October 5, 2015
Specific taxpayer funded stadiums and sporting events:
Cowboys Stadium to be renamed AT&T
Stadium. The Dallas Cowboys announced a multi-year, multimillion-dollar branding deal Thursday [7/25/2013] that will change
the name of Cowboys Stadium to AT&T Stadium. Team owner Jerry Jones said he wants his $1.2 billion showplace to be a building "more
familiar than the White House."
Sacramento Keeps NBA's Kings, But
Gives Up Hundreds of Millions of $$$. The Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association have a new billionaire team owner, and
that billionaire will have a new stadium for his team, courtesy of local taxpayers. Two days after the NBA rejected a bid to move the Kings to
Seattle, the Maloof family agreed to sell the Kings to a new group of investors who promise to keep the team in Sacramento. The announcement
follows the Sacramento City Council's approval of a deal for a new downtown basketball arena that has a total cost of more than $700 million.
Chicago Suburb Borrows Millions
to Repay Stadium Debt. Saddled with debt payments after sinking $135 million into the construction of a soccer stadium, the
Chicago-area suburb of Bridgeview recently had to borrow an additional $27 million to cover required bond payments. The Chicago
Tribune reported the new borrowing comes on top of more than $218 million in debt cited in the village's 2011 audited statements.
Brian Costin, director of government reform at the Illinois Policy Institute, reviewed several financial reports for the city and stadium, named
Toyota Park, and saw serious consequences for the village's stadium borrowing.
High school football: It's a Texas tradition. It's a religion. It's an incurable disease.
high school unveils Texas-size $60 million football stadium that seats 18,000
. At least one Texas high school has achieved
gridiron glory before the football season starts. Allen High School in suburban Dallas unveiled a new stadium recently that seats
18,000 spectators and cost $60 million to build. The pigskin palace features a high-definition scoreboard, a multi-level press
box, wrestling and weight rooms, and a golf practice area.
SEC probes $634M financing of
new Marlins stadium
. SEC subpoenas to the city and Miami-Dade County are seeking a long list of documents and records, including
those involving meetings and communications between government officials and executives with the Marlins and Major League Baseball.
Why public funding for a Vikings stadium doesn't make sense
To put this proposal into terms to which we can relate, as it passed out of the Senate Finance Committee this week, the legislation would provide public
money in an amount equivalent to a $77.30 per ticket subsidy for each of the 65,000 seats at every Vikings home game. That's $77 in taxpayer funds
for each ticket, at every game, including preseason ones, for the next 30 years.
debate over public financing for a new Falcons stadium
. A new study has raised the extreme possibility that the Atlanta Falcons, within a few years,
will be scrimmaging in a new, $1 billion stadium with a retractable roof. Roughly a third of the cost — $300 million is the figure in
current usage — is likely to be borne by those who check into Fulton County hotels and motels, via a 7 percent surcharge on their room bills.
The 20-year-old Georgia Dome, also built with a flow of taxpayer cash, would be demolished.
The Editor says...
The old stadium is only 20 years old. One could reasonably conclude that Atlanta will have to go through this process again every 20 years.
city taxpayers won't pay for 'Skins training facility
. Fear not, D.C. taxpayers. Even
the D.C. Council's biggest proponent for returning the Redskins to the District knows the city can't actually
spend money on building a training facility to lure the team back within city lines. Ward 2 Councilman
Jack Evans was asked about the possibility Friday [3/2/2012] on WAMU radio's "Politics Hour" show, where he
said it's no secret the Redskins want to relocate because their current facility in Ashburn is "one of
the worst in the league."
backed Pittsburgh stadium tax hike
. Santorum friends and former Republican associates there say
that as a U.S. senator, he astonished them by lobbying for a boost in the sales tax in 11 southwestern
Pennsylvania counties to pay for building a new stadium for the Pittsburgh Steelers and another new stadium for
the Pittsburgh Pirates. The teams owners were threatening to move their teams elsewhere if the government
didn't give them what they demanded. "It was a sweetheart deal for the two teams, a total taxpayer giveaway,"
Larry Dunn, who was a Republican and the commission chairman of Allegheny County, which includes Pittsburgh.
'MNF' game experiences second power outage
. "I just feel like San Francisco took a big step to
show the NFL and to show the state of California that they need a new stadium," Steelers FS Ryan Clark said
following the game. "I think it was a very strategic move, and Candlestick may be no more."
The Editor says...
If the stadium needs new power transformers, it isn't necessary to replace the entire stadium.
Only slightly off-topic:
Cuomo's big development plan for Aqueduct holds promise
. Of the many ambitious plans Gov. Cuomo laid
out in his second State of the State speech, none had more wow than putting the world's biggest convention center
at Aqueduct Racetrack. The proposed 3.8 million-square-foot facility — to be built on state
land with $4 billion in private money — would create thousands of jobs, boost New York City's
status as a tourist magnet and make far better use of a grossly underused property a stone's throw from Kennedy
Dayton wants deeper review of Vikings'
. Gov. Mark Dayton is asking the Metropolitan Council and his stadium czar to
quickly analyze and determine the remaining issues on the Minnesota Vikings stadium proposal for the Arden Hills. ...
The county and the team announced an agreement in May to build a $1 billion stadium in Arden Hills.
The was virtually ignored by the Legislature as state leaders tried to reach agreement on the two-year budget.
governor says $4 million 'bribe' for Pro Bowl is wasteful
. Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said
Thursday [6/9/2011] it's "so stupid" that the cash-strapped state pays millions to play host to the Pro Bowl
when the money could be used for education.
Don't count on Vikings stadium in special
. Though many expect a new Minnesota Vikings stadium to be considered at a special legislative
session, there are those who think the increasing war of words between Gov. Mark Dayton and the Republicans who control
the House and Senate may prevent that. One is Sen. Dick Cohen, DFL-St. Paul, who was first elected to the
Legislature in 1976 and is one of the longest-serving lawmakers at the State Capitol. Another may be Sen. Dave
Thompson, R-Lakeville, one of a group of influential freshman Republican legislators.
Arden Hills stadium a done stadium
. The push to build a new Minnesota Vikings stadium took more frantic twists and
turns Thursday as the team suggested critics might be trying to scuttle its plan to build in Ramsey County
and influential business leaders worked to swing the project back to Minneapolis. ... There were also
indications the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners has enough votes to back the $1 billion project in
suburban Arden Hills.
Arizona city's sports mania encounters a hard check
. Taxes provided $346 million of the
$455 million cost of the huge retractable-roof NFL stadium where the Arizona Cardinals will play
10 times this season, if there is a season. But Glendale (population 253,000) has a more
immediate problem with its hockey team, the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes. After the team entered bankruptcy
in 2009, the NHL bought it for $140 million and has lost at least $30 million operating it.
. How did this little city rack up so much debt? Much, if not most of it,
comes from the city council's decision — without bothering to waste their time asking for
public approval — to build the Boulder Creek Golf Club, which opened in 2003. One
can easily understand the life-or-death need for a place to go golfing, of course. Yet, this
was the city's second public course. The first, built in 1971, was approved by voters.
Mysteriously, once the second course was operational, the first (as well as the second) began to
lose money, with revenues falling from over $600,000 annually to only $40,000.
Texas agrees deal to host
. Formula One will return to the United States in 2012 with a 10-year deal for a race in the
Texas state capital Austin, commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone has announced. "For the first time in
the history of Formula One in the United States, a world-class facility will be purpose-built to host the
event," the Briton told the F1 website. Austin, the 15th largest city in the United States, will host
the race until 2021.
gets built, Mesa will keep Cubs
. To the sound of cheers and whistles of triumph, the owners of the
Chicago Cubs officially announced Wednesday [1/27/2010] that they intend to keep their spring-training home in Mesa
but only if the state and the city can muster the $84 million to build a new stadium and practice complex.
say they need public money for stadium
. For seven years, the San Diego Chargers have said they
would build a new stadium without using taxpayer money. Thursday [12/10/2009], a team spokesman said
otherwise. "It's almost certainly going to involve some sort of taxpayer money," said Chargers special
counsel Mark Fabiani, who has led the team's stadium search since 2002.
Rules Private Land Can Be Seized for NBA Arena
. New York's highest court ruled Tuesday [11/24/2009]
that it's lawful for a state economic development agency to seize private land to build an arena for a professional
basketball team. The 6-1 ruling by the New York State Court of Appeals allows the contentious $4.9 billion,
22-acre Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn, N.Y., to proceed. The proposed development includes office
towers, apartments and a new arena for the NBA's New Jersey Nets.
Anatomy of an Earmark
The old Tiger Stadium was built in 1912 and was the home of Detroit's big-league team until 1999. After
the Tigers moved to a new stadium a mile away, it became the subject of intense controversy about what should
be done with it. The city wanted to tear it down. Local preservationists wanted to turn it into a
sports complex and museum. What happened was literally akin to splitting the baby.
Pricey seats at new Yankee Stadium a
. The most expensive spots in America's costliest ballpark have become an embarrassment packing a
financial sting to the proud New York Yankees, as the Legends Suite section in the infield has been filled only once in
the six games since the $1.5 billion stadium opened last week. On most days, the seats that cost $500-$2,500 as
part of season tickets and go up to $2,625 for individual games haven't been close to full.
University's Stadium Plea Renews Funding Debate
University of Washington's quest to receive public funding for renovation of its Husky Stadium has rekindled
the debate over taxpayer financing of sports facilities. ... The university stresses it's asking for less
money than the Seahawks (football) and Mariners (baseball) did, and that its 50-50 split is a smaller share
of public dollars than for those stadiums. Public money made up about 70 percent of Qwest and Safeco
Fresno's new baseball stadium better not be paid
for with municipal bonds!
Dale Rubin, of Salem, Oregon is an attorney who specializes in public
subsidy issues. He recently finished a brief for a public policy group in which his concluions of law
were that municipal subsidies for sports stadiums are unconstitutional. He said 'Almost all state laws
say that no public entity should be aiding private enterprise. In spite of that, billions of dollars of
bonds are flowing to build these sports facilities.'
Citi, AIG Won't Drop Big Sports
. AIG, Citibank and a number of other federally bailed-out financial
institutions have no plans to cancel hundreds of millions of dollars in sports team sponsorships,
even as they take billions in taxpayer support, ABC News has found. In boom times, the
sponsorships were seen as a way to advertise the firms' "brands" and appeal to potential customers. ... But
critics, including a member of Congress, say the decision to continue them now is hard to defend.
Special Interests Push for
Sports Stadium Subsidies
. With Washington state facing a projected $3.2 billion budget
deficit — the difference between growing revenues and even-faster spending growth — one might
expect lawmakers to focus on how best to use the existing rise in tax revenues to provide the core functions of
government. If special interests get their way, however, taxpayer financing of Seattle-area stadium
renovations will be among the "priorities" competing for tax dollars.
New Indianapolis Stadium May
Already Need Bailout
. Taxpayers in Indiana may already be on the hook for a financial bailout of Lucas Oil
Stadium, the new home of the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League and reputedly the most heavily subsidized
professional sports stadium in the nation. The Capital Improvement Board (CIB), which manages Lucas Oil Stadium,
announced about two years ago the stadium's annual operating costs would be $10 million while yearly revenues would
be only $7.7 million.
The False Promise of Subsidized Tourist
and Entertainment Complexes
. In city after troubled city, convention centers, stadiums, arenas,
opera houses, aquariums, museums, casinos, racetracks, and other places of entertainment are presented as
powerful engines of economic development that will pay for themselves in new jobs, paychecks, and taxes.
The mounting evidence suggests, however, that while such projects offer significant benefits to a very narrow
slice of the regional (including suburban) business community, they offer very little to the urban community
Stadium Subsidies Hitting Taxpayers Harder:
. [Andrew] Moylan's research shows as the taxpayers' tab increases, so does the total stadium
construction cost. Stadiums that were built with 50 percent or more in taxpayer subsidies were
$65 million more expensive on average than those built with less than 50 percent in subsidies.
The reason? Not surprisingly, Moylan argues, private financiers demand more fiscal accountability with
their own money than government bureaucrats do with other people's tax dollars. Not only is the average
percentage of stadium costs subsidized by taxpayers growing, but total subsidy amounts are rising too.
Sports teams pay millions for talent but ask the public to pay millions for stadiums.
: In October 1995, the city of Seattle opened a
new NBA basketball arena that immediately drew accolades for intimate design elements and dynamic sight lines.
But just a dozen years later, Sonics owner Clay Bennett claims KeyArena is no longer an economically viable NBA
facility and that no amount of renovations could alter that reality. Bennett intends to relocate the team
next year barring some unforeseen final-hour deal to build an entirely new arena with public funds.
Tips on writing a term paper on
. There was a rash of new sports stadium development that occurred in the
1990s. Most of these stadiums were built partly or wholly with government money in the form of stadium
subsidies. Naturally many social groups were outraged that government money was being diverted from
social programs to millionaire players and billionaire owners. Politicians have argued that stadiums
bring tourism dollars into the city that far outweigh the cost of the stadium subsidy. Many economists
disagree; they feel that most of the revenue stadiums generate comes at the expense of other entertainment
venues within the town.
Ventura, Governor of Minnesota, took a position that is extremely rare in state government. He said that
neither the state nor the city nor any other unit of government should spend any money on funding yet another
municipal ballpark or providing a taxpayer subsidy to professional ball teams and their media flunkies.
"The taxpayers shouldn't have to foot the bill for new stadiums," said Ventura. That's a sentiment that
would have been common in America a hundred years ago. Today, after decades of government entitlement
programs for everyone, it now seems revolutionary.
The Billion Dollar Whatever
. It's possible that the
Twins site will flourish — it's already in a part of town with plenty of condo-and-loft development,
so it has a leg up on the deadlands of the Vikings site. We were promised lots of development
around the Dome, too, and what did we get? One bar. One. If the planners of the
site came back and saw what their work had produced, they would've been convinced prohibition had
been reintroduced, because there's no possible other explanation for building a gigantic sports arena
that produces exactly ONE bar before the development sputters out and the area sits dead for 20 years.
. Last Monday, the U.S. Conference of Mayors sent its list of wishes to the political
equivalent of Santa Claus: Congress. ... The mayors claim the economy will be stimulated if their
wishes are granted. What do they want? The National Taxpayers Union (NTU) has analyzed the
72-page list. ... [The projects include] 15 projects with the term "stadium" in them, including a
$150 million Metromover extension to the Florida Marlins' baseball stadium ... Kristina
Rasmussen, NTU's director of government affairs, offers more analysis of the mayors' report
on NTU's blog: "Total cost of the wish list is $73,163,299,303."
The Odd Couple,
or Here We Go Again
. We thought this was properly dealt with back in January by Raiders Chief
Executive Amy Trask, who simply said in essence that the Raiders would be concentrating on the current season
in a stadium they're simply thrilled
with, and that they are not actively seeking out the 49ers as
business partners. But like a zombie, this 'joint stadium' idea has come to life once again, walking
the streets by night and claiming more victims, many of them credulous 49er Faithful.
E-mails show NYC
played ball for luxury boxes
. When it comes to getting a luxury box at the new Yankees and Mets stadiums,
Mayor Michael Bloomberg's aides appear willing to play ball. Recently released internal e-mails between the mayor's
aides, city lawyers and Yankees officials show that City Hall gave the team even more parking spaces than had been
negotiated previously, plus the rights and revenue from three billboards near the stadium in exchange for a suite.
Funk & Wagnall's Standard Dictionary of the English Language,
1964 International Edition,
Volume One, page 548.
friendship with investor raises questions
. Gov. Jon Corzine's recent disclosure that one of his
close personal friends is a partner in the investment group that threw a billion-dollar lifeline to the
troubled Xanadu sports and entertainment complex may have backfired. While Corzine no doubt expected his
disclosure would quell any rumblings of a conflict of interest, critics have raised new questions about the
administration's role in the $2 billion Meadowlands complex, including the role of former economic growth
czar Gary Rose.
Time Out Needed on Stadium Deal
Similar to the arena deal seven years ago, all three levels of government have been tight-lipped about providing
details of possible government involvement in a new stadium. Both the provincial government and the City
of Winnipeg have refused CTF freedom of information requests for details on using public money for a new stadium.
$1.1 Billion Twins Stadium Tax
Minnesota Twins sued to get out of their lease so they can pressure your lawmakers to buy them a stadium.
The new lease presumably would be as worthless as the one they just nullified. Meanwhile, the
disenfranchised citizens — who will not be allowed to vote on it — are stuck paying the tab.
The stadium will cost taxpayers $1.1 billion dollars. The Twins essentially contribute
nothing. Oh sure, they will tell you the Twins are contributing $125 million. But the deal
also gives them naming rights for the stadium, money from concessions, parking — so the
$125 million will be easily recovered.
Seattleites should not have to pay
for another arena boondoggle
. Since 1999, Seattle taxpayers have forked over more than
$1 billion in today's dollars to the ultra-rich owners of baseball's Mariners and football's Seahawks.
Despite threats to move the teams, folks are a little hesitant to cough up several hundred million more for a
new basketball arena for the Seattle SuperSonics and Storm.
Randolph Calls For End to
Taxpayer-Funded Luxury Suites at Local Stadiums
. In the wake of the recent public news that the
Lucas Oil Stadium could run the taxpayers an extra $10 million in operational costs, City-County
Councillor Ike Randolph today, filed a freedom of information request with the City of Indianapolis.
The request seeks all documents and expenditures on city-owned suites at the RCA Dome, Conseco Field House
and Victory Field between 2000 and 2006.
DC taxpayers are being thrown
an expensive curveball
. DC City Council members who will vote Tuesday [11/13/2007]
on whether to
approve the Mayor's plan for a publicly-subsidized baseball stadium in Anacostia should remember this year's
earlier "commuter tax" court controversy. According to a new study from the non-partisan National
Taxpayers Union Foundation, the stadium proposal would worsen taxes in DC to fund a project that will mostly
serve residents of Maryland and Virginia (80 percent of the team's fans are expected to come from those
Storm clouds in the outfield
The city of Anaheim, thanks to the foolishness of then-Mayor Tom Daly and then-council members Lou Lopez and
Frank Feldhaus, gave then-owner Disney $30 million in benefits in 1996 to keep the team in Anaheim.
Residents got little in return, but the one thing they did get was the supposed pride of having the city's
name in the national spotlight. It looks like a sucker's deal in hindsight.
Sports owners fund McCain, shun Obama
Sports team owners may not be John McCain's answer to the Hollywood elite, but they're overwhelmingly supporting
his presidential campaign over Barack Obama's. Through the end of June, team owners in the four major sports
and their families have given to or raised as much or more than $3.2 million for McCain, the presumptive
Republican nominee, compared with as much as $615,000 for his Democratic rival Obama, according to a Politico
analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission, the campaigns and interviews.
If You Build It, They Will Leave
the same day the Florida Marlins paraded through Miami to celebrate their second World Series championship in
six years, politicians from Miami-Dade County swallowed the young baseball team's corporate welfare bait.
County Mayor Alex Penelas and Manager George Burgess announced they were offering a whopping $73 million
in bed tax revenue, plus a parcel of free land, to help build a new $325 million baseball-only
retractable-roof stadium that the lucrative franchise desperately wants.
starting to take a stand against stadium funding
. In Sarasota, Fla., a $16 million bond
referendum was on the ballot to help fund a $45 million reconstruction of a stadium currently used by the
Cincinnati Reds for spring training. Another $7.9 million was to be spent to add land for practice
fields and its related construction costs. The total of some $52.9 million was to be funded by the
county, state and city, with the Reds contributing $10 million.
Stadium is fielding money —
. I wasn't overly alarmed when a Deseret Morning News headline announced last week that
the funding of Dave's Big Soccer Stadium will cost much more than we were originally told.
When it came
time to finalize the funding details for the soccer stadium last week, someone finally got around to mentioning
that it will cost more than the $45 million as advertised — it will cost another $28 mil
in interest, bringing the price tag to, ka-ching!, $73 million.
Private Benefits of Public
: Public subsidies of professional sports stadiums provide no tangible public
good, a fact being recognized by more cities around the country, says an economist who's studied the issue.
"You see a lot more resistance (to taxpayer-funded stadiums) than you did in the past. I think people are
seeing the evidence that the benefit isn't there," said Phillip Miller, an economist at Minnesota State
Baseline Welfare Cases: Stadiums, Subsidies, and the
. Major League Baseball has become a regular recipient of corporate welfare. In
particular, taxpayer subsidies to fund ballparks — which once were the rarest of
exceptions — have become the norm. Unfortunately, over the years, some businesses and their
representatives — in particular, many state and local business groups — have been
regular supporters of subsidized stadiums. It is often the case, in fact, that the business leaders in a
community become the loudest cheerleaders for tax giveaways to baseball teams.
Leaky Stadiums — Milwaukee's
. The typical argument used to sell a stadium construction contract to the
tax-paying public is that it improves the local economy. Money will be generated, and the taxes on the
new revenue will in theory offset the taxes used to subsidize the new stadium. The problem with this
stream of thought is the first step. How is that money generated? Most people have entertainment
budgets, and the $100 they spend taking the family to the ballgame is $100 that they don't spend on movies or
bowling later on in the month.
Sports economists agree that cities — and taxpayers — get close to nothing from spending
public money on sports teams. What they haven't figured out is why we're still doing it.
Stadium Subsidies Scalp The Public
Ever since the Boston Tea Party, public debate over whether to pay taxes and how to spend those dollars has been
a vibrant part of our democratic process in Massachusetts and across the nation. The debate over taxpayer
subsidies for the stadium that is proposed to replace the venerable Fenway Park is shaping up to be an epic battle
pitting the public interest and the public well-being against the well-financed powers that be.
Sports Stadium Madness: Why It Started, How
to Stop It
. Nationally, subsidies to professional sports facilities cost taxpayers some
$500 million a year. More than $7 billion will be spent on new facilities by the year 2006,
with most of it coming from public sources. Communities that are hard-pressed to keep their schools open
or police on the beat are nevertheless entering into agreements to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to
bid away a professional sports team from another city.
Put pro sports blackmailers out
. Taxpayer subsidies for new sports stadiums have been responsible for some of the
biggest expansions of government during the 1990s. Cities have used public money to engage in unseemly
bidding wars, with pro teams playing government against government in quest of an ever-more-lucrative stadium
deal. As the bidding has risen, even teams with stadiums as young as 15 to 20 years old (like
the domes used by the Minnesota Twins and the Seattle Seahawks) are demanding new playpens costing upwards of
Stadium Subsidies Strike Out
. Do public
subsidies for stadiums make sense? Many studies suggest the answer to that question is an emphatic NO.
Economist Robert Baade of the Heartland Institute, an Illinois think tank, analyzed the effects of professional
sports teams and stadiums on economic development in thirty-six metropolitan areas. The results, he found,
overwhelmingly indicated that professional sports is not statistically significant in determining economic
The Stadium Gambit and Local Economic
. The evidence suggests that attracting a professional sports franchise to a city and
building that franchise a new stadium or arena will have no effect on the growth rate of real per capita income
and may reduce the level of real per capita income in that city.
Sports Pork: The Costly Relationship between
Major League Sports and Government
. The lone beneficiaries of sports subsidies are team owners
Indeed, the results of studies on changes in the economy resulting from the presence of
stadiums, arenas, and sports teams show no positive economic impact from professional sports — or a
possible negative effect.
Caught Stealing: Debunking the Economic Case
for D.C. Baseball
. District of Columbia mayor Anthony Williams has convinced Major League Baseball
to move the Montreal Expos to D.C. in exchange for the city's building a new ballpark.
A baseball team in
D.C. might produce intangible benefits. Rooting for the team might provide satisfaction to many local
baseball fans. That is hardly a reason for the city government to subsidize the team. D.C. policymakers
should not be mesmerized by faulty impact studies that claim that a baseball team and a new stadium can
be an engine of economic growth.
Mets, Yanks stadium
subsidies top $1.25 billion
. Field of Schemes has obtained new figures from the New York
City Independent Budget Office (I'm sure they'll give them to anyone, but I asked) on the cost to taxpayers of
publicly subsidized tax-exempt bonds for the new Yankees and Mets stadiums. The verdict: The
$930 million in Yankees stadium bonds will cost the city $10 million in lost tax revenue, the state
$18 million, and federal taxpayers a whopping $200 million; for the Mets' $528 million in
tax-exempt bonds, the figures are $6 million city, $10 million state, and $115 federal.
Speaking of the Yankees...
Gets Steal Of A Deal Thanks To NYC Tax Loophole
. They were crying foul Friday [2/25/2011]
about a sweetheart tax loophole that will enable Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez to live in his new $6 million
luxury West Side penthouse and pay virtually no real estate taxes. The cost of a 28th row ticket for
the Yankees 2011 home opener is $1,211. The cost of an A-Rod autographed bat is $700.
Say It Ain't So: Stadium Subsidies in
. Research has shown that the economic benefits of subsidized stadiums are monumentally
overstated. For years, analysts have searched in vain for proof that the pro-subsidy hype peddled by
stadium supporters squares with reality. In fact, on this issue the level of agreement between
free-market, conservative and left-liberal economists and policy analysts is startling.
48% Oppose Cotton Bowl Project
. Almost half of Dallas residents say the city should pull the plug on a
planned $50 million face-lift for the Cotton Bowl, according to a Dallas Morning News poll. Even
though the City Council strongly supports the renovation, 48 percent of those polled last week said the
investment doesn't make sense now that the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, the January collegiate bowl game, has
announced that it's leaving in 2010.
$1.1 Billion Minnesota Twins Stadium
. The Minnesota Twins have sued to get out of their lease so they can pressure
your lawmakers to buy them a stadium. The new lease presumably would be as worthless as
the one they just nullified. Meanwhile, the disenfranchised citizens — who will not be
allowed to vote on it — are stuck paying the tab.
Ballpark bill in scoring position
The Minnesota Twins scored a major victory late Thursday [4/20/2006] when the [Minnesota] House Taxes Committee
said a sales tax could be used to help build a $522 million stadium in downtown Minneapolis
without requiring a referendum.
Minnesota Twins Win Stadium Subsidy
. Years of concerted effort by the Minnesota Twins Major League Baseball team paid off on
May 26, when Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) signed a stadium subsidy bill before the start of the Twins game
against the Seattle Mariners. It was a good night for the Twins, as they won hundreds of millions
of tax dollars for a new stadium and then defeated the Mariners 3-1. But many analysts believe it
was a bad night for Minnesota taxpayers.
Penguins souring on Plan B
Ed Rendell yesterday [1/19/2007] said the arena deal being offered the Penguins is better than others struck
recently in the National Hockey League, but the team has balked at a proposal to share development rights and
parking revenues with Pittsburgh casino backer Don Barden.
Florida Turns Down Subsidy for Marlins
. Although Florida lawmakers declined to provide financial assistance to the Florida
Marlins Major League Baseball franchise, a proposed move of the team to San Antonio, Texas has been killed.
[So! All that talk about leaving town was just an empty threat. Imagine that.]
Stadiums and the Effects on the Economy
. Before the depression, stadiums such as Wrigley
Field, Tiger Stadium, Yankee Stadium, and Fenway Park were being built by using private funds. In
the 1980's America was spending about $1.5 billion on new stadiums; in the 1990's it spent
$11 billion. Furthermore, in 1967 the cost to build the Kingdome was $67 million,
in 1999 the cost to build Safeco Field was $517.6 million.
Election Fraud Investigation in San Francisco
investigation into allegations of organized fraud in the June 1997 stadium bond election in San Francisco.
The team that mistook its
stadium for a hat
. Whenever a new major league baseball stadium opens, it's hailed as
an emblem of progress, a palace of sport, an engineering wonder, a centerpiece of the community,
and an immense improvement over its predecessor. In recent years, it has also become mandatory
to apply such overworked expressions as "state of the art," "intimate," and "old-fashioned ballpark
with all the modern conveniences." Historically, even underachievers such as San Francisco's
wind-cursed Candlestick Park and the multi-sport concrete ashtrays of the '70s have drawn opening-day
accolades — and, of course, so have the good ones.
Public Funding of
: A very large collection of articles on this subject at No Land Grab dot org.
The name of the
game is money — tax money used to build sporting arenas
. As players' salaries and ticket
prices spiral astronomically upward, it is the taxpaying public that is being stuck with the bill for
new stadiums. If there has been one constant in professional sports over the past 20 to 25 years,
it is that owners and players are becoming increasingly wealthy at the expense of fans, non-fans, and
taxpayers. In 1976, the average salary of major league baseball players was $51,000. That
jumped to $412,000 by 1987 and is well over $1,000,000 today.
Field of Schemes dot com
is the companion
website to Field of Schemes: How the Great Stadium Swindle Turns Public Money Into Private
, by Joanna Cagan and Neil deMause. Since 1998, we have been casting a critical eye on the
roughly $2 billion a year in public subsidies that go toward building new pro sports facilities.
Top 10 Dumbest Reasons to Build a New
Sports Stadiums Becoming Major Corporate
. "We are just pointing out two important facts," [Roger] Noll says. "Stadiums
are not a net local economic benefit, and the reasons cities are paying for them is because the (federal)
government made the professional leagues monopolies" — exempt from anti-trust laws
that apply to most other industries.
Take pro sports off the government
. Call it "public funding" if you like, but the fact remains: There
is no such thing as public money. The government has no money, except what it takes from
the taxpayers. What the D.C. Council's agreement means is this: If I decide to
go to any games at the new stadium, which is to be completed in 2008, I will be paying
for a ticket to a game, at which I will buy drinks and hot dogs, and the entire spectacle will take
place in a facility that I helped pay for.
. Beginning in the early 1990s, an unprecedented stadium
construction boom has swept the world of professional sports. Since the opening
of New Comiskey Park in Chicago in April of 1991 a total of 28 new stadiums have
been built or are under construction to house professional football and baseball
franchises in the United States.
: If the wealthy owners of sports teams want new stadiums, let them build
them with their own money. They're not entitled to our money. Just as cities take
people's homes so rich corporations can do what the politicians call "urban renewal," telling
the courts economic development is a "public use," sports tycoons argue their stadiums are in
the "public interest." Their politician friends tell voters that a stadium will "bring
jobs," be "good for the city," "pay for itself." Bunk. Study after study finds
stadiums cost far more than they return.
Bowl games and
. It irks me that the Peach Bowl is now the Chick-fil-A Bowl. It vexes me to
hear the mandated phrase "Invesco Field at Mile High." I grieve the loss of the old and honored
place-names of sports: Candlestick Park, Three Rivers Stadium, Jack Murphy Stadium. … That corporate
names, attached to stadiums by means of vast expenditures, can make no claims to the people's veneration,
as opposed to their fleeting fancy, is no mere controversial assertion on my part — it is an admitted
feature of the principle of the system.
: Why are $100,000 of our tax dollars going to the Tiger Woods
Foundation? This multi-millionaire can afford to support his own foundation. Why
must taxpayers continue to contribute to various sports halls of fame, including $75,000 for
the one in Syracuse, N.Y.? … Why is the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.,
getting $450,000 for "educational outreach"?
I'm fine with the idea of the Cowboys playing in Arlington,
but I wish owner Jerry Jones would write the check for it and leave Arlington taxpayers
alone. He'll get their money eventually, along with ticket, parking, food and
souvenir revenue from everyone else who comes to see the Cowboys of 2009 and beyond.
Dallas Cowboys' Shining
. The stadium will cost $1 billion by the time it's finished.
Stadium project is burning through $1 million
. The new Cowboys stadium is about 40 percent complete, and crews are spending nearly
$1 million a day to build the team's new home, construction manager Jack Hill said.
Cowboys stadium costs tower over others
. Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck said since [Jerry] Jones is
paying for most of the stadium, taxpayers shouldn't have a problem. "Does it bother me?" he said. "No,
it does not. He is making a huge investment in Arlington." Jones' investment is about $725 million.
The city of Arlington's investment is about $475 million. For that kind of money, Arlington could have
built its own stadium like the Reliant Stadium in Houston, which is where the Houston Texans play. ... The big
difference is that the 50 yard line seats that are 20 rows up at the new Cowboys stadium will cost
you $150,000 for a personal seat license and $340 for a ticket.
The Art of the NFL
[Scroll down] The new Cowboys Stadium provides a good example. The field, the television screen, the
party zone, the presumptive lines at the parking lot — the good taxpayers of Arlington, Texas have
built Jerry Jones his Taj Mahal. He didn't forget the harem. Ensconced within the stands are
platforms accommodating clusters of pole-dancers, a kind of J.V. Cowboys Cheerleaders squad.
City ordered to disclose secret arena
. The city of Sacramento was ordered Thursday [10/26/2006] to turn over a copy of a
negotiating proposal sent to the owners of the Sacramento Kings as part of their discussions for a new
arena in the downtown railyard.
County Claims Bengals Cheated
. Hamilton County commissioners claim the team for which they built a
stadium and the league that oversees the team cheated them out of $600 million. One
of the most controversial pieces of evidence is the Bengals' win-loss record: The team said
it needed more money to be more competitive, but the Bengals still stink.
Jones' Subsidy Could Reach
. The stadium deal for Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys is
weighted heavily on the side of the team. The Cowboys emphasized during the tax initiative
campaign that they were putting up half the money for the stadium —
$325 million — but that isn't quite true. While the city will
use the new taxes to retire its side of the debt, Jones will be able to slap his own
10 percent "tax" on tickets and a $3 tax on parking to retire his side. That
will raise about $10 million a year, or $300 million over 30 years.
Me Out of the Ballgame
. Generally in these agreements the city will pay part of the
costs and the team pays the rest. In this case, Arlington increased property, car rental and
hotel taxes to pay for the city's share. But according to a story in the Dallas Morning News,
it also wants to levy a 10 percent tax on tickets and a $3 parking tax. The twist here is
that those user taxes will be applied toward the Cowboy's portion of the bill
An End to Sports Welfare?
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones asked Arlington, Texas voters to pay for a new stadium last November, he
did not call the classic plays from the sports welfare playbook. He could not say America's Team
needed a state-of-the-art facility to compete, since Texas Stadium (in the Dallas-adjacent suburb of
Irving) has more luxury suites than any other stadium in the National Football League (NFL) and the
Cowboys won three Super Bowls in the 1990s. He could not say he was financially strapped, since
his franchise ranks sixth in the NFL in profits and second in revenue, according to Forbes magazine.
Baseball stadium is
striking out in the nation's capital
. The District of Columbia "won" a bidding
war for the Montreal Expos by promising to construct a $440 million stadium, one of the
most expensive ever. But total projected costs already have ballooned
to $530 million. And author Charles C. Euchner warns: "Count
on that cost ballooning past $600 million or more. Public works projects
invariably run over budget by at least 25 percent."
. Today we hardly bat an eye when a large enterprise like a sports
stadium is started not by business people, but by politicians. Or when one of the
poorest-run cities in the nation distracts itself from improving its badly provided essential
services to engage in what has become a rich-man's luxury. Or when we see captains of
industry reduced from creators of wealth to welfare addicts. … In the end, the argument is
that this kind of subsidy creates jobs and profits and thus "pays for itself." Of course,
it doesn't. The so-called economics used to justify these subsidies to major league sports
are worth less than the literary value of infield chatter. A simple truth remains: When
it is economical to invest in a stadium, private enterprise will do so. When it is not,
then it shouldn't be done.
I'd ride the subway, but I haven't enough change.
Baseball vs. D.C.
Lerners have already benefited from D.C. taxpayers, who were forced to foot the $611 million bill to
build the stadium for Theodore Lerner, his family and his $450 million baseball team. Fan support
has been averaging 29,000 tickets per game, while the team is a last-place-in-the-league joke in almost
Stop the Squeeze
. As Major League Baseball announced it was bringing in a mediator to pinch-hit for a
baseball stadium lease settlement that could heavily burden taxpayers, a letter to [Washington DC] City Council
Members today [1/19/2006] from five citizen groups pitching from the right and left of the political spectrum
contended that the costly bidding game should be called on account of fiscal recklessness.
Stadium parking garage to be above
. Officials in charge of building the Washington Nationals' new ballpark in Southeast
are negotiating a deal with Western Development to build two parking garages above ground at the stadium
site and wrap them with condominiums and retail.
. Partisan forecasts made by some local economists have grossly
overestimated the economic benefits and understated the economic costs of the Diamond Group's
proposed publicly funded minor league baseball team stadium.
Is There An
Economic Rationale for Sports Stadium Subsidies?
Controversy shadows sports
in the United States. Sports are so deeply woven into the fabric of our culture that
disputations about them are inevitable. Sports are leisure; sports are business; sports
are religion. The multiple personalities of sports are nowhere more visible than in the
many municipal stadium debates taking place throughout the country. City leaders from
Miami to San Francisco have summoned sound economic management as their star witness in defending
plans to subsidize the renovation or construction of stadiums.
stadiums are not worth price of admission
. Games and circuses once were provided
by government. How better to satiate the desire of the Roman masses than to entertain
them in the Arena? Today, governments build stadiums to attract sports franchises for
the same purpose. But the American masses seem to be tiring of transferring billions
of dollars to billionaire team owners.
Corporate welfare, Dallas-style
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones claims to have lost 55 pounds through renouncing cheeseburgers and
beer. Now it's time for a real diet. Imagine how much Jerry could contribute to the public weal
through renouncing the public money he wants for a new football stadium.
Watchdog cries foul on
. A government watchdog group plans to ask the D.C. Office of Campaign
Finance to investigate whether the use of city employees to solicit letters of support for the
mayor's $440 million baseball stadium-financing plan constitutes an ethics violation.
Public Dollars, Private Stadiums
. Do sports stadiums
really revitalize a community, bringing revenue, jobs, and status as a "major league" city? Since the
mid-1980s, nearly ten billion dollars of public money have financed new playing fields in the US, so they must
be worth the investment, right?
Chicago Stadiums Fail to Deliver Promised
. Chicago has two taxpayer-subsidized sports stadiums, neither of which appears to be
living up to the promises made by supporters of taxpayer funding. U.S. Cellular Field, home of the
Chicago White Sox, is supposed to pay rent to the state after attendance hits a certain figure, but in recent
years attendance has been below the target, effectively giving the White Sox a rent-free stadium.
Experts Agree: Public
Support for Stadiums Is Madness
. Although research proves sports stadiums
drain public resources, are of minimal or no economic benefit, and enrich primarily the
owners of sport teams, St. Louis and Missouri might succumb and dole out many millions
for decades to come.
"Publicly funded sports stadiums are like crack cocaine to local politicians and business bigwigs. These
folks are just like addicts: They deceive everyone around them for the sake of a fix and rarely take no
for an answer when voters decline to subsidize their schemes."
— Michael W. Lynch,
Reason Magazine *
Egregious Earmark of the Week: $100,000 to
Fix Orange Show Stadium
. Rep. Jeff Flake (R.-Ariz.) has spotted this week's egregious earmark
buried in the Transportation-Treasury-HUD appropriations bill (H.R. 3058) for fiscal year 2006. The
noteworthy pork project comes to the grand total of $100,000 allotted to the city of San Bernardino, Calif.,
for making renovations to the National Orange Show Stadium.
for Corporate Welfare
: During the twentieth century, more than $14 billion in
government subsidies went to the four major professional sports — Major League
Baseball, the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, and the National Hockey
League. While cities build fields of dreams for teams, hoping they will come, it isn't clear
there are economic gains. Three experts on the economics of tax-funded stadiums examined the
need for subsidies of sports teams and the economic impact of sports on local economies.
Sports Stadiums: No
Pot of Gold for Cities
. Sports stadiums may have psychological and even
political benefits, but they are falsely sold as an economic development tool. Cities
and boosters ought to rely on private capital for funding these structures.
Tax-Exempt Bonds and the Economics of
Professional Sports Stadiums
. An economist for the Congressional Research Service concludes
that federal, state, and local taxpayers don't benefit economically from subsidizing professional sports
Public Financing of Sports Stadiums: How
. Hamilton County, Ohio, asks taxpayers to approve a sales tax increase to
raise funds to subsidize new sports stadiums for the Reds and Bengals. Ultimately, taxpayers must
determine for themselves whether an investment in sports will make life better.
Can Be Privately Financed
. This report concludes Ohio is out of step
with other states and cities, which have moved away from public financing, and toward private
financing, of sports stadiums.
Professional Sports, and Economic Development: Assessing the Reality
one century ago, professional sports became prominent in American public life. During
its early years, the business of sports was primarily a private undertaking, financed with
private money and played in private stadiums and arenas. But state and local government
subsidies to professional sports businesses have proliferated over the past few decades,
and economic arguments have been crafted to justify the subsidies. … Public funds are increasingly
scarce. We must test the argument that professional sports offer an important return on government
subsidies. The purpose of this paper is to use economic theory and empirical techniques to assess
the contribution of professional sports to metropolitan area economic development in the United
Stands against Taxpayer-Funded Stadium — For a While
League Baseball was thrown a curveball on December 15  as District of Columbia
Councilwoman Linda Cropp (D) tried to help local taxpayers by changing the
financing rules for a proposed new stadium.
A New Baseball
Statistic for Opening Day
: Government subsidies for professional sports
stadiums are not only economically unsound, they are unfair to sports fans and non-fans alike.
Have You Gone, Joe DiMaggio? And Where are the Stadiums You Played In?
modern stadium barely tips its hat to its ancestors anymore, rather it prefers to
dance on their graves. How unfortunate to think that one of the establishments that
helped to bring America together and forge our nation as one has evolved into nothing
more than a greedy child constantly asking for money.
No Jones Tax!
It is not the
job of taxpayers to build facilities for private business entities. The mission
of No Jones Tax campaign is to prevent taxpayers from paying higher taxes, new taxes, or
for new give-away schemes to build a new stadium for Jerry Jones. Jerry Jones
can build his own stadium without our tax dollars.
We Wuz Robbed! The Subsidized Stadium
. While the actual sport of baseball is an excellent metaphor for the free market
(illustrating how individuals and teams work together and compete against one another), at the professional
level nearly all the teams play in government-owned or government-subsidized ballparks.
Here's a Deal We Can Afford to Refuse
Cleveland to Baltimore to Chicago, cities nationwide have repeatedly been suckered by team owners who claim they
can't operate profitably without state-of-the-art, taxpayer-funded facilities offering luxury boxes and other
high-dollar seating arrangements.
It's "play ball"… with taxpayer
. Down the road, maybe these saps — AKA taxpayers — may balk at paying
for stadiums, luxury skyboxes, parking concessions, tax abatements, and various other schemes that funnel
taxpayer money to billionaire owners.
Interest is Usually Special Interest
: Special interest groups have been quick to tap the public
till. Of course, they usually aren't so blunt as to demand tax money for their personal benefit.
They have found a more effective strategy: obtain government subsidies for their pet project by arguing
that it will benefit everyone in the community. Their project, in fact, is something we all "need."
It's amazing what a person will "need" when someone else is picking up the tab.
sports stadium scam: What is seen and what is not seen
subsidization of professional sports facilities is almost always a losing bet,
economically speaking. The economic impact studies employed by politicians,
the news media, and pro sports owners to support government-financed facilities
are beset by methodological problems and don't count all the relevant costs.
Promises 1: Three Rivers Stadium [Part 1]
Three Rivers Stadium is deemed "economically obsolete for baseball" by boosters
of the Forbes Field II project, yet privately owned Busch Stadium in
St. Louis, similar in age and design, has generated profits
every year since its opening.
Promises [Part 2]
Stadium subsidies are
being offered by local governments but they offer few or no benefits to residents.
Should Congress Stop the Bidding War for Sports
On November 29, 1995, the Subcommittee on Antitrust, Business Rights, and Competition
of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary held hearings on sports franchise relocation. That testimony is
Government Stadium Subsidies
Would "Pick Pockets of Taxpayers to Line Pockets of Teams"
. According to
a study by the non-partisan National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTUF),
the $200-$360 million
in stadium subsidies being offered by local
governments would offer few or no benefits to residents.
