In a town hall with President Donald Trump and hosted by Sinclair’s Eric Bolling, former NFL superstar quarterback Brett Favre said that a ratings plunge in both the NFL and the NBA showed conclusively that fans aren’t interested in games that are filled to the brim with social justice propaganda.
“The NBA and the NFL are struggling with lower ratings as fans clearly do not want political messaging mixed with their sports, so how should the leagues support and promote an anti-racism position without becoming political and alienating fans?” Favre asked President Trump.
“People don’t want to see all of the politics. They’ve got enough politics with me and with everybody else, and they don’t want to see it with football and sports on Sunday or whenever they happen to be watching,” Trump said. “I think it’s had a huge impact on sports, a huge negative impact on sports. I think the football ought to get back to football and basketball to basketball and let politics remain separate.
“If people want to protest they can,” he continued, “but they shouldn’t be protesting on the sidelines during the football game, especially when they are making $10 million a year for something that they would be doing anyway for free if they weren’t in the league or the NFL or in the NBA. But the NBA in particular, their ratings have gone down. I’ve never seen anything like it. But the NFL, too. People don’t want to see it, and they want to have these players stand and salute and put their hand over their heart, or at least stand for the national anthem and salute. They want respect for the American flag, they want respect for our country.”
Well, you’d think that earlier NFL seasons would have proven, conclusively, to the powers-that-be that getting woke is a surefire way to go broke. Unfortunately, the summer of racial unrest gave the NFL and the NBA the bright idea of going all in on social justice…as if the players would forfeit their multimillion dollar contracts if they didn’t get to wear “Black Lives Matter” on their uniforms. Now these leagues will have to do the hard work of getting fans back into the fold – always a more difficult task after you’ve irritated half of your viewers.