The National Football League lost millions of viewers last year. Its response to national anthem protests has earned ire from the left and right alike — and, given that NFL fans are found across the political spectrum, is an invitation to disaster.
One might think the NFL would get back to earning fans’ support by playing football. You know, the reason people turn on the TV each Sunday.
You would be wrong. Instead, two teams are allowing male cheerleaders for the first time:
History will be created in the NFL this season, with male cheerleaders on the sidelines for the first time.
While there has never been a rule against male dancers, no teams have ever employed any on their squad.
But the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints have both named men in their squads for the 2018 season.
This may not be intended as a distraction from the disaster that has been the league’s response to political agitation and racial divisiveness on the field. We do think this is tone-deaf, akin to San Francisco putting cafeteria bans ahead of its drug and street feces problems. Males making up most of the NFL’s fan base, and teams making politically correct decisions like hiring two gay men as cheerleaders is unlikely to draw fans back.
Like all sports fans, we’d love to turn on the TV and kick back for some great 11-on-11, American-made competition. But as long as the NFL continues to put political correctness ahead of playing football, we’ll be joining millions of other patriotic Americans in doing anything else when the games are on.