Stadium Stampede Could Trample Taxpayers for $15 Billion
1990 and 2000, the average Major League Baseball salary rose 243 percent, and
the average National Football League salary increased 143 percent. Tax subsidies
help team owners to offset or even inflate these expenses while maintaining their
shows that taxpayer-financed sports facilities aren't economically justified, according to
economists. A national poll conducted by Media Research and Communications found that
80 percent of Americans oppose using their tax dollars for sports
stadiums and areas. But city and state politicians keep building them.
baseball tax fetish
: Economist Raymond J. Keating of the Washington,
D.C.-based Small Business Survival Committee estimates the total costs of building
big league ballparks at $11.5 billion, with taxpayers picking up about 81 percent
of the tab, or $9.3 billion.
Baseball in the Nation's
Capital: Games with Tax Dollars
. Sports teams have grown accustomed
to receiving a healthy dose of public money for nearly any stadium project.
voters approved a sales-tax increase in 1996 that would pay for about 90 percent of
the $450 million Paul Brown Field. PSINet Stadium, home of the Super Bowl
champion Baltimore Ravens, was built almost entirely with public money. Revenue
bonds and sports lottery money accounted for $200 million of the $223 million
price tag. The Jacksonville Jaguars invested only $10.5 million in
the $135 million reconstruction of Alltel Stadium in 1995.
Bread, Kansas City's Circus
: The IRS has recently ruled that an
elaborate plan devised by the lawyers of the former owner of the Kansas City Royals to
keep the baseball team in town served a charitable purpose on the ground that
it will lessen the burdens of government.
Everyone Wants A Taxpayer-Funded Stadium, Except
. It's good to be the owner of a sports franchise. Not only do you rake in
millions from inflated ticket prices and exorbitantly marked-up concessions, but you can convince the state
into chipping in money to build or maintain your stadium.
Squeeze Play: Do Baseball Stadiums Need Our Bucks
to Get Built?
For taxpayers, the first game of the season is also a pretty good time to ponder
ever-larger government handouts to millionaire team owners and players.
Should We Pay For Sports Arenas?
cities really benefit from having a professional team? I am not sure that they do.
: While the
jury is still out on the economic costs and benefits of new municipally supported stadia, the benefit to the
fans is, shall we say, minimal? How about almost non-existent.
Subsidized Ballparks Price Fans Away
New evidence indicates that sports fans who vote to subsidize sports arenas with their taxpayer dollars quite
possibly could be denied entry at the gate.
Sports on the Dole
: Government officials would better focus their attention
on creating a healthy economic environment for their respective cities and states by lowering
taxes, reducing regulatory burdens, and paring down the size of government.
Shouldn't Subsidize Pro Sport
. In 1994, the Edmonton Oilers persuaded
Edmonton's councillors to institute a ticket tax to help the team pay its $2.8 million
annual rent, and then managed to have the rent scrapped entirely last year, while still
retaining ticket tax proceeds. Talk about eating and having your proverbial cake.
Sports Stadium Madness… Still Ripping Off
. Future historians will look back on the 1980s and 1990s with amazement.
Communities hard-pressed to keep their schools open or police on the beat nevertheless spent billions of
dollars on stadiums and arenas for use by professional sports teams. Mediocre athletes were paid more in
a single season than the average taxpayer earned in a lifetime. Tickets were priced so high that the
average taxpayer, whose earnings were taxed to build these facilities, could not afford to walk through the
Minnesota Twins beat taxpayers in
. Score: Twins: $330 million, Taxpayers: big losers. "This bill
isn't a deal. It isn't even the outline of a deal. It is simply the first step in which the
legislature has acknowledged the principle that taxpayers should be on the hook for financing new stadiums for
professional sports teams," said David Strom, Legislative Director of the Taxpayers league of Minnesota.
How Taxpayers Prop Up Sport Mogul's
: Sports teams and their facilities have little measurable impact on the economic vitality
of a community. As pro team owners hunker down to protect their interests, it is the hapless taxpayer who
will get stuck holding the bag for non-performing assets, not to mention the collateral damage from
non-performing schools. This is the choice many communities now face, and hopefully more will
choose wisely in the future than have done so in the past.
Me Out of the Ball Game
: Construction of the
new Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati will cost local taxpayers at least
400 million dollars. Despite this enormous public investment, there is no
guarantee that the Cincinnati Bengals will continue to do anything but lose. Actually,
the only thing the Bengals have promised not to do now is - leave. Try to contain your
excitement. Stadium deals financed with public dollars are one of the most egregious
forms of corporate welfare at the municipal level. Yet, there is no real outcry
because professional sports organizations have done a masterful job of promoting
a myth. The myth is that professional sports franchises and their stadiums are
good for local economies. Unfortunately, there is no real evidence to support this.
Funding of Stadiums: Governments Must Simply Say No
: Using public moneys to help fund the construction of new, or the
renovation of existing, stadiums is bad public policy. Teams owners often want new stadiums in part (at
least) to realize greater profits and increase the values of their teams. New stadiums can create from
$10 million to $40 million in additional annual income for an owner. Even if the extra revenue
is used solely for players' salaries, the owner still benefits, because the value of the team increases:
Baseball teams that had the highest venue revenue in 1996 tended to be the teams with the greatest franchise
value. Hence, public money invested in stadiums ends up eventually benefitting team owners and players.
Wasting Taxes On Sports
Is A Favorite U.S. Pastime:
Americans spend billions in tax dollars to subsidize professional
sports. The government lies, saying stadiums will pay for themselves. It never happens.
Meanwhile, many fear a tax cut will short-change government, mistakenly believing it is the source of all
good. We have lost the awareness that we control our own destiny, instead relying on government.
Rowdy fans and athletes:
NFL fans 'cause earthquake'
during game in Seattle. So loud were the fans during their side's 34-7 victory that they measured between a magnitude 1 and 2
earthquake. Fans of the Seahawks are growing a reputation for their ear popping shows of support. In 2011, the fans were picked up by a
nearby seismic recording station while earlier this year, CenturyLink Field entered the Guinness Book of World Records for the noise created.
This isn't going to help:
Jacksonville Jaguars Offer Fans Free Beer
To Buy Tickets. The winless Jacksonville Jaguars have released their own strategy to increase ticket attendance to this week's game and
prevent a blackout: free beer.
You step out of line, the man comes and takes you away.
Seattle cops to don
opponents' jerseys. The Seahawks announced Wednesday that undercover law-enforcement officers will wear opposing team jerseys at
games this season in an effort to quickly detect fans exhibiting unruly and inconsiderate behavior.
fans celebrate Super Bowl win by car tipping and looting a Baltimore 7-11. But AP told us there were no reports of
"disturbances" after the Ravens' Super Bowl win. Once again, Twitter has the news first.
in riot gear stop brawl among parents at kids' football game. Police in riot gear flooded the field of a youth
football game in Southern California to stop a brawl that involved dozens and possibly hundreds of adult spectators.
Rowdy NFL fans will be required to see the shrink
The NFL is shrink-rapping football fans. Unruly fans booted from stadiums this year will be required to pass a code-of-conduct exam — or
they won't be allowed back in for another game.
Saints fan shoots two 49ers fans after loss
. An angry New Orleans Saints fan shot two San Francisco
49ers fans in a restaurant parking lot Saturday evening [1/14/2012] shortly after his team lost the NFL divisional
playoff game, police said. Donald Ray Ayro, 31, reportedly became upset with two 49ers fans while watching
the game at an Applebee's restaurant.
High School Basketball Player Attacks
. A video of what not to do when you don't like a ref's call has been circulating the Internet.
In a game between Florida high school teams Arcadia DeSoto and Port Charlotte, DeSoto's Mason Holland shoved a
Port Charlotte player, and then, after a technical foul was called on him, went ballistic and threw the
referee to the floor.
"USA, USA" at a college football game termed anti Muslim
. So chanting USA, USA at a football
game is now anti Muslim? According to a University of Illinois professor, the answer is yes.
about The Religion of the Easily Offended.
The High Cost
. Those who star in sports that are big in educational institutions —
football and basketball being classic examples — can start having the rules bent in their favor as
early as high school. Everyone wants a winning team and bending a few rules for those who can make that
happen may seem like a small price to pay. At colleges and universities where football or basketball are
big time, ensuring passing grades for players on those teams is a major priority.
Sports on Notice
: The statistics regarding violence at school and other amateur sporting
events have been cited regularly in the media — yet violence at those events continues
unabated. … It is time for every parent, if not every prospective spectator of an organized
athletic event, to consider the wisdom of attending contests that have become as much about the
egos of the fans as about the players.
Last Resort for Losers
. Nowhere in the rule book of any sport is criminal
violence authorized. Even in those sports events where physical force is part of the
competition, causing injury to an opponent may be incidental to the goal of the competition
but it is not the goal itself. Even in boxing, a sport about which there is debate over
the whether it has crossed the line to violence for violence sake, there are rules which
must be observed.
Keep me out of the
. Today, taking your son or daughter to a major sports event might require a helmet and
earplugs. Too many players aspire to create gangsta images and cover themselves with tattoos, record nasty
rap albums in their spare time, and push and kick a cameraman or two just to maintain that bad-boy image.
gang signs, NFL reviews tapes
. The league, concerned that some players might be celebrating by
using the hand signals of street gangs, has hired experts to study game tapes.
Amoral media, lowlife fans,
spoiled athletes and beer
. Let's finally stop repeating the false notion that big business has
conservative values. Big business has no values. … Liberals perpetuate the falsehood of big business
as conservative for three reasons: They have a materialist view of the world (just about everything is
explainable by economic status and motives; it aids in getting people to vote Democrat); many people resent the
amorality of big companies; and it seems to counter the argument that the major news media are
liberal — "How could the news media possibly be liberal when they are all owned by
Obviously, Sports Do Not Build Character
If you are one of those people who believe the old adage "sports builds character," you have some explaining to
do. Why are so many professional athletes, who have spent their entire lives in organized sports, masters
at cheating, serial adultery, drunkenness, compulsive gambling, drug abuse, and thuggish fighting (to name just
a few of the vices)?
By character I mean moral excellence: a life characterized by prudence, fortitude,
self-discipline, and humility in pursuit of what is good.
disguised as hockey fans
. Montreal was the lead story on morning TV news on both sides of the
Canada-U.S. border yesterday, but the Canadiens' Game 7 victory over the Boston Bruins was merely a
footnote. The big story was the violence and vandalism that grew out of the celebrations after the
Canadiens' win. I'm not sure what Monday night's carnage means, but there's an argument to be made that
our society is headed in the wrong direction.
woman charged with murder after Sox-related argument
. A Nashua, New Hampshire woman is being held without bail
after prosecutors say she ran down a man outside a bar — after a argument witnesses say was about the Red Sox and Yankees.
announces new fan code of conduct
. The NFL implemented a new code of fan conduct Tuesday [8/5/2008],
warning that spectators who misbehave will be ejected from stadiums and barred from coming back. The
policy, first recommended by commissioner Roger Goodell at league meetings in April, is aimed at conduct
that the league said "detracts from the gameday experience."
Booing at games may be banned
The organization that oversees high school sports in Washington is considering rules for fans that could ban
booing and offensive chants. The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association has not made an
official ruling, but has discussed guidelines to crack down on negative conduct, a spokesman said. Some
of the state's top coaches believe a boo ban is extreme.
The Editor says...
This is political correctness carried to its extreme in the land of the easily offended. Are
spectators expected to cheer for both teams? I think the courts would rule that booing, however offensive,
is constitutionally-protected free speech
for Broke — Can Los Angeles Afford to Host the Olympics? By now you probably know that Los Angeles
has the honor, or should I say heartburn, of hosting the 2028 Olympics. Long gone are the days when such an
announcement would fill the locals with pride, as it is now generally understood that local residences will have to put up
with increased traffic, never-ending infrastructure headaches and a soul crushing financial commitment by the host city that
gets little financial return for its investment. Within moments of the announcement, the blogosphere was full of
articles of how this could become a financial boondoggle for Los Angeles.
is still paying for its failed Olympics bid. The site of the now-closed Michael Reese Hospital on the South
Side was supposed to be where the athletes village for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Chicago. But despite Barack Obama
flying out to Copenhagen to personally plea for the games to be held in his hometown, the International Olympic Committee
members chose Rio de Janiero. Meanwhile Chicago taxpayers are in a familiar situation--paying for the expensive
mistakes of the people they put in power.
Olympic warm-up pool has turned a disgusting shade of orange as the village continues to fall apart. Rio de
Janeiro spent about $4.6 billion to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. Six months later, four months after the end of the
Paralympic Games, the city's Olympic infrastructure is falling apart. Over the weekend, the Brazilian news outlet O Globo
published footage of various abandoned and decrepit Olympic venues. According to O Globo, limited security has resulted in
theft, and the ceilings are falling in. Other venues appear to not have received any necessary upkeep. Even the Maracana,
Rio's Olympic stadium, is without power as city officials argue about who should pay the electricity bills. Most shocking is a
warm-up pool that has turned orange.
months after Olympics, organizers unable to pay some bills. Almost four months after the Olympics ended, Rio de Janeiro organizers
are unable to pay some of their bills, including $3.7 million owed to the International Paralympic Committee.
months after the Olympics, Rio de Janeiro is broke. The state of Rio is broke. It hasn't been able to pay
its bills since long before the games. A federal bailout kept police on the streets and hospitals open while Olympics
tourists were in town. But now the money has dried up, and public employees aren't being paid. The state
government is voting on an austerity package that could slash state workers' wages and pensions by 30 percent. That's
triggered violent protests and led demonstrators to briefly storm the state Legislature last month. Meanwhile, crime is
surging across the state.
Olympic golf course eerily empty three months on. Built specially for the Olympics on what had been a nature
reserve next to the beach in western Rio, the links-style course was meant to convert Brazilians to a sport they barely know
and put Rio on the international golfing map. Instead, the $19 million facility created by star US designer Gil Hanse
risks turning into a white elephant.
top Olympic official taken to maximum security prison. International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Pat Hickey
was sent to Brazil's Bangu maximum security prison on Friday while police investigate his involvement in a plot to illegally
resell Olympic tickets, civil police said. The elderly Irishman was arrested in his dressing gown during a dawn raid at
his luxury beachfront hotel on Wednesday, where Hickey had been staying with his wife and fellow IOC members. Police
said they had discovered evidence linking Hickey to an international scheme to illegally pass tickets to touts who were
reselling them at well above their original price.
like Rio police were the biggest liars in the Lochte drama — if anyone still cares about the truth.
You heard it all weekend: "Four American swimmers trashed a Rio bathroom in a drunken rage and then lied to
investigators about an armed robbery to cover-up their story." It's become conventional wisdom from network anchors
trying to paint a rosy picture on a troubled Olympics to journalists who embrace the narrative of "ugly Americans" taking
advantage of the downtrodden, third world Brazilians. There's only one problem with this narrative: It appears
it's completely false.
Athlete Robbed at Olympics, Officials Say. A British athlete was robbed in Rio during the Olympics, according
to officials. 'We can confirm there has been an incident of theft involving a Team GB athlete returning to their
accommodation. All members of our delegation, including the individual concerned, are accounted for, and are safe and
well," Scott Field, a spokesman for Team GB, said in a statement to NBC News Thursday [8/18/2016]. No other
details were provided.
Lochte, James Feigen Indicted in Brazil After Robbery Claim. The U.S. Olympic Committee Thursday night
apologized to Brazil for the "distracting ordeal" stemming from what Brazilian authorities call a fabricated claim of a
gunpoint robbery by a group of swimmers in Rio de Janeiro. "The behavior of these athletes is not acceptable, nor does
it represent the values of Team USA or the conduct of the vast majority of its members," the statement said. "We will
further review the matter, and any potential consequences for the athletes, when we return to the United States."
of Robberies Caught on Video in Rio — in Broad Daylight. It's actually not a new video —
it's been making the rounds for several months — but it's shocking and informative nevertheless. It shows
mostly young males (in some cases very young boys) grabbing wallets and bags from people passing through a busy intersection
in Rio. In one instance, a two thugs appear to grab the necklace right off a man's neck, attacking him several times
before they successfully get what they're after. In some cases, fearful looking individuals just hand over their things
to the robbers to avoid confrontations.
judge orders U.S. swimmers not to leave country — daily. A judge in Brazil has issued an order to prevent U.S.
swimmers Ryan Lochte and James Feigen from leaving the country on the grounds they gave conflicting accounts of their robbery
outside the Rio Games on Sunday, a Brazilian newspaper said on Wednesday [8/17/2016].
Propaganda. XXXI Olympiad competitors are joyfully showcasing their skills and sportsmanship, while delighted
fans revel in their amazing efforts. But opening ceremonies featuring colorful history, dance, song and athletes were
rudely interrupted by an unprecedented propaganda film. As audiences around the world were getting pumped up in eager
anticipation for the upcoming events, a slick but deceitful video soured the mood by inserting partisan climate change politics.
If you're at the Rio Olympics,
you've probably already been hacked. While athletes head to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to compete for medals in the
2016 Summer Olympic Games, hackers in the area have their eyes on a different prize: the personal information of unsuspecting
travelers. According to a new report from mobile security firm Skycure, visitors to the former capital of Brazil are
being targeted by malicious actors who have set up fake Wi-Fi hotspots designed to steal information from connected devices.
These phony wireless networks were spotted by Skycure around the city, but they were most prominent in locations where travelers
were most likely to look for a place to connect, like shopping malls, well-known coffee shops, and hotels.
Olympic officials opt to drain
green pool, say they learned 'painful lesson'. After the diving pool was closed for a scheduled practice session Friday [8/12/2016], Germany's
Patrick Hausding posted a couple of pictures, one holding his nose with the caption "Good morning from the green lake!"
Olympics: Green Pools Caused by Hydrogen Peroxide Dump. Olympics officials on Saturday [8/13/2016] gave what they
said was a definitive explanation why the water in two competition pools turned green this week. Someone, the officials said,
mistakenly added 160 liters of hydrogen peroxide on Aug. 5, neutralizing the chlorine and allowing the growth of "organic
compounds" that might have included algae. On Saturday, the water in the diving pool was still a murky bottle-green color, while
the water in the second pool, used for water polo and synchronized swimming, had begun to look a bit lighter and a bit bluer.
Athletes have been complaining that the water or the chemicals treating it hurt their eyes, and that murkiness makes underwater
Rio 2016: Food
and Drink is Running Out. There is not enough food and drink for visitors at the 2016 Rio Olympics, even though
the Games started just six days ago. Attendees queued for hours at food stalls, only to find that everything had run
out when they reached the counter, reported the Sydney Morning Herald. On Saturday [8/6/2016], food stalls at the Future
Arena — where handball games are played — were forced to shut early because there were no more supplies left.
America First. The
Olympics tend to be the Island of Misfit Spectator Sports, showcasing competitions that got left by the wayside of
popularity, such as volleyball and diving. So every couple of years when the Olympics roll around, there is much
grumbling about how outmoded they are. Yet large numbers of people always seem to end up watching the Olympics anyway
and having a good time. Why? Nationalism.
officially terrified of green '[foul]-smelling' water. There's something in the water in Rio — and
it's getting worse. The Olympic diving pool was closed Friday morning [8/12/2016] as the water continues to be a disturbing,
murky shade of green. The concern for those who have been diving into the pool has grown as the problem persists.
being green: Olympic diving pool making the wrong kind of splash. It's primordial, this pool. You
expect a cold, dead hand to come jutting up out of it. The Olympic diving tank is dark and seemingly bottomless, and as
a rule in life, nothing good grows or happens in dark-green water. Things that are green and wet: spoiled kale.
Decomposition. Industrial subatomic runoff. Old ceiling leaks. Dead seaweedy things that clutch at your
ankle. Would you wade in that, much less put your face in it? Mothers all over the world are worried about that
pool: They know what the toddler section of a public aquatic park looks like late in the day. Anyone who has
stared at the bottom of an old fountain is worried about that pool. "The swamp pool," British gold medalist Chris Mears
Rio's infamous green diving pool
closed. The Olympic green pool saga has been through more twists and turns than the divers plunging into it.
On Tuesday [8/9/2016] the diving pool was green. Then on Wednesday, the water polo pool also turned green. Now on
Friday it appears that the diving pool has been closed to training altogether — so as not to disturb the water and
help it turn blue again.
Fake wi-fi hotspots at the Olympics.
A cybersecurity report reveals several fake WiFi hotspots have been set up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in order to take advantage of the influx of people
attending the 2016 Olympics. Skycure, a mobile security firm, found that places like Rio Galeão Airport are unaware they were inadvertently
hosting several nefarious networks, according to Forbes. In other words, tourists arriving in the city are leaving themselves vulnerable to hackers
once they turn on their phones or turn off airplane mode. Another report, published by Kaspersky Lab, discovered that 18 percent of the
available networks were highly unsafe. Another 7 percent used antiquated encryption technology.
medalist beaten up while celebrating on Copacabana Beach. Dirk Van Tichelt probably didn't envision one of the
greatest days of his life ending in the hospital. But that's exactly where the Belgian judoka found himself Monday
night hours after winning his first-ever Olympic medal. Van Tichelt won bronze in the 73-kg judo competition on
Monday. Naturally, he went off to Copacabana Beach that night to celebrate the achievement. And that's where
things went awry. Van Tichelt was reportedly assaulted by a thief on the famous beach, and was struck in the
face. He was taken to the hospital after the incident.
2016 Olympics In Rio Are A Hotbed For Hackers. A cybersecurity report reveals several fake WiFi hotspots have
been set up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in order to take advantage of the influx of people attending the 2016 Olympics.
Skycure, a mobile security firm, found that places like Rio Galeão Airport are unaware they were inadvertently hosting
several nefarious networks, according to Forbes. In other words, tourists arriving in the city are leaving themselves
vulnerable to hackers once they turn on their phones or turn off airplane mode. Another report, published by Kaspersky
Lab, discovered that 18 percent of the available networks were highly unsafe. Another 7 percent used antiquated
Are Legally Allowed To Ruin The Olympics. The Rio 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro may be in danger of
constant disruption by protesters since a Brazilian federal judge ruled Monday night that protesters can peacefully voice
dissent at the Games. Brazilian Federal Judge João Augusto Carneiro Araújo decided that to block protesters
from demonstrating their discontent with the Games is to prevent them from freely expressing themselves. While
Brazilians opposed to the Olympic Games see the judge's ruling as a victory for free speech, Olympic organizers will likely
appeal the judge's decision.
claim Olympic kayaker capsized after hitting underwater sofa. The report, which immediately sparked the
#kayaksofa hashtag on Twitter, was not corroborated by anyone else. Nevertheless, the organizers are taking it
seriously enough as to investigate it.
venues see thin crowds for some sports in Rio. Olympic athletes have been competing in near empty venues and
before thin crowds in other locations during the opening days of the Rio Games — a problem that can be traced to
long security lines, traffic and a lack of familiarity in some sports.
2016: Two Australian coaches robbed at knifepoint by teens near Ipanema beach. Two Australian rowing coaches
were robbed at knife-point by teenagers in Rio, just before their athletes were due to compete, as they walked back to their
hotel near the city's Ipanema beach. The pair were forced to handover their mobile phones, a wallet and even an Olympic
team jacket in the incident.
network NBC vows full Rio coverage, woes included. Bob Costas and other top members of NBC's Olympics coverage
team veered between optimism and caution in predicting Rio de Janeiro's ability to pull off a successful Summer Games and
said NBC will cover the good and bad.
stars get mega-yacht to avoid filthy Olympic digs. Another reason the rest of the world will loathe Team USA.
As leaking pipes and exposed wiring — to name two disasters — continue to plague the athletes settling
into their digs at Rio's Olympic Village, Carmelo Anthony and his teammates will be resting their heads at night aboard a
luxurious liner. The Daily Mail reported on Wednesday that the Silversea Silver Cloud will house the US men's and
women's basketball teams throughout the Games. The 196-cabin, nine-deck supership boasts 7-foot beds and access to a
pool, spa and shops.
Deploying Over 1,000 Military, Intelligence Officials for Olympics. The United States is prepared to deploy
more than 1,000 law enforcement, special operations, military, and intelligence officials to Brazil with the Olympics set to
kick off Friday. Hundreds of personnel have already arrived in Rio de Janeiro as part of a highly classified effort to
protect the 2016 Summer Games, including American athletes and staff, according to a U.S. intelligence report obtained by NBC
News on Friday. The U.S. Special Operations Command has also sent more than a dozen highly skilled Navy and Marine
Corps commandos to Rio to work with the Brazilian Federal Police and the Brazilian Navy, senior military officials told NBC.
Huge queues and
angry fans mar the start of Rio Games. The Rio Olympic Games got off to a shambolic start on Saturday [8/6/2016] as fans
queued for hours at security checkpoints to enter venues, with some missing their events and many athletes competing in front of
eerily empty stands. Games organizers apologized for dropping the ball on the first day of full competition, the morning
after a dazzling opening ceremony, as iconic venues such as beach volleyball on the famed Copacabana beach saw only a few hundred
spectators. Outside, lines stretched for several blocks as angry fans stood in full sun, waiting as security staff struggled.
Olympic Golf Problems 2016: Capybaras, Crocodiles, Sloths All Over The Course. After a 112-year absence from
the Olympics, golf's return to the world's biggest sporting stage at the Rio games has hit a number of speed bumps. The
latest trouble: the golf course is "overrun with wildlife," as People Magazine put it in a report Tuesday night [8/2/2016].
The list of critters spotted thus far on the course is impressive. It includes sloths, mini crocodiles, boa constrictors,
mico monkeys, burrowing owls and dozens of capybaras, the world's largest rodent.
to Rio athletes: 'Don't put your head under water'. Just days ahead of the Olympic Games the waterways of Rio
de Janeiro are as filthy as ever, contaminated with raw human sewage teeming with dangerous viruses and bacteria, according
to a 16-month-long study commissioned by The Associated Press.
The Olympics are being Caster-ated!
athletes to take center stage at Rio. Caster Semenya is a South African runner who could emerge as one of the
most compelling figures of the Rio Olympic Games. She is favored to win gold at 800 meters while perhaps breaking
track's longest-standing world record, even as her stunning speed is leading to uncomfortable controversy at the uncertain
intersection of gender and athletics — and of human rights and athletic fairness. Semenya has never said she
is intersex — a word preferred to the stigmatizing hermaphrodite — but speculation follows her around
the globe, her private parts a mortifying matter of public debate. Track observers believe Semenya is hyperandrogenous,
meaning her body naturally produces high amounts of testosterone, the hormone that helps build muscle, endurance and speed.
with No Womb or Ovaries but Internal Testes Will Compete with Women in Rio. With reports of dead bodies and
excrement floating in the water, the threat of Zika and the Russian doping scandal, the Rio Olympics appears the Frankenstein
of athletic events. And now Rio seems dopey in another way: owing to political correctness, a runner with, reportedly,
no womb or ovaries but internal testes will be allowed to compete with women. This person is South African middle-distance
competitor Caster Semenya.
wins gold in the 800 as testosterone controversy simmers. The South African Caster Semenya, world champion in
800 meters in 2009, ran in 1:55.28 to become the Olympic champion with gold in Rio, as controversy still simmers over her
condition of hyperandrogenism.
Mayor Says What We're All Thinking: 'Obviously This Is a City That Has Problems'. The Olympics are now just
four days away, and the serious concerns about whether Rio is up to the task of hosting continue to mount. Rio Mayor
Eduardo Paes is already in damage control mode, blaming an international organizing committee for some of the problems in the
Olympic Village. In an interview with Matt Lauer on Today [8/1/2016], Paes finally said what we're all
thinking: "Obviously this is a city that has problems," Paes admitted to Lauer.
hit again: computer, shirts stolen at Rio Olympics. A laptop and team shirts have been stolen from Australia's accommodation at the
Olympic athletes' village while the building was being evacuated because of a small fire, the head of the team's delegation at the Rio Games said
Sunday [7/31/2016]. Kitty Chiller said other computer equipment was "rifled through" but was left behind during the theft on Friday.
She said security seems to have improved, but called the theft "concerning."
at Rio's Olympic stadium just days before opening ceremony. An explosion has rocked the Olympic stadium in Rio
just days before it's set to host the opening ceremony after police found a suspicious toolbox. Authorities sent in a
robot to investigate the toolbox on Sunday at the Maracana Stadium as rehearsals for the ceremony were underway. The
toolbox is believed to have exploded when the robot touched it.
excrement, litter: welcome to Rio Olympic sailing venue. When Olympic sailors compete in Rio the cameras will
show a made-for-television scene of sparkling tropical waters and mountains. Luckily, the billions of viewers won't
catch the revolting stink. More than nine million people live in Rio and towns around the rest of Guanabara Bay.
At best only half the sewage they produce is treated before it pours into the city's watery heart.
cuts ribbon on much-delayed $3B subway expansion crucial for Olympics. Brazil's highest officials celebrated
the completion of a much-delayed $3 billion subway expansion that will play a crucial part in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics,
holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday just days before the games are set to kick off.
Olympics security firm fired, maligned police force takes over. Less than a week before the 2016 Rio Olympics
are set to start, the Brazil Ministry of Justice terminated its contract with a private firm that was supposed to provide
security for the games. The ministry cited "incompetence and irresponsibility" from the Rio de Janeiro-based firm
Artel, and moved to strip them of their duties. It's not hard to see why the Ministry of Justice reacted so harshly.
With only a few days left until the first venues are set to open, Artel admitted that they have only hired 500 security
personnel. They were supposed to hire 3,400.
Athletes Village faces leaks, power outages; Australia refuses to move in. Thousands of athletes arriving for the Rio de Janeiro
Olympics could find major plumbing and electrical problems in their rooms at the Athletes Village with the games opening in just under two weeks.
Jordan Spieth drops out of Rio over 'health' concerns. Jordan Spieth withdrew from the Olympics on Monday [7/11/2016], leaving golf
without its top four players when the sport returns to the games for the first time since 1904. The decision was announced by International
Golf Federation President Peter Dawson.
Armored cars, soldiers in camouflage
secure Rio Olympics. Rio's rising crime rate is at the top of a long list of problems confronting South America's first games: the
Zika epidemic, severe water pollution, a crushing recession and slow ticket sales.
discovered in Rio's waters as Olympics near. A group of Brazilian scientists have detected a drug-resistant
bacteria growing off of some of Rio de Janeiro's most stunning beaches, one month before the city is due to host the 2016
Olympic Games. According to lead researcher Renata Picao, the "super bacteria" entered the city's waterways when sewage
coming from local hospitals got channeled into the bay.
Olympic Catastrophe. On June 17, fewer than 50 days before the start of the Games, the state of Rio de Janeiro
declared a "state of public calamity." A financial crisis is preventing the state from honoring its commitments to the Olympic
and Paralympic Games, the governor said. That crisis is so severe, he said, it could eventually bring about "a total collapse
in public security, health, education, mobility and environmental management." The authorities are now authorized to ration
essential public services and the state is eligible for emergency funds from the federal government. Measures like these are
usually taken for an earthquake or a flood. But the Olympics are a man-made, foreseeable, preventable catastrophe.
parts wash up on popular beach near Rio Olympic venue. Authorities in Brazil said Wednesday [6/29/2016] that body parts
washed up on shore of a popular Rio de Janeiro beach near where the beach volleyball Olympic event is set to take place in
August. The latest gruesome discovery is another obstacle the city has to grapple with among the laundry list of concerns
athletes and fans will have to deal with. The finding was first reported to Brazilian media by a Rio street vendor. A
police officer standing near a security perimeter confirmed the discovery to Reuters. However, it's unclear how the
mutilated body wound up on Copacabana Beach.
and Firemen Warn Olympics Visitors Rio Won't Be Safe. When tourists arrive for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro
this summer, they might be taken aback by the police and firemen who meet them at the airport. Brazil is in a state of
disarray, and the confused priorities of big government have led to fire and police layoffs. As a result, cops and
firefighters meet tourists at the airport with this sign, "Welcome to Hell." The sign adds, "Police and firefighters don't
get paid, whoever comes to Rio de Janeiro will not be safe." These public servants have been forgotten in the country's
massive corruption scandal.
Rio de Janeiro's
acting governor: Olympics could be a 'big failure'. The headache for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games
organizers shows no signs of subsiding. Six weeks before the Games are set to begin, Francisco Dornelles, the acting
governor of the state of Rio de Janeiro, told the Brazilian newspaper O Globo that the state has not yet received
recently-approved federal funds to beef up security and transportation for the quadrennial competition. "I am
optimistic about the games, but I have to show the reality. We can make a great Olympics, but if some steps are
not taken, it can be a big failure," Dornelles told O Globo.
for More Rio Security After Paralympic Athletes Robbed. An estimated 85,000 police and soldiers will be
patrolling the streets during the Olympics and Paralympics, but violent crime remains a fact of life in Rio.
The Editor says...
Next time, perhaps they should select a city that isn't saturated with criminals, that isn't going bankrupt, and doesn't have sewage in the river.
state government declares financial disaster as Olympics loom. The acting governor of Rio de Janeiro's state
government declared a state of financial disaster Friday [6/17/2016] in an effort to change budgetary priorities without
disrespecting Brazil's fiscal laws. Francisco Dornelles' move will let him adopt exceptional measures to pay costs
related to the upcoming Olympic Games as the state grapples with the country's steep economic recession. Dornelles'
office said in a statement that the decision was made because a dip in revenues from taxes and oil royalties was "stopping
the state of Rio de Janeiro from honoring its commitment to the organization of the Olympic and Paralympic Games."
He said the state is facing a "public calamity."
find 'super bacteria' in Rio's Olympic venues, top beaches. Scientists have found dangerous drug-resistant
"super bacteria" off beaches in Rio de Janeiro that will host Olympic swimming events and in a lagoon where rowing and canoe
athletes will compete when the Games start on Aug. 5. The findings from two unpublished academic studies seen by Reuters
concern Rio's most popular spots for tourists and greatly increase the areas known to be infected by the microbes normally
found only in hospitals. They also heighten concerns that Rio's sewage-infested waterways are unsafe.
Trash creates obstacles
for Rio 2016 Olympic sailors. When Victoria Jurczok and Anika Lorenz rip through the water aboard their racing
skiff, they are doing far more than sailing at the fastest possible speed. The two athletes from the German Olympic
Sailing team are also learning the unique currents, tides and wind patterns of Rio De Janeiro's Guanabara Bay, to try to get
an edge when they compete in the upcoming Olympic Games. And they are keeping a look-out for floating obstacles.
"Its possible you hit while sailing some plastic or you don't know what," says Jurczok, a 26-year old from Berlin.
The show must go on!
Health Agency Rejects Call to Postpone Rio Olympics. The assessment, in a statement early Saturday [5/28/2016],
came a day after 150 health experts issued an open letter to the U.N. health agency calling for the games to be delayed or
relocated "in the name of public health."
doping, instability: Is it the end of the Olympic Games as we know them? The ideals of the Olympics are noble and
worthwhile. In sports, nothing is better than the gathering of a peaceful, friendly competition, where the youth of the world can
display the best in athletics that the planet can offer. The corruption of Russia, through its state sponsored sanctioning of
doping of their Olympians, threatens the entire institution and the games themselves. Cheating and doping is nothing new.
It's been going on in Olympic competition for a long time, and it's not confined to Russia. It's just much worse there, and
now that it's unraveling, it is certain to have wide reaching effects and reverberations.
the Olympics. Discredited long ago by the very corruption and nationalism they were originally meant to
transcend, the Olympic Games are embroiled in a wave of scandal that's embarrassing even by the sorry standards of this
hypocritical "movement." It's hard to say what's more outrageous: credible new allegations of a clandestine
state-sponsored doping scheme carried out by the 2014 Winter Olympics' host nation, Russia — or the fact that the
International Olympic Committee entrusted the event to a despotic regime run by a glory-hungry former KGB agent in the first
place. Meanwhile, the integrity of the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing — another dictatorship's showcase —
has been retrospectively undercut by the discovery of previously undetected doping by a reported 31 athletes from
12 countries; similar findings may be about to taint the 2012 London Games.
Athletes Told to Skip Rio Olympics if Concerned About Zika. The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) has recommended that any athlete or trainer
concerned about the Zika outbreak in Latin America should consider not attending the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Two anonymous sources
told Reuters that the USOC issued the suggestion late in January on a teleconference call. President and board chairman of USA fencing Donald Anthony
said no person should travel if "they don't feel comfortable going. Bottom line."
the Rio Olympics survive outbreak of head-shrinking Zika virus? Rio's Olympics are on the verge of disaster as
fear grows over the Zika virus, which has left more than 4,000 newborns with shrunken heads. Female spectators and even
athletes of childbearing age are being warned by countries and medical professionals around the world to reconsider their
plans to travel to Brazil for fear of what could happen to their unborn children after the country was overrun by the
Sports Fans Rejected the Olympics Boondoggle — and L.A. Said Bring It On. How Boston's rabid sports
fans rejected the Olympics — and how chumps in Los Angeles enthusiastically stepped up to potential bankruptcy —
is a tale worth understanding, especially the next time your city or state tries selling voters on a new stadium or venue for
billionaire sports team owners. The Summer Games routinely use billions of taxpayer dollars to throw the equivalent of a
three-week-long international party that ends with a trashed house and a financial hangover that lasts for years. [...] As sports
economist Andrew Zimbalist has noted, the Summer Games might generate $6 billion in total revenue, half of which goes to the
International Olympic Committee (IOC) while costing the host city $20 billion (London) or even $40 billion (Beijing).
And don't think that any new stadiums or infrastructure will have much of an economic afterlife.
Men will now compete against women:
Loosen Rules to Allow Pre-Op M-to-F Transsexuals to Compete with Women. There's great news for adventurous male Olympic
hopefuls: if they declare themselves women and reduce their testosterone below 10 nmol/L for at least 12 months prior to
competition, they can compete against ladies. There's even better news for these men; according to transgender guidelines approved
by the International Olympic Committee, genitalia does not serve as a prerequisite. The guidelines state: "To require surgical
anatomical changes as a pre-condition to participation is not necessary to preserve fair competition and may be inconsistent with developing
legislation and notions of human rights."
test: Rio Olympic water badly polluted, even far offshore. A new round of testing by The Associated Press shows
the city's Olympic waterways are as rife with pathogens far offshore as they are nearer land, where raw sewage flows into
them from fetid rivers and storm drains.
fights back after being slammed over doping. The Russian government has begun fighting accusations that the country operated a vast
state-sponsored doping program, even as the first punishment was handed down Tuesday [11/10/2015].
used spies, secret lab in massive Olympics doping: report. Russian track and field athletes could be banned
from next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro after a devastatingly critical report accused the country's government of
complicity in widespread doping and cover-ups.
prep may be LA's biggest card in campaign for '24 Olympics. Los Angeles' 2024 Summer Olympics bid has a lot going for
it — ready-made venues and hotels, countless tourist attractions and a massive media market that guarantees top-notch coverage
and a huge international audience. But the ability to provide security against terror attacks may be LA's best card to play.
Boston Olympics would have cost $970M more than estimate. A scathing independent audit of Boston 2024's Bid
2.0 ordered by state government leaders found the economic impact likely would have been lower than projected by Olympics
supporters and the costs likely would have been at least $970 million higher, according to the report released today [8/18/2015.
"Past experience suggests that Boston 2024 would have been unlikely to meet those cost estimates, and a more reasonable cost estimate
would have been over $970 million higher than reported in Bid 2.0.," the report said.
Winter Olympics problem — nobody wants them. Beijing has won the right to host the
2022 Winter Olympics. Now all it needs is some snow. China 's capital — a city with scant snowfall
and a limited winter sports experience — was chosen last week to host the Games, beating out Almaty, Kazakhstan.
While Beijing boasts sparkling facilities left over from its 2008 Summer Games, the International Olympic Committee's
decision perplexed many observers. But the governing body may not have had a choice. Despite the IOC's
efforts to make bidding and hosting more appealing, some of the stronger possible host cities have shied away in
only one year to go until the Rio 2016 Olympics there are major concerns over construction, security
and pollution. A year to go until Rio 2016 and there are still serious issues facing
the organisers. Pollution will top the agenda this week, mainly because sailors, rowers, triathletes
and marathon swimmers are all in town for test events during August. Yet there are also major
concerns over security — London 2012 470 sailing silver medallists Hannah Mills and
Saskia Clarke were held up at knifepoint and robbed last December on a training camp.
Winter Olympics in a City Without Snow. China's northern plain is extremely dry, and
what precipitation that falls in the capital tends to occur during the summer. Beijing's Olympic
planners have assured the IOC this won't be a problem — the country will simply use artificial
snow to accommodate events, such as skiing, that require it.
The Editor says...
What kind of "carbon footprint" will be required to cover the Olympic Village with snow? One would think the environmentalists
would be upset about this plan, yet they are all completely silent.
and Sailing Body Seek Virus Tests in Rio Olympic Venues. The World Health Organization
has asked the IOC to analyze virus levels in Rio de Janeiro's Olympic waters, and the governing body
of world sailing says it will start doing its own independent virus tests.
Rio water a threat at 2016 Olympics. The waters where Olympians will compete in
swimming and boating events next summer in South America's first games are rife with human sewage
and present a serious health risk for athletes, an Associated Press investigation has found.
teams to swim, boat in Rio's filth. Athletes in next year's Summer Olympics here will
be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently
ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found.
Want to Host the 2022 Olympics. Add Krakow to the growing list of cities who do not
want to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. The Polish city withdrew its bid this week after residents
overwhelmingly voted against the plan, according to the Associated Press. Now only four cities
remain in the bidding process, and two of those may soon be ruled out — leaving only
Kazakhstan and China as contenders.
The Olympics, in my estimation, are the UN
's way to candy-coat the prospect
of a unified world government, with its world-wide laws and
UN flag flies at all competition sites of the Olympic
Olympics are an attempt to show that one country is morally equivalent to another: It's all the
same if the games are hosted by China or England or Russia or the United States. Taxpayers,
especially in the host country, end up paying the bills for the competition without the benefit
of voting on it.
Why Sochi? In all the comment about
this month's Sochi Olympics, there is bewilderment above all about Sochi itself: Why on earth would the Kremlin decide to host the Games
in an underdeveloped place where terrorists lurk nearby — a place that a front-page New York Times story this week describes
as "the edge of a war zone"?
At the Sochi Olympics, you have to be a Russian politician to know it's not raining. Ignore the attacks
from the rear by the perfidious Western conspirators and propagandists, our common enemies who falsify their reports about the Sochi Games. This great
national festival has dissolved all dissent, and every fear and problem has been resolved. The Olympics are gigantically staged, and a smiling mood
reigns. We see no evidence that it is raining here.
The Media's Most Outrageous Olympic
Outbursts: Saluting the Socialists. Sports fans checking in on coverage of Team USA at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia might
want to brace themselves for unexpected outbursts of liberal preaching from reporters covering the games. Over the years the [Media Research
Center] has documented lefty reporters and writers using the games to celebrate socialist policies, bash expressions of patriotism and even work in
jabs against Republicans, like when Bryant Gumbel, in 2006, complained that the "paucity" of black athletes "makes the Winter Games look like a
Russian Village Used, Abused,
and Forgotten by the Olympics. If any one place embodies the allegations of corruption, abuse, and alarming human cost of the
Sochi Olympics, it's here. Ashtyr, a tiny, impoverished village in the foothills between the coastal and mountain parks where the upcoming
Winter Games will be held, has been used by Olympic planners for its limestone deposits, suffered from the effects of nearby construction, and
had its pleas for help ignored.
visitors' horror at hotels awash with stray dogs, brown water, bugs and no light bulbs. Journalists checking in were left
stunned as they arrived for bookings made last summer to be told they would have to wait indefinitely. The few that did get rooms,
were met with stray dogs, half-built walls, and toxic yellow water spitting from the sinks.
