Thank you. I don’t follow it but I have watched a few times when in a hotel room in Europe somewhere. I hear a lot of American armchair athletes call the players panzies, faggots, blah blah. I’ll wager not a single one of the comment-makers can run any further than from the couch to the fridge for another Bud Lite.

    American football: 20 seconds of play, followed by standing around 10 minutes while the commercials play.

    Futbol / soccer: More or less continuing action, including some changes of direction at speeds an American football player couldn’t do if he tried.

    alohahola in reply to stevewhitemd. | July 16, 2021 at 10:34 am

    Yes, use logic and resist the emotional pull of nostalgia for your “boyhood team.”

Any NFLer willing to take the knee when this black anthem is played?

reply to plg:
Actually, the translated words of the Russian National Anthem are HILARIOUS! It speaks of their *freedom* at a time when that country was going into full blown communism. Russians to this day are Strongly Persuaded to show patriotism to “The Motherland” and isn’t this par for the course for all fascist countries? It would be entertaining to see BLM creatures visit those countries and try some of their shenanigans. None would make it back alive.

Something tells me that Ashli Babbitt, Vicky Weaver, and the victims slaughtered at Waco by the FBI won’t get mentioned by the NFL. But the names of drug dealers, thieves, gangsters, pimps, rapists and murders will be honored. Sometimes a society becomes too stupid to survive.

Richard Sherman is one of the louder black supremacists in the NFL. He was arrested after he broke into the house of his in-laws and attacked the uncle of his wife. Sherman was released without bail.

Rich black athlete privilege is real. Anyone else who did what Sherman did would have had to pay a hefty bail, or perhaps still be cooling his heels in prison. As it is, all charges are likely to be dropped, and the aging, washed-up Sherman is also likely to get a fat NFL contract.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Recovering Lutheran. | July 16, 2021 at 5:33 pm


    Rich black athlete privilege is real.

    No different from the high school or college football player getting a bye because football is the second religion in the region. Black or white, it’s athlete privilege.

But they got your money


I was a 200% Green Bay Packer lover, traveled to games in many states

AR is enough to turn my stomach, but I quit watching a few years ago, it was hard…

I do occasionally sneak at results but that’s it

The Friendly Grizzly | July 16, 2021 at 10:22 am

You still paid the royalty.

The Real Truth | July 16, 2021 at 10:33 am

The NFL in which the majority of players are BLACK, and are VERY HIGHLY PAID, disrespect our flag, and our anthem ! They should thank America every day for the money, and privileges THEY have, which they would not have in other countries. I am SO tired of the BLM garbage, and the constant complaining about “Police Brutality” while the MAJORITY of Blacks are murdered by OTHER Blacks ! The ONLY Race problem that we have in America today, is the RACIST attitude of BLACKS toward America, and WHITE people !

    alohahola in reply to The Real Truth. | July 16, 2021 at 10:41 am

    “The NFL in which the majority of players are BLACK”

    Interesting point there. If they are the majority of players, maybe they *should* get to decide what their values are and what their theme should be and who they play for.

    As it stands right now, if the majority of the spectators are white, maybe the majority black teams feel like they are “slave” players for white people–in which case, I empathize with their cause.

    That said, their choice of values and theme and spectators has consequences: they could lose a majority of their audience.

    I say, “Go for it.”

The NFL can segue directly to the old Soviet anthem, which should please BLM even more.

Meganinvegas | July 16, 2021 at 11:29 am

Well there goes the few fans they had left

The NFL is doing a fine job of reinforcing my decision a few of years ago to have nothing further to do with it.

The NFL once again shows that it’s a special kind of stupid.

The concept of America as a melting pot is being trashed. The alternative is tribalism. Starting to think about a new place to live.

Subotai Bahadur | July 16, 2021 at 2:30 pm

We are no longer a melting pot. The very concept is now heresy. They are TWANLOC and apparently reconciliation at any time in the future is not going to happen.

Subotai Bahadur

    henrybowman in reply to Subotai Bahadur. | July 16, 2021 at 3:54 pm

    Melting pot is officially a racist term. We are now a mixed bag of salad, or some such. Really mixed. There will be some dandelion, spearmint, foxglove, datura, and random weeds that crept in over the garden border.

Grant’sGhost | July 16, 2021 at 3:03 pm

Another season of not watching. only saw 1 game last year was in Pittsburgh and my 94 year old grandma wanted to watch…. so i made an exception and watched with her.

Games were boring as hell. Even before Kapernick kneeled was hard to watch with way too many ads and seemingly forever replay reviews and penalty discussions. The kneeling was the last straw for this once die hard Bears fan and I have cut my viewing by %90 with the goal this year of not watching at all. Even if the Bears make it to the super bowl. There’s a lot of fun stuff to do on Sunday afternoon besides be the nfl’s product.

henrybowman | July 16, 2021 at 3:50 pm

Big and tall gear: King Size Co. Been using them for 40 years, esp. shoes.

When I purchased my house in 1999, I bought a DTV receiver just to get the NFL package. I used to tell people if it wasn’t for that I’d have basic cable.

Last year I cancelled DTV, and I told the woman on the phone, “You want to treat your fans like this, you don’ t need my money.”

I just read this article, reminded me of something. I got out my iPhone, opened iCal, and deleted the Saints schedule.

RIP NFL. It was good before it was destroyed by the woke a%%holes in the home office.

Well my brother missed watching the Superbowl when Patriots came back from a 28-3 deficit to beat the Falcons 34-28. So I bought the DVD from the Patriots to show him. Now if I need some football I can watch that. Or highlight plays on the internets, like the time Oklahoma dropped The Ohio State in Columbus on a last play field goal in 1977.

College football is becoming woke. Didn’t a coach need to retire, to spend more time with his family, after being seen wearing a One America Network tee shirt? More will follow in collegiate wokeness.

    JGO_KY in reply to Milwaukee. | July 19, 2021 at 8:08 am

    Gundy (Oklahoma State) did not retire but he did apologize profusely and repeatedly. His knees became as callused as our Vice-President’s knees (emphasis on “Vice”.). One of his players threatened to transfer. It was all disgusting.

There is only (1) national anthem, anything else is clap-trap and won’t be on my TV.