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ICYMI: NFL’s Protesters Didn’t Make the Playoffs

“NBC plans to televise any players who refuse to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Super Bowl, but there may be nothing to show,” reports The Washington Times.

After two seasons of controversy, only twenty players remained engaged in the national anthem protests on five different National Football League teams. However, none of those teams qualified for postseason play.

From the article:

Sports psychologist John F. Murray emphasized that it would be impossible to quantify the impact on individual teams but said it stands to reason that the high-profile protests could have disrupted locker-room unity.

“As a sports psychologist, if my mission is to help a team play better, I see it as a distraction,” said Mr. Murray, who is based in Palm Beach, Florida, and has worked with NFL players.

He said teams should expect problems if players perceive that their teammates are “putting a social agenda above the mission” of winning games.

“As a sports psychologist, if my mission is to help a team play better, I see it as a distraction,” said Mr. Murray, who is based in Palm Beach, Florida, and has worked with NFL players.

He said teams should expect problems if players perceive that their teammates are “putting a social agenda above the mission” of winning games.

“I work with athletes, and I’m very sensitive to the impact of even a slight disruption in team unity,” said Mr. Murray. “I think that would certainly be a possibility. If you’ve got some people who are strongly against that and some people who aren’t, you’re putting that issue in the way of going out there and performing well.”

 

NBC, the network that will broadcast this year’s Super Bowl game, had recently promised to cover any protests that might occur during the pregame ceremonies.

On the other hand, after a tumultuous season that has resulted in the NFL becoming the most unpopular sports organization in America, the league may be relieved by the prospect of a controversy free Super Bowl. But, that doesn’t mean the impact won’t be felt for in future months.

A spokesman for 2ndVote was quoted explaining what the NFL faces from a business standpoint:

A lack of protests in the postseason may be better for the league’s public image, but the long-term damage will be felt as sponsors negotiate their advertising deals for the next season. Advertisers are likely to demand lower prices because of the loss of viewership.

Studies showed a 10% drop in viewership ratings for the 2017 NFL season compared to the previous year, which means a significant loss of advertising value to sponsors.

Read the entire article from The Washington Times here.

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  • Robert E. Lee ca.

    Super Bowl day, is a great day for fishing.

    • Peter

      Says the guy hiding behind the name of a man who fought against America.

      • Robert E. Lee ca.

        Thank you pete. I’ve been wondering, how long it was going to take, until a snowflake was offended by that name. Now, go back to your vid games, and let the grown men talk.

        • Red Baron

          Making snide comments doesn’t change the fact that too many in this country want to honor those who fought to split the country in two because they feared they might be outvoted and slavery abolished. Simple as that. When their Presidential candidate wasn’t elected, they had one of the first snowflake temper tantrums.

          • Robert E. Lee ca.

            Wow,got another one. Kinda like fishing. Thanks for the history update, though. You must have gone to a government school too.

          • Angelo G

            Remember it was the democrats that wanted to preserve slavery, and the republicans that wanted to abolish it.

          • TheKnowerseeker

            “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them….”

            Sound familiar?

      • TheKnowerseeker

        America stopped being America when the President and the Congress allowed the SCOTUS to declare the tyrannical power of “Judicial Review” unto itself (about 60 years before the Civil War). The SCOTUS has abused this power to undermine the intentions of the founders ever since.

  • iprazhm

    Living in Jacksonville Fl, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, I couldn’t care less if they win or lose in the playoffs. They went to a foreign land and refused to stand in honor of America, yet they stood to honor the country they were in. They are mud and manure under my feet.

    • Edward Cohen

      Fukkin A count me in they are mud and shit under my shoes

  • Peter

    According to Eagles safety Malcom Jenkins, the reason for the protest was:

    “to draw awareness to the issues that plague people of color, and the disenfranchisement of our communities, police brutality, the gap in our education system, the way our criminal justice system devours black-bodies”

    I still haven’t figured out why people are upset with players simply taking a knee to bring awareness to injustices. What made you all so sensitive?

    Also, the Eagles are playing in the NFC championship game tomorrow. So much for sports psychologists. And the NFL has issues, but none of them are related to kneeling players.

    • Red Baron

      Because it is simply grandstanding, a way to say “Look at me!” Like the overpaid, over-pampered whiners would know about injustice. Let me know when they speak out about black-on-black crime. I won’t hold my breath.

    • TheKnowerseeker

      Because those issues are nothingburgers (and black conservatives have publicly said so), but refusing to honor the Constitution — which the flag represents — is a *very* somethingburger.

  • Angelo G

    Superbowl day is a great day for a Goose hunt too.