The many, many problems of the Sochi
Olympics. [Scroll down] "The Sochi Olympics are an unprecedented thieves' caper," says former deputy prime minister and
opposition leader Boris Nemtsov. He claims that some $26 billion in phony costs may have been creamed off by contractors, many of
whom are Putin cronies. Consider the new 31-mile road and railway that run from the beachfront town of Adler to the Krasnaya Polyana ski
resort, overseen by Vladimir Yakunin, a former KGB general and Putin pal who heads Russian Railways.
Expensive, the Most Corrupt, and the Most Dangerous Olympics in History. There is a good summation of the problems with the Sochi
Winter Olympics by Frances Weaver in The Week today. It's about what you'd expect from modern day Russia ruled by former KGB agent
Vladamir Putin. In fact, the Olympic movement hasn't seen anything remotely like it. First, the cost: $51 billion.
By contrast, the Vancouver Olympics in 2010 cost around $8 billion.
IOC Makes U.S. Hockey
Goalie Remove Constitution From Mask Before Olympics. The International Olympic Committee is requiring U.S. women's hockey goalie
Jessie Vetter to remove an inscription of the U.S. Constitution from her custom mask. The IOC says the inscription is propaganda which
promotes the United States above other countries.
Obama Turns 2014 Winter Olympics into Sexuality Games. Anyone who thought the Olympics was about sports competition among nations apparently
was wrong, at least according to President Barack Obama. Just like he has tried to reinvent America off her throne of greatness, Obama uses the 2014
Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia to remake the games into a forum on gay rights.
Olympic outsourcing: Team USA
snowboarders' uniforms foreign-made. The newly-unveiled uniforms for the U.S. Olympic snowboarding team are star-spangled and red,
white and blue — but they're not made in America.
Olympic-Level Corruption in
Putin's Russia. Last week, there were two amazing, related stories out of the Putin dictatorship. In the first
one, the brilliant Russian journalist Andrei Soldatov, who specializes in watching the Russian secret police, broke the deeply
disturbing news that Putin is planning a massive campaign of eavesdropping on all attendees during the Winter Olympics to be
held next year in Sochi, Russia.
planning 'near-total surveillance' of visitors, athletes at Sochi Winter Olympics. Security measures at the Sochi winter Olympics will include such
extensive electronic eavesdropping and surveillance that the US State Department has advised Americans headed to Russia to leave smart phones and laptops at home,
an investigation has revealed. Research by Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan, two Russian investigative journalists who specialise in covering the security
services, reveals a picture of near-total surveillance, Soldatov said.
The IOC's Biggest Scandals.
Juan Antonio Samaranch ruled the International Olympic Committee from 1980 to 2001. Once a youth organizer for Spain's fascists, he was considered a pioneer
in the modern Games. He wanted to be called "Your Excellency." He created bidding wars for the chance to host the Games, which also makes him the
father of modern Olympic corruption, the architect of selling committee votes to the highest bidder.
Washington DC to Bid for 2024 Summer Olympics.
The inconveniences of the daily routine in the nation's capital will be a selling point as Washington, D.C., makes a push to host the 2024 Olympics.
D.C. bids for 2024 Summer
Olympics; Capital tired of being snubbed. Officials in Washington Tuesday announced plans to seek the 2024 Summer Olympics, a bid to finally
bring the world games to one of the few major capital cities to never hold the event.
The Editor says...
The selection of the host city for the Olympics isn't about finding adequate sports arenas and hotels — it's
all about politics. Washington is run by left-wing Democrats, which makes it a perfect match for the Olympics, which promotes
a massive world-wide government under which any given country is equivalent to any other. The Olympics paints a picture of
affirmative action on a global scale: Obscure countries that produce nothing get the same standing as major countries that drive
of the world's economy.
with the Kumbaya Olympics. Let's keep wrestling. The International Olympic Committee issued a surprise
decision on Tuesday [2/12/2013] to exclude wrestling from the 2020 Olympic Games. For a number of years, the committee
has drawn fire for its lack of transparency. With its secret vote to remove one of the original Olympic sports — one
that dates back 2½ millennia to the first games in ancient Greece — it has added another decision that
Faking and enhancing the sounds of the
. Ah, there's nothing quite like the serene "swoosh-swooshing" of oars in the water, as Olympic rowers glide along the
water. There really isn't, because those sounds spectators are hearing on their TVs are not live from the event, The Atlantic
reported. In order to keep sight of the boats, broadcasters must follow them with chase boats and a helicopter. The result is that
the sound of the rowing is drowned out by that noise. So, NBC elected to replace the live audio with a recorded soundtrack of rowing
practices to deliver more accurate depiction of what the sport sounds like in its pure form.
Careful What You Wish For
. Federal, state and local taxpayers end up paying for these Olympic
athletic enterprises with few lasting benefits.
Homosexuals have special rights and privileges no one else has.
Olympians: We Can't Live Together During Games, But Gay Couples Can
. An Australian Olympic married couple claims they have
been prohibited from sharing a room in the London Olympic Village, even though gay couples are reportedly allowed to do so.
Olympic shooters Russell and Lauryn Mark told news.com.au that they are being discriminated against by officials.
NBC Posts $223 Million Loss on
. The tally is in: NBC lost $223 million on the Winter Olympics in the
Chicago Olympics Bid Could Cost Taxpayers
. The City of
Chicago's efforts to land the 2016 Summer Olympics could leave taxpayers across Illinois on the hook for
hundreds of millions of dollars, even though Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) last year vowed "not a dime" of
taxpayer money would be spent on the Olympics. The Illinois legislature is expected to throw taxpayer
support behind Chicago's bid. Gov. Pat Quinn (D), who recently took office after lawmakers impeached
and removed Rod Blagojevich from office, has already publicly committed at least $150 million in state
funds for the Olympics — and that could climb higher.
The Olympic Bible
: The organizers of the 2008
Olympic Games in China have put the Bible on the list of items that athletes are banned from bringing with
them to Beijing
This would seem to undermine claims by a Chinese government official, Ye Xiaowen,
who told Reuters last month that China would accommodate the religious needs of visiting athletes.
Olympic Committee's Gag Order
: I'll put my cards on the table: I'm no
fan of the Olympics. The bizarre North Korean mass-games style ceremonies, the corruption, the
fakey universalist cosmopolitan brotherhood-of-man sentiments, the perpetuation of sports that no one
cares about which should have died out long ago... I think the Olympics is to sports as
the United Nations is to politics.
: Well, the [2008 Olympic] Games have certainly had a lasting effect on one
part of Chinese society — the 1.5 million men, women, and children expelled from their
homes in Beijing to make room for the construction of Olympic facilities and urban beautification
projects. To clear them out, the Geneva-based Center on Housing Rights and Evictions found,
Chinese authorities resorted to "harassment, repression, imprisonment, and even violence." Demolitions
and evictions frequently occurred without due process. Many dispossessed residents were not
compensated; those who were usually received a fraction of the amount needed to make them whole.
gold medals came at a high price
. If anybody feels a pang of jealousy over China's haul of
Olympic gold medals, they need only pause to consider what the athletes went through to get them. The
only mother on China's team, Xian Dongmei, told reporters after she won her gold medal in judo that she had
not seen her 18-month-old daughter in one year, monitoring the girl's growth only by webcam. Another
gold medalist, weightlifter Cao Lei, was kept in such seclusion training for the Olympics that she wasn't told
her mother was dying. She found out only after she had missed the funeral.
apologists are wide-eyed and clueless
. Poor old Robert Mugabe. Do you know what that guy
needs? An Olympics. Harare 2012, he really missed a trick there. A well-run Games and
nothing else matters. Put on a show, throw up a couple of impressive buildings and the world is your
friend. The road home from Beijing is lined with wide-eyed converts who've seen the light on
I assume you've heard
of Robert Mugabe.
China's hi-tech 'death van'
: After trials of the mobile
execution service were launched quietly three years ago — then hushed up to prevent an
international row about the abuse of human rights before the Olympics last summer — these
vehicles are now being deployed across China. The number of executions is expected to rise to a
staggering 10,000 people this year (not an impossible figure given that at least 68 crimes —
including tax evasion and fraud — are punishable by death in China).
IX Tied Our Hands At the Olympics
. U.S. athletes won in spite of Title IX regulations,
which impose gender quotas on sports for institutions that receive any federal money. Title IX has
crippled our national competitiveness. Title IX regulations have forced educational institutions to
eliminate men's teams until the number of men and women on sports teams is the same ratio as the number of men
and women enrolled in academic classes. In the numerous colleges that are now 60 percent female in
academic enrollment, Title IX requires that men's teams be eliminated until only 40 percent of the
athletes are men.
Speaking of Title IX...
Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain
In a mind-boggling move, NCAA president Miles Brand recently urged NCAA institutions not to blame Title IX for
any athletics cuts that they might be forced to make in the current economic downturn. ... The truth is that
Title IX is always a factor in athletic department program decisions.
Is the NCAA
In 1972, Congresswoman Patsy Mink authored an amendment to the Civil Rights Act of
1964. ... The law was called Title IX. The question now is whether this admirable idea has
evolved into a law that is anti-male, and particularly anti-black male.
is enough: Here are my reasons for boycotting the Olympics
. The International Olympic
Committee and the megabucks corporate sponsors of the games breathed a sigh of relief when the Beijing
Olympics got under way last week with no major boycotts or disruptions. Last spring, faced with
widespread outrage over China's brutal suppression of Tibetan protesters and stubborn support for murderous
regimes in Sudan, Burma and Zimbabwe, IOC chairman Jacques Rogge nervously insisted "a boycott doesn't
by China at the Olympics
. There is absolutely no doubt — none, zero, zilch —
that the Chinese "women's" gymnastics team featured several little girls no older than 14 years of
age — two years younger than the international federation allows for competition. Online
registrations of these girls list one age, their passports list another. This is blatant
cheating — no other word for it.
games at Olympics
. Does it get any lower than to use young girls like this to ensure your
national glory? The people of China deserve better than what has been going on at the Olympics and two
tiny singers, maybe up to four gymnasts and perhaps the whole world are deserving of an apology. Here we
were thinking the Olympics was about integrity, honesty and fair competition.
ChiComs, Crouching IOC
. I have an 8-year-old daughter. I know what 8-year-old hands and feet and
hips and teeth look like. They look a lot like the hands and feet and hips and teeth of the purported
"teenagers" on the gold medal-winning Chinese girls' gymnastics team.
The 100-Meter Gasp
. The Beijing
Olympics [exposed] the environmentalist fraud that the U.S. is the world's biggest polluter. Compared with China, we
get the gold medal for energy efficiency.
Elderly Chinese women ordered
into re-education for daring to protest
. Two elderly women who applied five times for permission
to demonstrate in China's Olympic protest parks against the demolition of their homes have been ordered to serve
a year of re-education through labour, according to a human rights group. It is the toughest penalty to
be reported against any of those who followed up an announcement by the Government that it would allow protests
in three Beijing parks during the Games. So far, police say that they have received 77 applications.
None has been approved.
launches probe into possible underage Chinese gymnasts
. The governing body of the Olympic games
is demanding an investigation into whether China stacked its female gymnastics team with underage tumblelinas.
The probe will center on China's gold-medal winning darlings, He Kexin and Yang Yilin.
International Olympic Committee
launches probe into He Kexin's age
. The International Olympic Committee has ordered an investigation
into mounting allegations that Chinese authorities covered up the true age of their gold-medal winning
gymnastics star because she was too young to compete.
Hacker Uncovers Proof Chinese
Gymnast Is Underage
. A determined computer expert has delved into cached pages on the Internet
to unearth Chinese official documents showing a gymnast who took gold, edging Britain's Beth Tweddle into
fourth place, may indeed be underage.
bronze medal from China for using underage gymnast at 2000 Sydney Olympics
. Ten years after its
gymnastics team won an Olympic bronze medal in Sydney, China was ordered to give it back for using an underage
girl, allowing the United States to claim it instead. Acting on evidence that Dong Fangxiao was only 14
at the 2000 Games, the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday stripped the country of the women's team
And You Thought Watching Was
By some estimates, China has as many as 10,000,000 industrial slaves (according to
sociologist Zhou Xiaozeng). What's 10,002,200? Taking politics out of the Olympics means ignoring
the enslaved dancer who suffered paralysis in favor of the strapping American kid who's good at swimming.
If you have no problem doing that and consider the whole charade a wonderful celebration of human achievement,
you are going to love
the Pyongyang games.
Olympic fakery makes plain China's
contempt for reality
. Time to clear the air: That's not smog hovering over Beijing, swallowing
entire office buildings like a mighty python. It's just "a funny mist," says the city's environmental chief,
who insists that the Chinese government has eliminated air pollution in the capital.
Olympic gold medals
are made of silver
. The gold medals awarded at the Beijing Olympics are mostly made of silver,
the Games' organising committee BOCOG admitted on Monday. Each medal contains only 6% pure gold, BOCOG
secretary-general Wang Wei said. The bulk is silver, he added.
Human Rights in China
Worse Since Olympics Started, Experts Say
. Experts told CNSNews.com that that [John] Ray's
experience was only an example of the kind of suppression that has occurred in China during the Olympic
Games. "The human rights situation is much worse than it was a month before the games began," John
Tkacik, a senior fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, told CNSNews.com. "People used to
be able to silently stand at government offices with petitions and protest against various government
transgressions, but now they have all been chased away and some put in prison."
calls for additional examination of Chinese gymnasts' ages
. The International Olympic Committee
asked the international gymnastics federation Friday to reexamine whether gold-medal-winning gymnast
He Kexin and two of her teammates were too young to compete in the Beijing Games.
: The Aug. 8 parade of nations
featured representatives from 204 countries and territories of varying degrees of sovereignty bearing 204 flags
and wearing 204 outfits designed to reflect the essence of the folks back home. The parade
the most powerful symbol of actual progress the Olympics has to offer. That's especially true when you consider
that people from several of those parading nations first competed in the Olympics at a bizarre, demeaning
borderline-freak show designed to further racial pseudoscience.
rips the wrong guy
. Jacques Rogge is so bought, so compromised, the president of the IOC doesn't have
the courage to criticize China for telling a decade of lies to land itself these Olympic Games. All the promises
made to get these Games — on Tibet, Darfur, pollution, worker safety, freedom of expression, dissident
rights — turned out to be phony, perhaps as phony as the Chinese gymnasts' birthdates Rogge was way too
slow to investigate.
fans, spectators wish Beijing would stop adding oil
. A large proportion of the audiences who came to
view Olympic events had never seen those sports live before or even, in many cases, on TV. A substantial number
had not been to any stadium to view sports. Thus it did not seem particularly unusual or strange that in the
lead-up to these Olympics, the government should have organised the chanting.
Earlier in the year...
guardians of Olympic torch
. China's blue-clad flame attendants, whose aggressive methods of
safeguarding the Olympic torch have provoked international outcry, are paramilitary police from a force spun
off from the country's army. The squad of 30 young men from the police academy that turns out the cream
of the paramilitary security force has the job at home of ensuring riot control, domestic stability and the
protection of diplomats.
says 'no' to China torch guards
. Chinese paramilitary police will not be allowed to run alongside
the Olympic torch in Australia, the country's prime minister said Thursday [4/10/2008], after their heavy-handed tactics
drew criticism in earlier legs of the relay. The men in bright blue tracksuits were dispatched by
Beijing to guard the Olympic flame on its journey around the world. They sparked concern in London and
Paris, with the top official for the 2012 London Olympics calling them "thugs."
Accusations spread of
Chinese under-age Olympians
. Australian media are reporting today that doubts have been raised
about the ages of Chinese medal-winning athletes as long ago as the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000.
Age-falsification has become a burning issue since the Beijing Games last month, where it was alleged that
Chinese gymnast He Kexin, who won two gold medals, was underage and therefore should have been ineligible
to compete in the event.
Chinese gymnasts not underage
The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) had asked the Chinese federation to submit documents proving the
birthdates of five members of the gold-winning team ... The International Olympic Committee (IOC) had
specifically asked the FIG to investigate double Olympic gold-medalist He, who was registered as 16 although
online media reports suggested she may have been 14. Gymnasts must turn 16 in the year of an Olympics
to take part.
The Editor says...
So the committee is satisfied by documents
produced by the Chinese government? No medical
exam? I think a good pediatric dentist could answer most of the age questions in five minutes.
The Twenty Biggest
Stories Of 2008
: (#20) China hosts the Olympics: The ChiComs held the Olympics and although
most of the event has already gone down the memory hole, the massive opening ceremony, Michael Phelps winning
eight gold medals, the filthy air, and the rampant Chinese cheating in gymnastics won't soon be forgotten.
wins gold as protesters come to their censors
. When Ji Sizun heard that the Chinese Government
had agreed to create three special zones in Beijing for peaceful public protests during the 2008 Olympics, he
celebrated. He said in an interview at the time that he believed the offer was sincere and represented
the beginning of a new era for human rights in China. ... It is now clear that his hope was misplaced.
In the end, official reports show, China never approved a single protest application — despite
repeated pledges to improve its human rights record when it won the bid to host the Games.
cover-up of an Olympic tragedy
. As Liu Yan rehearsed her moves on the stage at Beijing's Bird's
Nest stadium one evening last July, she had no idea that it would be the last time she would ever dance.
The Obama Olympics
Last week, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley led a delegation to Lausanne, Switzerland, where the Windy City made
its bid in front of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. Chicago
is competing against Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo to host the games. ... While Daley was the public face
of Chicago's bid in Lausanne let there be no mistake. The true public face of Chicago's Olympic bid is
its favorite adopted son, President Barack Obama.
taxpayers are in the deep end of an Olympic pool
. We're all in — completely,
irrevocably committed to the 2016 Olympic Games — and we're ahead of other bidders, and the
question that occurs now is whether the price will seem worth it at closing ceremonies some seven
years from now. Mayor Daley this week in Switzerland did what Mayor Daley does. That is, he
committed Chicago's every last dollar to staging an Olympics no matter what the cost.
given powers to enter homes and tear down anti-Olympics posters during 2012 Games
. Police have been
handed 'Chinese-style' powers to enter private homes and seize political posters during the London 2012 Olympics.
Little-noticed measures passed by the Government will allow officers and Olympics officials to enter homes and shops
near official venues to confiscate any protest material. Breaking the rules could land offenders with a fine
of up to £20,000.
Obama's Olympic bid
. Sixteen days ago, Richard Baehr noted speculation that President Obama would make a
last-minute dramatic trip to Copenhagen this week, to pitch the case for Chicago hosting the 2016 Olympics.
The publicly-announced plan had been for Michelle to represent Chicago's bid. Because other contenders were
sending their top leaders, it seemed as if Obama were letting Chicago down. Unless you took the cynical
view and saw this all as dramatic framing of an upcoming event, so as to maximize propaganda benefits.
Obama going to Copenhagen?
I think I speak not only for myself but for the 295 million Americans
who don't live in the Chicago area when I say that President Obama has about as much business going to Copenhagen
to push the city's Olympic bid as he does taking up the violin.
for the Olympics, Chicago-style
. Social Security is about to run out of money to cover the monthly checks that
millions of senior and disabled Americans depend on to make ends meet. Unemployment is nearing 10 percent nationwide
and has reached its highest mark since World War II among younger Americans, 52 percent. As many as 80,000
people in California's Central Valley are out of work in part because of federal environmental policies that make fish more
important than people. These are only a few of the most important crises facing the nation today. And where is
our president? He is in Copenhagen, Denmark, to deliver a sales pitch for Chicago to host the 2016 Olympics.
Obama's Olympic Spirit
would seem the Obama administration, which hasn't had time to hold conversations with senior military officials involved
in such a critical national security issue as the war in Afghanistan, has been spending far more time assisting President
Barack Obama's adopted hometown, Chicago, than the White House has previously divulged, using the President's and White
House senior staff's presence at global policy meetings to lobby foreign ministers, diplomats and members of the
International Olympic Committee.
The President as Pitchman:
It Isn't Pretty
. Politically, economically and historically it makes no sense for the president to travel
to Denmark to sell Chicago to the Olympic committee.
Rotten in Denmark
No other U.S. president has ever personally lobbied for the Olympics to be held in this country. Even
President Obama claimed just days ago that he would not go to the Olympics meeting, because he was so
"firmly committed to making real the promise of quality, affordable healthcare for every American."
the President's Olympic Cronies
. When government officials play the Olympic lottery, taxpayers
lose. That has been the disastrous experience of host cities around the world. (Forbes magazine
even dubbed the post-Olympic financial burden the "Host City Curse.") So, why are President Obama and
his White House entourage headed to Copenhagen, Denmark, this week to push a fiscally doomed Chicago 2016
bid? Political payback. Bringing the games to the Windy City is Chicago Mayor Richard M.
Obama's Olympian gamble
. U.S. President Barack Obama's politically risky Olympics gamble failed to bring home
the gold on Friday [10/2/2009], with the Olympics committee's refusal to grant the 2016 Summer Games to his
The Winter Olympics:
A Dying Proposition?
Whereas the Summer Olympics dwarfs the sister Winter games in terms of
worldwide participation and popular interest, the Winter Olympics features sports that necessitate freezing-temperature
playing fields and national training programs — the Jamaican bobsled team notwithstanding — that
would be hard to implement or sustain in most of the populated world, where athletic development and training
consists of kicking first a can, and later a soccer ball.
: The Winter Games. An opening ceremony consisting of the RCMP, Natives, k.d. lang
dressed as a man, a plump white poet with a silly beard pretending to be black and what appeared to be the cast of
Avatar all dancing about and explaining how Canada is based entirely on environmental protection and the cult of
equality. The Olympic torch carried by various people who love Canada so much that they haven't lived here in
decades and spend most of their lives pretending to be American.
formation of a new and permanent White House Office of Olympics, Paralympics and Youth Sports will establish
more centralized control over "amateur" sports and over all athletes in the United States. ... When I competed
and traveled as an athlete and United States citizen, I encountered figure skating colleagues who were not
free, from nations with government structures that controlled all aspects of their sports; parents were not
welcome in the decisions of their children's involvement in athletics.
: Every two years, the Olympics crowns a new batch of heroes: Cinderellas on ice skates,
flag-waving champions and gritty underdogs who capture hearts around the globe. There's also the blowhards,
cheaters and sore losers. With two days left before the closing ceremonies, the Vancouver games have been
more inspiring than irritating, but like every Olympics, there have been some whiners among the winners.
A few years later...
Chinese gymnast found begging on the street
. One of China's most promising young gymnasts,
who seemed destined for Olympic glory before his career ended in injury, has been found begging on the
streets of Beijing, prompting criticism of the country's Soviet-style sports system.
The 2012 Olympics:
Olympics wind turbine is scrapped,
threatening green pledges for 2012
. A plan to build a massive wind turbine on the Olympic Park is
to be scrapped, raising questions about whether the environmental pledges for the 2012 London Games can be met.
jets and 13,500 troops on Olympics duty
. Up to 13,500 British troops will protect the London Olympics
from a terrorist atrocity, it was revealed today. The figure is 4,000 more than the number who currently
serve in Afghanistan and will see bomb disposal experts, specialist sniffer dog handlers, building search teams
and regular soldiers will support the police to keep the 2012 Games safe.
Violent Anarchist Group Vows
to Wage 'Low Level Warfare' on London Olympics
. The Informal Anarchist Federation, also known as the "FAI" after its initials in
Italian, has been making news across Europe recently following a string of violent and destructive crimes. Earlier in May, the group
claimed responsibility for shooting an Italian nuclear executive in the kneecaps during a drive-by attack, warning in a four-page letter
that they would strike the man's company seven more times.
I hate the Olympics
[T]he whole business is tacky and unedifying and horrible and nationally humiliating, like being invaded by the Disney Corporation
and everyone being forced to wear mouse ears in solidarity with the Dear Leader.
complies with this request:
bans links to its site if you're 'derogatory'
. The rules of the London 2012 Olympics site seem to be somewhat
odd, if not inanely unenforceable, if not otherwise objectionable.
The Olympic Spirit and the Islamic Spirit
. In a sign of the
times, the London Summer Olympics will be defended by anti-aircraft guns and surface-to-air missiles [...] G4S, the world's largest security
company, was to provide 12,000 security personnel, but has so far only managed to come up with 4,000. In another sign of the times,
not all of their security personnel speak English.
accused of deliberately editing footage of the women's team gymnastics
. Controversy over the coverage of the Olympics on
American television deepened today when NBC was accused of deliberately editing footage of the women's team gymnastics in order to create
what critics called "fake suspense." Russian world champion Ksenia Afanasyeva's unexpected fall during the floor exercises, which
effectively handed a gold medal to Team USA during an early stage of the contest, was inexplicably removed from the time-delayed version
of events that NBC presented to its prime-time television viewers.
The 2012 U.S. Olympic Team's Uniforms: Made in China
Team USA Olympic uniforms not made in
. Not only do this year's Team USA uniforms look a little militant, but it turns out the London Olympians' duds
were made in China, which, if you didn't know, is not in the United States. Classic Americana designer Ralph Lauren stylized
the team's opening ceremony uniforms, but outsourced the actual tailoring to China.
Want 'Made in China' U.S. Olympic Uniforms Burned
. Lawmakers were outraged Thursday after an ABC World News report
revealed that the U.S. Olympic team's opening ceremony outfits are made in China. Some suggested making a bonfire with
the outfits, which include berets and blazers.
The Editor says...
Is every country expected to have its uniforms made within its own borders? That would be amusing as well as enlightening.
U.S. Olympic Uniforms: Made in
China by Democratic Donor's company
. Lawmakers were livid to discover that the United States' Olympic team uniforms
were made in China. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) even suggested "they should take all the uniforms, put them in a
big pile and burn them and start all over again." The company who designed the uniforms, Ralph Lauren, has received less
scrutiny. Few outlets have noted that Ralph Lauren himself is a prominent contributor to President Obama and the Democratic
Obama, Reid Contributor Ralph Lauren
Outsourced Olympic Uniforms
. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has raised a furor over the fact that the
uniforms for the US Olympic Team are made in China. Which is to say: outsourced. Who designed these
uniforms? Who actually did the outsourcing of these Olympic uniforms here? That would be the famous American
designer Ralph Lauren. Who has a habit of outsourcing his clothes to places like China, Sri Lanka and El Salvador.
Uh-oh. That would be the same Ralph Lauren who, according to the Federal Elections Commission, on May 7,
2012 — barely two months ago — contributed $35,800 to the Obama Victory Fund 2012.
Olympic Uniform Brouhaha Shows the Imperial Democratic Emperor
Has No Clothes
. What I found most striking is the attitude of many of the liberals in Congress, typified by the
statement by New York's Senator Gillibrand, as quoted by the Associated Press yesterday, that "There is no compelling reason
why all of the uniforms cannot be made here on U.S. soil at the same price, at better quality." This statement is a
microcosm of what is wrong with the thinking of many liberals in general. Unfortunately, it is obvious that there IS a
compelling reason — though not a pleasant one, and many would say not a justified one — why uniforms
were not made here on U.S. soil; unions have often rendered our goods not competitive, even with the savings of tariffs and
international shipping costs.
Activist athletes inject politics into sports
kneeling comes to abrupt halt: Protesters miss 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. It appears that NFL players
are no longer taking a knee during the national anthem, namely because none of the teams with still-active protesters has
qualified for the postseason.
pathetic results of the NFL kneeling spree. What, exactly, did the NFL "take-a-knee" protests by wealthy black
football players protesting racial injustice accomplish? Based on what most people could see, pretty much nothing, other
than lost ticket sales. People go to football games to be entertained, not to be lectured by their supposed betters in
another dreary virtue-signaling game.
Will Show Kneeling If It Happens At Super Bowl. NBC announced Tuesday [1/9/2018] that they will definitely show
players if they take a knee during the national anthem at the Super Bowl next month, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"It's certainly possible," Fred Gaudelli, executive producer of the big game, said about the chances of players taking a knee
in protest. "It was a pretty big story in our country this fall. We'd show it."
federal court rules high school football player can't be ordered to stand for national anthem. A California
federal court has ruled that a high school football player cannot be ordered to stand for the national anthem before
games. The decision, made by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California on Dec. 21, struck down
statutes enforced by the San Pasqual Valley Unified School District, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday [12/30/2017].
The district prohibited students from "kneeling, sitting or similar forms of political protest" at sporting events and "required
students and coaches to "stand and remove hats/helmets during the playing or singing of the national anthem," according to court
national anthem protests continue during final week of regular season. More than a dozen NFL players protested
during or right after the national anthem on Sunday, the final weekend of the league's regular season. Nine Seattle
Seahawks players sat or knelt during the anthem prior to the teams' game, as they have throughout the season. Michael
Bennett, Marcus Smith, Frank Clark, Dion Jordan and others were among those demonstrating, The Associated Press
reported. Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews remained off the field during the national anthem before his
team's game, while his teammates, Brian Orakpo and Jurrell Casey, raised their fists once the anthem ended.
John's CEO John Schnatter steps down weeks after wading into NFL anthem controversy. Papa John's CEO John
Schnatter is stepping down from his position, the company announced Thursday. He will be replaced on Jan. 1 by COO
Steve Ritchie. Schnatter will remain chairman of the board. Schnatter's face is a fixture to TV-watching sports
fans; he is best-known for peddling his pizza on Sunday TV spots featuring Peyton Manning and J.J. Watt. Schnatter's
resignation comes weeks after he courted controversy by blaming the NFL's handling of players protesting social injustice who
take a knee during the national anthem for falling sales and tanking stock prices. Papa John's stock has lost more than
30 percent of its value since the beginning of 2017.
controversial CEO steps down after facing backlash for his criticism of NFL anthem protests. The controversial
founder and CEO of Papa John's, John Schnatter, is stepping down, the company announced Thursday [12/21/2017]. The
company said its current president, Steve Ritchie, would replace him. Schnatter sparked controversy in November when he
slammed NFL leadership over players' kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality.
"Leadership starts at the top, and this is an example of poor leadership," Schnatter said in a call with investors.
president sends letter to season-ticket holders blaming 'noticeable' number of empty seats on Baltimore players' 'one-time
protest'. The Baltimore Ravens sent a letter to season-ticket holders this week which was signed by team
president Dick Cass blames the team's diminished attendance on the players who protested police brutality against minorities
by kneeling during the national anthem before the team's September 24 game in London. That game was the first of many
protests that day immediately following President Donald Trump's condemnation of the protests [...] during a speech in Alabama.
The Ravens players have not protested since.
Co-Hosting 'Social Justice Workshop' For College Athletes. The National Football League has lost millions of
fans and seen its profits and ratings tank as a result of the "#takeaknee protests that spread across the league in the first
few weeks of the season. But thanks to a new commitment to social justice issues, borne out of the Colin Kaepernick-led
protests, the NFL will actually take part in a training program that will help to focus the next generation of activist
athletes looking to make a "social justice" difference. The "Advocacy in Sport" workshop, presented by the NFL in
concert with Morehouse College, will teach student athletes "how to develop and implement effective advocacy platforms that
positively impact society," according to Campus Reform.
'Diddy' Combs wants to buy Carolina Panthers and sign Kaepernick. Hip hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs said
Sunday night [12/17/2017] he’s interested in buying the Carolina Panthers and signing quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has been
unemployed this season after kneeling during the national anthem in 2016. Panthers owner Jerry Richardson announced Sunday
he would be selling the team after the 2017 season, just hours after Sports Illustrated published accusations of sexual misconduct
from former employees. Richardson also allegedly used a racial slur about a team scout. Diddy took to Twitter soon after the
Panthers announced the upcoming sale, declaring his desire to own a team and increase diversity among NFL ownership.
The Editor says...
Brilliant idea. I strongly encourage Mr. Combs to buy the team, make it the most radical left-wing BLM/SJW
activist branch of the NFL, and then see what happens to ticket sales and the resale value of the team. Then we
will all see the value of "diversity among NFL ownership."
Team Hit With Lawsuit, Courtesy of Flag-Loving Americans. Fed up with the NFL's ongoing national anthem
protests, one fan has attempted to strike back by filing a suit against the New Orleans Saints in the hopes of recouping the
thousands of dollars he spent on season tickets to the team's games. Louisiana resident Lee Dragna filed a suit in a
district court Monday "seeking a refund for the tickets as well as attorney's fees, claiming the protest by some players
against police brutality and racial injustice has prevented him and his family from enjoying the games," reported the The New
defends NFL's massive planned donation for social justice causes. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday [12/11/2017]
defended the league's move to pay nearly $90 million to social justice causes supported by some players, despite critics' claims
that it was meant purely to appease activist athletes, including those who have kneeled during the national anthem this year.
counts 5 NFL players protesting during anthem. The Associated Press counted five NFL players protesting during
the national anthem of the league's early games Sunday [12/10/2017].
Players' Protests Focusing Attention on League's Tax Breaks. The knee-bending antics of professional football
players are focusing attention on a key issue: Are the taxpayer subsidies involved in supporting the NFL worth it in
generating new revenues as promised? An issue getting less attention is whether taxpayers should be involved in
supporting professional football in the first place. Especially when those in the league are thumbing their noses at
the very taxpayers who are funding them. Jeff Mordock, writing in the Washington Times, said that "the protests
are sparking a conversation on the NFL itself and whether the public investment in teams pays off for [the] communities that
host them — and often serve [instead] as their cash machines." That conversation is revealing what economists
have concluded from time immemorial: there is no net gain to taxpayers either from their funding of stadiums or helping
the teams' owners purchase their players' contracts.
Vonn: I won't be representing US President at Winter Olympics. A number of US athletes have spoken out
against Donald Trump during his presidency — and skier Lindsey Vonn has become the latest to have her say.
Targeting Olympic gold at February's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Vonn is in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where she
spoke passionately about what it means to compete for the US ski team. "Well I hope to represent the people of the
United States, not the president," Vonn told CNN's Alpine Edge.
Kaepernick honored with ACLU award. Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the surprise
honoree at the ACLU of Southern California's annual awards dinner Sunday night, accepting the Eason Monroe Courageous
Advocate Award for his kneeling protests against the national anthem that sparked a movement across the NFL.
Mr. Kaepernick's appearance, which was not announced prior to the event at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly
Hills, was met with a standing ovation.
Illustrated Grants Award to Colin Kaepernick for Disrespecting National Anthem. Sports Illustrated has followed
GQ down the rabbit hole of radical leftism by granting an award to the bitterly anti-American former football player who set
in motion the ongoing collapse of the NFL, Colin Kaepernick.
Week 13 : Thugs Who Disrespect the Anthem, Flag and Military. As the NFL continues to lose attendance and TV
viewership, NFL thugs continued their "oppression" protests for Week 13 in the NFL.
Kneeler to Fans: If You Don't Like the Protests Stay Home!. The New York Giants defensive lineman who
protested the national anthem during the Thanksgiving Day night game against the Washington Redskins has a message for fans
who don't like it. STAY HOME!
Kaepernick Is Recipient of 2017 Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award. Colin Kaepernick made his truth
known when he first decided not to stand for the national anthem. He had a lot of football left to play and a lot more
money to make when he made his decision. It was late August, 2016. People who were anonymous in life had become famous
in death. Philando Castile. Eric Garner. Alton Sterling. Freddie Gray. They were tragic symbols of a
society that had taken a terribly wrong turn. As the anthem played ahead of the 49ers' preseason game against the Texans,
Kaepernick, San Francisco's 28-year-old quarterback at the time, quietly took a seat on the bench. It took two weeks for
anyone from the media to ask him about it. Kaepernick explained that he was making a statement about inequality and
social justice, about the ways this country "oppresses black people and people of color."
to Contribute $100 Million to Social Justice Causes as Part of Anthem Protest Surrender. The NFL's sellout to
their anthem-protesting players is starting to look a lot more like a buyout. According to ESPN, the league will offer
nearly $100 million to causes designed to promote "social justice change." In a move unlike anything seen from a major
American sports league, the league will offer the money in hopes that it will end the ratings-killing protest movement begun by
Colin Kaepernick in the preseason of 2016.
Prices for Thanksgiving NFL Game Tumbling to Less than $15 as Anthem Protests Continue. It has gotten
increasingly hard for average Americans to afford to take their families out to sporting events, because the costs are so
high. But as the NFL continues to lose fans, TV ratings, and moral authority, ticket prices have also crashed to
unheard of lows.
owners could change anthem policy next season if protests continue. Some NFL owners believe there is a strong
possibility they will enact an offseason change to the league's national anthem policy if players' protests during the anthem
persist through the end of this season, reverting to a previous approach of keeping players in the locker room while the
anthem is played, according to several people familiar with the league's inner workings. "I think that if players are
still kneeling at the end of the year, then it could very well happen," said one person familiar with the owners'
deliberations on anthem-related issues. That person said it was "too early to tell" for certain if the change to the
anthem policy will be made by owners and the league. The person was "not sure" if a formal vote of the owners would be
required to enact such a change but said, "I think most owners would support it, particularly if players continue to kneel
there's No Free Lunch. Let us cut to the chase: the NFL owns the players' protest because not only has the
league failed to hold players accountable, its owners joined in the anti-American protest. Well, virtue signaling
has a price. Americans are about to pull tax breaks that the league enjoys.
mulls changing anthem policy for next year. The NFL is considering an idea for next year to keep players inside
their locker rooms during the playing of the National Anthem. "I think that if players are still kneeling at the end of
the year, then it could very well happen," said one person familiar with the owners' deliberations on anthem-related
issues. Years ago, the players would come out on the field to warm up and then return to the locker room during the
National Anthem. The league is thinking of going back to that policy.
repays billions in American taxpayers' dollars with a knee. No thanks. This Thanksgiving, for the first
time since I was a toddler, I will not be watching any NFL games. I find the League's disrespect for our country and
our national anthem reprehensible and a totally unwarranted injection of partisan anti-police politics into a cherished
sport. I'm hardly alone in that belief, as a recent Remington Research poll found that 80 percent of Americans
responded that they'd like to see less politics during sporting events. Most of the blame for this mess clearly lies
with Commissioner Roger Goodell, whose feckless lack of leadership allowed this issue to fester despite clear NFL rules about
players standing respectfully for our flag. Amazingly, Goodell is about to ink a new contract that, according to ESPN,
will pay him approximately $40 million a year and perhaps include such perks as lifetime private jet travel. It's
astounding that the NFL owners, a very savvy group of business leaders, would reward Goodell with such generosity after his
many management fumbles including the Ray Rice scandal, Deflate-gate, and sagging TV ratings.
Kaepernick celebrates 'Unthanksgiving Day' on Alcatraz Island. True to the theme that he's been nationally
talking about — or rather, taking a knee for — since last summer, former 49er Colin Kaepernick attended
an "Unthanksgiving Day" celebration on Alcatraz Island. The Indigenous Peoples Sunrise Ceremony, held annually on
Thanksgiving since 1975, commemorates the survival of Native American peoples following the settlement of Europeans in the
Will Only Stand for Mexican National Anthem. Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat during most of U.S. anthem
and stood for the Mexican anthem before their game against the Patriots at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. Lynch has not
stood for the national anthem since returning from retirement this season.
National Boycott of the NFL Did Not Matter. America hating Leftists never back off or surrender ground.
As a matter of fact, to continue poking a finger in the eye of normal Americans, Leftist rag GQ magazine outrageously named
Colin Kaepernick its Citizen of the Year. Kaepernick is the player who started NFL players shamefully kneeling during
our national anthem. Sports media instantly declared Kaepernick, a mediocre quarterback, a hero. And yet, sports
media is obsessed with pressuring an NFL team to hire Kaepernick. NFL players have been fooled into believing their
protest is about fairness and justice. These young men are clueless that Leftists view them as useful idiots in their
long-term plan to bring down America economically, culturally, and globally.
Protest Gets Kaepernick "Citizen of the Year". Name country singer Blake Shelton People's Sexiest Man of 2017
and left-wing media go in an uproar. Pick out-of-work quarterback Colin Kaepernick as GQ's "Citizen of the Year" and
sane people look at you stupefied. Kaepernick worked with the magazine to "reclaim the narrative of his protest."
So they photographed him in Harlem "intending to evoke the spirit of Muhammad Ali's anti-Vietnam War protests."
McHenry, ex-ESPN reporter, blasts GQ for naming Colin Kaepernick 'Citizen of the Year'. On Monday, GQ magazine
released its special issue naming former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick "Citizen of the Year." The
controversial figure in sports, and the magazine, received a lot of backlash, including a string of tweets from former ESPN
reporter Britt McHenry. "I see that magazine cover and I think if we want to go with a football player, Houston Texans'
JJ Watt raised $37 million for Hurricane Harvey relief. Why is he not the citizen of the year," she told Fox
News' Neil Cavuto Monday night [11/13/2017].
NFL owners, tired of half-empty stadiums? Tell your players to stand up for America. [I]t took quite a
bit to get me to boycott the NFL, but they managed it. Until the owners require their players to stand for the national
anthem, or sit for the game, I won't watch a minute, and I'm not alone. Since Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during
the anthem in a misguided protest against police violence, the NFL has been hemorrhaging fans. Both TV viewership and
attendance at stadiums are well down and once people find other ways to spend their Sundays, they may not come back.
Colin Kaepernick Is No Muhammad Ali. GQ magazine named former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick its 2017 "Citizen of
the Year." In doing so, GQ overlooked NFL Houston Texans' J.J. Watt, who raised some $37 million for hurricane
relief. Many of Kaepernick's supporters liken his protest to that of boxer Muhammad Ali, who refused to be inducted into the
military. The comparison is not well-taken.
Basketball Teams Make National Anthem Demonstrations At The Champions Classic. It appears the national anthem
protest has trickled down to college basketball. Two of the four college basketball teams that participated in the
Champions Classic in Chicago on Tuesday night participated in a national anthem demonstration before their game. While
nobody took a knee, the players on each team wore t-shirts in an apparent demonstration in pre-game warm-ups and during the
playing of the national anthem.
From One Frenzy to the
Next. It is hard to sustain outrage about NFL racism when twentysomething multimillionaires, in a league
of over 75 percent African-Americans, insult the sources of their income by refusing to stand for the National Anthem -- and
belatedly come to realize that the logical trajectory of their supposed principled demonstrations is their own irrelevance and
eventual impoverishment. What cooled the NFL hysteria was the reality that the hyped story of "taking a knee" was morphing
into the scarier narrative of less money, an absence of politically correct proportional representation among players, looming
league downsizing, pampered athletes, traumatic brain injuries, and a public weariness with everything from ESPN to Colin
Kaepernick. In other words, taking a knee reminded about 20 percent of NFL fans that there were already reasons
enough to turn the channel. And so they did.
Three NFL Players Knelt During The Anthem On Veterans Day Weekend. Three NFL players took a knee as the
national anthem played at the New York Giants game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, according to multiple
reports. As "The Star Spangled Banner" played at Levi Stadium over Veterans Day weekend, Eric Reid and Marquise Goodwin
knelt on the San Francisco side. They were joined by Olivier Vernon on the New York side. No NFL players knelt
during the early games on Sunday [11/12/2017], according to the New York Daily News.
Packers Game Half Empty at Soldier Field. The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers have a historic rivalry. But after several
weeks of NFL National Anthem protests even Soldier Field in Chicago was half empty today [11/12/2017].
Vin Scully a racist is a new low point. Saturday, Vin Scully, who turns 90 on Nov. 29, had the audacity to
protest the protesters. He thus was condemned as an "Old Retired White Man" on a popular, but reckless, often dishonest
and vulgar sports website featuring cheap-shot artists who make snap, no-research bad guesses to mischaracterize and defame.
Like Morning Zoo radio, that's how several internet sports journalism sites generate attention. That's where we're
headed. At a symposium, Scully calmly answered a question about NFL take-a-knee national anthem protests. He said
he's so upset by them, he'll never watch another NFL game. He's hardly alone among those who won't suffer conspicuous
disrespect for the anthem and flag over any selected or selective issue. Such protests appear dismissive or ignorant of
greater symbols of freedom, history and sacrifice.
The Editor says...
As far as I know, all Mr. Scully said was that he didn't want to watch football any more. How is that racist?
Racial politics has certainly been injected into professional sports, but not by Mr. Scully.
Invitation To Kaepernick To Meet With Goodell Turns Into Snarky Public Feud. Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback-turned-activist
who started the anthem protests by refusing "to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people
of color," continues to be both unemployed and making headlines. In the latest episode of the Kaepernick saga, the NFL extended an
invitation to the sidelined QB to meet one-on-one with commissioner Roger Goodell — a proposition that quickly devolved into
a snarky public feud between Kaepernick's lawyer and an NFL spokesman.
Scully says he'll 'never watch another NFL game again'. Saturday night, former Dodgers announcer and Hall of
Famer Vin Scully was at the Pasadena Civic Center for an event called "An Evening With Vin Scully." At some point during
the event, Scully was asked about the NFL's national anthem protests, in which players have taken a knee during the anthem to
protest police brutality and racism. Scully said he "will never watch another NFL game" because of the protests.
Advertisers to NBC: Stop Showing Players' Protests. The unease among advertisers over falling National Football
League TV ratings is starting to boil over. One of the league's major sponsors is considering pulling the plug on its
NFL advertising next year, and, according to Business Insider's Mike Shields, other "brands are threatening to pull ads from
NFL coverage if NBC keeps covering players' national-anthem protests." If those ad dollars go away, technological shifts
may cause advertisers to decide not to return.
Refuses Service Award Offered by Saints, Calls NFL Protests 'Slap in the Face'. The NFL has long-standing
tradition of mixing respect for the flag, and those who defend it, into their pregame ceremonies and community
outreach. However, since the NFL has recently decided to mix disrespect for the flag, and those who defend it, into
their pregame ceremonies. One veteran in Louisiana has decided to call them out on it. Meet John Wells, he is a
retired Navy commander and executive director of the national Military Veterans Advocacy organization, in Slidell,
Louisiana. Mr. Wells was chosen by the Saints to be the recipient of the People's Health Champion award. A
recognition offered to a member of the community who exemplifies "the exceptional achievements of Louisiana residents age 65
most powerful owners targeted in Kaepernick's collusion case. Some of the NFL's most powerful owners will be at
the center of Colin Kaepernick's collusion case. The Cowboys' Jerry Jones, the Patriots' Robert Kraft and the Texans'
Bob McNair will be deposed and asked to turn over all cellphone records and emails in relation to Kaepernick's accusation,
ESPN.com reported. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and 49ers owner Jed York is also on the deposition list, according to
Yahoo Sports. The 49ers quarterback-turned-NFL martyr is charging that NFL teams, in "calculated coordination" with
President Trump, blackballed him from the league after he became the face of the NFL anthem protests, which he started to
fight against racial inequality.
Johns Whines About Lower Pizza Sales Because of NFL Thugs. Papa John's, an NFL thug supporter is whining that
pizza sales are dropping because fewer and fewer people are watching the NFL. Hey, here's a thought Papa John. Pull
your sponsorship of the NFL and your pizza sales will rise like your crust. Any company associated with the NFL, like
Papa John's deserves to see their revenue tank. If you are financially supporting a league that hates this country,
then by extension, you hate this country until you pull your ads.
Over: NFL Owners Stunned as Ratings Plunge 25 Percent. The NFL has been struggling to regain its footing
following weeks of players choosing to "take a knee" during the performance of the US national anthem. The ensuing
controversy gained national attention when President Trump called for a total boycott of the NFL until officials and owners
require players to stand during the 'Star-Spangled Banner.' As a result, ratings, ticket purchases, and merchandise sales
have plummeted as football fans protest with their wallets.
[Can Be] Blamed on [an] Inferior Product. If you think the demise of the NFL and the proliferation of social
engineering and political correctness is a coincidence, then you're likely a Leftist. Black players are a product of
their environments and their politics. These high-paid employees bring all the problems that America faces. So it
was only a matter of time for these thugletes to rebel. So yes, the product of the NFL [stinks]. And the games are
no fun to watch. Sadly, the sports shows offer no relief either, as we have seen these shows become more politics
Coast Sports Reporter Leaves Lefty Bubble, Finds Out Middle America Really Dislikes the Anthem Protests. A
sports reporter recently left his comfortable liberal bubble in New York City, traveled to the interior of the country, and
was shocked when he discovered that NFL fans in fly over country really do hate the NFL's constant anti-American national
anthem protests. Fox NFL writer Peter Schrager found out first hand that real Americans are pretty steamed about the
anti-American NFL protests going on across the country.
in Death Spiral: San Fran 49's Spend $$ on Gun Control, Not Better Players. Did you really think the
politicization of the NFL starts and stops with the taking of a knee at the sounds of the national Anthem you are
wrong. Now the San Fran 49'ers are acting as a Democrat Party PAC — giving $500,000 to promote gun
control. "According to ESPN, the 49ers presented the gun control pledge as part of creating a "more understanding and
safer America." The $500,000 will also be used to push a ban on bump stocks and armor-piercing bullets. The ban on
armor-piercing bullets is somewhat ambiguous, but appears similar to a ban which was unsuccessfully pushed by the Obama
administration in 2015.
Texans find new fake cause to kneel. After months of kneeling over the national anthem — and in
protest of supposed targeted police brutality against blacks — football's finest in on-field showboating have
finally found a new cause: offensiveness at their team owner's remarks. The possibilities of this type of
protesting — and by this type, it's meant, fabricated and fake — are endless, it seems.
or Gilligan's Island, the Choice Is Easy. It's not a tough decision at all, for me the choice is obvious.
This year I'll be watching reruns of Gilligan's Island before I'll watch a single down of the National Football
League. I just don't have the interest level that I once had in watching professional football, it simply doesn't
appeal to me anymore. And it won't appeal to me until the NFL decides to stand up to the thugs and prima donnas on its
payroll who want to protest against the very country that has enriched them far beyond that of most Americans.
The Editor says...
Why not just turn the television OFF and read a book, or walk around the block, or something? Must you be entertained constantly?
Speech Works Both Ways: Fans Abandon NFL Over Protests, Leave Half Empty Stadiums. Frankly, I could care
less about that National Football League and the ongoing social justice protests. The game has no impact on my life and
neither does its players. However, it appears that many Americans are finally putting some shoe leather to their anger
at players who kneel during the national anthem and will not stand for the raising of the US flag and it's showing up in
photos from NFL stadiums across the league.
cut ex-Giant Damontre Moore, one of two Dallas players who continued to raise his fist at end of national anthem. If
Damontre Moore wants to continue his national anthem protest, he'll have to do so with a new team. The Cowboys released Moore
in order to make room to sign kicker Mike Nugent, the team announced Wednesday [10/25/2017]. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has
publicly stated he believes all players should stand for the anthem and recently said he believes anthem protests are hurting the NFL.
While no Cowboys player has kneeled or sat during the anthem, Moore was one of two players who continued to raise his fist at the conclusion
of "The Star-Spangled Banner" in recent weeks after Jones previously talked to players and explained his feelings on the matter.
Week #7 — More Empty Seats Seed Doubt for Future of Commissioner. The vast majority of NFL fans held
a middle-class, center-right, common sense, and patriotic outlook toward sports and entertainment overall. In essence
most of the NFL fan base are/were positively MAGA-minded. It reflects the profound disconnect between the corporation
and their customer base that the NFL didn't recognize the danger in making social justice causes part of their business
enterprise. That blame lays squarely on the well paid leader of the NFL, Roger Goodell.
Why don't you just play football?
Francisco 49ers Pledge $500,000 to Push Suppressor Ban, Other Gun Control Measures. The San Francisco 49ers
pledged $500,000 Thursday to secure a suppressor ban and other gun controls. The push comes in the weeks after the Las
Vegas attack. Suppressors were not used in that attack, but the 49ers are dedicated to banning the devices anyway.
According to ESPN, the 49ers presented the gun control pledge as part of creating a "more understanding and safer America."
The $500,000 will also be used to push a ban on bump stocks and armor-piercing bullets.
Regrettable Marriage of the NFL and Left-Wing Identity Politics. What we are witnessing in the media narrative
around the NFL protests is the prevailing modus operandi of contemporary leftists seeking to introduce their identity
politics into all aspects of American life, even where those politics are unwelcome for most Americans. In fact, we
actually saw the left orchestrate something quite similar just a few years ago.
Ratings CRASH Gets Real With New Numbers -- and America Has Just Begun! For constantly shoveling the kneeling,
hand-locking and bad attitudes about the flag and the National Anthem, the NFL has confirmed that for the first six games of
this season, the ratings that indicate total number of viewers have fallen 7.5% more than last year's total viewership.
A few weeks ago we wrote about the decline in viewership for Monday Night Football, with the boycott in full swing.
From September of this year to October of this year, viewership was down by 10%. Last October we were already reporting
a lessened viewership thanks to Kaepernick's grandstanding.
Case You Missed It, the NFL Might Have Caved on a Lot More than just the Anthem Protests. It's safe to say,
that when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote a memo to the league informing them it was time to "move past the anthem
controversy." Most people thought he meant moving past it by ending the protests, and, as a result, ending the
controversy. However, a disturbing nugget of information from today's meeting suggests that Goodell might have meant
something else entirely. ESPN's Sal Paolantonio caught up with Goodell after the four-hour meeting with the owners and
player representatives. Paolantonio asked Goodell if the league had asked the players to commit to standing for the
anthem. Goodell's response, did not inspire confidence.
man takes 'Boycott the Jags and the NFL' message to sky. A former Jacksonville Jaguars fan decided to take his
grievances with national anthem protests to the sky Sunday, hoping the players on the field would see his message 1,000 feet
above. Terry Smiley said he was disgusted by Jaguars players who took a knee during the national anthem in London last
month, and he decided he needed to make his voice heard. So Smiley hired a pilot to fly his banner, which
read[,] "BE AMERICAN. BOYCOTT THE JAGS
AND THE NFL," over EverBank Field on Sunday [10/15/2017] before the Jaguars faced off against the Los Angeles Rams.
Falsely Claims Only a Half Dozen Players Have Protested the National Anthem. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell
falsely claimed that only "six or seven players" were actually protesting the national anthem during a press conference
following the annual fall owners meeting on Wednesday [10/18/2017]. [...] "I think we also have to keep focus on [the fact
that] we have about six or seven players that are involved with this protest at this point," Goodell continued.
Goodell's claim that only about a half dozen player are involved in the national anthem protest is blatantly false.
cratering ratings may be starting to hit Fox's bottom line. I talked recently to an NFL fan of many decades who
has completely turned his back on the league. We both agree that if the NFL was to die it probably would be just fine
and also would probably save the brain cells of many an aspiring football player. Another friend (online friend) said that
he'd stopped watching 3 weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised to find that he had a whole lot more weekend to play with.
meeting, NFL, NFLPA release statement indicating no change to anthem policy. The much-publicized Tuesday
[10/17/2017] meeting between NFL officials, team owners, NFLPA officials and several players lasted about three hours.
While there was undoubtedly a lot discussed in that time, it sounds as though there has not been a resolution on a rule
change to require that players stand for the national anthem before games.
Stadiums Nearly Empty Across League As Backlash Grows. Note, that the Jets played New England on Sunday, meaning there should
have been a big crowd for that game. The Texans, Atlanta, and Baltimore are also very relevant teams with relatively loyal fan
bases. Yet, thousands upon thousands of fans no-showed or didn't buy tickets for those games.
Money. Guess Why. Gee, any guesses why CBS' third-quarter advertising declined? If you said NFL
football tanking with the public, you get the blue ribbon. [...] [Credit Suisse analyst Omar] Sheikh added that CBS' Sunday
NFL ratings have plunged 17% from the same period last year in which the first few games of the regular season were played.
Night Football' Ratings Fall To Season Low As Titans Break Colts' Streak. It felt like a little bit of history
was being made on Monday Night Football as the Tennessee Titans finally snapped their streak of 11 consecutive losses to the
Indianapolis Colts. However, as social media sparked with ESPN not showing the playing of the national anthem, another
type of history was also being made: Last night's primetime broadcast of the Titans' 36-22 victory stumbled to a season
low with a 6.1 in metered market results.
Files Grievance Against NFL Owners, Alleges Collusion to Keep Him Out. Former NFL quarter Colin Kaepernick has
filed a grievance against NFL owners because he believes they colluded to keep him out of a job due to his protests during
the national anthem. [...] He could have had a job this season if he had not chosen to opt out of his contract with the San
Francisco 49ers. The contract gave him $16.9 million plus bonuses for 2017.
Kaepernick files grievance against NFL owners for collusion. Colin Kaepernick has filed a grievance under the
collective bargaining agreement for collusion against NFL team owners, reports Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report.
Kaepernick has hired high-profile attorney Mark Geragos and is preparing to release a statement about his grievance soon,
added Freeman. The free-agent quarterback has remained unemployed since his release by the San Francisco 49ers in March
and has garnered little interest from teams around the league.
lawyer: Colin Kaepernick will have to prove 'pattern' to win collusion grievance. In order to win his
collusion grievance against NFL owners, Colin Kaepernick will need to prove a pattern of communication with and between teams
that led to his current unemployment, a labor law expert told USA TODAY Sports. "He's going to have to show some kind
of pattern — of dealings with the clubs, where clubs were aware that he was willing and able to work, where there
was some sort of communication with him and then unexplained reasons went elsewhere," said William Gould, the Charles A.
Beardsley Professor of Law, Emeritus, at Stanford University.
Kaepernick's case against the NFL is as lame as his skills at quarterback. Colin Kaepernick's newly-filed
grievance accusing the NFL of colluding or conspiring against him is a legal "Hail Mary." He and his lawyers stand little
chance of winning because both the law and the facts are against him.
No plans to force players to stand during anthem. The NFL said Friday [10/13/2017] it has no plans to force players to stand
during the national anthem, but will convene to discuss ways to end the controversial protests without imposing new rules. [...] The league
released a joint statement with the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) earlier this week saying that they would work to advance the mission of
the protests, which have called attention to issues of racial injustice and police brutality toward African-Americans.
of the Republican Lambs. America's culture war is on full display and the left is losing badly. Public
opinion is not on the side of left-wing social justice causes and moral preening. Where to begin? NFL players
disrespecting law enforcement and the national anthem, kneeling or sitting to protest "oppression" and "injustice."
Ratings are down and the NFL is now one of the most divisive brands in the U.S. Not a winning business formula.
Goodell Killed the Goose that Laid the Golden Egg. In August 2016, America was experiencing a polarizing
presidential election. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat during the playing of the national anthem,
to protest injustice. It was a politically divisive act directed at fans who regard the national anthem as something
sacred. The league did not lift a finger to stop him. Most employers don't let their workers make controversial
political statements to their customers. It is why you do not know your UPS driver's views on the expansion of NATO.
The Constitution does not prohibit private businesses from regulating speech during work. A savvier commissioner would
have reminded Kaepernick that he is being paid millions to wear the logo of the NFL, and the league does not permit players
to use its brand to flaunt their personal politics. Instead, Roger Goodell permitted the pregame ceremonies to become
the focus of intense political scrutiny, as the media lined up to catalog whether players stood, sat or knelt during the
NFL execs just SPIT
in America's face. When Colin Kaepernick inspired hundreds of millionaire NFL players to disrespect the
American flag every Sunday, fans responded with boos. When the players refused to stop their dishonorable protests,
fans began to boycott the league. If critics thought the NFL had learned their lesson, though, the leagues executives
proved this week that they hadn't.
Beginning Of The End Of Progressive Domination? The preposterous "protests" by NFL players disrespecting the
flag during pregame ceremonies has angered large numbers of Americans and hit the League in the wallet. The race card
that always has trumped every political or social conflict has perhaps lost its power. The spectacle of rich
one-percenters recycling lies about police encounters with blacks and the endemic racism of American society has discredited
the decades-long racial narrative constantly peddled by Democrats, movies, television shows, and school curricula from
grade-school to university. The endless scolding of white people by blacks more privileged than the majority of human
beings who ever existed has lost its credibility. The racial good will that got a polished mediocrity like Barack Obama
twice elected president perhaps has been squandered in this attempt of rich people who play games to pose as perpetual victims.
NFL is attacking an America that has treated it very well. Choosing to disrespect our flag is an
over-generalized indictment of the greatest nation on Earth. Kneeling for the anthem does nothing to advance solutions
to racial injustice, police brutality, or any other social plight. It is a slap in the face to patriotism itself.
It is a statement that America as a country is no longer worth standing for. It is bizarre to see the NFL attacking an
America that has treated it so well over the years. Taxpayers pay over 70 percent of the cost of stadiums. Our
citizens pay more and more for tickets, and valuations of professional sports franchises have skyrocketed.
Collusion Claim Is a Likely Loser. If you're going to do Muhammad Ali-type activism, you'd better have Muhammad
Ali-type talent. That is the ultimate lesson of the Colin Kaepernick saga. [...] There is no need to collude against a
player who is not an obvious net-plus (in terms of performance and popularity) for any particular team.
1968 All Over Again. The National Football League is imploding as it devolves into a political circus.
Multimillionaire players refuse to stand for the national anthem, turning off millions of fans whose former loyalties paid
their salaries. Politics — or rather a progressive hatred of the provocative Donald Trump —
permeates almost every nook and cranny of popular culture.
An Open Letter to the
NFL Players. You have the absolute right to express yourselves, but we have the absolute right to boycott
you. We have tolerated your drug use and DUIs, your domestic violence, and your vulgar displays of wealth. [...] But
now you have gone too far. You have insulted our flag, our country, our soldiers, our police officers, and our
veterans. You are living the American dream, yet you disparage our great country. I am done with NFL football and
encourage all like-minded Americans to boycott the NFL as well. Millionaire spoiled brats deserve neither our respect
nor sympathy. Grow up and act like men instead of puppets of the radical left who hate America.
Goes Left: Won't Force Players To Stand For Anthem, Focuses On Social Justice. As NFL ratings continue to
plummet — down nearly 10 percent from last year — news networks are increasingly choosing not to show
the national anthem because of protests by players, which often elicit boos from fans. Thursday's [10/12/2017] matchup
between the Carolina Panthers and Philadelphia Eagles, despite being a strong matchup between two high-profile teams, was
down 5 percent from the previous week's Thursday night matchup.
Titans Player Says He'll Quit The NFL If Forced To Stand For The Anthem. Tennessee Titans player Rishard
Matthews tweeted Thursday [10/12/2017] that he'll quit the NFL if the league implements a rule forcing players to stand during the
anthem. "No I will be done playing football," Matthews tweeted and ultimately deleted when asked if he would be willing
to face punishment for not standing if a new rule is implemented.
Report: The NFL Players' Union Has Been Working With George Soros. This makes so much sense. Lots
of people have been wondering why the NFL has been drifting into left wing politics. Associating with George Soros in
any way will typically make that happen.
NFL and its owners salute one flag: The dollar. Ignoring their own league rules caused conservative
organizations, pundits, media, and activists to call for an NFL boycott. Football fans and businesses rallied, burning
jerseys and season tickets, canceling their Direct TV Football packages, not buying tickets, merchandise, and playing smash
mouth themselves by turning the channel. Due to the costly backlash, according to the Wall Street Journal, the National
Football League's owners will discuss next week whether to unilaterally change league policy and require players to stand
during the national anthem. If players refuse to rise up, they could face disciplinary action by the league or by
the team. The NFL may change the rules of conduct in direct response to their fans who are rejecting politics on the
field and hitting them where it hurts them most — their Gucci wallets.
Matthews of the NFL's Titans said he'll quit if forced to stand for the anthem. A National Football League
(NFL) player says he would rather lose his job than be forced to stand during the national anthem. "No, I will be done
playing football," Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews tweeted Thursday when asked about the issue, according to
ESPN. ESPN reported that WSMV producer Matt Parker asked Matthews whether he would stay in the locker room for the song
if the NFL created a rule mandating they stand or face punishment.
TV audience numbers continue to decline early in 2017 season. No wonder alarm bells are sounding in NFL
commissioner Roger Goodell's office. The league's average TV audience through Week 5 of the 2017 season dropped
7 percent vs. the same period of the 2016 season, according to Nielsen data obtained by Sporting News. Worse for
the league, the average game audiences are down 18 percent compared to the first five weeks of the 2015 season.
a kick in the stomach to our country. The ongoing flap over NFL players disrespecting our national anthem is
lowbrow theater at best, casting jocks as deep thinkers whose moral indignation demands everyone's attention. So they
take a knee when "The Star-Spangled Banner" is played as a way of alerting the rest of us that we live in an imperfect world.
Davis Hanson: Kneeling NFL Players Are 'Violating the Cardinal Rule of Business'. "The players think that
the audience are coastal hipsters, and they're not. They're mostly, the hardcore audience ... males, usually about 30
to 60, and they tend to be red-state conservative males," Hanson said. "So they're basically violating the cardinal
rule of business: You never insult your base, your customer base. And that's what they're doing." "There are
certain vulnerabilities that the players don't realize that they're pushing into the face of the fan. It's not going to
work," Hanson added. "I think they're going to lose 10 or 20 percent of their fan base, and that's going to make
radical changes in how it's financed and operated." Noting that the entire controversy is "all going to be distilled down
to money," Hanson said, "that's what the NFL is about."
walks out of an NFL game and sports journalists lose their collective minds. [Scroll down] The reaction
was largely predictable, with fans tired of the political posturing of overpaid sports stars applauding, and social justice
warriors condemning. What was extraordinarily funny, however, was the way that the sports media humiliated themselves
Media Ridicule Pence for Leaving NFL Game After Anthem Protests. Vice-president Mike Pence and his wife Karen
went to the Indianapolis Colts' football game today to cheer on their favorite team and see the club retire the uniform of
former great, quarterback Peyton Manning. But when 23 members of the visiting San Francisco 49ers dishonored America by
taking a knee during the national anthem, the VP left. Left-stream media predictably put on an all-out blitz against the VP.
Walks Out Of Football Game After Players Kneel. Good for him. Several San Francisco 49ers players
reportedly knelt during the anthem. All Colts stood for the anthem.
shocker: NFL now the least like[d] sport. Another Sunday in the NFL, which means more protests, more
controversy. While the players seem oblivious to the catastrophe their league is undergoing, owners have to be getting
frantic. A new poll shows that the NFL is no longer "America's game." In fact, it has gone from the sport with the
highest favorables to the sport with the lowest. The drop has coincided exactly with the anthem protests.
Sorry, sir, no refunds.
President Mike Pence leaves Colts game over protests during anthem. Vice President Mike Pence tweeted Sunday
that he left the Indianapolis Colts game against the San Francisco 49ers because of protests during the national
anthem. No Colts players knelt during the anthem, but some 49ers players did.
ticket prices plunge amid backlash over players kneeling during national anthem: Report. NFL ticket
prices have plummeted in the wake of the uproar over the national anthem protests, dropping for the first time this year
below the 2016 season's prices. An analysis released Friday [10/6/2017] by CNBC found that ticket prices during the first
three games of the 2017 season enjoyed a 20-40 percent increase over last year, but then skidded in Week 4 and
actually dropped by 2 percent in Week 5.
poll: NFL now least liked sport, core fans down 31%. Over just one month of player, coach, and owner
protests of the flag and National Anthem, the National Football League has gone from America's sport to the least liked of
top professional and college sports, according to a new poll. From the end of August to the end of September, the
favorable ratings for the NFL have dropped from 57 percent to 44 percent, and it has the highest unfavorable
rating — 40 percent — of any big sport, according to the Winston Group survey provided exclusively
to [the Washington Examiner].
Fights Back: Record Number of Patriotic Cord-Cutters Tumble TV Stocks. There is only one way —
one! — to finally and forever destroy Hollywood and much of the mainstream media. You have to cut your cable
or satellite cord. You have to cancel your pay TV package. The one-legged stool propping up ESPN, CNN, MSNBC,
Disney, MTV, and the entire Tinseltown crime syndicate is you paying for cable TV. [...] Not to put too fine a point on it,
but there is no single act any American can perform that will do more damage to the institutional left than to cut your
cable/satellite cord. So please do so today.
Want to Destroy ESPN and CNN Forever? Cut the Cord, Dummy. Almost all of the cultural and political power
possessed by Hollywood and the mainstream media is held up by a one-legged stool, a single leg that gets shakier by the
month — this increasingly fragile appendage we call the Pay TV Package. Going forward, for reference
purposes, the Pay TV Package is your cable or satellite bundle, which brings with it hundreds of channels and a monthly bill
that dings you for $1000 to $1500 a year. Without this bundle, almost every institution determined to destroy everything
you hold dear — faith, family, country, individual liberty, self-reliance, prosperity, racial harmony, and moral
decency — would disappear entirely or at least be much weaker than it currently is. Of course, I am talking
about CNN, ESPN, Comedy Central, Disney, MTV, MSNBC, and the like — institutions you — yes YOU —
are subsidizing against your will.
To Destroy CNN, Survive Without Cable TV, And Save Lots of $$$. Did you know that, on average, CNN is not only
in last place behind MSNBC, but that the left-wing outlet's average viewers are below 1 million? With such poor
ratings, there is no way CNN could survive on advertising revenue alone. So how does CNN stay afloat? By picking
YOUR pocket. Yes, Genius, YOU are subsidizing a Fake News outlet that is actively trying to destroy you and everything
you stand for. How? Whether or not you watch CNN (and no one really does), if it is part of your cable package,
you are putting money directly into CNN's pocket with what is called a subscription fee.
Veteran Pulls Plug On Playing ESPN In His Restaurant Now America Is Responding! A Marine veteran turned restaurant owner
decided that ESPN has no place in his family business. Bill DeFries owns Beef O'Brady's in Bevearcreek, Ohio, and has now publicly
pledged that he will not show any NFL games as long as the players continue to protest the National Anthem before games. Both the
Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals linked their arms during the Anthem this week. When he applied for a refund on his
investment, DirecTV has denied the $6,000 refund on his NFL package. While DirecTV is still offering refunds to their residential
customers, they are not doing it for commercial accounts.
Linebacker Tells Disappointed Fans To 'GET LOST, Don't Bother Coming Back'. The boycott of Steelers merchandise
that began in September has been hurting the third party retailers, with one store in Lancaster called Steel City Sports
having to balance their customers and their wishes to keep politics out of their store. While their Penguins and
Pirates merchandise is still selling, Steelers sales are way down. The boycott was in retaliation to a Week 3 incident
where, before playing against the Bears, every team member stayed in their locker room during the National Anthem except for
their offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva.
Fans Disgusted as Video of Players Yelling At Them Surface. It seems that most NFL fans are not loving the
continued national anthem protests. When former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick launched the protests
last year, he undoubtedly had no clue that it would mean the end of his career, and plummeting ratings for the NFL. Yet
players have continued to protest, and some players in particular have not responded well to the lack of fan support.
Night Football' Ratings Crash! After siding with their players against their fans, the NFL has been seeing
some pretty steep losses in both viewership and revenue. Early numbers from last night [10/2/2017] show that ratings
from last night's game are down a whopping 10% from the September 25th game. Compared to this same week last year,
total viewership is down 8%.
TV ratings drop again as angry fans exercise their own rights. Pretty soon, it could be NFL team owners on
their knees begging TV viewers to come back. Once again in Week 4 of the 2017 season, as players continued their
sitting-kneeling protests against something, former fans silently exercised their right of free speech using TV remotes.
many $ billions will the NFL lose over its kneeling fiasco? Signs are evident that the NFL has done permanent
damage to its business by appearing to side with the Colin Kaepernick-initiated kneeling during the National Anthem. My
guess is that the owners of NFL teams collectively have lost billions, and I suspect that Roger Goodell will lose his job.
Staff Cover Marshawn Lynch As He Sits During the National Anthem. Television networks have gone to great
lengths to conceal the ratings-killing anthem protests that are costing the league huge money in terms of viewership and
attendance. However, it looks like NFL teams have also started trying to conceal the anthem protests. In one
case, by literally covering a player up.
Incoherence of the NFL Protests. It has become a sort of reflex to object to the National Football League's
players' bended knee/sitting through the National Anthem — while also conceding that their complaints have
merit. But do they? To answer that question, one would have to know precisely what the protests are about.
But so far the various reasons advanced are both confused and without much merit. That is why the players will
eventually stand for the anthem before their tragic incoherence loses them both their fans and their jobs with it.
Confirms Data Showing Trump Is Right About Anthem Protests Torpedoing NFL Ratings. Seventy-two percent of
Americans view Kaepernick's actions as unpatriotic. This culture battle was over before the first shot was fired.
The NFL is paying the price. Approval for the league is down 13 percent. Ticket sales at week three are down
almost 20 percent. Fans are burning merchandise, asking for refunds of their NFL packages, and are booing their teams
when they see players take a knee. Is free speech part of this discussion? Sort of — they have the
right to do this, but it's still viewed as spitting in the faces of those who have served and are still serving. We're
still at war in Afghanistan. Whatever these players' social cause is goes out the window when people see disrespect to
Car Dealership Pulls TV Ads from NFL Broadcasts over National Anthem Protests. A New Jersey car dealership is
pulling its television ads from NFL broadcasts for the rest of the 2017 football season in response to NFL teams protesting
the national anthem. NJ Advance Media reports that the owner of Flemington Car and Truck Country said it would pull ads
for the dealership from NFL game broadcasts for at least the rest of the 2017 NFL season.
school football players booted from team for kneeling, raising a fist during national anthem. Two high school
football players in Texas were kicked off their team for protesting during the national anthem Friday [9/29/2017]. Cedric
Ingram-Lewis raised a fist while his cousin, Larry McCullough, kneeled during the national anthem. The cousins, both
students at Victory & Praise Christian Academy, said that after the anthem ended, their coach, Ronnie Mitchem, told them to
remove their uniforms because they were being kicked off the team, the Houston Chronicle reported.
Black: What Protesting NFL Players Don't Get. This controversy is the logical and nasty result of the
long pursuit of identity politics, mainly by Democrats. The country has been atomized into smaller and smaller
constituencies, pandering to each in the approximate order of the militancy of their grievances. This process, after a
point, operates at the expense of the spirit of national unity and a common cause for all to make America better. It is
understandable that the president sees these acts of rank disrespect to the country and all who believe in the country
despite its faults, as offensive. He and all of civilized America are in common cause with Kaepernick and his followers
in deploring racist oppression, but protesting it by slagging off the anthem and flag alienates the majority of Americans who
would otherwise be on Kaepernick's side. It is not surprising or unreasonable that Trump and millions of others find
the spectacle of a few people with huge incomes for very short work-years, putting on the airs, not only of martyrs, but of
martyrs claiming they represent the only wronged people in the country.
House of Cards. The problem with the NFL is not just Donald Trump, but the greater dilemma that the league's
reason to be has become predicated on a labyrinth of lies. The majority of the viewing audience is not young, hip, and
loyal as hyped, but, even if fading, still largely reflects the majorities in red-state America that have no patience with
gratuitous insults to the National Anthem and flag. The NFL apparently never grasped the political truism that you
never insult your base and core supporters; sympathetic CNN talking heads and the solidarity of progressive political
activists will not turn around sagging revenues, but will only contribute to them.
Street vets are threatening to pull the plug on the NFL. Wall Street veterans are huddling up against the NFL.
Many brokers and bankers — some of whom are also military veterans — have threatened to pull the plug on pro
football for not reining in players who are using the American national anthem as an opportunity to protest by taking the
knee. And as the protests gather steam this weekend, some vets of the financial markets — a huge employer of
former US military service personnel, have unleashed a barrage of criticism in response and could be counted among the
estimated 2 million fewer viewers over the first three weeks of the season.
Head Coach Held Fundraiser For Hillary, Donated Heavily To Obama. Steelers' Head Coach Mike Tomlin held a
high-end fundraiser in 2016 for then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at his home with ticket prices reportedly costing
over $30,000. Tomlin hosted the event with his wife on June 14 with supporters required to pay $33,400 to meet
Clinton — those who couldn't afford to pay that amount to meet a woman claiming to represent the middle class were
given the option of simply paying $10,000 to attend.
NFL, You DON'T Have an Unassailable 'Right' to Protest the National Anthem. There has been a lot of pious talk
from these anti-American leftists who now seem to infest the National Football League who say that they "have a right" to
protest the national anthem at the start of each NFL game. But the fact is they really don't. Thanks to the sham
that is America's liberal besotted system of miseducation, there is a lot of confusion about what our "rights" as Americans
are. So, let's get this straight right now. You have no "right" to behave however you want at work. And if
you DO behave however you want, you had better be prepared for consequences including being fired if your boss sees
fit. But, what of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, you ask? Doesn't that "free speech" thingie give
you a right to say whatever you want, whenever you want? No, not really. At least, not in the way you might assume.
Camera Operators Told Not To Show Booing Crowd When Players Knelt During Anthem. Aesthetics are everything to a
message, and it wouldn't do well if the networks showed the NFL kneelers — the media's latest favorite
fad — receiving boos and disapproving shouts while it was going on. That's why networks ordered camera crews
that were filming Sunday and Monday's NFL games to avoid shots of the angry crowds insider sources told Michael McCarthy of
Sporting News: [...] What really went on in the stadium during Sunday's game can be clearly seen thanks to a video by the
Associated Press. Fans can be heard booing loudly as players knelt or sat during the anthem. Shouts of
"stand up" can also be heard.
if the NFL Players Were Protesting Abortion Instead? Many Americans support the Free Speech rights of the NFL
players to protest but a large percentage of Americans believe protesting the national anthem is not appropriate and it's
disrespectful to the country. They believe the football players should choose another venue to protest what they
perceive as racism. Because the NFL football players are protesting racism — the mainstream media and many
on the left are hailing them as Heroes. But what if they were protesting for a cause that is not seen as quite so cool
in the media limelight. What if they were protesting for people who Hollywood Elites look down upon? What if they
were refusing to stand and place their hands on their hearts and respect to their country to back a class of people who faced
the ultimate discrimination? What if they were sitting down or kneeling to protest abortion?
grader told to stand after kneeling during Pledge of Allegiance at local elementary school. A first grader in
Pasco County chose to take a knee during the Pledge of Allegiance, and his mother is upset with how the teacher, the school
and the Pasco County school district responded. At school on Monday [9/25/2017], a local first grader went down on one
knee during the Pledge of Allegiance, he was then told by his teacher to stand up and stop it, in front of all his classmates.
His choice came after countless NFL players took a knee during the national anthem on Sunday, setting off a storm nationwide,
sparking discussions in homes across America.
the Collective Football Plantation. [Scroll down] It is clear that initially the protest of NFL players
was inspired by political opponents of Trump. But when it came down to the disrespect of the national flag and
humiliation of the national anthem, even the Democrats realized that this boomerang would hit hard on return. After
all, professional sports do not produce anything materially necessary and exist only at the expense of their long-standing
reputation. A remarkable confirmation of this is the loud silence of the Democrats on the issue of the humiliation of
the national anthem. They immediately realized that Trump's position in this matter was one hundred percent winning,
and they prudently decided to keep quiet.
afraid of their players!' Trump says NFL owners are too scared to insist football stars stand for the National Anthem.
Donald Trump says NFL franchise owners acknowledge that they need to stop players from kneeling for the National Anthem, but they're
too scared to take action. 'I have so many friends that are owners, and they are in a big box,' he said in a 'Fox & Friends'
interview that aired Thursday morning [9/28/2017]. 'I have spoken to a couple of them. They say, "We are in a situation
where we have to do something." I think they are afraid of their players, you want to know the truth. And I think
Take a Knee. Why
did Colin Kaepernick say he was taking a knee? Somebody look that up. Okay, taking a knee is an anti-Trump thing,
right? Wait a minute, if it's an anti-Trump thing, then Colin Kaepernick did it when Obama was president, so it would
have been an anti-Obama thing. That can't be right. Okay, taking a knee means you're pro-free speech, it's to
support people's right to take a knee even if Trump says nobody should take a knee. Or is it just to support Colin
Kaepernick's right to take a knee? Colin Kaepernick doesn't even play football anymore, he's just the king of
knee-taking because he did it first. So that's not it. By the way, "take a knee" in football used to mean
"run out the clock." We really need some other term.
Fan Outrage So Severe The League May Never Recover. While the long-term impact will take time to be quantified, early
indicators are the NFL has entirely destroyed itself by allowing the politicization of the sport. A significant number of NFL fans
are so upset with players refusing to stand for the national anthem they have decided to respond with demonstrations of their own.
To The NFL: Remember Your Middle Name. The word is out: your National Football League is looking for a "senior
communications strategist," whose role will include "provid(ing) crisis communications counsel." After all, the league is
mired in a no-win Twitter war with the President — on top of the boos, boycott threats and burning jerseys from
fans over the national anthem protests; continuing litigation and bad press over concussions and domestic violence; catastrophic
attendance showings for recently relocated teams in Los Angeles; and long-term ratings declines in a splintering media market.
End the NFL. An
NFL rookie's minimum salary is $465,000. And the majority of NFL players are usually bankrupt a few years after retirement
because they blew through most of their money. Dozens of NFL players are arrested every year on charges ranging from
murder to rape to animal abuse. 2017 was a banner year for the NFL with three times as many arrests as last year.
Along with the usual drunk driving and disorderly conduct arrests, there were 7 arrests for assault/battery, 6 for drugs and
5 for domestic violence. The Seattle Seahawks announced that they weren't going to "participate in the national anthem"
because of the "injustice that has plagued people of color in this country". While they lost that game, they are one of the
top ranked teams in arrests. Alongside the Los Angeles Rams, the Green Bay Packers and the New York Jets, all of whom
showed some solidarity with the anti-American protests, these top NFL criminal teams have racked up arrests for domestic
violence, drugs, DUI and assault and battery. It's no wonder that so many of the NFL's millionaire scumbags are eager
to join Colin Kaepernick's protests against the justice system by degrading our anthem. It's because they're criminals.
How the NFL is going
the way of Detroit. Football fans watch their favorite team playing their favorite game with their favorite
cheerleaders and favorite player. They know this player's stats and his autobiography. They know his family, his
college team, when he went pro, and his current life experiences. Their favorite player is the American Dream.
Many of these guys came from rough backgrounds and overcame. They're making millions and living large and loving life
playing a game for a job. They've made it. [...] The NFL doesn't know it, but it's reached its zenith. Oh, it still
has fans, just like Americans still buy American-made cars. But it won't be the same. It already isn't the same.
The magic is gone. Taking a knee is taking it too far. A disgusted fanbase will turn its attention elsewhere.
The Patriots vs. The Nihilists.
In the obscenely overpaid — whether it is actors who make millions for mouthing silly lines off a cue card or
athletes who earn more money in a few games than most make in a lifetime — a certain self-loathing must
exist. Making so much for doing so little can only generate an unease that gnaws at them. At the same time it
seems to fill them with a grotesque sense of self-importance. Their staggering salaries, they evidently conclude,
confer upon them a right to pontificate at a society stupid enough to pay them all that money. It is not surprising
that out of this toxic combination of self-loathing and self-importance comes some astonishingly bratty and richly ironic
activism: actors, athletes, and other celebrities inveighing against the warped values of society even as their entire status
depends upon them.
Kaepernick Has Never Registered to Vote. [Colin] Kaepernick began his protest of the national anthem and the
American flag in August of 2016 while he played for the San Francisco 49ers. He made headlines when he decided to sit
for the national anthem during a preseason game. Since then the number of athletes protesting has also grown.
Backlash from angry fans reached a fever pitch this week after President Trump lashed out at NFL players protesting. It
has turned into an all out war with fans burning NFL gear and bombarding their network providers with phone calls cancelling
football packages. Today, Kaepernick is an unemployed whiner and it turns out that he has never even registered to vote.
Trump vs. Pro Football Is a Ratings Game the NFL Can't Win. Never in the history of the NFL have its
ratings been so scrutinized. [...] For years, it was able to exert strong control over its own narrative. The league
and its powerful media partners continuously burnished the brand as a mass-market symbol of American vitality, strength and
exceptionalism. The current commotion has, in totality, the opposite effect, reducing the NFL to the role of a sick patient
looking for a proper diagnosis, a scofflaw institution deserving public shaming by the commander in chief. The reversal —
from heroic savior of Sundays to something in need of saving — is proving difficult to shake off.
sales plummet 17.9%. The National Football League is feeling the impact of the "Trump Effect." Ticket sales
since he called on team owners to fire players who take a knee to protest the National Anthem have cratered. The online
ticket reseller TickPick told Secrets that sales have dropped 17.9 percent, far more than the usual Week Three fall.
The Editor says...
Bias alert! The NFL's problem is not the "Trump Effect." It's the "Overpaid America-Hating Political Activist"
effect. It's the "Why Don't You Just Shut Up and Play the Game" effect. It's the "Insolent Multi-Millionaire
Crybaby and Perpetual Victim" effect.
NFL Just Lost Its First Sponsor Over Players Kneeling During The National Anthem. Cleveland businessman Allan Jones, the CEO of
Check Into Cash, a payday lending chain, and owner of Hardwick Clothes is hitting the NFL where it hurts — their bank account.
According to reports, Jones has instructed his media buyer to remove any commercials from airing during NFL games "for the entire season,"
following NFL players decision to knell during the national anthem over the weekend.
Players Think They're Protected Over Protests, But That's Not True As Experts Weigh In. The NFL pre-season has
never been more controversial. The third week of practice games saw at least six where a player showed one act of
protest or another during the renditions of our National Anthem. Scoffing at President Trump's calls to "fire any[one]
who kneels during the National Anthem," social justice supporting players think their televised antics are protected as free
speech under the First Amendment. Legal experts are quick to advise the assumption is just not true and they could
lose their high paid careers at any time.
NFL owners PANIC after 3
huge backlashes. 2016, when the protests started, was the lowest-viewed season of football in decades.
This year, the ratings have gotten significantly worse. After three weeks, Nielsen reports that ratings for NFL games
are down 11-percent across the board compared to 2016. "Nielsen said the games averaged 17.63 million viewers for the
first three weeks of last season, and have dipped to 15.77 million this year. The 2017 figures don't include this
week's Monday night game between the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals," Breitbart reported. The NFL pays hundreds
of millions to athletes — and depends on advertising revenue from their television broadcasts to pay for it.
NFL Owners Are
Patriotic — For a Fee. "Follow the money." That is often good advice, if someone wants to find out
why many individuals do what they do. It is apparently excellent advice if one wants to know why many owners of National
Football League (NFL) teams do what they do. While many heretofore NFL fans have rightly expressed disgust at the
anti-patriotic statements and actions of many NFL players (and make no mistake, the protests are directed at what Colin
Kaepernick, who started it all last season, contends is a racist country), are the owners any better? Most fans
would have understandably concluded that all these patriotic demonstrations before games, and sometimes during halftime shows,
take place because the owners are just extremely patriotic lovers of their country. Of course, they should be lovers of
this country, considering that they have been able to become very wealthy in America.
Favorability Gets Nearly Cut In Half After Anthem Protests. A new poll shows that the favorability rating of
the NFL among Donald Trump supporters was nearly cut in half after more than 200 players kneeled during the national anthem
last week. Morning Consult conducted the survey, and the results are a very bad sign for the NFL.
Attempt to Involve Fans In Anthem Demonstration Falls Flat, Most Chant 'USA!' Instead. The Packers players
wrote a long letter to their fans this week. A letter in which the team asked their fans to join them in interlocking
arms during the anthem on Thursday night. According to quarterback Aaron Rodgers, this was a moment that stood for,
"...equality." As well as "...unity and love, and growing together as a society and starting a conversation around
something that may be a little bit uncomfortable for people." Well, as it turns out, most Packers fans didn't want to have
a "conversation," weren't interested in "growing together," and certainly had no desire to be made "a little bit uncomfortable."
donates $25,000 to group honoring convicted cop-killer. Colin Kaepernick started out taking a knee during the national anthem to
protest police brutality, but his activism has since expanded to encompass a wide range of leftist causes, including a group named after a
convicted cop-killer. The Colin Kaepernick Foundation donated in April $25,000 to Assata's Daughters, a Chicago "direct action" resistance
organization honoring Assata Shakur, who escaped prison and fled to Cuba after being found guilty in the 1973 murder of Officer Werner
Foerster. The grant includes $2,500 for CopWatch, a program that trains volunteers to follow and video police, and $15,000 for teen
training, part of the group's commitment to "develop and train young people, ages 4-19, in the Black queer feminist tradition and in the
spirit of Assata."
Morgan Chase Lowers Outlook for CBS After Widespread NFL Anthem Protests. The NFL's protests against the
national anthem are causing fans to reassess their interests in football, but the protests also seem to be causing investors
to reconsider their investments in the league as well.
Titans' Delanie Walker Tells Fans to Stay Home if They Don't Like Protests. Apparently Tennessee Titans tight
end, Delanie Walker, doesn't know where his bread is buttered. He straight up told his fans to stay home if they don't
like the players protesting the National Anthem.
player: Don't come to the game if our protest upsets you. I suppose it takes a great deal of arrogance to
play in the NFL, but what's revealing about [Delanie] Walker's comments is that they prove that their protest for "free
speech" is a little one-sided. They don't care about the fans' free speech rights. "It's your freedom of choice,"
said Walker, while denigrating any opposition to his actions. At bottom, the players demand that you love them and
respect them for their protest. And if you disagree, your views aren't worthy.
Can We Please Stop
Pretending the NFL Protests Have Anything to Do with Free Speech? [Scroll down] So why, exactly, are they kneeling?
Those kneeling assert that there is an epidemic of white police officers who work their beat every night with the explicit intention to murder
innocent black people. They are suggesting that there is an epidemic of institutional white racism in this country going unaddressed, and
that the only way to draw attention to this, the Black Lives Matter narrative, is to kneel during the National Anthem at pro football games.
There is no convincing evidence that either claim is true, and it is a malicious narrative that has arguably already led to a death toll among
police officers being targeted for their presumably widespread racism and brutality. [...] They imagine that I and millions of other Americans
don't accept this narrative only because it's not being adequately thrown in our faces. I, among millions of other Americans, refuse to
accept that. I therefore find those kneeling during the National Anthem in order to advance that narrative despicable, entitled babies
for whom I have no respect and who are undeserving of my financial support.
Delanie Walker: 'No one's telling you to come to the game'. Don't come to the game. That's the message a
couple of the Titans' star players have for any outraged fans threatening to turn their back on the team, after the Titans
and Seahawks remained in the locker room during the national anthem before their game Sunday at Nissan Stadium.
Sharpe: Racist U.S. Flag Is Just 'A Piece of Cloth... Nobody Fights For'. After engaging in character
assassination against Green Bay Packers fans who chose not to protest during Thursday's National Anthem, FS1's Undisputed
co-host Shannon Sharpe did the same with the American flag, declaring it to be merely a racist "piece of cloth" that "nobody
fights for." "The flag, you see, to a lot of people, symbols, patriotism but what does that symbol actually mean?
What does — what does — okay — you keep telling me that the flag means so much and it's
opportunity and freedom and liberty. Okay. Can you honestly say that everybody in America has freedom and
liberties and opportunity," Sharpe wondered to co-host Skip Bayless.
Charges of Systemic Racism. It seems the thrust of the protesters' complaint is that American law enforcement and America itself
are systemically racist. But if a protest movement seeks to be constructive, its complaints must be considered on the merits, and that
means a full and substantive discussion of the facts. Those who disagree with the gravamen of the complaint have just as much right to
express their opinion as the complainants. Bullying them into silence is hardly going to facilitate a resolution. If the
complainants truly are asserting that America's law enforcement institutions or America itself are systemically racist against African-Americans,
they bear the burden of proving their assertions, especially when facts and statistics appear to contradict those claims.
The Slow Death of the
NFL? HGTV was my refuge. Watching a marathon of real people get their houses remodeled was much more entertaining than watching
pampered millionaires wrestle in taxpayer-funded stadiums while disrespecting the national anthem and the American flag. Since I wasn't a
rabid fan the NFL won't really notice that I'm gone. But I'm not alone.
National Anthem Protests — Do Facts Matter? Recently, in Illinois, in a kids' 8-and-under football league, the entire team,
which appeared to be all black, including the coach, took a knee during the national anthem. Asked why, one third-grade player parroted
Kaepernick, saying, according to the coach, "Because black people are getting killed, and nobody's going to jail." Facts don't matter.
The coach, presented with a teachable moment, fumbled it away.
Roughness. Football is a sport, but it is also a business. Fans pay big money for tickets, gear, parking and
overpriced food and drinks. They have put up with a lot to root for their favorite teams, but these protests, which
many regard as disrespecting America and the flag, may have exceeded their high tolerance level. [...] These players should first
consider who is responsible for their unequally high salaries. Where else could most of them earn that kind of money?
If fans stop coming to games and watching them on TV, the unique covenant between player and fan will be broken, perhaps forever.
Suicide of the NFL. Every liberal CEO in America should be watching and listening. This is a case study for how to
destroy a billion-dollar business by injecting your offensive leftist politics and alienating your own customer base. [...] Ratings are
plummeting. Revenues are plunging. The player's spokesman deals are being cancelled. Fans are booing. Fans are
burning tickets and uniforms. Lifelong NFL zealots are vowing to never watch another game.
Anti-Americanism. [Scroll down] Of course, Kaepernickists deny that they are anti-American. They insist that the object of
their protest is much more specific than America itself. That object is "police brutality" toward American blacks. That police are roaming
the countryside looking for black males to gun down is a fiction of the first order. Nor is there a shred of evidence to substantiate, but much
to negate, even the thesis that blacks are shot by police more frequently than are their white counterparts. However, even if this thesis was
true, a symbolic repudiation of the country, besides being wildly offensive to most Americans who see it as anti-American, amounts as well to the
ultimate non sequitur.
Fans Fed Up with the NFL Anthem
Protests. Millions of fans are unhappy with the current trend of national-anthem kneeling by NFL players — and
they've expressed their anger and disgust over the last few days in a number of "we're-not-taking-it-anymore" moves.
Trump Is 100
Percent Right About the NFL. I love the NFL. I love football. But I love America infinitely more.
If they keep disrespecting our flag, I will never watch them again.
Protests Are Now About Trump, Not Police Violence. Bernie Goldberg said that NFL players' national anthem
protests are no longer about police brutality or racial inequality, but defying President Donald Trump. [Video clip]
didn't TV networks show angry, booing NFL fans Sunday or Monday? Networks typically do not televise the
national anthem except for the Super Bowl and other special occasions, but they recognized there would be intense viewer
interest this past weekend. Some fans, if they reacted at all, happily clapped and cheered during protests, but others
did not, and they angrily let their home teams know it. The audio mics picked up the boos. Yet the TV networks
mostly avoided crowd shots Sunday, so there was never a chance for viewers to see fans jeering players.
Kaepernick's big lie. President Trump seems to have stirred up a hornet's nest of opposition with his call for
athletes who don't respect the national anthem to be fired. Many NFL owners and players who were previously indifferent
seem to have rallied to the Colin Kaepernick cause. Kaepernick, of course, considers his protest to be a cry against
slavery and racial oppression, for which he holds America to be the guilty party. Kaepernick's allies seem to be
standing — or rather kneeling — for the right to protest, in opposition not necessarily to America but
certainly to President Trump.
demand NFL players stand for national anthem, 50% less likely to watch over politics. The first poll of NFL
fans following this weekend's moves by dozens of players to take a protest knee during the playing of the National Anthem
finds that most want the pros to stand and they are also turning off the games as a result of politics. The survey from
Remington Research Group found that 64 percent want players to stand for the national anthem. Of the 51 percent
who have watched less football this season, 69 percent cite player protests as the reason.
I'm done with the NFL.
Memo to the NFL players: you have ruined Sunday football for me! And you clearly don't understand the people who make
you stars and make you rich. [...] I know your protest is more than just some misguided political movement, misplaced
protest, or bogus facts. It's bigger than just football. You players decided to disrespect our country and her
flag. You decided to insult your customer. You decided to insult those who have made the ultimate sacrifice so
you can have the freedom to play a game and make a fine living. You decided to alter an American institution to fit
your own political needs.
American Legion go to war against NFL. The Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion issued blistering
condemnations of the National Football League — calling recent protests against the national anthem disrespectful,
misguided and ungrateful. "There is a time and place for civil debate, and wearing team jerseys and using sporting
events to disrespect our country doesn't wash with millions of military veterans who have and continue to wear real uniforms
on real battlefields around the globe," said VFW leader and Vietnam War veteran Keith Harman.
Cowboys Kneel Down in Arizona — Crowd Boo's — NFL Implosion Complete. The Dallas Cowboys,
together with team owner Jerry Jones, take a collective knee at the start of the Monday Night Football game to display their
unity with... well, something probably. Stick a fork in the financial future of the NFL, it's done; finished. The
only thing that was saving the NFL from full organizational collapse was the advent of Fantasy Football Leagues and the
subsequent betting and fan-based league play therein. Never underestimate the inability of any business organization to
inoculate itself with idiot resistant policies once they enter the arena of identity politics.
NFL Rundown: Empty Seat
Alert. For those who know my work, I explain why black unemployment is so high. It's because of idiots
like this. Even when black Leftists make MILLIONS of dollars, they still complain.
calls NFL kneeling 'disgraceful,' disrespectful to veterans. President Trump doubled down Tuesday [9/26/2017]
on his criticism of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, calling the protests "disgraceful" and blatantly
disrespectful to veterans who fought for flag and country. "I don't think you can disrespect our country, our flag, our
national anthem," Trump said at a Rose Garden press conference.
networks skipped one crucial part of NFL protests. Television networks uncharacteristically showed the national
anthem before NFL games this weekend, but at least one staffer says that coverage may have come with certain
restrictions. A "behind-the-scenes staffer" told the Sporting News camera operators were told to avoid crowd shots
during the anthem, because of any fans potentially booing or protesting the NFL players' protest. There were reports
from several stadiums of fans booing when players decided to kneel for the anthem, joining a protest of racial inequality
started by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Jennifer Sabatelle of CBS told the Sporting News the network's
crews were under no such orders.
Angry NFL Fans Lash Out, Burn
Jerseys Over Protests: "You Can Take Your NFL And Shove It". While it is clear as day to anyone who can
disassociate themselves from the emotional response to being verbally attacked by a tweetstorm (as truly 'terrifying' as such
a thing can be), the NFL doesn't seem to understand that while almost every American can agree that football is a great
sport, roughly 50% of them will vehemently disagree with whatever political stance any given player or league exec decides to
publicly announce. And, since the NFL's future depends on selling overpriced ad spots to massive corporations looking
for a consistent number of eyeballs, alienating any group of viewers, for whatever reason, is just bad for business.
The NFL's Worst Fumble Yet. President
Donald Trump tapped into the sentiment of the vast majority of Americans over the weekend, and the Leftmedia hate him for
it. "Trump turns sports into a political battleground," headlined The Washington Post, as if athletes, coaches, owners
and commentators hadn't already politicized sports. What Trump did do was give voice from the most powerful
bully pulpit in the land to what many Americans already think: Athletes who make millions of dollars each year to
entertain us on the field should not spit in the face of our great nation by disrespecting the national anthem before
games. Take the activism off the field.
Another Poll Shows Americans Aren't Big Fans of Anthem Protests. One of the most striking elements of the NFL
anthem protest controversy is the glaring disconnect between average Americans — especially sports fans —
and the media covering the story. Airwaves and column inches are disproportionately crowded with pro-protest (and
anti-Trump) perspectives, whereas most non-elite observers come down on the other side of the issue. [...] Setting aside
the stipulations that of course peaceful protests are protected speech, that Trump erred in calling for firings,
and that issues like police brutality are worthy of serious attention, most Americans do not support using the national
anthem as an occasion for protest.
Protests Are The Dead End Of 'Resistance' Culture. At a rally on Friday, President Trump said that the NFL
should fire any players who copy Colin Kaepernick by going down on one knee when our national anthem is played. So this
Sunday, dozens of NFL players dutifully responded by going down on one knee to show their "resistance" to Trump. That's
where we are with the stupid politics of the "Resistance." All that is necessary to decide the right thing to do is to check
on what Donald Trump says and do the opposite. [...] It was an ill-conceived form of protest, bound to backfire. The
symbolism is all wrong. By its very nature, it does not come across to most Americans as a protest against excessive
use of force by the police. It comes across as a protest against the national anthem. And since the national
anthem is, well, our national anthem, it comes across as a protest against America.
players and owners can't take criticism. [Scroll down] But what are they protesting? It started
with Colin Kaepernick protesting "racial inequality" and "police brutality." Does anyone, including the players, have any
specific incident or policy he wishes to protest? They just mouth generalities. What have they accomplished by
their kneeling, besides alienating the fans? Have they helped anyone? It seems the kneeling has developed into an
anti-Trump gesture, with over 200 players taking a knee or sitting down on Sunday, September 24. The flag is a proxy for our
country, which some of the players apparently do not like. To others, the flag is a proxy for Trump, whom they do not like.
NFL Demand Respect for Old Glory? "America refuses to address the pervasive evil of white cops killing black
men, and I will not stand during a national anthem that honors the flag of such a country!" That is the message Colin
Kaepernick sent by "taking a knee" during the singing of "The Star Spangled Banner" before San Francisco '49s games in 2016.
No NFL owner picked up his contract in 2017. But a few players began to copy Colin and to "take a knee." [...] And so the
stage was set for NFL Sunday. Two hundred players, almost all black, knelt or sat during the national anthem. The
Patriots' Tom Brady stood in respect for the flag, while locking arms in solidarity with kneeling teammates.
Sunday Down Double-Digits Again As Americans Say NO To Anti-American/Anti-Police Protests. Exactly what
millionaire athletes are protesting these days isn't exactly clear to them or anyone else. The common thread appears to
be some anti-American/police sentiment. America is racist? Police are racist? Whatever it is millions of
Americans have had enough as evidenced by the ongoing NFL ratings spiral. Has a once-dominant professional sports
franchise ever committed suicide? It looks like we may be about to find out.
NFL is looking more repulsive by the day. Billionaires and millionaires linking arms and taking knees in unity
for what? There are brave men and women in real uniforms but you won't find them on the football field. You'll
find them in the military and law enforcement. They're not famous. They're not rich. But they're our very
best. They put their lives on the line everyday. And they're being disrespected. Football players are not
doctors who care for the sick, inventors who improve the quality of life, scientists who find breakthrough medicines,
etc. They're fake activists. And they're increasingly fake entertainers.
To Fans: Drop Dead. Whether you agree with them or not, the NFL players and the executives that run the
National Football League have really stepped in it, damaging their brand and alienating millions of fans and potential fans
for no real good reason. It was a classic mistake. Like it or not, and whether it's fair or not, many Americans
feel that professional athletes as a whole lead a privileged existence, working only part of the year and earning millions
for their efforts. When they're seen leading "protests" by disrespecting the flag and the national anthem —
and all the high ideals and sacrifice those symbols represent — it's too much.
allows some NFL refunds after anthem controversy. DirecTV is allowing at least some customers to cancel
subscriptions to its Sunday Ticket package of NFL games and obtain refunds, if they cite players' national anthem protests as
the reason for discontinuing service, customer service representatives said Tuesday [9/26/2017]. Under Sunday Ticket's
regular policy, refunds are not to be given once the season is underway. But the representatives said they are making
exceptions this season — which began in September — because of the controversy over the protests, in
which players kneel or link arms during the national anthem.
members demand organization cut ties with NFL. Members of the United Services Automobile Association (USAA) are
calling for the company to end its sponsorship of the NFL after the string of recent protests during the national anthem,
Sharon Ko of WTLV in San Antonio reports. Since 2011, the USAA has served as the Official Military Appreciation Sponsor
of the NFL, with the league shows appreciation for the military through its "Salute to Service" campaign. But USSA [sic]
members angry with the NFL are voicing their displeasure in community page forums and demanding the company cut ties with the league.
The Nail in
the NFL's Coffin. When NFL players began taking knees and raising Black Panther fists during games last year,
the NFL had to take swift action. It failed.The result is that football has now become politicized, handing the Left
another victory in the culture wars. [...] The player represents the team's brand. He represents the city. He
represents America, the country that gave him the freedom to excel, to become an elite member in the field of American
professional sports. The player is paid millions of dollars. To choose the moment, dictated by tradition, to show
disrespect for all of these things, shows exceptionally poor judgment. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is paid well over
$40 million annually to protect the league's reputation and business. He's done a horrible job the last few years,
palming off issues of domestic violence, and failing to take a firm stance regarding the anthem.
Problems With The NFL's National Anthem Protest. [Problem #2] The NFL's Utter Inconsistency: [NFL
Commissioner Roger] Goodell and NFL owners were adamant this weekend that players had the right to express themselves without
fear of any retaliation. This even though there are rules that the NFL could apply to stop protests of the national
anthem. [...] There were rules the NFL chose to apply to stop the wearing of decals to commemorate the murder of five Dallas
police officers working to protect the people at an organized protest of police brutality. The NFL fines players for
dancing in the end zone. It threatens fines for 9/11 tributes. It shows leniency for other issues, such as
domestic violence, but it needs to show more consistency about on-field behavior.
NFL Banned Honoring Murdered Cops; Threatened Players Honoring 9/11. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell attacked
President Trump for showing a "lack of respect for the NFL" — regarding the president's recent comments
criticizing players for not standing during the national anthem — because it violated the "constitutional rights
of our players," referring to the First Amendment. This comes from the same commissioner who threatened NFL players who
wanted to honor both 9/11 victims and five police officers who were murdered in Dallas. The Dallas Cowboys wanted to
pay tribute to the five Dallas officers who were murdered at a Black Lives Matter protest on July 7, 2016. The
Cowboys had been wearing a special decal on their helmets that said "Arm in Arm" that specifically honored the police
officers — that is, until the NFL stepped in and stopped it.
A Billion Dollars: How Much the 17 NFL Players Who Took a Knee in London Make. The 17 Baltimore Ravens
and Jacksonville Jaguars players who took a knee during the presentation of the national anthem in London on Sunday have
combined total contracts of nearly $450 million. Combing the total value of each players contracts adds up to a
whopping $448,373,425, a figure greater than the gross domestic product of over a handful of the world's nations. ESPN
reported that 10 Ravens players and roughly the same number of Jaguars players took a knee during the national anthem Sunday
at Wembley Stadium in London.
picked sides in the culture war, now it has to live with the consequences. [Scroll down] The NFL is as
political an organization as there is, now. It picked sides in the culture war, and the side it picked is decidedly
left. The NFL refused to allow the Dallas Cowboys to display a decal honoring the Dallas police killed by a Black Lives
Matter supporter, yet it is completely supporting the "right" of players to kneel on the sideline while the National Anthem
is played, as both a sign of support for the Black Lives Matter movement and an anti-Trump protest.
Unity With Players Might Be Short-Lived. The image was striking — several owners of N.F.L. teams
locking arms with their players on the sidelines Sunday [9/24/2017] in a dramatic statement of defiance to a president who
ridiculed their sport and condemned players for refusing to stand during the national anthem as a protest against
racism. And then on Monday night, the league's most prominent owner knelt with his entire team. Beyond the
appearance of unity, though, is a far different reality: The owners have done little to support players who protest
to fight social injustice. A few owners have told their players that kneeling for the anthem is inappropriate.
Coach Didn't Want Army Vet To Stand For Anthem. Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin indicated Sunday night
[9/24/2017] that he did not want offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva to stand for the national anthem, instead of sitting it out
with the rest of his teammates. Villanueva, a former Army Ranger who served three tours in Afghanistan, was the only
Steelers player to stand for the anthem. While Villanueva stood in the tunnel, hand over his heart, the rest of the
team remained in the locker room in protest of President Trump's comments that players who kneel during the national anthem
should be fired.
Army Ranger Is Only Steelers Player To Stand For National Anthem. The entire Pittsburgh Steelers team remained
in the locker room during the national anthem, with the exception of one player: Army veteran Alejandro Villanueva, who
plays offensive tackle for the Steelers. While the rest of his teammates remained in the locker room, Villanueva stood
in the tunnel holding his helmet in his left hand and holding his right hand over his heart as the anthem played.
President Claims Team Never Intended to Boycott National Anthem, Make Political Statement. Art Rooney II, the
president of the Pittsburgh Steelers football team, told fans on Tuesday that his team both respected military service
members and didn't intend to make a political statement when its players stood off the field during the national anthem on Sunday.
The Editor says...
players can kneel — and NFL's customers should walk. Mass fan walkouts at stadiums will prove more
effective than boycotting NFL advertisers. Organize mass exits and I guarantee you'll beat the flag flouters at their
own mass-media game.
'Kneelers,' Let's Get a Few Things Straight. The reason we stand for the anthem — no matter how
disappointed we are in the trajectory of our nation — is to show that we love our country and wish it well.
That's all. Americans have long believed that whatever our differences — indeed because of our
differences — it is important to have a ritual where we all express our shared patriotism. That ritual is
the respect we show for the national anthem. When people protest the anthem, they are not sending a patriotic
message. Instead, they are telling the rest of us that they don't like this country, and they wish it ill.
third of Americans less likely to watch NFL games due to anthem protests. "Are football fans voting with their
TVs?" asks a new Rasmussen Reports survey. "As the NFL struggles to explain this season's downturn in viewer ratings,
34 percent of American adults say they are less likely to watch an NFL game because of the growing number of protests by
players on the field," the poll reports, noting that 12 percent say they are more likely to watch, while half say the
protests have no effect on their viewing decisions.
First: NASCAR Owners Threaten To Fire Drivers And Crew If They Kneel During National Anthem. Multiple
NASCAR team owners indicated Sunday they will not tolerate drivers or crew members who kneel during the national anthem as
unpatriotic protests plague the beleaguered National Football League. Former NASCAR champion and legend Richard Petty,
who owns Richard Petty Motorsports, told the Associated Press that he would fire any member of his team that chooses to kneel
during the national anthem. "Anybody that don't stand up for the anthem oughta be out of the country.
Period. What got 'em where they're at? The United States," Petty said.
NFL players required to stand for the national anthem? After NFL teams or players stayed in the locker room,
knelt, sat or linked arms during the national anthem before games Sunday, people want to know what the NFL rules say.
Are the players required to stand on the field during the national anthem? What does the NFL rule book say? On
social media, many people have been cutting and pasting the following excerpt: ["]A62-63 of the NFL League
Rulebook. It states: "The National Anthem must be played prior to every game, and all players must be on the
sideline for the National Anthem. During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at
attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that
the American flag is in good condition...["]
The Editor says...
Anyone who has ever negotiated a contract knows that should is not the same thing as must.
worker quits after Bills protest anthem. A stadium worker with nearly three decades of NFL games under his belt
quit his job Sunday [9/24/2017], saying he was "pushed" to the limit after several Buffalo Bills took a knee during the
national anthem. Erich Nikischer said he's putting the few good years and "a lot of the bad ones" at New Era Field
behind him after several Bills took a knee before Sunday's 26-16 win against the Broncos. "I was [finally] pushed to my
limit today and had to quit," Nikischer posted on Facebook in response to the Bills' protest, a show of defiance against
President Trump's suggestion that NFL players who kneel during the national anthem to protest racial inequality should be
fired. "I [cannot] work in a place where [multimillionaires] cry that they are oppressed."
may lose bigly with social justice antics. The NFL is famous for its activism. Support for Black Lives
Matter after Ferguson. Solidarity with Trayvon Martin. Lectures from Bob Costas — not on the upcoming
game, but on gun control or global warming. Now it's disrespecting the National Anthem by taking a knee or sitting
down. Colin Kaepernick popularized this before Trump was president. It's activism is spreading through the NFL
and beyond, even to eight-year-old football players in Illinois.
should get off their knees and lead a constructive conversation on race. As more than 100 NFL players protested
during the singing of America's national anthem across the country Sunday [9/24/2017], what had been a small protest of the
way police treat African-Americans turned into a much larger protest directed at President Trump.
and Curry Pop the Sports Bubble. We've all watched the bubble inflate for years. Palatial new stadiums
were built (often with tax dollars), multi-billion dollar television deals were signed, and multi-platinum player contracts
shocked our sensibilities. Combined with sky-high ticket prices that put a night at the game out of reach for many
families, these were all signs that things had gone too far. But how and when a bubble will deflate is anyone's
guess. Usually — maybe always — it's done in by the excesses of its biggest beneficiaries.
players lobby Roger Goodell for formal league involvement in racial justice causes. A team of four current and
former NFL players is lobbying commissioner Roger Goodell to engage the league in fighting for the cause of social justice,
even asking him to formally designate November as activism awareness month. Current players Michael Bennett (Seattle
Seahawks), Torrey Smith (Philadelphia Eagles), and Malcolm Jenkins (Philadelphia Eagles), along with former player Anquan
Boldin, sent Goodell and another executive a 2,800-word memorandum in August requesting the league invest significant
resources in the cause. The memo, available in full here, is specific and thoughtful, but its requests would almost
certainly prove divisive among fans, many of whom are already wary of players' incorporating their activism into gamedays.
Jackson: 'Kaepernick Effect' to Blame for NFL's Ratings Decline. At a rally in Alabama on Friday night
[9/22/2017], President Donald Trump railed against National Football League players who have protested the national
anthem. He said players who disrespect the flag and refuse to stand for the national anthem should be ejected
from the stadium and cut from the team.
Shocking How Empty The Stadium Was For Thursday Night Football. The San Francisco 49ers Thursday night game
against the Los Angeles Rams kicked off in front of a nearly empty stadium. Los Angeles Times reporter Lindsey Thiry
tweeted a photo at the time of kickoff, which showed thousands of open seats. In fact, most sections in the photo have
more empty seats than fans.
NFL and ESPN need to get politics out of sports or risk losing millions. ESPN host Jemele Hill is back on the
air after calling President Trump a "white supremacist" who has surrounded himself with "other white supremicists" —
remarks that earned her a reprimand, but not a suspension, from the network. The Twitter-taunting and subsequent fallout
comes as the sports network's ratings have taken a significant hit over the last year, starting with players' social justice
protests at pre-game festivities. Both the TV networks and the NFL are paying the penalty.
TV ratings continue to tank after viewers boycott over Kaepernick. The National Football League is in the midst
of turbulent times as ratings for the second week of the football season received less than promising returns. After a
12 percent dip during the kickoff weekend from 2016, week 2 saw a 15 percent slump from the previous year.
Sports into the Left Lane. Totalitarian regimes use sports to disseminate political propaganda. In Nazi
Germany, sports served to glorify the "Aryan" race and to prepare Germany for war. In the Soviet Union, the elite
athlete became as valuable as the soldier or the diplomat in promoting Communism. The Soviets developed a system of
state-run sports schools and clubs to produce world-class athletes who would be technically proficient and ideologically
correct. A coach's fundamental duty was to instill what one Soviet sports periodical called a "high Communist
consciousness" in which athletes saw themselves as "Soviet patriots ... irreconcilable to the enemies of socialism and
Communism." With Neo-Marxism permeating American education, identical thinking predominates.
police, EMS unions refuse to hold flag at game after Browns players kneel. There is new fallout from the fierce
debate over Cleveland Browns players kneeling during the national anthem. Cleveland safety forces have backed out of a
plan to hold a large flag on the field for the opening game. A dozen Browns players created a firestorm during a recent
preseason game by not standing during the anthem. They created the largest demonstration in the NFL during the anthem
since former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick started his protest more than a year ago.
should be more sports, less politics, Sage Steele says. ESPN has faced criticism recently for limited sports
coverage and what many say has been an increasing shift to political commentary. But frustrated sports fans may be in
luck: ESPN anchor Sage Steele hinted in an interview that the network's signature "SportsCenter" highlights show may go
back to focusing on sports, and leave social and political issues "to the news networks." Steele told the New York Post
"there is a time and place" for covering issues that transcend sports. She cited NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick's
controversial refusal to stand for the national anthem before games, and his current struggle to make an NFL roster, as
examples of when coverage might "cross over."
wants meeting with NFL commissioner about Kaepernick. Kaepernick's supporters, including some who planned to protest at the NFL's
headquarters in New York City on Wednesday [8/23/2017], say the quarterback is being blackballed for his advocacy.
Kaepernick to have exhibit at National Museum of African American History and Culture. Colin Kaepernick may not
be employed by an NFL team, but he continues to be a fixture in the NFL's 24-hour news cycle.
Kaepernick — History's Hero? The National Football League's preseason is underway, and national anthem-hating
quarterback Colin Kaepernick still doesn't have an NFL job. One can easily identify the liberal journalists by their anguish
over this so-called injustice. You can also identify them by their dishonest arguments.
The NFL doesn't
have the guts to bench unpatriotic players. Raiders coach Jack Del Rio told SFGate.com that [Marshawn] Lynch's
disrespectful behavior is not an issue for the football team. "He said, 'This is something I have done for 11 years.
It's not a form of anything other than me being myself,'" Del Rio said. "I told him I very strongly believe in standing for
the national anthem. But I respect him as a man and he can do his thing." Well, that doesn't speak very well of
Coach Del Rio's character either. The coach respects a man who disrespects the country?
Bennett to sit during national anthem for entire NFL season. Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett said he
plans to sit during the national anthem for the entire season after staying on the bench for the anthem during Seattle's
first preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday [8/13/2017]. Bennett said he was motivated by the events
in Charlottesville and wanted to speak out on racial injustice. On Sunday [8/13/2017], Bennett remained on the bench with
a towel around his shoulder pads while the rest of his teammates stood for the anthem.
Spike Lee, and Colin Kaepernick Jointly Degenerate Into Total Farce. A guy who theatrically refuses to stand
for the national anthem, who praises a communist dictator, and whose girlfriend publicly depicts an NFL owner as a slave
owner pleases ESPN moonbats like Max Kellerman and Skip Bayless immensely but will chase away fans. But we are expected
to believe that no team has signed him due to racism, despite most NFL players being black. Meanwhile, Kaepernick is
said to have turned down at least one offer, presumably so he could stoke the phony racial controversy in hopes of starting a
bidding war among teams eager to prove how politically correct they can be. The Kaepernick spectacle is phony and
pathetic, like all things leftist.
Source: Kaepernick Turned Down At Least 1 Contract To Play Up The Race Card. Colin Kaepernick is still a free agent,
and an NFL inside source told The Daily Caller Monday that the former 49ers quarterback has no one but himself to blame.
Sports, Pay the Price. When players get political, it turns out that fans can get political right back.
After months of speculation and piles of anecdotal evidence, market-research company J. D. Power has weighed in with real
data. After surveying 9,200 fans, researchers found that "national anthem protests were the top reason that NFL fans
watched fewer games last season." The protests were never popular. A September 2016 Reuters poll indicated that a
super-majority of 72 percent of Americans believed the protests, led by Colin Kaepernick, were "unpatriotic," but evidence
that his protest had an impact on ratings was spotty, at best. Now that's changed.
Kellerman: NFL 'Injecting Politics' Into Games With Nat'l Anthem. ESPN commentator Max Kellerman raised
some eyebrows by claiming that the NFL is "injecting politics" into games simply by having a pregame performance of the
national anthem. The discussion on "First Take" centered around a Seattle Seahawks player comparing Colin Kaepernick to
Muhammad Ali for his refusal to stand for the Star-Spangled Banner last season. Kellerman argued that Kaepernick, who
remains a free agent after his controversial boycott, "did not go looking for a protest" and is not obligated to stand for
Obama gets standing ovation at ESPYs. Former first lady Michelle Obama was greeted by a standing ovation when
she honored the late Eunice Shriver at the ESPYs on Wednesday night [7/12/2017].
tale of two first ladies and troubling media bias. Last night, Michelle Obama was the honored guest of the
annual ESPY awards. Naturally, the media collective was head over heels with praise and admiration.
Skips Fourth Of July Celebrations, Travels To Ghana To Gain 'True Independence'. Football player Colin
Kaepernick refused to celebrate the Fourth of July, choosing instead to travel to Ghana to experience "true independence."
Kaepernick, famous for kneeling during the National Anthem, released a video Tuesday showing his travels to the African nation.
He visited his "home," Ghana, because he couldn't celebrate a day that oppressed the rights of his ancestors in America.
"How can we truly celebrate independence on a day that intentionally robbed our ancestors of theirs? To find my independence
I went home," Kaepernick tweeted.
The Editor says...
Now that you're "home" in Africa, perhaps we'd all be happier if you stay there.
Told You Testosterone Would Make Women's Sports More Interesting. As has been widely reported recently, a
female wrestler in Texas — Mack Beggs — has won the state championship in her division largely due to
the fact that she has a significant competitive advantage: she's taking steroids (testosterone). Once upon a time, such
behavior was widely considered cheating. In fact, some of the biggest scandals in sports history involve behavior virtually
identical to that of Mack Beggs. (Alex Rodriguez took testosterone.) In fact, due to the widespread problem of "doping"
(taking performance-enhancing drugs) in the world of athletics, in 1999, the World Anti-Doping Agency was created. Clearly
(and always) on the list of banned substances: testosterone. In spite of being an endogenous (naturally occurring)
anabolic androgenic (promotes male characteristics) steroid, testosterone use among athletes is prohibited if administered from
outside the body.
One-Third of Americans Boycotting NFL Because of Black Lives Matter Protests: Poll. Nearly one-third of
American adults say they are less likely to watch a National Football League game because of the growing number of Black
Lives Matter protests that are happening by players on the field, a Rasmussen poll found. Thirty-two percent polled
online and by telephone said they're willing to skip NFL games this year because of player protests over racial issues, the
pollster said on Tuesday [10/4/2016].
Kaepernick hosts Black Panther Party-inspired youth camp. Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback
who started a movement of kneeling during the national anthem to highlight racial injustices in America, quietly hosted an "I
Know My Rights" camp for children of color over the weekend. Mr. Kaepernick and a small group of his friends had
been secretly planning the camp at Impact Hub Oakland in Oakland, California, in the hopes of teaching minority children how
to deal with racial discrimination, police brutality and a variety of other social issues, the New York Daily News' Shaun
King exclusively reported.
NFL Ratings Down Due To National Anthem Protests. There are many reasons why the NFL's ratings are down in 2016.
You may be dismissive of the very idea that the backlash to the national anthem protests, sparked by the 49ers' Colin Kaepernick, has
played a role in the NFL's TV ratings, which have dropped by about 12 percent year-over-year. To continue to dismiss
that is to blatantly ignore legitimate data on the subject.
Loses Subscribers, Colin Kaepernick Can't Understand Why. Traditionally not strange bedfellows, ESPN and
Monday Night Football should make for a nice, natural fit. However, the bed they made together appears to have
caught fire, and the anthem-kneeling, social-justice-warrior love child they created now dumps gasoline on the flames.
Nielsen made their subscriber numbers public, delivering apocalyptic results for both ESPN and the NFL. ESPN lost 621,000
subscribers in the last month, and ESPN's Monday Night Football fell by 24%.
watching fewer NFL games cite protests as primary reason. Ratings in the NFL, while still stronger than any
other challenger on the television landscape, continue to decline, and a new survey by Yahoo Sports and YouGov discerns
several reasons why. In a survey of 1,136 Americans who identified themselves as NFL fans, 29 percent said they
are watching fewer NFL games.
ratings plunge could spell doom for traditional TV. Football, America's biggest prime-time powerhouse, has been
thrust into a crisis this fall, with dwindling ratings sparking questions over whether it can remain a gold mine for
television in an age when more Americans are abandoning traditional TV. Network executives have long used the National
Football League's live games as a last line of defense against the rapid growth of "cord-cutting" and on-demand viewing
upending the industry. But now, the NFL is seeing its ratings tumble in the same way that the Olympics, awards shows
and other live events have, falling more than 10 percent for the first five weeks of the season compared with the first five
weeks of last season. A continued slide, executives say, could pose an even bigger danger: If football can't
survive the new age of TV, what can?
The Editor says...
Football can survive and thrive again, if the players will keep their left-wing America-hating political opinions to themselves. Especially if the well-compensated
football players complain about how tough their lives are. On the other hand, maybe it's better in the long run if the popularity of football diminishes greatly.
Football is a mixture of idolatry and vanity. Football players are not heroes. They are mercenary gladiators. The game of football leaves many young
players paralyzed every year, and many older players with lifetimes of irreversible brain damage. If television falls out of favor with the viewing public, that
could only be a good thing, unless you work at a television station.
chant 'tackle the Muslim!', spear dummy with Colin Kaepernick jersey, afro. Tough crowd. As San Francisco
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick prepared for his first start of the season — and first real action since become
the face of a national anthem controversy — Buffalo Bills fans prepared to welcome him to their city.
Kaepernick: The Flag Is Just A Piece Of Cloth. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick believes
that the flag of the United States is nothing more than simply a piece of cloth. "At the end of the day the flag is
just a piece of cloth and I am not going to value a piece of cloth over people's lives. That's just not something I can
do, it's not something I feel morally right doing and my character won't allow me to do that," Kaepernick told reporters in
response to criticism from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, according to The Star.
tries to reassure teams as TV ratings drop. The National Football League has sent a memo to team owners seeking
to ease concerns about the ratings decline that has hit football this fall. Through the first four weeks of the season,
NFL viewership has declined 11 percent, and among the crucial adults 18-49 demographic that advertisers covet, ratings are
down 12 percent.
Whitlock: 'Hyper-Progressive Movement That Has Lurched Into Sports' to Blame for Low NFL Ratings. Thursday [10/6/2016] on
Fox Sports 1's "Speak for Yourself," co-host Jason Whitlock blamed "hyper-progressive" sports media for the decline in NFL ratings this
year. Whitlock explained that while sports culture is conservative, progressivism in the media is "leading the conversation" in
sports, thus "turning people off."
Fumble for NFL Surprises Networks, Advertisers. Once considered immune to the audience erosion plaguing the
television industry, ratings for National Football League games have slipped through the first four weeks of the season.
College athletic departments, which once did not care a hoot about political correctness, now have either cadres of the left as their
spokesmen or have utterly cowed and terrified administrators who dare not say a word against the messages of the left. The college
football players who enter the NFL find the same insinuation of leftist cant into every crevice of professional football. Although
the dopey former San Francisco 49ers' insulting behavior during the National Anthem is a conspicuous example of leftist venom, the
cringing fear of offending the left seems to terrify everyone in football. Well, let football be terrified instead of offending
those Americans who watch football on television and pay for tickets to football games and buy sporting equipment endorsed by football
players. There is evidence that this is happening.
Greek tragedy to American therapy. Second-string San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick apparently assumes that his
wealthy team can afford to pay him nearly $20 million a year to sit on the bench, without much caring that he can't be bothered to stand up
for the National Anthem. But victimhood is a good career move. Kaepernick went from being a washed-up quarterback to being a much-publicized
social justice warrior — a veritable Noam Chomsky in cleats opining on over two centuries of American criminal justice. He was once fined for
reportedly smearing a fellow NFL player with the N-word, but now as a victim himself, Kaepernick can no longer be a victimizer.
32% skip NFL over Black Lives Matter player protests. The growing number of player protests at National
Football League games, driven by the Black Lives Matter movement and San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, has prompted
nearly a third of Americans to turn the games off, according to a new survey. Rasmussen Reports revealed Tuesday [10/4/2016]
that 32 percent of American adults say they are "less likely" to watch a game because of the expanding protests over how blacks
are treated, especially by police.
Has Ruined Everything Fun. [Scroll down] Before we could kick off the season, a fading star named Colin
Kaepernick had some kind of epiphany that he could change the world by sitting out the National Anthem. The right vs.
left media made Colin's sit-out national headlines for weeks — he has the right, 1st Amendment vs. he's an
ungrateful millionaire spitting on the country that made him great, and on and on. But they miss the point: I
don't care. Whatever these sports icons think, I really and truly don't care. Just play ball.
West: Election Is Referendum On Obama's Failures. Former Congressman Col. Allen West calls the
athletes expressing anti-Americanism "deplorable, despicable and disgusting." Specifically about NFL players, "When I look
at these privileged, little, spoiled princes getting multi-million dollar contracts," West wonders "what is it about America
that has oppressed you?" He couldn't help but notice that on the opening day for the NFL, Commissioner Roger Goodell fined
players $6,000 for honoring 9/11 on their cleats, while 49ers player Colin Kaepernick can wear socks depicting police as pigs
Ratings Continue to Plunge in Third Week of National Anthem Protests. For the third consecutive week, ratings
for the National Football League (NFL) have plummeted, as players continue anti-American protests during the playing of the
national anthem. This week's drop-off also coincided with the Monday broadcast of the first presidential debate between
Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton. Ratings for Sunday Night Football
featuring the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys scored a 12.9 Nielsen rating, down from the game's 13.7 rating last week.
America's Versailles Set.
Take the case of Colin Kaepernick, the back-up quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers who makes $19 million a year (or about
$20,000 per minute of regular season play). He has been cited by National Football League officials in the past for his use
of the N-word, yet he refuses to stand for the pregame singing of the national anthem because he believes that his country is
racist and does not warrant his respect. His stunt gained a lot of publicity and he now sees himself as a man of the
revolutionary barricades. A number of other NFL athletes, as well as those in other sports, have likewise refused to
stand for the national anthem to express solidarity with what they see as modern versions of the oppressed peasantry.
But Kaepernick and his peers make more in one month than many Americans make in an entire lifetime.
players Malcom Jenkins, Steven Means and Ron Brooks raise fists during national anthem. Athletes' protests of
police brutality during the national anthem continued prior to Monday Night Football between the Eagles and Bears.
Cameras showed Eagles players Malcolm Jenkins, Steven Means and Ron Brooks standing together with their right fists raised
in the air during the song.
Samantha Bee Problem. [Scroll down] It isn't just late-night TV. Cultural arenas and institutions that
were always liberal are being prodded or dragged further to the left. Awards shows are being pushed to shed their genteel
limousine liberalism and embrace the race-gender-sexual identity agenda in full. Colleges and universities are increasingly
acting as indoctrinators for that same agenda, shifting their already-lefty consensus under activist pressure. Meanwhile,
institutions that were seen as outside or sideways to political debate have been enlisted in the culture war. The tabloid
industry gave us the apotheosis of Caitlyn Jenner, and ESPN gave her its Arthur Ashe Award. The N.B.A., N.C.A.A. and
the A.C.C. — nobody's idea of progressive forces, usually — are acting as enforcers on behalf of gay and
transgender rights. Jock culture remains relatively reactionary, but even the N.F.L. is having its Black Lives Matters
moment, thanks to Colin Kaepernick. For the left, these are clear signs of cultural gains, cultural victory.
But the scale and swiftness of those victories have created two distinctive political problems for the Democratic Party.
This man is now pretending to be the victim of the trouble he stirred up:
says he has received death threats. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick told reporters on Tuesday
[9/20/2016] that he has received death threats in the weeks since he began his national anthem protest.
If You Respect America, Find Something Else to Do Sunday
Afternoons. Kaepernick disease continues to spread. Thanks to the encouragement of the people in charge,
it is completely engulfing the NFL. Tomorrow night the entire Philadelphia Eagles team is planning to use the national anthem
as a pretext to make a spectacle of their contempt of America: [...] To watch these overpaid, hyper-privileged thugs openly display
their hostility to everything we revere on the grounds that they are "oppressed," when in any other country they would be scraping
by doing manual labor, is too much to swallow.
$4.6 Billion TV Bounty May Be At Risk Due To Kaepernick Fiasco. The National Football League will rake in
roughly $4.6 billion in television fees from CBS, ESPN, NBC, Fox and DirecTV that it will equally share with its 32 teams
this year. The NFL commands such a rich bounty because advertisers pay up for football's huge ratings. The
television money is a big reason why the average NFL team is worth $2.34 billion. But the National Anthem protests that
began with San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick and has since been copied by other players has angered many fans.
And that anger may be one reason why the television ratings for the first week of NFL games were bad.
Woods: 'I Will Never Watch the NFL Again'. Actor James Woods is fed up with the way the NFL has handled Colin
Kaepernick's National Anthem protest — so much so that he has vowed never to watch a league game ever again.
The 69-year-old conservative actor ripped the league in an impromptu interview with TMZ this week.
moving 2016-17 championships from North Carolina. The National Collegiate Athletic Association announced Monday [9/12/2016]
it will relocate all 2016-17 championship events from North Carolina due to concerns about civil rights protections in the state.
This decision comes after the NCAA Board of Governors in April adopted new requirements for sites that would be hosting or bidding on
events in all divisions. The resulting survey required bidding locations to prove how they would protect athletes, coaches and fans
from discrimination. NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a news release following the decision that the organization's events need to
promote inclusiveness, and current legislation in North Carolina does not guarantee that commitment will be fulfilled.
to move 7 championships from North Carolina due to HB2 law. The NCAA announced on Monday [9/12/2016] the relocation of
seven previously awarded championship events — including NCAA tournament games in Greensboro — from the
state of North Carolina during the 2016-17 academic year as a result of the state's controversial House Bill 2. The law
prevents cities and counties from passing protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. And public schools must
require bathrooms or locker rooms be designated for use only by people based on their biological sex. The NCAA sent a
questionnaire in July concerning discrimination issues to the local organizing groups in cities that have been named to host
any NCAA event in any of its three competitive divisions or are interested in staging them.
Seahawks consider team-wide national anthem protest at NFL opener. The Seattle Seahawks are considering
following Colin Kaepernick and making a protest of their own before their NFL opener against Miami on Sunday. A number
of Seahawks players said they had been discussing their options, and suggested they might be prepared to take a team-wide
stand before the weekend's game. Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane, who sat for the national anthem during the
Seahawks-Raiders pre-season game last Thursday, said he will continue not to stand, while receiver Doug Baldwin and
linebacker Bobby Wagner said they had discussed a protest in the locker room.
watch ESPN less. In a commencement address at the University of Central Florida, [ESPN President John] Skipper
bemoaned the fact that, according to a recent survey, the average American spends three hours a day in front of a television
and just 19 minutes reading. "Please watch a little less television," the TV executive implored. I would modify
his plea slightly. Please watch less ESPN. Why? Because [...] ESPN has taken the side of the political left.
Erupts After NFL Quarterback Converts To Islam and Refuses To Stand for National Anthem. A controversy has
erupted today because San Francisco 49er's Quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand up during the playing of the
national anthem. [...] So what exactly is going on. Well, there's a little more to the story than most are willing to
accept. The media and the NFL will avoid these discussions like the plague, but [...] During the off-season
Colin Kaepernick converted to Islam. Colin Kaepernick is also engaged to Black Lives Matter activist and hip-hop radio
personality DJ Nessa Diab. Black Lives Matter as an activist group is synonymous with promotion of authentic Islam.
quarterback sits during national anthem, calls America racist. If you can't play, enter the political
fray. That could be the only possible explanation for 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sitting in protest of the
national anthem. Kaepernick has dominated headlines in the past year for a massive regression in his production, now
stuck fighting for a job with Blaine Gabbart. No serious analyst expects the 49ers to be competitive, despite
Kaepernick leading the Niners to the Super Bowl during the 2012 season. But this time, he's making headlines
on purpose for reasons other than football.
quarterback refuses to honor National Anthem because America 'oppresses people of color'. The 49ers' quarterback Colin
Kaepernick says that he refused to stand up during the National Anthem because America is racist. [...] Apparently he's been
protesting the oppression of people of color by refusing to play well for a long time too!
fans burn Kaepernick jerseys to the national anthem after the $114 million sport star refused to stand 'to protest black
oppression'. Furious San Francisco 49ers fans are burning Colin Kaepernick jerseys after he refused to stand
for the national anthem as part of a racial protest. One fan even played The Star-Spangled Banner as he set light to
the Number 7 shirt, watching with his hand on his chest as it was reduced to ash. Another, who uploaded a video to
Instagram under the handle Nate3914, called the $19million-per-year athlete an 'ignorant son of a b****.'
Francisco police union demand NFL, 49ers 'denounce' Colin Kaepernick's 'attacks' on cops. Cops in San Francisco
are throwing an all-out blitz at Colin Kaepernick. The head of the San Francisco Police Officers Association fired off
an angry letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and 49ers boss Jed York over the quarterback's "ill-advised statements."
Kaepernick started a national debate over the weekend when he said he was no longer going to stand for the national anthem.
While the cop union understands Kaepernick has the right to sit on the bench while "The Star-Spangled Banner" plays before games,
it's his reason for doing so that has San Francisco police demanding an apology.
Kaepernick won't stand for the national anthem anymore. Fun fact about Kaepernick that I didn't know until this
morning: His Twitter feed is full-bore SJW, with one retweet after another of Black Lives Matter champion Shaun
King. It takes a lot to boost your wokeness quotient when you're already that woke. But he figured out a
way! This is what would be called a "base strategy" in politics, in that it's bound to impress and catalyze people who
already sympathize with him at the expense of alienating literally everyone else.
Felon League Denies Cowboys Request To Honor Murdered Officers. The National Football League —
sometimes mocked as the "National Felon League" due a rash of violent crimes committed by current and former players in
recent years — has denied a request by the Dallas Cowboys to wear a small sticker on the back of their helmets
which would honor the five Dallas Police officers murdered by a domestic terrorist affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement.
Found a Cause They Won't Endorse: the Dallas Police Department. As written here before, there was never any
real expectation that the NFL would allow the Dallas Cowboys to wear the "Arm-in-Arm" decals on their helmets, to show
support for the Dallas Police Department during the regular season. Yet, there was some hope that the league would at
least allow the Cowboys to wear the decals during the preseason. Well, it appears that isn't happening.
The Editor says...
One can easily surmise that if the shooter had been white, and all the murdered cops had been black, female, homosexuals, or former professional
athletes, the NFL would have had no objections. You can bet that if the cause was breast cancer, AIDS, or UN earthquake relief, the NFL would have
had no objections. The NFL has to draw the line somewhere, of course; otherwise, football players will eventually look like NASCAR drivers.
Even so, one must wonder what their criteria are.
NCAA Rule: Championship Sites Must Allow Cross-Dressing Men To Use Women's Bathrooms, Showers. The
National Collegiate Athletic Association has announced that all cities and college campuses seeking to host future NCAA
championship events must fill out a lengthy, seven-page questionnaire about whether men can use women's bathrooms and waltz
into women's locker rooms to take showers. The NCAA Board of Governors announced its new bathroom-and-locker-room
survey on Friday [7/22/2016].
Stars Angered Over League Fines for 'Black Lives Matter' Protest. Prominent WNBA players and Black Lives Matter
organizers are angered over the league's decision to fine three teams and their players for protesting gun violence.
The Indiana Fever, New York Liberty and Phoenix Mercury were fined $5,000 each, and each player was fined $500 for wearing
black T-shirts during pre-game warm-ups in the wake of recent shootings by and against police officers. According to
WNBA officials, the shirts violated the league's uniform policy. According to that policy, all shirts worn during
warmups must be the Adidas brand — the league's official outfitter — and may not be altered in any way.
The Editor says...
Just bounce the ball, throw the ball, and catch the ball. Spare us the political statements.
Wastes No Time Going Political at ESPYs. You planned to have a smoke, maybe walk the dog before the ESPYs got
in full swing. Figuring that ESPN would at least recap some of the year in sports before putting on display their
craven and gratuitous sellout to radical, racial activism. Well, you guessed wrong. NBA stars Carmelo Anthony,
Chris Paul, Dwayne Wade, and LeBron James derailed the evening of expected jockular festivities, instead redirecting the
crazy train that ESPN has become down the tracks of athlete activism.
ESPN Turns ESPY Awards Into Black Lives Matter Rally. ESPN is a
girlish, gay chat channel like Bravo that features slightly less house-flipping and slightly more homoerotic tributes to the physical male ideal.
It's evil, it's stupid, it's a waste of your time, and it's time to block the channel so that you're never tempted to give them your money ever again.
the NBA went all-out gay. The NBA just announced it's partnering with GLSEN, the leading gay activist educational
organization — an organization whose radical activism dates back more than a decade. How do the players really
feel about this ... especially those with conservative Christian (or Muslim) values?
Firing Curt Schilling for Transgender Comments, ESPN Hires LGBT Activist Abby Wambach. Curt Schilling's
politics got him fired from ESPN. Abby Wambach's politics didn't prevent her from getting hired. And neither did her
recent DUI arrest, which resulted in a guilty plea less than a month ago and admissions of past marijuana and cocaine use.
ESPN hired Wambach to analyze soccer at the Olympics, and venture into more contentious matters with "Outside the Lines" and on
a planned podcast called "Fearless Conversation with Abby Wambach," a program the AP describes as one in "which she promises won't
shy away from controversy."
The Left's Thought-Fascism
Hits ESPN. [Scroll down] By inclusive, ESPN does not mean ideologically inclusive. They simply mean
that if you do not kowtow to politically correct idiocies about men magically becoming women, you will not be tolerated.
ESPN is the same channel that rewarded Caitlyn Jenner, nee Bruce, the Arthur Ashe Courage Award for getting a misguided boob
job, facial reconstruction surgeries and hormone treatments that will not solve his underlying mental illness. Pointing out
that Caitlyn is still a man, however, will get you fired from that same network. Not only that, but you will be memory-holed.
Erases Curt Schilling From Baseball History. In the bad old days of the Soviet Union, Stalin, Brezhnev and the
rest would literally airbrush out of photographs those who fell out of favor. Killing them and sending family members
to Siberia did not suffice; they had to be erased from collective memory. [...] Now along comes ESPN airbrushing a game
played by former Red Sox great Curt Schilling out of a documentary on the 2004 American League Championship Series.
Unless you have been vacationing in Mars, you know that Schilling was until recently an ESPN broadcaster.
Fires Curt Schilling — What About Liberal Offenders? About Schilling's firing, the Disney-owned
sports cable network said: "ESPN is an inclusive company. Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was
unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated." Last summer ESPN suspended Schilling for retweeting
a meme likening Muslim extremists to Nazis. Last month, he no doubt angered management for saying that Hillary Clinton
should be "buried under a jail somewhere" for her email scandal. So Schilling, to ESPN, is a serial offender.
And as a private company, it can terminate an employee for perceived offenses. OK, so Schilling has to go. But
what are the rules?
The Editor says...
Obviously the management of ESPN operates with an unusual concept of the word inclusive, if the company is
inclusive and tolerant of everyone except white guys who don't approve of homosexuality.
Schilling: ESPN Home to 'Some of the Biggest Racists in Sports Commentating'. So, Curt Schilling is
holding nothing back. Just over a week after he was fired by ESPN for being a conservative, and deigning to observe
that male bathrooms were built for people with male parts, while female bathrooms were built for people with female parts,
Schilling told the Breitbart News Patriot Forum that ESPN is home to "some of the biggest racists in sports commentating."
are all the sports events California state lawmakers attended for free. Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de
León was at the deciding game in Dodgers Stadium thanks to a $556 ticket — half of it paid for by a political
consulting group and the other half by a downtown Los Angeles law firm. Bay Area Assemblyman Rob Bonta got $460 tickets
to see the Golden State Warriors beat the Houston Rockets and advance to the NBA finals thanks to tickets from the chief
executive of an Oakland healthcare company. Assemblyman Mike Gipson (D-Carson) got $800 tickets to the Toyota Grand
Prix in Long Beach from a local law firm — though his form notes he reimbursed the firm $341 "to pay below the
gift limit." After the reimbursement, the total gift was worth $459 — one dollar under the limit for a gift
from a single source.
Has a Right to Fire Curt Schilling. What Rights Do People of Faith Have? ESPN has fired Curt
Schilling. The company said that his speech went against company values because ESPN is "an inclusive company."
What's at stake here? Curt Schilling has a right to say biological men don't belong in women's bathrooms in whatever
controversial way he wants. And ESPN has a right to give Caitlyn Jenner the "Arthur Ashe Courage Award" for being a
men's sports icon who now publicly identifies as a woman. And whether we agree or disagree with Schilling's message or
ESPN's isn't the point. The bigger issue is that ESPN, like any other company, has a right to control its message,
which means it should be generally free to make employment decisions based on its values, not Curt Schilling's, and
certainly not the government's.
Schilling, ESPN and your God-given plumbing. There's no question that Curt Schilling has uttered a good number
of politically incorrect statements during his career at ESPN. The former All-Star pitcher has compared radical Muslims to
Nazis and most recently suggested that Hillary Clinton "should be buried under a jail somewhere." But it was something he
shared on social media — about transgender bathrooms — that turned out to be the last straw for ESPN.
To be blunt — he was unceremoniously fired because he has a problem with men using the ladies room.
The Editor says...
I have worked in the broadcasting business since 1971, and I can tell you this: TV sports personalities
are expected to be bombastic, opinionated, and able to extemporaneously expound at great length about the tiniest
details of professional sports. The sports nut / couch potato will little note nor long remember anything
that even his favorite sportscaster says. Therefore, if he (or she) occasionally sheds some light on a
politically incorrect topic, that offense should be forgiven; for indeed, that's how live television goes
sometimes. Once in a while, the truth pops out.
The NFL's Bullying
of Believers. Do you think a pastor who's against same-sex marriage should be forced to perform same-sex
weddings? Do you believe that a religious college should be allowed to hire only people who agree with the religious beliefs
of the college? Do you think no one should be forced to attend a wedding he doesn't agree with? If so, cheers:
The National Football League basically thinks you're a bigot.
may move 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte after anti-LGBT legislation passed in North Carolina. The NBA issued a
statement Thursday [3/24/2016] against the new law in North Carolina barring transgender people from using bathrooms and locker rooms
that do not match the gender of their birth certificate. In the statement, the NBA hinted it could reconsider hosting All-Star
Weekend in Charlotte in 2017. "The NBA is dedicated to creating an inclusive enviornment for all who attend our games and events.
We are deeply concerned that this discriminatory law runs counter to our guiding principles of equality and mutual respect and do not yet
know what impact it will have on our ability to successfully host the 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte."
The Editor says...
Does their logic make any sense? Man, I can't wait to see the All Star Game — and I sure hope there will be a
bunch of lesbians in the restrooms. No, exactly the opposite is more likely what most sports fans are thinking.
says Georgia religious exemptions bill might cost Atlanta Super Bowl bid. Atlanta is one of the finalists for the next two league
title games to be awarded, along with New Orleans, Miami and Tampa. The city is considered a clear favorite because of its new retractable-roof
stadium that is set to open next year. However, the religious exemptions bill could change all of that. "NFL policies emphasize
tolerance and inclusiveness, and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper
standard," league spokesman Brian McCarthy said. "Whether the laws and regulations of a state and local community are consistent with
these policies would be one of many factors NFL owners may use to evaluate potential Super Bowl host sites."
The Editor says...
In other words, the last football game of the season is being used as leverage to promote the left-wing homosexual agenda.
Building a billion-dollar stadium is even less sensible if the Big Game can never be played there — and all because those heartless
bigots in Atlanta won't allow men in the women's restrooms. I've never purchased a ticket to an NFL game, and I can assure you that I
Dem Gov. Edwards warns: Agree to proposed tax hikes or LSU football could be sacked. Louisiana Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards is suggesting the
legendary Louisiana State University football team's 2016 season might be canceled — and other doomsday consequences — unless the GOP-led legislature
swiftly passes a package of tax increases to help close a looming $940 million budget shortfall. [...] "That means you can say farewell to college football
next fall," Edwards said in the address.
The Editor says...
Oh, no. Not that! It's easy to use football as a lever to help raise taxes, since football is seen as an indispensible necessity — at
any cost! Sky high taxes, concussions and broken necks are nothing compared to the prospect of a world without football!
The halftime show at the big game is more politicized than ever:
gets political at the Super Bowl. Beyonce issued a strong political statement with her halftime show at Super Bowl 50 on Sunday [2/7/2016] with backing dancers dressed as
members of armed rights group the Black Panthers. The superstar brought the dancers on for her new single Formation which is being widely touted as a rallying cry for the Black Lives
Matter movement. At one point during the song, the supporting performers formed an 'X' on the field — thought to reference black rights campaigner Malcolm X — and then
raised their arms in the air in a gesture referencing the black power salute by Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.
News slams Beyoncé's 'outrageous' Super Bowl performance. Fox News wasn't too happy with Beyoncé for her Super Bowl performance.
The 20-time Grammy winner appeared on the field during halftime and performed her new song "Formation" — which has become a "rallying cry for the Black
Lives Matter movement," according to the network — and was joined by backup dancers wearing Black Panthers-style outfits.
Super Bowl Halftime Show Was Black Version of KKK Rally.
The Black Panthers weren't just lunatic moonbats who hated white people. They were also violent sociopaths who engaged in a wide array of
crimes including murder. Judging by their rhetoric, the New Black Panthers aren't any better. [...] Malcolm X was best known for
rejecting the peaceful tactics advocated by MLK in favor of his "by any means necessary" approach to achieving black power. [...] Why can't
regular Americans even watch a football game without being told to hate themselves for their race?
Clarke on Beyonce's Halftime: Would It Be Acceptable If 'A White Band Came Out In Hoods and White Sheets? Commenting on Beyonce's halftime show
during Super Bowl 50, Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke said he did not want to make "a huge deal about it," but since Beyonce and the other dancers
were wearing "Black Panther-type uniforms," would it be acceptable if "a white band came out in hoods and white sheets in the same sort of fashion?"
Sheriff Clarke added that "the Black Panthers are a subversive hate group in America."
Anti-Beyonce Rally Planned For Next
Week At NFL Headquarters. Controversy continues to swirl around Beyonce's Super Bowl halftime show performance. The pop
superstar is being accused of using her performance to attack police officers. "I think it was outrageous that she used it as a platform
to attack police officers, who are the people who protect her and protect us," former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani told CBS2's Dick Brennan.
says there is too much patriotism in sports. There is a natural affinity between sports and the military. Both
unambiguously reward hard work and excellence. Both teach personal responsibility for success or failure, and celebrate the
virtues of courage, earned-pride, and honor. Sporting events are also among the biggest occasions when Americans come
together in their communities to enjoy the fruits of freedom that our service men and women provide. So I've never found it
surprising or objectionable that most sporting events in America start out with the national anthem or that we often take the
opportunity of sporting events to honor those who fight for all of us. But ESPN senior writer Howard Bryant opines in the
current issue of ESPN The Magazine that this is all an "uncomfortable change in sports in post-9/11 America."
Proof that the big game is a political lever:
of Super Bowl Boycott After Houston Equal Rights Measure Rejected. The controversial measure would have established nondiscrimination protections
for LGBTQ people in the city, among other groups. "I fear that this will have stained Houston's reputation as a tolerant, welcoming, global city," Houston
Mayor Annise Parker said at an election night watch part in downtown Houston. "I absolutely fear that there will be a direct economic backlash as a result
of this ordinance going into defeat and that's sad for Houston."
The Editor says...
Quite the reverse is true: Tourists aren't going to visit any city where there is no difference between the men's restroom and the ladies' restroom.
Refuses to Move Super Bowl from Houston After 'Bathroom Ordinance' Rejected. The NFL will not move the 2017
Super Bowl from Houston after the losers in the so-called "bathroom" ordinance demanded on Wednesday that the league cancel
or move the annual event a day after Houston voters overwhelmingly rejected the HERO (Houston Equal Rights Ordinance) proposition.
accuse NFL of 'paid patriotism'. Two GOP senators accused the NFL and other top sports leagues of making the Pentagon
pay for ceremonies honoring troops at games. Some $6.8 million of taxpayers' money went to leagues and teams for contracts
with staged events, including the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team, paid $49,000 by the Wisconsin Army National Guard to sponsor the
Sunday performances of "God Bless America," and $20,000 to the NFL's New York Jets to honor national guard troops.
The Houston Texans' Uday Aboushi Publicly
Supports Terror Attacks on Israel. NFL football player Oday Aboushi arrived in South Florida this weekend to play against the
Miami Dolphins, this time in the uniform of the Houston Texans, as the team he previously played for, the New York Jets, waived him in the
offseason. And while the team he plays for may have changed, his actions as an anti-Israel Muslim extremist remain fully intact.
Leftist propaganda is everywhere:
Day, A New Way to Hate. In channel surfing my way to the British Open, I lit for a
moment on the usually sane ESPN show, "Mike and Mike." Co-host Mike Greenberg was off that morning
so 28 year-old sub Ryan Ruocco sat in with regular Mike Golic, a former NFL defensive tackle.
Flaunting his liberal chops for the suits upstairs, Ruocco gushed about the Arthur Ashe Award. Of
course, he did not call the winner "Bruce Jenner." He refused to even say "Jenner." It was
always "Caitlyn Jenner," over and over. Those who dared say "Bruce" Ruocco surely would have
lumped — in his words — with "the critics who hate." Bingo! There
it was. Our progressive friends had discovered the glory of transgenderism about fifteen minutes
ago, and they were already prepared to brand critics of any sort as "haters," the collective term for
the non-elect in their perverse neo-puritan presbytery.
singer becomes first transgender woman to sing national anthem at professional sporting event. History was made
at the Oakland Athletics stadium this week when a transgender woman sang the national anthem at a professional sporting event
for the first time ever in the country. Classically-trained opera singer Breanna Sinclaire took the mic at the O.co Coliseum
for a sold out game between the A's and the San Diego Padres on Wednesday [6/17/2015]. Sinclaire had a 30,000 audience at
the A's LGBT Pride Night as she belted out the Star-Spangled Banner, and that wasn't counting the people who were watching the
game on television.
Woman Sings National Anthem at Pro Sports Event for First Time. Transgender woman Breanna Sinclairé made history
Wednesday night [6/17/2015] by becoming the first transgender person to sing the National Anthem at a professional sporting event.
The Editor says...
I'd be at the ticket counter demanding a refund before the first batter took a swing.
hero slams 'greed' of New York Jets for being paid to salute troops at home games. It
all boils down to Gang Greed. That was how a hero soldier honored by the Jets reacted to news
that the team and 13 other NFL franchises were paid by the National Guard and the Department of
Defense to salute the troops at home games. "I think it's pretty shameful that millionaires and
billionaires take money from the service," Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Waiters told The [New York
Daily] News. "It's just greed," said Waiters, an Army medic who served two tours of duty in
Iraq and one in Afghanistan.
Defense Dept. paid NFL millions of taxpayer dollars to salute troops. The United
States Department of Defense paid the National Football League more than $5 million in taxpayer
money between 2011 to 2014 to honor U.S. soldiers and veterans at games, an investigation revealed
this week. [...] But instead of purely heartfelt salutes to soldiers from hometown football teams,
the halftime segments were reportedly part of paid promotions under federal advertising contracts
for the military.
to St. Louis Rams: 'Shut Up and Play'. "I don't know about you, but when I watch
football, I want to watch football," Van Susteren said at the top of the segment Monday evening
[12/1/2014]. "I don't want to watch someone's political agenda shoved down my throat, whether I'm
in agreement with it or not." The host went on to ask why there weren't similar displays in reaction
to the Ray Rice domestic abuse scandal, asking, "Why ruin football with politics and controversy?
It's just a game."
NFL says it won't discipline
Rams players for Ferguson protest. The NFL will not adhere to a request from the St.
Louis Police Officer's Association to discipline St. Louis Rams players who did the "hands up, don't
shoot" pose used by protesters in Ferguson, Mo. during pre-game introductions on Sunday. [...] The
police officer's association issued a letter late Sunday condemning the players' actions as
"tasteless, offensive and inflammatory" given a grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police
officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of black teenager Michael Brown.
Police angry at 'hands
up' gesture by St. Louis Rams players. A group representing police in St. Louis says
it's infuriated after five St. Louis Rams players raised their hands Sunday in solidarity with
protesters upset at Michael Brown's death. The St. Louis Police Officers Association says it's
"profoundly disappointed" with those football players who sent a silent but strong message before
playing Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.
Louis Police Demand Rams Punish Players for 'Hands Up, Don't Shoot' Pose. Before
Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders, several St. Louis Rams players entered the field with a
"hands up, don't shoot" pose, a reference to the shooting death of Michael Brown, which has roiled
nearby Ferguson, MO. Guess who didn't appreciate that: the St. Louis Police Officers
Association, which is demanding that the team apologize and the players be punished.
Rams players use 'hands
up, don't shoot' pose while taking field. Five St. Louis Rams players took the field
for Sunday's [11/30/2014] home game against the Oakland Raiders with a "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" pose
that has been used by protestors in Ferguson, Mo., and across the country recently.
Louis police group demands punishment for Rams players in Ferguson protest. A St.
Louis police officers' group called on the NFL to punish five Rams players who stood with their
hands raised before trotting onto the field for pregame introductions Sunday [11/30/2014]. The St. Louis Police
Officers' Association said it was "profoundly disappointed" with what it called a "display that police
officers around the nation found tasteless, offensive and inflammatory." It called for the players
involved to be disciplined and for both the league and team to issue a "very public apology."
The Editor says...
I can see how the lowest-class unemployed simpleton in the streets (with nothing to lose) might be drawn into a
stunt of this sort, but not a well-paid professional athlete. The participants in this case
can't conceal their identity, and their employer can't be happy about the publicity.
If you owned Babe Ruth's bat, would you let this guy touch it?
Obama swings Babe Ruth's bat at Baseball
Hall of Fame. President Obama turned tourist at the Baseball Hall of Fame Thursday [5/22/2014], employing a time-tested strategy of
embracing sports when the going gets tough in politics. Obama cradled Babe Ruth's bat and examined Joe DiMaggio's glove at the
shrine to America's pastime in upstate Cooperstown — while trying to boost his own batting average with the public.
College Sports Pits Unions Against Socialist Principles. The recent controversy over efforts to unionize
college athletes rests on the presumption that those who receive scholarship money are in fact employees. Unions
see themselves standing for the little guy against the interests of the rich employer. However, far from advancing
the goals of socialism, unionization of college sports would make the rich richer, and the poor poorer, in the world of
University football players to receive maternity coverage under Obamacare. You probably heard by now that the National
Labor Relations Board (NRLB), in their infinite wisdom, put the stamp of approval on college football players being treated as full
time employees with the right to unionize. Well, I suppose everything comes with a few unintended consequences, [...]
Unionization Decision Opens a Can of Worms. A National Labor Relations Board official has given
the green light to Northwestern University football players to form a union. The March 26 decision
by the NLRB's Chicago regional director, Peter Sung Ohr, held that scholarship football players are "employees"
for purposes of federal labor law. [...] While Ohr's decision makes sense on an intuitive level —
players are paid to perform a service and are therefore employees — it leads to more questions than
answers. For example, if players are employees, do their scholarships now constitute taxable income?
Can athletic departments, many of which are organized as non-profit corporations designed to promote amateur
athletics, continue to accept tax-deductible donations from alumni? And will other labor laws, including
overtime and worker's compensation, now apply to football players?
Rules in Favor of Student-Athlete Unionization. A regional director of the National Labor Relations Board ruled
Wednesday [3/26/2014] that scholarship athletes should be considered "employees" with rights to unionize under federal law.
The decision stems from an attempt by the Northwestern University football team to form a labor union.
Northwestern football players overwhelmingly vote to reject unionization. The regional NLRB's (immediately
appealed) March ruling that Northwestern University football players are employees of the school, and are therefore
entitled to form a union [...] precipitated today's vote — the official results of which likely won't be known
for months, or even years, due to a lengthy anticipated appeals process. The unionization push has become a hot topic
in sports media and a political lightning rod.
NYPD Union To
Join Lawsuit Against NFL Gun Ban. The New York Police Department's Sergeants Benevolent Association (SBA) will join
Minnesota police unions' lawsuit against NFL gun ban. According to the New York Post, SBA president Edward Mullins said the
NFL's policy barring off-duty officers from carrying guns into games "is a violation of any state laws that allow off-duty cops to
carry their guns in public places."
says Mavs wouldn't move to make way for a GOP convention in '16. The Dallas Mavericks are not willing to relocate potential
playoff games from American Airlines Center to make way for the 2016 Republican National Convention, team owner Mark Cuban said Thursday.
Asked by email whether he would be willing to vacate his team's home arena to accommodate the convention, Cuban said: "No and we
NFL Fan Blasts Hypocrisy
of Rejecting Home Defense Ad by Gun Company. It seems the Super Bowl has fallen victim to political correctness. They've
decided to ban a pro-Second Amendment — and pro-veteran — Super Bowl ad by Daniel Defense, a company that sells guns,
detailing a father who declares that he will protect his family. "No one has the right to tell me how to defend them," he says.
The banning promoted this epic response from Colion Noir, a football fan, attorney — and NRA News commentator — who
destroys the NFL for their hypocrisy.
Anti-Gun NFL: National Frauds' League.
The National Football League's hypocrisy and selective decency standards reek like a post-game locker room. On the one hand, the organization
refuses to run a firearms manufacturer's self-defense Super Bowl ad under the guise of neutrality and taste. Yet, the professional football
conglomerate routinely revels in raunchiness, gratuitous physical violence and anti-gun screeds.
Dems Hold 'Closed-Door
Discussion' with NFL, NBA, NHL to Promote Climate Change Agenda. Climate change alarmists have turned to recruiting sports leagues to
promote eco-hysteria. Democrats in Congress are calling on the major sports leagues to promote climate change regulation and to answer what
they are doing to limit greenhouse gases. Democratic legislators from the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change announced on Nov. 20
that they will host major sports league officials in "a closed-door discussion," Nov. 21. Representatives from Major League Baseball,
the NFL, NBA/WNBA, NHL and Olympics are expected to attend.
Stadiums 'at Risk from... Sea-Level Rise Effects of Climate Change'. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) warns sports stadiums are at
risk from the "sea level rise effects of climate change," and that climate change specifically threatens hockey and skiing. "We see
significant sports facilities, the palaces of — of sport that are at risk from the storm, climate, sea-level rise effects of climate change,"
Sen. Whitehouse said today following a closed-door climate discussion with executives from the NFL, NHL and NBA.
The Editor says...
As I have shown on another nearby page, global warming is blamed for everything,
but there have always been storms. If you think the mean sea level is about to increase dramatically in the next few decades, then
don't build a stadium one foot above sea level.
Is the Left taking over sports, too? "It's funny to
listen to sports commentators on the radio who have clearly been brought up through public schools and state university journalism programs talk about
class and race and gender like a sociology major from Smith or Dennison," says R.J. Moeller, a conservative who also writes about sports and
culture. "They hate any strong male coaches. They hate any sort of patriotism associated with the sport. They're treating sports and
holding what goes on in locker rooms to the same standard they would a diversity and social justice mediation seminar on Google's campus."
Moeller's not alone in feeling this way. Others cite the "feminization" of sports and the liberal tilt of modern sports coverage as cause for
ESPN Commentator: National Anthem a 'War Anthem,' Shouldn't
Be Played Before Games. On ESPN's Around the Horn, frequent guest Kevin Blackistone said that football games should not include the
singing of the national anthem beforehand, as that added to the "military symbolism." He actually called the Star-Spangled Banner a "war anthem."
NFL ban off-duty cops from carrying guns
into stadiums. Off-duty cops are no longer able to carry their weapons to NFL stadiums according to a new policy. Texas is the only
state in which an off-duty cop can carry his gun into the stadium. When checking in, a cop can use a special gate and inform stadium officials of
where they will be seated with their gun. The head of Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police, Bob Cherry, is outraged by the NFL's decision.
NFL Bars Off-Duty Cops from Carrying Guns
into Stadiums. The National Football League has implemented a new stadium policy that would ban off-duty police officers from carrying guns into
games. Cleveland's police union president worried the policy would stop officers from assisting if a dangerous situation arose.
about gun free zones.
Cardinals remove religious symbols from pitcher's mound following fan's complaints. The St. Louis Cardinals have done away
with religion at Busch Stadium after a fan raised hell over Christian symbols on the pitching mound.
Separation of church and baseball — no doubt the courts
can find that in the Constitution, too.
Cross written in
sand not allowed to honor beloved player. Political correctness infected the world of sports recently, when the St.
Louis Cardinals' management put an end to the recent practice of etching a cross and the number 6 into the pitcher's mound to
honor a Cardinal great, the late Stan Musial. The number and cross only began appearing in recent weeks on the mound, just
behind the rubber.
NFLPA selling LGBT pride shirts.
The union that represents NFL players has launched a line of LGBT pride shirts. The NFL Players Association announced the
launch on Wednesday [6/12/2013] in conjunction with LGBT Pride Month, which is June.
Illustrated Names Obama One of the Most Powerful People in Sports. The media's adoration of Barack Obama knows no bounds.
Why I'm Canceling My SI Subscription.
I am going to let my subscription to Sports Illustrated lapse when it runs out this year. I hope lots of other people will do the same.
Like too many other publications, the magazine has become dishonest, dishonorable and even occasionally despicable in its conformist, lockstep
left-wing bias. Republican politicians and conservative positions are routinely insulted in articles having nothing to do with either.
Night at US Cellular Field
. Monday night, July 25th 2011 People's World/Mundo Popular will
be holding their 6th annual tailgate BBQ and fundraiser at US Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox.
Although Barack Obama will not be able to attend this openly communist fundraising event, his rabid supporter
Pepe Lozano will be on hand for the gala evening. Chicago native Pepe Lozano is a writer for CPUSA's
People's World and a key leader of the Chicago Young Communist League.
No 'cheers' for
latest Title IX decision
. Title IX, a section of a federal education law passed in 1972, has
become an exemplar of the kind of government action that initially was justified but since has taken on a
life of its own grounded in legal and bureaucratic nonsense. A new federal court ruling on "competitive
cheer" versus women's volleyball makes clear the descent of Title IX into absurdity.
Places Where politics Doesn't Belong
. [#7] Sporting events: Should Major League
baseball yank the All-Star game from Arizona to send a message about their immigration law? Should the
Los Suns deliberately flip off the fans who shell out 90 bucks a pop to watch them play? It's one
thing for an athlete to get involved off the field, but do we really need to know the Washington Redskins'
official position on abortion? Do the Boston Celtics need to take a stance on border security?
owners never fight for fans
. What if the owners of the Suns discovered that hordes of people were
sneaking into Suns' games without paying? What if the owners had a good idea as to who the gate-crashers
are, but the ushers and security personnel were not allowed to ask these folks to produce their ticket stubs,
thus non-paying attendees couldn't be ejected?
Before Monday Night Game
. Sports in America start with the national anthem.
The Dolphins-Steelers game was an exception. Rushing to begin the nationally televised
matchup following a 25- minute weather delay, the NFL chose to skip the anthem Monday night
[11/26/2007] before Miami played Pittsburgh. The game started without any of the
traditional pregame ceremonies, except the coin toss, and neither team was introduced
on the public address system.
: "We have turned out
the lights in the studio," NBC's Bob Costas told viewers of Sunday's Dallas Cowboys-Philadelphia Eagles game,
"to kick off a week that will include more than 150 hours of programming designed to raise awareness
about environmental issues."
On a typical game day, a large football stadium burns about 65,000 kilowatt
hours of electricity and 35,000 cubic feet of natural gas. The cars driving to the game spew about 200
metric tons of CO2 (and that assumes nobody's driving SUVs or RVs, which is like assuming tailgaters are
eating only sushi). There's also the electricity used to broadcast the game and to watch it. But
thank goodness Costas turned off the studio lights for a minute or two.
Other sports news and commentary:
TV ratings drop nearly 10 percent during tumultuous season. National Football League executives looking to stop
a ratings skid continued to lose more yardage during the 2016-2017 season, as television viewership fell 9.7 percent across
all networks, according to Nielsen data. An average NFL game was watched by 1.6 million fewer people compared to last
year, declining overall from 16.5 million to 14.9 million, ESPN reported. The ratings slide bulit on an 8 percent
drop from the prior season, which had been partially attributed to the hectic 2016 presidential election, the network added.
looking at game plan to recover from record-low TV ratings. The NFL is approaching the playoffs looking for a
ratings turnaround after a year of record-low television numbers. Outcry over players protesting by taking a knee
during the national anthem isn't helping, but it's only one of several reasons fans are turning away from professional
football, media analysts say. Injuries to marquee players such as Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, teams
with losing records in the nation's largest media markets such as New York and Chicago, a glut of prime-time games, and
viewers with other options have also taken a toll.
ESPN's John Skipper Resigned Due to Sexual Harassment Issues, Not Substance Abuse. Nearly two weeks ago, ESPN
President John Skipper shocked the media world by suddenly resigning from his position at the "Worldwide Leader." At
the time, Skipper said he needed to resign to deal with substance abuse issues. [...] This explanation seemed rather
suspicious. Since Skipper had just signed a major contract extension the month before his resignation.
ratings surge while NFL flounders. While the NFL gets socked with ratings declines, the NBA is off to its
second-most-watched season ever. ESPN, which has telecast 30 games since the season's Oct. 17 opener, said Thursday
[12/21/2017] that average viewership has soared 18 percent, to 1.8 million a game, from this point last year. TNT,
with 16 NBA telecasts to date, said its average is up 25 percent, to 2.1 million viewers. Even NBA TV, with
41 telecasts, is up 25 percent, to 365,000.
Names Trump vs. NFL As the Top Sports Story of the Year. President Donald Trump has topped a second
year-end sports list, this time making the top sports story of 2017 as voted by the Associated Press. [...] The president's
criticism of the NFL's millionaire players for refusing to stand in respect for the playing of the national anthem became the
talk of the nation especially after the NFL refused to attempt to mute the controversy that caused millions of football fans
to turn off their TVs.
Why pro football's
grown so hard to watch. Today's league leadership didn't make football a great game. It inherited one.
[...] Current NFL execs had nothing to do with this. They were bequeathed a sport of tremendous value. And while
the market price of the average NFL team has risen by an order of magnitude over the past generation, the league is
destroying the game's true value. [...] The most obvious problem is the replay system, which has spread like a virus all
throughout the game. It seems like every play has to be reviewed, which means the naturally fast-paced nature of the
sport is constantly interrupted while the refs reconsider every play in slow motion.
officials convicted at FIFA trial; 3rd awaits verdict. Two former South American soccer officials have been
convicted of corruption charges at a U.S. trial stemming from the FIFA bribery scandal, while deliberations will continue
next week for a third official.
Night Football' Ratings Tumble To Season Low With Broncos' Win. At least with their 25-13 win, the NFL team
from the Mile High City snapped an eight-game losing streak on the road in Week 15 of the season. Not that many were
interested, it seems — and we don't just mean all those empty seats in Lucas Oil Stadium on Thursday [12/14/2017] in
a season sideswiped by protests, controversy and ratings declines. Snagging a 7.4/13 in metered market results, last night's
TNF [Thursday Night Football] was a season low for the broadcast, on both CBS and NBC and simulcast on NFL Network. Taking
a double-digit hit, the December 14 game was obviously down from last week and also the comparable gridiron match-up of last
year where the Seattle Seahawks beat the L.A. Rams 24-3.
Prices Plummet as Protests Continue. The NFL decided recently to move millions in donations to veterans groups
and breast cancer reserach in order to fund social justice issues. Colin Kaepernick's kneeling-for-the-anthem protest
has had a lasting effect whether America likes it or not. Now, because of all the nonsense on the field (which has
stretched into Week 14 of this season) ticket prices have plummeted. They're almost free!
NFL Just Doesn't
Get It. [NFL Commissioner Roger] Goodell is one of the enablers of the leftists, at the very least, and by
extending his contract, the NFL owners are thumbing their noses at the American people, who, by the way, have been the ones
who pay the salaries of the players and league officials, and allow those owners to reap their large profits. However,
the American people don't like to be insulted and have reacted by refusing to buy tickets, watch the games on TV, and not
purchasing NFL merchandise. All three of these money-makers for the league have shown sharp drops in income. It
is called biting the hand that feeds you. The American people have decided, in large numbers, to no longer feed the
NFL. The NFL and Roger Goodell might think this will blow over and the cash will soon return, but they are wrong.
14: NFL Stadiums Look Like Ghost Towns As Attendance Crisis Continues. The plague of empty seats which has
befallen the National Football League reached biblical proportions this week, as teams continued to find it hard to fill
stadiums. Naturally, a large number of players also continued their anti-American protests during the playing of the
national anthem as Week 14 rolled into stadiums everywhere. And as a result, ticket prices are plummeting.
Prices Fall To $10 As Teams Struggle To Fill Stadiums. The NFL protests have been lucrative for social justice
charities — they'll receive a whopping $89 million in "settlement" money, redirected from veterans and breast
cancer charity funds — but they're also becoming a boon for cash-strapped football fans. It turns out, if you
can still stomach a professional football game, you can now get tickets for about the same price as a couple of Starbucks lattes.
Goodell's NFL contract is a slap in the face to all patriotic Americans. The decision by the NFL Compensation
Committee on Wednesday to give Commissioner Roger Goodell a five-year contract extension that could top out at nearly $40 million
a year is pure craziness. NFL owners are watching their brand implode and TV ratings for games plummet under a reckless
commissioner — and they fail to see that Goodell is running the wrong game plan. Giving Goodell a huge
compensation package like this — 90 percent of it tied to incentives — is like giving Hillary
Clinton an award for outstanding email practices and honesty.
Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons : More Empty Seats Than Filled Ones. Tonight [12/7/2017] begins "Week 14" of
the NFL and it's suicide season. It began with given failed commissioner Roger Goodell a $200 million contract
extension. It continued a Thursday night playoff game featuring two tams fighting for the playoffs (that I have no
intention of watching).
can get tickets to an NFL game this week for under five dollars. As of Thursday afternoon [12/7/2017], there
are actual NFL tickets that are selling on the secondary market for under five dollars. Of course, like all good deals,
these tickets do come with a catch: You need to live near Buffalo, have a high tolerance for cold weather and be
willing to sit through three hours of a Colts-Bills game.
Owners' 'social justice' bribe spectacularly fails. Another progressive delusion was exposed yesterday as NFL
owners discovered that their attempt to bribe angry black players into behaving themselves flopped as the nation
watched. Despite promises to donate almost $90 million to "social justice" causes (which seem to be charities
ostensibly benefiting African-Americans) if players would only respect the National Anthem the way their colleagues in other
major league sports do, various NFL players demonstrated their contempt during games.
Seats Greatly Outnumber Spectators As NFL Attendance Crisis Continues. With last week's Thursday Night
Football and Monday Night Football broadcasts closing out Week 12 with new lows in metered markets, and despite
the nearly $90 million in social justice spending for players to end their constant, anti-American protests during the
national anthem, Week 13 began with tens of thousands of empty seats in stadiums everywhere.
Francisco 49ers' Eric Reid Says NFL Will Shift Charitable Funds to Fund Social Justice Causes. San Francisco
49ers' Eric Reid told Slate Thursday [11/30/2017] he was told the NFL will allow funds from charitable campaigns to be
shifted to fund a new social justice cause program announced this week. Reid told Slate the plan to take away funds
from breast cancer awareness and military service initiatives was one of the reasons he is breaking away from the Players
Coalition. Reid and the Dolphins' Michal Thomas announced their decision to walk away Wednesday, saying we "don't
believe the coalition's beliefs are in our best interests as a whole."
Surrender: NFL Gives Players $89 Million for 'Social Justice' Spending with No Condition That Anthem Protests Will
End. The National Football League and player representatives came to an agreement on Wednesday evening, that
the league would throw $89 million at so-called "social justice" issues. The money represents a desperate attempt by
the league to put an end to the constant anti-American protests held during the playing of the national anthem. Though,
the agreement does not include a condition that the anthem protests will end.
owners appear poised to pay nearly $100 million bribe for nothing. NFL owners seem poised to donate nearly $100 million
(including some contributions from players) over seven years to support the favorite social justice causes of the players. But in a
perfect show of how incompetent they are, the owners will get nothing from the players in return. No promise to stop disrespecting
the national anthem or any other meaningful concessions. Who taught these clowns to negotiate, Neville Chamberlain? Obviously,
they are used to trying to buy their way out of problems. Can you even imagine the sum total spent bailing their pampered players
out of legal beefs, domestic violence and sexual misconduct issues? It would likely dwarf even Congress and Hollywood.
to lay off 150 people, latest round of cuts at sports broadcasting network. ESPN President John Skipper
announced Wednesday morning [11/29/2017] the network will be terminating approximately 150 employees, bringing the total
number of employees the network has let go in 2017 to about 250. Of the latest round of layoffs, Skipper stated, "We
appreciate their contributions, and will assist them as much as possible in this difficult moment with severance, a 2017
bonus, the continuation of health benefits and outplacement services." The employees that were let go worked in "studio
production, digital content, and technology."
Coverage Estimate Reveals That ESPN Lost Just Under a Million Homes in 2017. One would think with the NFL,
college football, and the NBA all in action, that it would be a great time to be a sports cable network. Well, the one
who thinks that would be wrong, it's not a great time to be a sports cable network. Moreover, it's an even worse time
if you're ESPN. While it appeared as though ESPN had at least slowed the bleeding of subscribers this year, a massive
loss of households from November to December, essentially put the the Bristol-based sports giant back on the same subscriber
loss rate the company had experienced before.
Ratings for 'Monday Night Football' Hit New Season Low. Just when some industry observers were beginning to
think that it couldn't get any worse for the NFL's primetime ratings this year, it gets much, much worse. The NFL
served up the Texans and the Ravens on the week 12 edition of Monday Night Football, and NFL viewers
seem to have resoundingly said, "No thank you."
Like Their Television Ratings, NFL Merchandise Sales Plummet to New Lows. The NFL has already received their
fair share of bad news this holiday season. First, the league finds out that all three Thanksgiving games saw double-digit
drops in viewership from the previous year. Now, along with that lump of coal, we learn that the NFL's merchandise sales
have crashed as well.
Plagued By Empty Stadiums As Anthem Protests Continue. The NFL is in deep trouble and it's just getting worse
with each passing week. Most of their games over the weekend had more empty seats in stadiums than fans cheering them
on. And it wasn't just the National Anthem protests in the mix. There were fights, scuffles and bad football to
contend with. It's exactly the opposite of what the NFL needs right now. Over a dozen football players continued
their protests over the weekend in their first test since the Thanksgiving holiday. The protests and the boycott both
continue. And it's destroying the NFL.
America is 'fed up' with NFL national anthem protests. President Trump said Tuesday [11/28/2017] that America
is "fed up" with the NFL's "disrespect" to the country, extending his feud with the football league and its anthem-protesting
players. Just hours after Monday Night Football, Trump slammed the NFL on Twitter for being "out of control."
Ratings Slump Continues. Well, who would have thought that putting out a bad product and spitting on the
American flag would be bad for ratings. The National Football League has seen its week eleven ratings and they're not
good: one million fewer viewers from last year. The NY Post reported that the ongoing battle between Jerry Jones, owner
of the Dallas Cowboys, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been the center of NFL coverage. Goodell has put up
insane contract demands of a $50 million salary, along with free flights, and health care for his family — for
life. This coming from a man who has failed miserably to handle the national anthem protests that has engulfed the
league in controversy.
Seats Trend Moves into Week 12 in Stadiums Across the Country. As The Gateway Pundit reported, not only has the
NFL experienced a decline in game attendance, but its ratings have taken a hit. The NFL's ratings are a train
wreck — and there's no end in sight.
The NFL ratings slump is getting
worse. The TV audience for NFL games steepened its slide in Week 11, losing 1 million viewers versus last year's
season-to-date average. The 6.3 percent slump — worsening from comparable declines of 5.6 to 5.7 percent
during the previous three weeks — plagued a week whose off-the-field drama made gridiron tackling seem almost tame by comparison.
Subscribers Drop to 14-Year Low, Putting Pressure on Disney. ESPN lost 2 million subscribers last fiscal year, underscoring the challenge
owner Walt Disney Co. faces attracting young people who don't pay for cable. The network, one of the most watched on the cable dial, had
88 million U.S. subscribers at the end of September, including people paying for online versions, Disney said in its annual report Wednesday.
That's down from a peak of 100 million in 2010 and marks the lowest total since 2003. To ensure the long-term future of one of its most
profitable businesses, Disney Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger is negotiating to include ESPN in new digital forms of pay TV, such as Sling TV and
players beat teammate unconscious at party, authorities say. The alleged beating of a high school football
player — allegedly by four of his teammates — has a small Minnesota town debating the topic of
bullying. The four players at Blue Earth Area High School, ages 16 to 18, face felony charges — including
third-degree assault causing substantial bodily harm — and aiding and abetting.
high school football players charged with raping teen girl. Three high school football players have been
charged with raping a 14-year-old girl at gunpoint after she left a Pennsylvania town fair.
$1 Billion, More Layoffs Coming. It's going to be a very unhappy holiday season for employees at ESPN as
reports indicate more layoffs are coming between now and Christmas after massive losses to the anti-Trump sports
network. Somewhere between 60 and 100 employees are slated for the chopping block through the end of the year which
represents $80 million in salaries ESPN is trying to salvage to offset an almost $1 billion budget shortfall.
likely gambled and lost believing Jameis Winston would grow up. It's the headline everyone in Tampa feared, yet
no one in Tampa could ever rule out: The NFL is investigating an allegation involving Jameis Winston and an unnamed
woman. This was always the risk when the Bucs drafted Winston: their franchise quarterback would make the wrong kinds
of headlines as a pro, just as he did in college.
10 NFL Ratings In Freefall. Imagine a bungee jump without the, eh, cord. That's the picture in the NFL
NFL to Jones:
Behave or we'll try to take away your toys. For the last few seasons, the NFL has looked more like the Keystone
Cops than a well-run sports organization. We've had Deflate Gate, inconsistent discipline for drug violations, criminal
charges, etc. This year, we've seen falling television ratings continue to plummet, especially for Sunday and Monday
night games. NFL profits are declining as well. Amid all this, word broke over the last 24 hours that some NFL
owners are considering ways to force Jerry Jones out of the league. Are they freaking crazy? I'm no fan of Jerry
Jones, never have been. He is crass and head-strong. He is also one of the most successful team owners. He
took a team that was losing in the area of $1 million a month and turned it around. The Cowboys are now valued at
more than $4 billion. That, apparently, isn't enough for some owners. It seems that certain owners have
decided that Jerry isn't playing nice. They have discussed using a clause in the ownership contract that would allow
them to force him to sell the Cowboys: [...] If the NFL survives the battle, it will not come out on the other side as the
same NFL we know now. That might not be a bad thing but are the owners really willing to risk losing millions, possibly
even billions, to try to make a point?
100 layoffs expected at ESPN after Thanksgiving, SportsCenter will reportedly be 'hit hard'. Following a year
of layoffs, ESPN is expected to have another round after Thanksgiving. Over 100 staffers could lose their jobs in the
layoffs, including positions on the television side, producers, executives and those in digital and technology, according to
Sports Illustrated. SportsCenter is expected to be "hit hard" and some on-air talent could be out of a job. ESPN
declined to comment to Sports Illustrated about the looming job cuts. Layoffs have been occurring at ESPN multiple
times throughout the last two years.
Scully Refuses to Watch the NFL Due to Player Protests. Beloved former Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin
Scully has said that he will never watch another football game due to the player protests during the national anthem.
The 89-year-old, who broadcasted Dodgers games for almost 70 years, made the remarks at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium during
a question and answer session after a speech he gave. Everyone loves Vin Scully. It's impossible not to.
I'm a lifelong Cubs fan and Harry Carey will always reign supreme in my heart, but I have no problem saying that Scully was
the greatest sports broadcaster ever.
ESPN Could Abandon NFL Football. As it struggles to regain heretofore heroic heights — levels of
growth that are probably no longer attainable — ESPN has had to endure a slew of significant workforce layoffs
(with more reportedly on the way) and a once-doting Wall Street that has turned a skeptically cold shoulder.
Astonishing increases in earnings, previously viewed as faits accomplis, now seem like fantasies from another world, thanks
to the now-familiar combo of cord-cutting and burgeoning rights fees. With so much of ESPN's universe asunder, it's not
outlandish now to entertain a previously unthinkable prospect: Might ESPN elect to go without rights to NFL games after
the expiration of its eight-year deal for Monday Night Football in 2021?!
Hate Hoaxer Bruce Maxwell Arrested for Behaving Like Sociopathic Thug. The sort of athletes who refuse to
refrain from disrespectful antics during the national anthem are not cut from the finest cloth. Neither are inductees
on the Hate Hoax List. So the latest news on hate-hoaxing knee-taker Bruce Maxwell should come as no surprise.
Ratings: World Series Climbs, Trouncing Sunday Night Football. Sunday's Game 5 of the World Series — the last
to be played in Houston and the second-longest on record — climbed again on Sunday night [10/29/2017], trouncing NBC's typically
dominant Sunday Night Football in the process. Early indicators have the Astros' 13-12 win taking the No. 1 spot for
primetime — averaging a 12.8 overnight rating among households. That's off 16 percent from the comparable Game 5 in
2016 but still the second-biggest Game 5 since 2003. It also easily ranked as the biggest World Series game of 2017 thus far.
the NFL Be the First Legal Monopoly in US History to Fail? Monday Night Football ratings are down. NFL
ticket sales are down. Stadiums are half empty. The NFL may cut 10 Thursday night broadcasts from the
lineup. NFL owners met in New York last week to deal with the kneeling crisis. Now consider this: the NFL is a
private monopoly established by an act of Congress, and it looks like it's going down. How is such a thing possible?
Execs Scramble to Stop Plummeting NFL Ratings, Suggest Canceling Ten 'Thursday Night Football' Games. Network
executives are scrambling to solve the growing problem of crashing ratings for the National Football League, by cutting games
to end the perceived "over-saturation" of football on TV. To put an end to the sliding ratings, the executives are
proposing that fewer games may be the ticket to stop that "over-saturation," with one idea being to cut Thursday Night
Football by a whopping ten games.
Ratings Continue to Crater As New Numbers Reveal Massive Two-Year Decline. The NFL used to be the golden goose
for television networks, and their ratings. However, new numbers show that the league has gone from laying golden eggs
for the networks, to just laying, well, eggs. According to Nielsen data obtained by the Sporting News, "League games
averaged 15.1 million viewers through Week 7. That's down 5.1 percent from 15.87 million viewers
during the same period last season and off 18.7 percent from 18.35 million viewers during the same period in 2015."
Execs Scramble to Stop Plummeting NFL Ratings, Suggest Canceling Ten 'Thursday Night Football' Games. Network
executives are scrambling to solve the growing problem of crashing ratings for the National Football League, by cutting games
to end the perceived "over-saturation" of football on TV. To put an end to the sliding ratings, the executives are
proposing that fewer games may be the ticket to stop that "over-saturation," with one idea being to cut Thursday Night
Football by a whopping ten games.
Losing Viewers At Alarming Rate But Faces Limits On Its Response. Last year, the NFL lost about a million
regular-season viewers versus the 2013 and 2014 seasons. It represented about a 6% fall-off — enough to be
easily noticed and maybe even cause a little concern, but it could be written off as a one-year blip. Last year's
seepage has turned into a major break in the dam. The league is now down about three million viewers per game from 2013
and 2014. When the specific teams appearing, the scope of the telecast and the week of the season are taken into account,
the decline is even more dramatic: more than four million viewers, or in excess of 20%.
academic corruption lets UNC sports off the hook. [Scroll down] I take no position here on whether the
NCAA should have penalized the University's sports programs. But the key factual findings that form the basis for the
NCAA's ruling appear to be true and the rationale for its decision is coherent. The sham courses were, indeed,
available to all students. In fact, the majority of students who took them were non-athletes. Thus, it was
reasonable to conclude that the University did not provide its athletes with an unfair benefit. It's possible that the
sham courses existed for the purpose of helping athletes maintain their eligibility, and that other students simply took
advantage of a benefit created and/or maintained for jocks. However, the NCAA apparently found no evidence that this
was the case. Nor should we assume that the courses were created or maintained for the benefit of athletes. More likely,
they were created and maintained to benefit a much larger class of students — those who struggled in real courses.
NFL cash cow dries
up. Ratings are down 17% at CBS for its NFL games. Part of this is the disloyalty of the league.
The Baltimore team moved to Indianapolis. Cleveland's team moved to Baltimore. Houston's team moved to
Tennessee. Oakland's team moved to Los Angeles. St. Louis's team moved to Arizona. One Los Angeles
team moved to St. Louis, while the other moved back to Oakland. Then the St. Louis team that moved in from
Los Angeles moved back to Los Angeles, and the San Diego team moved to Los Angeles. There was no reason for these
moves. The NFL makes about $100 million a year in profits. That's per team. More than $3 billion
a year. The NFL allowed teams to move around for a few million more.
Suspension with pay = vacation.
Jemele Hill will get paid while serving suspension for ripping Trump, Dallas Cowboys. An ESPN host who got
sidelined for two weeks after calling President Trump a "white supremacist" and urging people to boycott Dallas Cowboys'
advertisers will pocket an estimated $40,000 or more during her time in the sports network's penalty box. Jemele Hill
was suspended for repeatedly violating the company's social media guidelines, but the punishment comes with a paycheck,
according to a tweet from author James Miller, who literally wrote the book on ESPN.
Hill: How Not to Learn From Experience. Jemele Hill is an on-air ESPN personality. In the last few
years, ESPN has become notorious for emphasizing politics over sports; Ms. Hill is part of the problem. Last
month, she denounced President Trump as a "white supremacist" after he criticized NFL players who kneel during the National
Anthem. After that incident, she apologized for "letting her colleagues and company down" with the white supremacist
tweet. She did not, however, learn from the experience.
Suspends Jemele Hill After Calling For NFL Advertiser Boycott. Liberals aren't the sharpest tools in the shed. ESPN
lives and dies by the NFL so Jemele Hill is telling people to boycott her own network.
considers ending their NFL sponsorship over protests. In the wake of increased national anthem protests by NFL
players, Anheuser-Busch is reconsidering its NFL sponsorship, likely because the protests are very unpopular among everyday
Americans. Bud Light currently serves as the official beer of the NFL. So the company set up a hotline for fans
to call and give their thoughts about the protests and Anheuser-Busch's sponsorship of the NFL.
Considers Dropping The NFL — Asks Customers For Input. This is huge. If Budweiser ends its
business relationship with the NFL over the National Anthem protests, it will send a shock wave through the world of
professional sports. The company is asking for input from their customers. It's a very smart move.
the sneaker giants became the shame of college sports. The numbers are staggering. Ohio State has a 15-year,
$252 million deal with Nike, which is just ahead of Texas's $250 million deal with Nike. That's more than
$500 million for two schools. If you think that could buy a lot of textbooks, consider this: Nike's revenues in
2016 were $32.6 billion. The GDP for the nation of Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis' Latvia was $27.6 billion.
Adidas's revenue last year was $22.65 billion, slightly more than Starbucks ($21.31 billion). Under Armour's
revenue was $4.83 billion in 2016, more than double from $2.33 billion in 2013. "There is a major arms race
going on," George Belch, a marketing professor at San Diego State, recently told the L.A. Times after Under Armour
signed UCLA to a record 15-year, $280 million merchandise deal.
The NFL Leaves
America. With attendance and viewership in decline, the NFL has increasingly embraced gambling as a way of boosting its own
profits at the expense of those vulnerable to that addiction. Its decision to move the Raiders to Las Vegas will make football seem
more like a game of roulette or blackjack than family entertainment. [...] The current NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, has played footsie
with gamblers by making deals with weekly fantasy football games, which are thinly disguised gambling, while fans are deciding not to fill
stadiums in several major markets like San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Why is the
FBI trying to enforce NCAA rules? In 2006 — to pick just one among the many, many NCAA scandals over
the years — two less-than-reputable agents gave the family of the University of Southern California's star running
back, Reggie Bush, gifts and benefits, including the free use of a house, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. They
did so in the expectation that Bush would sign with them when he decided to turn pro. (He didn't.) Although the
university was severely punished by the NCAA, the FBI chose not to look into the matter. Why would it? Giving a
star athlete's family the use of a house may be unseemly, and it may violate NCAA's rules regarding amateurism, but it
doesn't violate the laws of the United States. Not even close. And yet on Tuesday [9/26/2017], the US attorney
for the Southern District of New York — that was Preet Bharara's old jurisdiction, before the president fired
him — announced with great fanfare that it had cracked a college basketball bribery scandal.
suspended Florida players now face multiple third-degree felony fraud charges. Nine Florida players have been
suspended since the start of the season and are now facing third-degree felony charges related to an investigation into
improper debit card charges and alleged fraudulent use of credit cards. [...] The nine players all faces at least two felony
charges, one for fraud under $20,000 and one for impersonation.
Players [are] Arrested Every 7 Days On Average. The National Football League is in a golden age right now: It's
been 23 days since one of its players has been arrested. The average time between arrests is just seven days, while the
record without an arrest is slightly more than two months, at 65 days, according to NFLarrest.com, which "provides an interactive
visualized database of National Football League player Arrests & Charges," the site says. Players get arrested for a variety of
crimes: drunk driving, drug offenses, domestic violence, assault and battery, gun violations, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest,
theft, burglary, rape and even murder.
to the National Football League. For my health, sanity and productivity, I quit watching the NFL regularly on
television about the time Clint Longley single-handedly beat the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving Day, 1974. I tuned in
periodically in the early '80s, but gave it up entirely by the end of the decade — in part because I was then
living abroad. When I returned to the States nearly a decade later, I found I no longer cared, and eventually even gave
up on the Super Bowl. There was never the slightest chance I would go back, but even if I wanted to, I couldn't, as I
cut the cable long ago and learned I can live quite happily and more cheaply without it — no sports, no CNN, no
Fox News. But even if I hook up the old satellite dish again here in my rural New England community, I still wouldn't
watch pro football now that the NFL and some of its players have injected racial politics into a sport that, more than any
other, pioneered on-field integration and got white America cheering for black athletes.
Could Lose $200 Million if NFL Ratings Slide Continues. If NFL fans continue to turn away from football, the TV
networks could lose as much as $200 million in earnings, according to a new report. After ratings for Week Two crashed,
adding to the angst already felt by a poor showing in Week 1, industry insiders and analysts are sounding the alarm. A
new report claims that CBS, ESPN, Fox and NBC could take a $200 million hit to their estimated $2.5 billion in NFL
advertising earnings if fans continue to turn off the TV, the The Hollywood Reporter noted recently.
Hernandez's family sues NFL, Patriots amid CTE revelation. An attorney for former New England Patriots tight end
Aaron Hernandez announced Thursday [9/21/2017] a $20 million lawsuit had been filed in federal court against the New England
Patriots and the NFL on behalf of the ex-player's former fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez, and the couple's daughter.
The lawsuit was filed the same afternoon as it was announced that Hernandez had been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy
(CTE). The 18-page filing, a copy of which was obtained by USA TODAY Sports, contends both the league and team "were fully
aware of the damage that could be inflicted from repetitive impact injuries and failed to disclose, treat or protect him from the
dangers of such damage."
Tweets Support for ESPN's Jemele Hill After She Called Trump a 'White Supremacist'. ESPN has come under fire
after "SportsCenter" host Jemele Hill tweeted that President Donald Trump is a "white supremacist" who is "unfit and
unqualified" to be commander-in-chief. ESPN's public relations department later tweeted a statement, saying that Hill's
comments do not represent the position of the network. ESPN took no action against Hill for her comments, however,
which has led to criticism.
Sehorn says he was told to 'curtail his political aspirations' when he joined ESPN. ESPN is taking heat from
one of its own employees, with former New York Giants cornerback taking issue with the fact that he was asked to avoid any
talk of politics when he joined the network in the wake of the recent Jemele Hill controversy. 'I, as a fan and a viewer,
tune into ESPN and I don't want politics,' said Sehorn on Wednesday morning [9/13/2017] during an appearance on Fox & Friends.
Fourth and Long for the NFL.
Television ratings declined, last season, for the National Football League's games. This came as a shock to the Lords
of the NFL. Ratings are not supposed to decline. The NFL's ratings never decline. This is a law of nature.
[...] While football is still supreme among sports, those ratings declines are incontestable. And not only are fewer
people watching, there are measurable declines, also, in the number of young people playing. This is true even in, of
all places, the state of Alabama where football is a kind of secular religion. Where people will tell you that football
isn't life or death... that it is more important than that. Still, according to the Alabama High School Athletics
Association, the number of players there declined by 7% from 2015 to 2016.
host under fire again for calling Trump a 'white supremacist'. ESPN's Jemele Hill is under fire once again for
her controversial comments. The SportsCenter co-host has been slammed for describing President Trump as 'a white
supremacist' in a post on her Twitter page. The sports commentator ignited the social media tirade Monday [9/11/2017]
during a conversation regarding 'racist' singer Kid Rock's potential Senate run.
Brain Injuries Increase, National Enthusiasm for Football Fades. The head-injury epidemic in the NFL has
changed what was once a beloved pastime into a spectacle that degrades its viewers. [...] Football's kinetic
energy — a function of the masses and velocities of the hurtling bodies — has increased dramatically in
50 years. On Alabama's undefeated 1966 team, only 21 percent of the players weighed more than 200 pounds.
The heaviest weighed 223; the linemen averaged 194. The quarterback, who weighed 177, was Ken Stabler, who went on to a Hall of
Fame NFL career — and to "moderately severe" CTE before death from cancer. Today, many high-school teams are much
beefier than the 1966 Crimson Tide. Of the 114 members of Alabama's 2016 squad, just 25 weighed less than 200 and 20 weighed
more than 300. In 1980, only three NFL players weighed 300 or more pounds. Last season, 390 weighed 300 pounds or
more, and six topped 350.
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy
(CTE). is a degenerative disease found in people who have suffered repeated blows to the head. A subtype
of CTE is dementia pugilistica (DP), i.e. "punch-drunk," as it was initially found in those with a history of boxing.
CTE is most commonly found in professional athletes participating in American football, rugby, ice hockey, boxing,
professional wrestling, stunt performing, bull riding, rodeo riding, and other contact sports who have experienced repeated
brain trauma, such as concussions and blows to the head that do not produce concussions. The presence of CTE in
domestic violence is also being investigated. It can affect high-school athletes following just a few years of
participation in sports.
Sports to cut commercials to just six seconds during NFL games to try and hold viewers attention. NFL ratings
dropped in 2016, and in an attempt to fix the problem, Fox Sports will reportedly experiment with six-second advertisements
alongside their traditional 15- and 30-second spots. According to a report by The New York Times, Fox Sports is
attempting to make the six-second advertisement an 'industry standard'.
why ESPN is imploding. ESPN's first problem has been the move of TV viewers to cheaper online viewing
platforms. With younger viewers increasingly choosing to forgo expensive cable packages in favor of selective products
like Netflix, ESPN has been left with big bills and not enough subscribers. Making matters worse, ESPN continues to
charge existing subscribers an excessive premium for its product. Why does it do so? In part, because it
must. After all, ESPN has spent the last few years spending billions of dollars on broadcasting rights for a wide array
of tournaments. Had they negotiated more effectively — perhaps sacrificing one sport to disabuse other
sports of their confidence in demanding astronomic broadcast fee payments — ESPN could have reduced their
front-end costs and offered lower subscriber rates.
yanks Robert Lee and becomes a metaphor for everything wrong in media. Some news stories are so insane that the
first reaction has to be disbelief. That was the case Tuesday night when it was revealed that ESPN had pulled a
broadcaster from covering a football game simply because he has a similar name to a Confederate general. In one
ridiculous move, ESPN became a metaphor for everything wrong in media. Poor Robert Lee, an Asian-American with no
relation to Army of Northern Virginia Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, was scheduled to announce the University of
Virginia's home opener. But after the Charlottesville protests ESPN feared that his name might be a "trigger" to its
nonexistent audience of social justice warriors, following.
ESPN Removes College Football Announcer From Game Because He's Named 'Robert Lee'. ESPN confirmed via emailed
statement that they did, indeed, take Robert Lee off the UVA game over the fact that his name was close to that of a
the worldwide leader in liberal idiocy. So let me ask, "what if I told you that ESPN decided to pull an
Asian-American announcer from calling a University of Virginia football game because his name is Robert Lee?" Your answer
would probably be, "you're making it up." But I'm not. It is reliably reported that Robert Lee was slated to call
Virginia's game on September 2 against William and Mary, but because of events in Charlottesville, which originated with
a dispute over removing a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee, he has been reassigned.
Pulls Game Announcer Robert Lee Because His Name Is Too "Triggering". If ever you doubted that ESPN was the
sporting epicenter of liberalism, well, consider this the day you can put those doubts to rest. In what can only be
considered the most ridiculous, over-the-top, example of political correctness running amok ESPN has pulled a college
football announcer from the game between William & Mary vs the University of Virginia because his name is Robert Lee.
Seriously, you just can't make this stuff up. Oh, and Robert Lee is Asian (pictured left) but even his ethnicity
couldn't save him from the executive level stupidity and delicate sensibilities of ESPN.
pulls announcer Robert Lee from covering a Virginia football game because his name is Robert Lee. An announcer
by any other name would announce just as sweet. In what is sure to be a controversial decision, ESPN has decided to
pull college football announcer Robert Lee from covering a Virginia football game this season due to the simple fact his name
is Robert Lee, the network announced on Tuesday. Outkick the Coverage's Clay Travis was the first to report the
Just Took Political Correctness Way Too Far. In the wake of the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, ESPN
decided to pull one of its announcers from calling a University of Virginia football game — because his name is
Robert Lee. Lee, an Asian-American sportscaster who started with the network in 2016, was moved to a different game
"simply because of the coincidence of his name," ESPN said, referencing the Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
Exec on Robert Lee Controversy: 'No Biggie Until Someone Leaked it to Embarrass Us and Him'. ESPN is now in
full blown damage control mode over what would seem to be one of the more ridiculous self-made controversies in recent
times — the decision to pull a broadcaster from a University of Virginia football game telecast because his name
happens to be Robert Lee. With cable news and social media reaction nearly universal in their criticism of ESPN, the
Worldwide Leader is looking to calm the outcry from those on the left and the right over the decision.
Pulls Announcer from UVa Football Game -- Because His Name Is Robert Lee. The man shown to the left is
sportscaster Robert Lee. The man to the right is Confederate General Robert E. Lee. ESPN was afraid that viewers
would mix them up. Mr. Lee (the one who didn't die in 1870) was scheduled to announce next weekend's University of
Virginia football game against William and Mary. This match-up will be hosted in Charlottesville, which has a statue of
Gen. Lee (who never provided NCAA play-by-play). ESPN decided that this was far too confusing for their viewers to process.
Name/Statue Game Has Barely Begun! One of my daughters asks, are Robert Lees across the country scrambling to
change their names, lest they be discriminated against by their employers? Is Robert the new Adolf? I say,
Yes! And it's only right. But why stop there? Think how many Thomas Jacksons and James Stuarts there are in
the U.S. Why shouldn't they be discriminated against, too?
Announcer Pulled off VA Football Game Because of His Name. The cultural totalitarians at ESPN pulled an Asian
man off the Virginia football game because his name is Robert Lee, the same as Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
These people are crazy.
The Editor says...
Ordinary viewers don't care what sports announcers' names are. It doesn't matter if the commentator's name is Chuck Roast
or Patty O'Furniture: The names will be forgotten at the end of the broadcast, or about two seconds after the last
time the names appear at the bottom of your TV screen. (And if those names never came up in superimposed text, who
would notice?) I suspect that even the most rabid sports fan can't recall the names of the announcers on any televised
sporting event they saw last week.
ESPN's Surrender to Grim New Reality.
With cable TV subscribers fleeing, the sports giant has to look for customers online. That's not where the money is.
When did we vote on this?
UN to name Yankee Stadium
a Palestinian Heritage Site. Well why not? If they own the Cave of the Patriarchs all bets are off and
they own everything, including Yankee Stadium, which to American culture is hallowed ground for the memories of Babe Ruth,
Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Reggie Jackson and at this rate, some day Aaron Judge. In fact I'd be surprised if Mahmoud
Abbas hasn't already put in his bid. All he has to do is ask and UNESCO says sure, it's yours. When it comes to those
UNESCO clowns — the 195 nations that make up the UN's "heritage center" — the other shoe always drops.
female athlete I know has had an abortion: US gold-medalist runner breaks 'sport's last taboo'. A
double-gold Olympic medalist claims every female track-and-field athlete she knows has had an abortion. Sanya
Richards-Ross, 32, said pregnancy and abortions are issues 'that are not really talked about, especially in sports.'
The Jamaican-American athlete revealed in her new book that she herself had an abortion — just one day before
leaving for the Beijing Games in the summer of 2008.
Yankee Stadium attendance falls while TV
ratings rise. The Yankees are the big talk in New York sports right now. But it's not all good.
Fans are psyched the young team is in first place, Yankee Stadium ticket sales aren't living up to the hype. "I think
people don't show up because it's really a pain to get here," one fan said. Well, that's one way to look at it.
And it seems many Yankees fans would agree. "$15 to get over the bridge, $40 to park," another fan said. "It's
still $100, $150 out of your pocket."
Whitlock: ESPN 'Lost the Culture War' to Left-Wing Deadspin. The fall of ESPN is still a hot topic in sports media, but
former ESPN commentator Jason Whitlock has a unique point to add to the litany of reasons for the famed cable sports network's troubles.
Whitlock says that left-wing sports blog Deadspin caused ESPN to veer left, and that was the seed that caused the network's downfall.
Deadspin, a popular but far-left website that forms part of the Gawker chain of sites, has targeted ESPN for political correction for several
years with a long list of posts aimed at forcing ESPN to toe the political line of the extreme progressive left.
Too Much Caitlyn Jenner Doom ESPN? Last week, ESPN, often referred to as the Worldwide Leader in Sports, laid
off around 100 employees. The cuts were painfully public and claimed the jobs of some of the top talent and most
familiar faces at the network. At the heart of the latest downsizing, as with earlier layoffs, is math: The
network has committed billions of dollars to broadcast live sports, and waves of cord-cutters now threaten the cash flow to
pay those bills. But amid the hand-wringing over the cable giant's business outlook, a subplot has begun to dominate
the coverage: ESPN'S politics. "[The] collapse has been aided by ESPN's absurd decision to turn into MSESPN, a
left wing sports network," wrote Clay Travis on Wednesday. "ESPN made the mistake of trying to make liberal
social media losers happy and as a result lost millions of viewers."
SportsCenter 6 Co-Host Michael Smith: Every City in America Is Racist. ESPN's determination to dig its
own grave continues to move at high speed. On Tuesday [5/2/2017], SC6 (short for SportsCenter 6)
co-host Michael Smith intensely overreacted to the racist actions of a small contingent fans at a Major League Baseball game
at Boston's Fenway Park, using what they did to tag every city in America as "racist."
Michael Smith: All Cities in US are Racist. After racist Boston chowder-heads threw a bag of peanuts with
a racial slut at Orioles' player Andrew Jones, ESPN and black racist Michael Smith says all cities in America are racist or
something. I guess that means San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Chicago and New York are also racist cities eh
Michael? And ESPN wonders why they continue to lose viewers. They axed 100 dirtbags a few days ago. Why
wasn't Michael Smith the racist one of them?
ESPN Loses Millions of
Subscribers Since They Became a Left-Wing Political Mouthpiece. ESPN has been hemorrhaging subscribers.
In two months in last year alone, they lost over a million subscribers. They lost 621,000 in October, another 555,000
in November. The bleeding continues and they keep pretending it doesn't matter. All of ESPN is losing viewers.
ESPN2, according to Nielsen's estimates, lost 595,000 subscribers, and ESPNU — its college sports-focused
channel — lost more than 700,000. It admitted to losing 7 million subscribers between 2011 and 2015,
Huff Po reported. Every single day this year ESPN has lost roughly 10,000 cable and satellite subscribers.
yanks poem honoring cop-killer Assata Shakur. An ESPN site targeting female sports fans on Thursday [4/27/2017] removed a
poem paying homage to a convicted cop killer after "an oversight in the editorial process" led to the poem being published several days ago,
the embattled sports giant told Fox News. DaMaris Hill's poem "Revolution" had led the April 25 ESPNW.com feature "Five Poets
on the New Feminism," which was produced "in honor of National Poetry month... to reflect on resistance, redefining feminism and movement,"
according to a site description. But Hill's poem opened with the dedication "(for Assata Shakur)," honoring the one-time Black
Liberation Army member who has been hiding out in Cuba to avoid finishing a prison term for her murder rap.
come the ESPN firings, worse than we thought. The mass firings can turn into a blaze. The 40 to 50 pink
slips that ESPN insider Jim Miller expected to be dished out may escalate to about 70 at the Worldwide Leader, according to
the Sporting News. Talent from all over — from front-facing TV personalities to online writers —
is in jeopardy as parent company Disney looks to slash costs. "This could be a bloodbath," one source said, according
to the report. And the carnage is coming soon: ESPN will start its Bristol-based layoffs as soon as Wednesday
[4/26/2017], according to Sports Illustrated.
Massive ESPN Layoffs, Contract Buyouts Expected to Hit Over the Next Month. The long-reported layoffs at ESPN
will reportedly take place over the next month. That, according to sports media reporter Richard Deitsch of Sports
Illustrated. What hadn't been rumored or reported, until now, is that ESPN will look to actually buy out some talent
currently under contract. That represents a sharp departure from past ESPN policy. The Bristol-based sports giant
typically refrains from buyouts, because like many companies they don't see the sense in paying someone to not work.
The decision to depart from that way of doing business suggests that ESPN wants to have the layoffs and the massive talent
shake-up completed quickly.
Sports: U.S. Flag at Baseball Games Too Political. Everything is political to the overly sensitive mind
of today's leftist. When the Atlanta Braves unfurled a gigantic flag for the playing of the national anthem, it
prompted an ultra sensitive member of the partisan media and his Twitter followers to express a whole host of ridiculous
claims. In a Twitter post this weekend, NBC baseball writer Craig Calcaterra complained that the presentation of Old
Glory evoked overly political tones.
of Modern Sports: Boy Identifies as Girl, Boy Competes as Girl, Boy Wins Everything. A high school in
Connecticut has accepted a new boy on their track team. Except, he won't be going to the boys track team, he'll be
going to the girls team. Andraya Yearwood, a freshman and biological male from Cromwell High School in Connecticut,
identifies as a girl and recently received permission to join the girls track team after competing as a boy in middle
school. Not surprisingly, Yearwood has been extremely successful as a male competing against females.
Hey ESPN, Here's Why You're
Tanking. ESPN's collapsing ratings has mysteriously occurred concurrently with their increasing venture into
injecting leftwing political commentary into their sports programming. This has not escaped the notice of several
concerned shareholders who confronted the CEO of Disney, the network's parent company.
sends 1,300-page corruption probe to Swiss prosecutors. FIFA has sent 1,300 pages of internal investigation
reports into suspected bribery and corruption to Switzerland's attorney general.
Mixes Sports and Politics. After a hiatus of more than 10 years, during which time the National Collegiate
Athletic Association (NCAA) refused to hold championship events in South Carolina because the Confederate flag was not
removed from the statehouse grounds in Columbia, an NCAA-sponsored event was held in Greenville, South Carolina. The
state was finally taken off the NCAA's "bad list" when the "offending" Confederate flag was removed in from the grounds of
the South Carolina Capitol in July 2015. [...] Ironically, the NCAA games were originally slated to be held in neighboring
North Carolina, in Greensboro, but the NCAA has now blackballed that state for political reasons. In the North Carolina
case, the Confederate flag was not the issue, but rather a North Carolina law drew the ire of the NCAA. The law required
"transgender" people to use public restrooms corresponding to the sex found on their birth certificate.
ESPN is Financially Struggling & About to Begin Big Layoffs. A few months ago ESPN acknowledged that perhaps
they have been a little politically biased. And the results are now more evident than ever. They Sports network
has become extremely political, with extremely liberal tendencies. And now, the network is struggling to keep going.
Is ESPN Unraveling?
I don't know, but it's certainly hurting. [...] But don't worry. You'll be seeing more women in front of the camera. John
Skipper, the left-winger who runs ESPN, has directed that more women appear in "front-facing positions" during NFL coverage. If
he doesn't pay them what the departing males earned, there may be a pay discrimination suit in ESPN's future. Why is ESPN in
so much trouble? Mainly because people are "cutting the cable."
Loses Millions of Subscribers After Pushing Left-Wing Politics. According to reports by Market Watch, in 2011, ESPN had 100.1 million
subscribers. In 2016, that sharply plummeted to 88 million. This drop was a big hit to Disney, with losses being up to $7 a
subscriber. [...] Much of this loss is due to the left-wing politics that ESPN has started to mix into its every day coverage of sports.
ESPN Losing 10,000 Subscribers a Day Over Its Political Left Turn. Once an indispensable sports powerhouse,
cable TV network ESPN has gone from must-see-TV for millions of sports fans to financial boondoggle for owner Disney with the
network losing up to 10,000 subscribers a day, a report says. "A floundering ESPN, with rising costs and declining
viewership, continued to sink Disney's financial results during its fiscal first quarter," MarketWatch.com reported. With
the impact of the flailing sports network, Disney's revenue fell 3 percent, and its profits sank 14 percent, the
financial site reported.
Freedom or Football? The
National Football League has officially put the State of Texas on notice: if that state persists in denying men with peculiar sexual proclivities
access to public rooms full of young girls with their pants down, then Texas may be denied the privilege of hosting any more Super Bowls. To
be precise, as you probably know, Texas lawmakers are proposing a law similar to North Carolina's, restricting access to public bathrooms and
changing rooms to people of the actual biological sex for which those facilities were designed. [...] Why is this controversial? Because
it is "inconsistent with [the NFL's] values." Really? And when was this great table of NFL values etched in stone? Would the
NFL have taken up this issue as a matter of principle at any time prior to, say, five years ago?
Hey, you know what would really improve our ratings? A transgender bathroom bill fight. You may have
missed it in the rush of "other news" last month, but Texas is considering implementing their own transgender bathroom bill
similar to the one in North Carolina which we spent most of 2016 fighting over. [...] One unexpected entrant into this
particular field of battle seems to be the National Football League. For reasons which currently baffle me, the NFL
decided to weigh in on the subject this week and issue what sounds something like a warning to the Lone Star State, hinting
that Texas may not be hosting any more Super Bowl events if they follow such a path.
more forceful on Texas 'bathroom bill' after Super Bowl. The NFL sharpened its warning to Texas on Friday [2/10/2017] about
a "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people, suggesting for the first time that the football-crazed state could miss out
on hosting another Super Bowl if the proposal is enacted.
Warns Texas There Could Be Consequences for 'Bathroom Bill'. Days after the Super Bowl in Houston, the NFL is
warning Texas that legislation requiring individuals to use public bathrooms in accordance with their biological sex could
cost the state future opportunities to host the big game.
Oh, he's got an illness, alright.
fakes illness in failed attempt to check into hospital with view of sold-out soccer game. Officials in the
small Italian city of Crotone figured things were going to get wild on Wednesday when Juventus, one of the country's best and
most popular soccer teams, came to town to face its squad. So they made a plan. Along with bumping up security
around the coastal city's sold-out, 16,000-seat stadium, officials also put extra guards around its hospital, according to reports,
which happens to be situated across from the stadium and offers some of the best views of the action from its higher floors.
Baylor student alleges 52 rapes in 4 years by football players in lawsuit. A former Baylor University students [sic] is accusing the
football program to have fostered a "culture of sexual violence" in which coaches encouraged female students to have sex with recruits and players.
She says it led to at least 52 rapes by more than 30 football players over a four-year period. In the lawsuit, the student — who is
listed in the documents only as "Elizabeth Doe" — says she was raped by two football players in 2013 and that there were dozens more assaults of
women involving other players.
49ers Honor Colin Kaepernick with Team's Most Prestigious Award. Following a season marred in controversy
surrounding him taking a knee during the national anthem, Colin Kaepernick has been honored by his teammates. The San
Francisco 49ers released the recipients of their team awards Friday [12/30/2016], and Kaepernick won the Len Eshmont Award, the
team's "most prestigious honor" given to the "49er who best exemplifies the inspirational and courageous play of Len Eshmont,
an original member of the 1946 49ers team."
The Editor says...
I guess I don't know what prestigious means.
posts second-worst 'Monday Night Football' season. If not for this past Monday night's highly watched NFL game, The Walt Disney
Co's ESPN network would have had its smallest audience for "Monday Night Football" in 2016 since the 2006 season. [,...] Monday's Dallas
Cowboys-Detroit Lions game averaged 18.6 million viewers, the most ESPN has garnered for a "Monday Night Football" game since 2014.
That helped ESPN post an average of 11.4 million viewers for its 17 games this season, finishing ahead of only the 2007 season, when
it drew 11.2 million, according to Nielsen data provided by ESPN.
to end 'Pink October,' teams can choose own charities in 2017. The NFL informed teams last week in a
league-wide conference call that "Pink October" — a three-week window in October in which the league dressed up
its fields, sidelines, and players in pink to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer — will not continue in 2017.
The Editor says...
The whole notion that the NFL players were universally enthusiastic about fighting breast cancer (and proudly wore pink shoes) was
a sham. The players — and even whole teams — do as they are told. Moreover, the idea that wearing
pink shoes will eliminate cancer is superstition at best.
football positions linked to high blood pressure. It might not be obvious to those who spend Saturdays cheering
on their alma mater on the gridiron, but playing college football is linked to changes that negatively affect the
heart. However, not all players are affected equally — position makes a difference, a new study finds.
In the research, linemen were more likely to develop high blood pressure over the course of a season than players in other
positions were, according to the study, published Dec. 5 in the journal JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging.
Moonves of CBS Blames Trump, Manning, Brady for NFL Ratings Collapse. When trying to explain the NFL's massive
ratings drop this year, CBS CEO Les Moonves has a particular culprit in mind when naming the fly in the NFL's ratings
ointment. Moonves blames Donald Trump. Well, in fairness, he also blames Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.
Moonves addressed reporters and analysts at the UBS 44th Annual Global Media and Communications Conference in New York on
Monday. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Moonves said that less-than-stellar ratings for NFL games earlier this
season is the fault of Peyton Manning (retired), Tom Brady (suspended for the first four games) and Donald Trump (because too
many people preferred his presidential campaign to football).
scores $3.21 million NYC home. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick — the soon-to-be
free agent who's nabbed headlines for kneeling during the national anthem and defending late Cuban dictator Fidel
Castro — can now call New York City home. In summer purchase records only just unearthed, Kaepernick snagged
himself a 1,733-square-foot condo in Tribeca for $3.21 million, according to the Los Angeles Times.
football could fall like the gladiators of ancient Rome. This season, ratings for professional football are down
27 percent across all of the major networks: ESPN, Fox, NBC and CBS, according Forbes. The decline in the
ratings underscores a bigger truth that no one wants to face: Nothing lasts forever. And that includes the
popularity of professional football, which now may be experiencing the slow, inevitable crumble of a Roman-style empire.
viewers? ESPN reportedly lost 555,000 subscribers this month, according to sports writer Clay Travis. The
drop in November for the sports media company comes right after its worst-ever month, when it lost an estimated 621,000
subscribers in October.
Three NBA teams
boycotting Trump hotels. It looks like three NBA teams — and maybe more — want nothing to
do with property branded by Donald Trump. The Bucks, Grizzlies and Mavericks have decided to stop staying at Trump
hotels on road trips to New York City and Chicago in an effort to disassociate themselves from the controversial President-elect,
according to an ESPN.com report. One other Eastern Conference team, which ESPN has kept anonymous, also reportedly will
abandon Trump SoHo hotel in favor of a different hotel in Manhattan when its contract expires at the end of the season.
reviewing options to fix sagging ratings. Think NFL games are too long? At least one league executive may
agree. Speaking at the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show New York conference Wednesday, NFL Media
executive vice president Brian Rolapp said, "we don't blame everything on the election" and cited the need to hold the
audience's attention as a significant reason for sagging national television ratings on prime time broadcasts.
cancels men's soccer season due to sexually explicit 'scouting reports'. Harvard has canceled the remainder of
its men's soccer season due to what the university has described as continued production of sexually explicit "scouting
reports" by players, which graded recruits of the women's soccer team based on their appearance, according to the school's
newspaper, the Harvard Crimson. The practice of creating these reports dates back to a July 2012 email string created
by members of the men's team. The reports rate incoming women's soccer recruits on a numerical scale based on their sex
appeal. The ratings also included photos from the recruits' social media accounts, their positions on the team,
assigned hypothetical sexual positions and vulgar, descriptive paragraphs assigned to each recruit, per a report last
week from The Crimson.
soccer coach, an undocumented immigrant, accused of abusing 8 players. A soccer coach in Texas was arrested
after he was accused of sexually abused eight of his players — boys between 10 and 15. Police say more players
are likely to come forward. Marcos Ramos, an undocumented immigrant living in Corsicana, Texas, is also is wanted in
his native Guatemala for sexually assaulting children, police said. He faces three counts of aggravated sexual assault
of a child and five counts of indecency with a child.
The NFL is in Decline.
There have been signals that the NFL — and all of football — may soon be in for hard times. The
game is increasingly brutal, and that brutality is not some fixable flaw. Football is violent by nature, and if you
take away the violence, you have soccer without the grace. There is undeniable evidence of brain damage among former
football players, some of whom suffer dementia and a few of whom have committed suicide, the reasons for which are unknowable
but might plausibly include the beatings they took from the game. Improvements in equipment and changes in the rules
might make the game marginally safer, but perhaps not by enough to keep the lawyers outside the ramparts or, more important,
persuade parents that they should let their children play the game.
College football player arrested
after punching referee. The Ventura County Star reports that Mount San Antonio freshman offensive linesman Bernard Schirmer was immediately
ejected from the game and later arrested on suspicion of battery and taken to Ventura County jail.
The Moral Merits of
American Football. [F]ootball as it stands is now threatened by an ever-encroaching worldview that confuses competition for
confrontation. Proponents of this worldview perceive competition and morality as being impossibly incompatible, suggesting that a
society's praise for competition becomes quickly antagonistic to cooperation and impedes the realization of universal equality.
Mariners apologize after lesbian couple are told to stop kissing at the baseball team's first ever gay pride night because it
was against their 'family-friendly' policy. The Seattle Mariners had to make a groveling apology after a
lesbian couple were told off for kissing at the team's first ever Pride night. Mary McHale and her partner Sara Hinton
had enjoyed the game against the Milwaukee Brewers — which the Mariners won 7-6 — and were waiting for
a ride afterwards when a steward told them to stop smooching because it was a 'family-friendly' event.
How do these ultra-fragile people expect to survive college — or a career?
the Hawk's grimace too 'aggressive' for fragile students, Iowa professor says. A University of Iowa professor
is asking the athletics department to make the university's mascot, Herky the Hawk, display friendlier facial expressions,
arguing that his angry grimace is traumatizing students. "I believe incoming students should be met with welcoming,
nurturing, calm, accepting and happy messages," Resmiye Oral, a clinical professor of pediatrics, wrote Tuesday [8/23/2016]
in an email to athletic department officials, obtained by the Iowa City Press-Citizen.
Do Women's Sports Even Exist? My, my, there those feminists go, complaining again. This time the whining
concerns supposedly "sexist" Olympics coverage. Their problem? Many journalists are, we're told, using different
language when talking about female athletes than when speaking of male ones. Oh, the humanity! There's the guy
who credited a female swimmer's husband/coach for her success, the talk about a six-foot-three-inch South Korean woman volley
ball player's difficulty finding a boyfriend, and a reporter who called an equestrian rider "blondie." Putting aside the
female teacher who once called me blondie when I was 13, let's have a reality check. Do you really think sports
commentators don't look for storylines, often infused with frivolity, relating to male athletes? And insofar as the
treatment is different, so what?
Carolina high school football player dies at practice. Coroner Helen Fisher said Lewis N. Simpkins, 14, of
Lexington, was pronounced dead Wednesday night at Lexington Medical Center.
Loses 4 Million Subscribers In Past Year. In the past five years ESPN has lost 11,346,000 subscribers according
to Nielsen data. If you combine that with ESPN2 and ESPNU subscriber losses this means that ESPN has lost over a billion
dollars in cable and satellite revenue just in the past five years, an average of $200 million each year. That total of
a billion dollars hits ESPN in the pocketbook not just on a yearly basis, but for every year going forward. It's gone forever.
basketball player dies after team workout. Junior college transfer Tyrek Coger died Thursday after collapsing
following an Oklahoma State basketball team workout, the university announced.
And this is why soccer is
just stupid. If soccer were an interesting game, that would be one thing. But it's not. Basically,
this seems to be the sequence with soccer: There's a rhetorical prelude with trash-talking and fans making drive-by
allusions to bumper-sticker versions of political history and social resentments. Fans leave huge messes at local
eateries. A bunch of people gather in a stadium around some "pitch." Referees show up with their armored personnel
carriers and security guards, contracted by Blackwater. A few guys run around on the pitch for a while in shorts.
Nothing much happens. The fans riot and pillage. Videos are posted on social media. It all starts over again.
vs. Warriors Game 7 Courtside Tickets Sell for Record $49,500 Each. According to ESPN.com's Darren
Rovell, online ticket marketplace StubHub sold a pair of courtside seats for Game 7 at $49,500 apiece — the
highest price ever paid for a non-suite ticket in the site's history.
Ticket for NBA Finals Game 7 Breaks StubHub Record. A $50,000 ticket for Sunday's Game 7 of the NBA Finals has
broken StubHub's record for the highest price ever paid to see a basketball game. Actually, that's two tickets: the
customer bought a pair for one hundred grand. And that new record could still be broken: other seats for the historic
game on Father's Day at the Oracle Arena in Oakland are advertised for even higher prices.
The Editor says...
As a public service, I'll save you thousands of dollars by describing everything that will happen in the Big Game: Some young man will bounce the ball a few times while he's jogging
toward one end of the court, then some other big guy will take the ball away from him and go the other way. One of them will throw the ball, another will catch the ball. Before long,
some fellow will throw the ball toward the goal, and it may or may not go through the hoop. This will be repeated hundreds of times. Throw the ball. Catch the ball. Bounce the
ball. When it is all over, you will return to your house and find nothing has improved — especially your bank account. The game will have no lasting impact on your life,
with one exception: You will have been totally distracted and diverted from a number of serious problems that confront this country today and threaten your freedom. You don't care about
"politics." You only care about a contest to see who can throw the ball, catch the ball, and bounce the ball with the greatest success. Grow up.
Anti-White Boxer of All Time. Muhammad Ali, widely regarded as the world's most famous man, died Friday at age
74. Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, he was a titan both as a boxer and a provocateur. Because we live in an era much
weaker and more sensitive than it was during Ali's prime, his death is being eulogized with the sort of solemn,
sanctimony-addled, weak-tea, low-T, hagiographic twaddle we've come to expect from neutered zombie bloggers on
antidepressants. Just as mainstream history has Photoshopped all the warts off Nelson Mandela and MLK, Ali
is now strictly framed as an inspirational figure who "spoke out against racism."
Top FIFA officials split $80 million in bonuses. Three top FIFA officials allegedly awarded themselves salary increases and bonuses
totaling nearly $80 million over five years, according to contracts released by FIFA on Friday [6/3/2016]. Former FIFA president Sepp
Blatter, former secretary general Jerome Valcke and former finance director Markus Kattner appear to have paid each other bonuses tied to the World
Cup along with other incentives in the last five years since their departure from world soccer's governing body.
Waco PD Took "Extraordinary
Steps" to Keep Baylor Football Accusations Quiet, School's Apology Rings Hollow. Baylor University released a
report yesterday [5/26/2016] summarizing an investigation conducted by the law firm Pepper Hamilton which found a systemic
cover-up of multiple rape and assault allegations against the private Christian university's football players by administrators
and the coaching staff. The report reveals how the school's culture of protecting its cash-cow football program trumped
all other concerns, including those of the victims of alleged sexual assault. What is not in the report, but which
was exposed by ESPN's Outside the Lines last week, is that the Waco Police took "extraordinary steps" to keep at least
one alleged incident of non-sexual assault by a Baylor football player from public view, "given the potential high-profile nature
of the incident."
tied to more school problems than other injuries. High school and college students who get concussions may struggle more
with academics than their peers who get other types of sports injuries, a small U.S. study suggests. Researchers surveyed
70 students who received emergency treatment for concussions and 108 teens and young adults treated for other injuries.
With a concussion, students took an average of 5.4 days to return to school, compared with 2.8 days for other injuries.
When 98 Percent of Students Would Let Men in Women's Sports. Imagine a fairly muscular, athletic young man,
acting like a man and dressed as a man, tells you he identifies as a woman and asks you to sign a petition supporting his
effort to play on his college's women's basketball team. Your response? If you're like 49 out of 50 students
approached at the University of Maryland recently, you may sign and say "You go, (girl?)!" And, no, according to Campus
Reform's Cabot Phillips, who masqueraded as the aspiring woman, he didn't show just the eyebrow-raising responses. He
says that he asked only 50 students for support, and 49 offered it.
keep unleashing insane gut-busting food creations. Concessions have come a long way from flavorless hot dogs
and lackluster soft pretzels, but in the past few years stadiums across the country have been rolling out over the top junk
food mashups that make a footlong seem tame. Since when did peanuts and cracker jacks morph into chocolate-marshmallow
covered bacon and burgers glazed with Monster energy drink?
Taking aim at New York's academic fat cats.
Gov. Cuomo has picked a truly obese target by telling New York's public university systems to get serious about cutting the fat — starting
with bloated executive salaries. Fact is, getting to the high rungs of both SUNY and CUNY looks to be the most lucrative career path in state
government. As the Empire Center for Public Policy notes in its yearly review of taxpayer-funded salaries, 47 of New York's top 50 publicly paid
employees work for SUNY — and the other three for CUNY. That includes SUNY Stony Brook's basketball coach and SUNY Buffalo's football
coach, each paid nearly $450,000 — more than 2½ times what Cuomo makes.
of California acknowledges negligence in death of football player. The University of California has acknowledged its negligence was a substantial
factor in the death of former California football player Ted Agu. The 21-year-old defensive lineman from Bakersfield died nearly two years ago after a
strenuous team workout. His family filed a wrongful death lawsuit, arguing that Agu had sickle cell trait and should not have been put through an exercise
where players sprinted up and down a hill while holding a rope together.
Naismith Created Basketball to Counter Football's Violence. This Christmas, Concussion will bring to the big
screen the latest saga in football's inherent reckoning with the damage and violence it inflicts upon players. This sort of
condemnation, however, is not new. Over a century ago, opponents of football charged that the sport was too violent to deserve
any reputable sanction in the United States. The Washington Star newspaper featured an article titled "The Game of Manslaughter"
lamenting that the 1897 football season had only just begun and "yet at least three deaths have already occurred as the direct results
Two Americas soccer bosses
arrested as FIFA corruption scandal deepens. Soccer bosses from across South and Central America were among 16 people charged
on Thursday [12/3/2015] with multimillion-dollar bribery schemes for marketing and broadcast rights, in a dismantling of a Latin American soccer
network by U.S. prosecutors.
NFL Has Become Unwatchable. Based on this year's experience, I have concluded that penalties, along with
endless video reviews of plays, have made the game just about impossible to watch. After every big play, you wait for the
flag. More often than not, it seems, it comes. While some penalties are obvious, more often they appear to be called
randomly, especially on important plays. It is frequently impossible to say what distinguishes a particular hold, pass
interference or unnecessary roughness from similar conduct that occurred a few plays earlier or later. Given the lack of
any apparent pattern in what constitutes a penalty, it is tempting to infer that referees insert them periodically to mold the
flow of the game in a predetermined direction.
General Tells Daily Fantasy Sports to Stop Taking Bets in New York. The New York State attorney general on Tuesday [11/10/2015]
ordered the two biggest daily fantasy sports companies, DraftKings and FanDuel, to stop accepting bets from New York residents, saying their
games constituted illegal gambling under state law. [...] The cease-and-desist order by the attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, is a
major blow to a multibillion-dollar industry that introduced sports betting to legions of young sports fans and has formed partnerships with
many of the nation's professional sports teams.
high school football player dies after collapsing during game. A Texas high school football player died
Saturday evening after he reportedly collapsed during a game on Friday [10/16/2015]. [...] [Cam'ron] Matthews is the sixth
high-school football player to die since early September, according to USA TODAY.
The Editor says...
You can safely bet that if the schools had gun ranges instead of football fields, and six students died in gun classes in a period of
two months, the gun classes would be permanently outlawed. Why are football-related deaths acceptable?
Night Football is a menace to American families. My husband's dish list keeps me busy while he lounges on our couch
watching the games. Some years, I don't get to all of them, and they roll over to the following year. Some dishes
become beloved and therefore frequently repeated. On Sundays during the football season, my husband doesn't accompany me
to the many children's birthday parties that our kids get invited to. We don't make plans to go out. My husband
isn't responsible for errands. We don't do any shopping. I don't engage him in conversation about anything more
complicated than "What's the score?" and "So you want more of that?"
The Editor says...
Well, lady, it is obvious that the television has a higher priority than you do. Perhaps you ignored the warning signs
before you married this guy, but now you're stuck with him. You could convert to his religion (football, that is), or,
you could treat his affection for the TV as an addiction, which it is. If you ask him rational questions to point out the
fruitless futility of his hobby, it will only make him angry. For example, if you ask him how his life is any better or
worse on Monday morning because his favorite football team won or lost, he won't have an answer other than "shut up."
Congress: Hold Hearings on Fantasy
Football. A new form of gambling has suddenly appeared in America, and the outfits raking in the money claim that
what they're doing is perfectly legal. In the last four years, two recently formed companies, DraftKings and FanDuel, have
collected billions from the mostly young men who place bets on their smartphones on what's called fantasy football. Many
people first heard about this when a DraftKings employee won $350,000 for coming in second place in a FanDuel contest that cost
$25 to enter and featured $5 million in cash winnings, including $1 million to the winner. The New York attorney
general is investigating whether the employee benefited from inside information, but the bigger question is the eye-popping jackpot.
NFL Went a Full Month Without an Arrest. Not a single player in the National Football League was arrested in
September, the first month without a reported arrest since July 2009.
Court Strikes Down Payments to
College Athletes. The N.C.A.A. may restrict colleges from compensating athletes beyond the cost of attendance, a three-judge
panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled on Wednesday [9/30/2015] in an apparent victory for the college
sports establishment as it fights back efforts to expand athletes' rights. The ruling upheld a federal judge's finding last year
that the N.C.A.A. "is not above antitrust laws" and that its rules have been too restrictive in maintaining amateurism. But the
panel threw out the judge's proposal that the N.C.A.A. set a ceiling for members at paying athletes $5,000 per year in deferred
compensation, stating that capping compensation at the cost of attendance was sufficient.
high school football players say coach told them to tackle referee. The Texas high school football players who
brutally tackled a referee broke their silence, insisting their assistant coach told them, "You need to hit him." Victor
Rojas and Michael Moreno said the coach, Mack Breed, told them the referee "needs to pay the price" for hurling racial slurs
and making unjustified calls after a safety got injured. "His emotions just got mixed into it," Moreno, 17, said on Good
Morning America Friday [9/18/2015]. "He told us to do what we did."
high school football players say coach told them to hit referee. A Texas high school football coach directed two players
to strike a referee during a game because of missed calls that had hurt the team, the players claimed Friday during a national broadcast.
high school football player dies from injury suffered at game. A Louisiana high school football player has died after
suffering an injury during a game Friday night. [...] Johnny Ogden, an investigator with the parish coroner's office, said the player
collapsed on the field after impact with another player. He was transported to the emergency room at Franklin Medical Center,
where he was pronounced dead. The coroner's office was still investigating the precise cause of death, Ogden said.
HS QB dies after tackle during football game. The star quarterback on a New Jersey high school football team
died after suffering an injury on the field. Evan Murray, 17, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound senior, played for Warren Hills
Regional High School. During a game Friday night [9/25/2015] at home against Summit he was hit by an opposing player late in
the second quarter, the [New York] Daily News reported.
Liberal reactions to allegedly violent black burglar shot by police. We don't know all
the facts. Maybe he fought with the cops and they shot him in self defense. Maybe he didn't fight at
all and they still shot him. What we do know, however, is that he rammed a dealership with his car
and started to deface the cars in the lot. He wasn't shot walking home from the library; he was
shot while committing an act of violence and destruction of property.
Fatally Shoot Unarmed College Football Player. Officers were responding to a burglary
call about 1 a.m. Friday [8/7/2015] in Arlington when they discovered someone had driven a vehicle
through a front window of the Classic Buick GMC, according to a statement from the Arlington Police
Department. The statement said police approached the suspect and a struggle ensued. At
some point during the struggle, an officer shot Taylor.
The Editor says...
Why is the perpetrator identified, every time this story comes up, as a football player? What difference does it make if he plays
football? He certainly wasn't playing football in the closed showroom of a car dealership well after midnight. The clear
implication is that the liberal press considers football players to be on a plane above all others.
widen FIFA money-laundering investigation. The Swiss justice authorities have received
new instances of alleged money laundering almost on a daily basis since the attorney general Michael
Lauber announced on June 17 an initial 53 cases to be looked into.
FIFA official Chuck Blazer expelled from football by ethics committee for bribery.
Chuck Blazer was banned for life by FIFA's ethics committee on Thursday [7/9/2015] for widespread
corruption, finally ending the career of the longtime most senior American in world football.
Swiss Chase 53 Fraud Cases Tied to
FIFA. Swiss authorities are investigating 53 potential cases of money laundering related to the FIFA probe, officials announced
Wednesday [6/17/2015]. They're also looking at an additional 105 bank accounts for suspicious activity as the investigation into the
world soccer body expands. "I am well aware of the enormous public interest in our investigation. Equally enormous is the public
interest in an independent criminal procedure," the country's attorney general said.
Oliver Toasts FIFA President Sepp Blatter's Demise by Chugging a Bud Light Lime. [Scroll
down] Yes, Oliver was understandably ecstatic. The sport that he loves had finally rid
itself of what he called its "Swizz lizard" of a president. "The timing of Blatter's announcement
was notable for two reasons: First, it was only four days after being reelected president.
That's like being elected pope and immediately announcing, 'Judaism makes some good points... I think
I may have got this wrong,'" joked Oliver. "And secondly, Blatter stepped down just days before
the U.S. release of United Passions — a suspiciously glowing movie history of FIFA."
Sepp Blatter resignation and FBI probe, some skeptical FIFA can change. Several U.S.
news outlets were reporting Tuesday [6/2/2015] early evening that the FBI is investigating Blatter
for corruption. While many are relishing in the possibility of a post-Blatter era in soccer,
some analysts are less optimistic that any impactful change will happen immediately.
Blatter resigns as FIFA president amid bribery scandal. Sepp Blatter is now at the
centre of the FBI's corruption probe after the FIFA president sensationally announced he will be
resigning after 17 years in world football's top job. Federal agents, who last week charged
14 FIFA officials with corruption, have told the American media that they are hoping those men will
help them build a case against their former boss.
Corruption Is Typical of Unelected Globalist Institutions. What does FIFA, the
international soccer federation, have in common with the United Nations, Formula One, and the
International Olympic Committee (IOC)? They're all international organizations and they're all
notoriously corrupt. The corruption at FIFA, including the payment of millions of dollars in
bribes, has now been uncovered by Department of Justice sleuths who indicted a number of senior
officials and forced the resignation of longtime chief Sepp Blatter. Whether this will bring
long-term changes in the way that FIFA is run is questionable, however. Certainly the track
record of the IOC and UN would indicate otherwise.
Top FIFA Deputy Is Said to Have Transferred Money Central to Bribery Case. Federal
authorities believe that Sepp Blatter's top lieutenant at FIFA made $10 million in bank transactions
that are central elements of the bribery scandal engulfing international soccer, United States
officials and others briefed on the case said Monday [6/1/2015]. The revelation puts the
money trail closer to Mr. Blatter, FIFA's president, than had been previously known.
becomes suspected player in alleged $150 million FIFA bribery scandal. The
international investigation into bribery, fraud and corruption at FIFA involved some surprising
American names: The Miami chairman of a popular nationwide soccer league, and a major U.S.
sportswear firm some believe could be Nike. For more than two decades, the Justice Department
said Wednesday, five "unscrupulous" U.S. and South American sports and banking executives helped
funnel more than $150 million in bribes to officials atop FIFA, the multibillion-dollar goliath
governing the world's most popular sport.
Shows How Government Poisons Sports. Rumors of corruption in the world of international sports
are everywhere. Shady advertising deals, fixed matches, and other misconduct amount to open secrets in
the sports world. Sochi's Winter Olympics were well understood to be more a front for graft than a sports
competition. Yet, somehow, last week's arrest of top FIFA officials stands out above the rest, and, if
true, would be one of the most egregious events in the history of corruption in sports.
Players. Any breaking
story involving scandal among the powerful inevitably entails other recognizable names, either as victim,
confederate or kibitzer. Headlines in the last few days have been dominated by the arrest of top ranking
members of FIFA, an acronym for a sports association that stands for the Fédération Internationale
de Football Association. It controls the revenues which flow out of soccer football and has known cash
reserves of $1.4 billion dollars, which — or so investigators allege — represent only
a fraction of the actual moneys that the association deals with. It's president, Swiss German "Sepp"
Blatter, is so powerful that he is described in the press as a de facto head of state, a sort of president
or prime minister.
FIFA Has Clinton Foundation Ties; World Cup Host Qatar Gave Millions. And just like
that, another Clinton Foundation donor is in the news. The Clinton global charity has received
between $50,000 and $100,000 from soccer's governing body and has partnered with the Fédération
Internationale de Football Association on several occasions, according to donor listings on the foundation's
website. Several top FIFA executives were arrested Wednesday [5/27/2015] in Zurich and face corruption
charges stretching back two decades, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
FIFA corruption probe
targets 'World Cup of fraud,' IRS chief says. The next step in the FIFA corruption investigation is extradition,
whereby federal officials will attempt to bring suspects to the United States to face allegations they arranged bribes at
meetings on U.S. soil, employed the U.S. banking system in conveying the bribes and created documents to cloak their activity,
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Wednesday [5/27/2015]. "In short, these individuals, through these organizations,
engaged in bribery to decide who would televise games, where the games would be held and who would run the organization overseeing
organized soccer worldwide," she told reporters.
Christie racked up $82,594 bill at sports stadium. Chris Christie racked up a $82,594
bill at the concessions operator at MetLife Stadium during the 2010 and 2011 football seasons, the
New Jersey Watchdog reported on Monday as part of a broader look at how the New Jersey governor
spent $360,000 of his state allowance over five years. The New Jersey governor spent $300,000 of
that amount on food and alcohol, the report said, and pointed to the stadium bill as the most notable
Christie Spent $82,000 of State Money on Snacks at NFL Games. New Jersey governor
Chris Christie is a big football fan, but he is also apparently a big fan of snacks at football
stadiums. According to New Jersey Watchdog, Christie reportedly spent over $82,000 of taxpayer money
on concessions at MetLife Stadium. Christie paid for food and drinks at MetLife with a debit card
58 times over the 2010 and 2011 NFL seasons, accruing a bill of $82,594. That means he spent
an average of nearly $1,500 on food and drinks every time he attended a football game.
Christie spent $300,000 in taxpayer money on food and drinks. New Jersey Gov. Chris
Christie (R) has spent about $300,000 of taxpayer money on food and drinks during his five years in
office, according to an analysis released Monday. The report from New Jersey Watchdog found
Christie spent more than $82,000 alone at MetLife Stadium, the home of the New York Giants and New
York Jets, during the 2010 and 2011 football seasons. The New Jersey Republican State Committee
later reimbursed the state for the full amount, and Christie has since stopped using the expense
account at sporting venues.
the Statistically Impossible Patriots Fumble Record. Patriots partisans are deflating
the deflation controversy by arguing that their impermissible deflation of the footballs wasn't what
allowed them to beat an overmatched Colts team. Perhaps. But a new statistical analysis reveals
that if it weren't for deflation of the footballs, the Patriots might not have even been playing a series of
home playoff games as the top seed. Careful analytics reveal that suddenly in 2007, a strange and
statistically impossible phenomena [sic] began to occur at Patriots games.
the '5 Best Baseball Movies' Are Actually Terrible. $212.46. That is what the average
family of four spent at a major league ballgame last year.
Baltimore, game at Orioles' locked stadium is safe, serene — and sad. It
was, by design, the safest and most serene baseball game in major league history. It was also
quite possibly the saddest. When the Baltimore Orioles hosted the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday
[4/29/2015] at a locked Camden Yards in riot-torn Baltimore, the word "empty" described more than the
stands. Against a backdrop of thousands of vacant green chairs, amid such a deep silence that
diving catches sounded like strikeouts, it was an afternoon filled with empty.
NFL Gives Up Tax-Exempt
Status. The National Football League is disavowing its tax-exempt status, which could
help shield the sport from Congressional inquiries and financial disclosure requirements.
Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the decision Tuesday [4/28/2015] in a letter to team owners and
members of Congress, calling the league's tax-exemption a "distraction," Bloomberg reports. The
move involves minimal sacrifice on the part of the NFL, because the tax break is only worth about
$10 million per year — a fraction of the league's roughly $10 billion in annual
to Play White Sox on Wednesday in Closed Stadium. After a pair of postponements caused
by rioting in Baltimore, the Orioles and Chicago White Sox will play Wednesday at Camden Yards in
what is believed to be the first game without fans in major league baseball's 145-season history.
Game Canceled Again Amid Violent Rioting in Baltimore, Wednesday's Game to Be Played in Empty Stadium. The
Baltimore Orioles game canceled Tuesday night's [4/28/2015] game against the Chicago White Sox at Camden Yards due to
the violent riots incited by the death of Freddie Gray while in the custody of the Baltimore police.
Boston Olympic Bid Vote, More at Stake Than Games. The bad days have seemingly far
outweighed the good since Boston was chosen in January over Los Angeles, San Francisco and
Washington as the American candidate to host the Summer Games in 2024; it would be the first
Summer Games in the United States since Atlanta in 1996.
Rio Olympics: Sailing with sewage. If Rio de Janeiro can't clean up Guanabara Bay in
time for its use as the sailing and windsurfing venue for the 2016 Olympic Games, competitors could
confront some unaccustomed challenges: millions of dead fish, sewage, "floating sofas, plastic bags
and even dead animals" and a deadly "super bacteria." With the games only 17 months away,
athletes are concerned and disappointed.
Calls on NASCAR to End Funding to Al Sharpton. A government watchdog group is calling
on NASCAR to cut ties with the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network in response to the cable
news host's comments about police in the wake of the shooting of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and
the questionable financial activities at his nonprofit groups.
survivor: The truth about Super Bowl and sex. The Super Bowl [...] draws a massive
audience from every demographic and pumps millions if not billions of dollars into our economy.
And every year, as if on cue, the city hosting the Super Bowl announces an awareness campaign to
combat sex trafficking around what many in the media have referred to as "the biggest weekend for
Arthur Blank on crowd noise: 'What we've done ... is wrong'. Atlanta Falcons owner
Arthur Blank introduced new head coach Dan Quinn, fresh off the plane from Phoenix, on Tuesday
[2/3/2015]. And after the requisite excited-to-be-here's from Quinn, talk turned to the ongoing
investigation of the Falcons regarding allegations of faked crowd noise at the Georgia Dome.
Blank was unequivocal, saying he was "angry and embarrassed" that the NFL is looking into whether
Atlanta piped in crowd noise to impact play during Falcons home games over the last two seasons.
Fear and Loathing at the Nanny
Bowl. [Fortunately] the on-field action was so compelling, because the ads were so unpalatable.
By my rough count, there were at least two ads featuring people with no legs, one with a missing father, one with
misogynistic anti-male crack from comedienne Sarah Silverman, and one ad bullying a ten year old boy because he
said someone "plays like a girl." (The horror.) And perhaps most infamously based on comments on
Twitter and even the London Daily Mail, one dead ten year old boy, thanks to Nationwide.
Bowl sex 'sting' nabs 570. Some 570 would-be sex buyers were arrested in a national
Super Bowl "sting" that ended on Super Bowl Sunday, an Illinois sheriff said Monday [2/2/2015].
Another 23 people were arrested for trafficking or acting as pimps, and dozens of adults and
juvenile victims were recovered.
overinflate Super Bowl 'heroes'. Let's remember a key fact as we prepare snacks and
grab the remote to watch the Super Bowl. The people playing in the game are important only because
they happen to be good at football. They aren't super heroes. They aren't necessarily good at
anything beyond football. Some are philanthropists who give back to their communities, but even
those efforts are the result of being good at football.
survivor: The truth about Super Bowl and sex. The Super Bowl [...] draws a massive
audience from every demographic and pumps millions if not billions of dollars into our economy.
And every year, as if on cue, the city hosting the Super Bowl announces an awareness campaign to
combat sex trafficking around what many in the media have referred to as "the biggest weekend for
NFL Doesn't Want to Know How Deflate-gate Happened. [W]e are just ten days from the
Super Bowl and there is very strong evidence of cheating. If the league quickly learns who is
responsible, it would have to suspend the cheater(s) from the big game or be mercilessly ridiculed
for turning a blind eye. The NFL obviously does not want to suspend star players or coaches
from its showcase event.
Winston Cleared of Rape Like Every Other College Sports Star. His accuser was smeared
and demeaned, and a star football player was allowed to keep on playing. This has been going on
for too long.
How the NFL
leaves players broken — and broke. "Is There Life After Football?" brings
us inside the lives of NFL players to show why so many wind up in dire straits after their time on
the field, from depression to debilitating lifelong injuries to catastrophic financial
mismanagement. While much-publicized concussions and head injuries account for some of the
problems, they're just one possible hardship of many for those who spend years slamming into each
other at full speed.
Can't a professional football team afford to pay the minimum wage?
homeless program uses unpaid, destitute residents as steady labor force, revenue source. Before every Tampa Bay Buccaneers
home game, dozens of men gather in the yard at New Beginnings of Tampa, one of the city's largest homeless programs. The men —
many of them recovering alcoholics and drug addicts — are about to work a concessions stand behind Raymond James Stadium's iconic
pirate ship, serving beer and food to football fans.
an F.S.U. Football Player, a Hit and Run Becomes Traffic Tickets. In the early morning
hours of Oct. 5, as this college town was celebrating another big football victory by Florida State
University, a starting cornerback on the team drove his car into the path of an oncoming vehicle
driven by a teenager returning home from a job at the Olive Garden. Both cars were totaled. But
rather than remain at the scene as the law requires, the football player, P. J. Williams, left his
wrecked vehicle in the street and fled into the darkness along with his two passengers, including
Ronald Darby, the team's other starting cornerback.
Academic fraud benefits the entire university community except the black students. If universities
can maintain the scholar-athlete charade, they earn tens of millions of dollars in sports revenue.
Other than as a pretense, academics can be ignored. The university just has to create academic
slums, where weak students can "succeed." Stronger academic departments benefit because they do not
have to compromise their standards and bear the burden of having to deal with weak students. Then
there's that feather in the diversity hat upon which university administrators are fixated. I
guarantee you that academic fraud is by no means unique to UNC. As such, it represents gross
dereliction and dishonesty on the parts of university administrators and faculty members.
Lakers 'Showtime' Threatened by Class Action Over Text Messages. On their home court
at the Staples Center, the Los Angeles Lakers are known for giving their fans "showtime" in the form
of exciting basketball. One fan, however, wants to give back to the team in the form of a class
action lawsuit. Why is he suing the Lakers? During a game, the team offered fans the chance to
have their custom text message displayed on the "Jumbotron." Because of the Telephone Consumer
Protection Act of 1991, a law originally designed to stop telemarketers from systematically calling
huge batches of numbers, this fan and others are able to sue the Lakers and the Clippers for getting
any text sent back to them, even though they initiated the first text to participate in the offer.
Former UNC athlete sues school
over academic scandal. A former University of North Carolina football player has
become the first to sue the university over an 18-year academic scandal that kept athletes eligible
to play sports by taking classes that never met. Mike McAdoo was a football player who lost his
eligibility in 2011 when he was accused of getting too much help with a paper, and was one of the
first athletes revealed to have taken part in "paper classes," for which the only requirement was
completing a single paper. Now he's suing the university in federal court, saying UNC broke its
promise to give him an education in return for playing sports.
The Editor asks...
He's just now figuring that out?
Abandon The Scholar-Athlete Charade. Rampant academic cheating is not confined to
primary and secondary schools. Cheating occurs in the nation's colleges, as discovered during an
investigation at the Chapel Hill campus of the University of North Carolina, the state's flagship
university. Over two decades, more than 3,100 students enrolled in and received credit for taking
nonexistent phantom classes in the university's department of African and African-American studies.
Nearly 50 percent of the students taking the phantom classes were athletes on the university's
football and basketball teams.
president calls on Univ. of North Carolina to lose accreditation over athlete grading fraud. There is
no question that the University of North Carolina committed fraud for almost 2 decades by giving fake grades to
college athletes taking fake or non-existent course, in order to profit from football and basketball revenues.
While the University is blaming a low level administrator, there is plenty of reason to suspect that senior levels knew
or should have known of the fraud, as Robert Weissberg points out today on our pages.
fraud uncovered at UNC. A scandal involving bogus classes and inflated grades at the
University of North Carolina was bigger than previously reported, encompassing about 1,500 athletes
who got easy A's and B's over a span of nearly two decades, according to an investigation released
UNC report finds 18 years
of academic fraud to keep athletes playing. For 18 years, thousands of students at the
prestigious University of North Carolina took fake "paper classes," and advisers funneled athletes
into the program to keep them eligible, according to a scathing independent report released Wednesday
[10/22/2014]. "These counselors saw the paper classes and the artificially high grades they yielded
as key to helping some student-athletes remain eligible," Kenneth Wainstein wrote in his report. He
conducted an eight-month investigation into the scandal, which has plagued the university for nearly five years.
Athletes took fake classes at University of North Carolina. More than 3,000 students
at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received credit for fake classes over an 18-year
period as part of a program that allowed many of them to remain eligible to play sports, according
to a report released on Wednesday [10/22/2014].
11 colleges ban booing at soccer
games. Fans attending men's college soccer games in New England are expected not to boo if they don't like something
on the field, according to a recent letter sent out by the New England Small College Athletic Conference. "As a supporter,
we ask you not engage in any unsportsmanlike actions, which include booing, taunting, profanity, rude language or gestures, or any
other action that could be potentially construed as negative or confrontational," the NESCAC letter read.
NFL Is Full of Ray Rices. The Baltimore Raven was indefinitely suspended but even one
of his teammates suited up after punching a girlfriend in the neck. So much for zero tolerance.
takes $70M first steps to helping players with head injuries. The NCAA agreed on
Tuesday to help athletes with head injuries in a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit that
college sports' governing body touted as a major step forward but that critics say doesn't go nearly
far enough. The deal, filed in US District Court in Chicago, calls for the NCAA to toughen
return-to-play rules for players who receive head blows and create a $70 million fund to pay for
thousands of current and former athletes to undergo testing to determine whether they suffered brain
trauma while playing football and other contact sports.
California banned full-contact football practices. A new California law bans full-contact
football practices for middle and high school students due to concerns over possible concussions.
In Los Angeles, a high school now has mandatory baseline testing for concussions for all students.
The Editor says...
If the public schools (or colleges) had extracurricular firearms training that resulted in concussions, broken bones
and paralysis, in addition to a dozen fatalities per year, those programs would be banned in no time.
But if the same injuries and deaths occur while playing football, somehow they are acceptable.
12 high school and college football players die each year. Researchers from the National Center for Catastrophic Sports
Injury Research studied 243 football deaths recorded between July 1990 and June 2010. Their study found heart conditions, heat and
other non-traumatic causes of death are twice as common as injury-related ones.
Warriors Coach Fired for Christian Views on Homosexuality. Was Golden State Warriors head coach
Mark Jackson fired for his Christian views on gay marriage? That's what Ann Killion is asking at sfgate.com,
noting that Jackson's lukewarm reaction to the coming-out of Jason Collins, last year was something of a mismatch
for the Bay Area, which is the global capital of gay politics and culture.
NFL to penalize use of racial
slur. The head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which monitors diversity in the NFL, expects the league to institute a rule where
players would be penalized 15 yards for using the N-word on the field.
A flag and 15 yards for a
slur. Seventy percent of the players in the NFL are black, and by the math, most of the 15-yard penalties assessed
for violation of the dirty-speech rule will be black. Beyond that, say some black players, the use of the n-word is cultural,
and in friendly conversations between black players it isn't always a slur spoken in anger. In the NBA, where nearly all the
players are black, there's even greater skepticism of how such a rule could be applied.
NFL Considering Penalizing Players 15 Yards for Racial, Anti-Gay Slurs. The NFL may penalize players 15 yards for racial and
homophobic slurs and eject them from the game after a second offense. John Wooten, the head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, a group that monitors
diversity, told ESPN that he "expects the league to institute a rule where players would be penalized 15 yards for using the N-word on the field."
The Editor says...
What's the penalty for using words like honky and cracker, or the F-word, or the MF-word? Only one spectator in a thousand can hear
what the players say, so who cares what words are exchanged? The fans don't come to a football game to see the players treat one another with
courtesy and civility.
What happened to E pluribus unum?
block game ticket sales to California, 43 other states. The good feelings between the 49ers and Seahawks could never last.
Last week, fans from both teams decided to donate money to children's hospitals in Seattle and San Francisco. Now, the Seahawks are
limiting ticket sales to just six states and the Canadian Provinces.
College basketball, football athletes can barely
read. The headline over the dispatch this week says it all: "CNN Analysis: Some college athletes play like adults, read like
fifth-graders." For those familiar with college athletics — especially the sports that bring in the millions — that's
not exactly a news flash. But a researcher at the University of North Carolina, Mary Willingham, came in for particular vitriol after
reporting that of 183 Tar Heel football or basketball players, 60 percent were reading at levels between fourth and eighth grade.
Delta Air Lines
bumps passengers for University of Florida basketball team. On one of the busiest flying days of the year, Delta Air Lines cancelled an
Atlanta-bound commercial flight from Gainesville Regional Airport to accommodate the University of Florida men's basketball team.
cremated remains left on Auburn's field after Iron Bowl. In Alabama, college football is life and death, and following the Tigers'
incredible 34-28 win over the Crimson Tide on Saturday, one fan scattered the cremated remains of a loved one on the turf at Jordan-Hare
fan shot dead outside football party. An Alabama fan was shot dead after a fight outside a football-watching party shortly after the Crimson
Tide lost in a stunning upset to the Auburn Tigers Saturday [11/30/2013]. Michelle Shepherd was attacked by fellow fans of the University of Alabama after she
commented that she didn't care that much that the team had lost, her sister says.
How much of the NFL breast
cancer gear revenue actually goes to research? The NFL has been promoting its breast cancer awareness program through pink equipment and
Web campaigns. Players are wearing pink shoes, cheerleaders don pink outfits and the NFL official merchandise website is full of gear that fans
can buy to support the American Cancer Society's breast cancer research. But how much of the money raised through gear sales actually goes to
breast cancer research? Only $8 out of every $100 spent on merchandise, according to an ESPN reporter.
NFL security sacks some fans. Twenty minutes after kickoff for the Bears' final preseason game, swaths of people were still heading through
tunnels south of Soldier Field after unsuccessfully trying to get backpacks, large purses and fanny packs into Thursday night's game. They were
headed to a block of about 600 lockers that could store their prohibited items for $10 cash.
Tarkenton: NFL covering up biggest sports scandal of all time. "Here is the biggest cover-up of all," Tarkenton warned.
"They talk about safety in the National Football League. How can you have safety in the National Football League when you have
performance-enhancing drugs?" Tarkenton insisted performance enhancing drugs were "all over" college and professional football,
which made the game more dangerous.
Islam, purses, seat cushions, coolers banned from NFL games. It's certainly not illegal immigrants they are worried about so it
must be terrorists.
NFL Bans Purses From Stadiums. Starting
with preseason games in 2013, women will no longer be allowed to bring purses to NFL games unless they are made of clear plastic or clutch
bags no bigger than the size of a hand. Fanny packs, seat cushions, briefcases, and computer bags will also not be allowed.
Blankets, though, will still be permitted.
Is Football on Its Deathbed? Lawsuits over players' brain injuries
have some saying football is dead. In fact, it has dislodged baseball as the national pastime and will remain America's passion for decades to come.
Bread and Circuses:
The Last Days of the American Empire. Pan et Circenses (Bread and Circuses) famously described the relationship between
the Roman Emperor and his people in the decadent years of the Empire, and they seem fairly applied to America today. We have, in line
with our technological advancement, upgraded (if that is the term) to food stamps (47.5 million and counting) and sports, but the broad
scenario hasn't changed.
The Super Bowl Veers Left. During
Sunday's Super Bowl, the advertising and programming executives in Hollywood and New York graced us with their version of what we want to
see. And if it's any reflection of reality, we're becoming a coarser, stupider, and less value-oriented nation.
The Toy Department. A common claim is, "We watch sports to
take our minds off the real world." How this can be true is beyond me, unless they consider the doings of unions, lawyers, agents, drug-testers
and congressional investigators not parts of real life. Mix in the all-too-often accounts of wife-beating, DUIs, drug busts, and the occasional
murder charge, and you're sometimes unsure of which section of the newspaper you've wandered into.
Costas, NFL Surrounded by Armed Security. Bob Costas' gun control rant was bad but made worse by one key point —
he lives much of his life with the benefit of armed security. If you've ever been to an NFL game this point is academic. The
number of armed policemen you pass between the gate your seat is incredible. And if you get behind the scenes, in certain corridors,
the armed presence can be just as strong (or stronger). Those policeman and security personnel are there to preserve order and to
protect their assets, be they football players, football coaches, or the celebrities and news anchors in attendance.
Study Reinforces Link Between Head Trauma, Brain Damage.
An extensive Boston University study of head trauma found strong evidence that repeated blows to the head can lead to long-term brain damage.
The study, conducted by the BU Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, looked at the brains of 85 football players, boxers and
military veterans. Sixty-eight of the subjects — or 80 percent — showed evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
Before steroids and HGH and the cream and the clear and other substances of superpower magic, we had old-school baseball: You know,
stealing signs from center field, corking the bat, spitting on the ball, using the catcher's belt buckle to cut the ball, nail files, watering
the dirt around the basepaths if the visiting team had speedy players, rubbing pine tar or other sticky goo on your glove, maybe a little
K-Y jelly on the bill of your cap, pitching from six inches in front of the rubber, using superballs in your bat, taping a thumbtack
to your index finger ...
Why College Football Should Be Banned
: In more than
20 years I've spent studying the issue, I have yet to hear a convincing argument that college football has anything do with what is presumably the primary
purpose of higher education: academics. That's because college football has no academic purpose. Which is why it needs to be banned. A
radical solution, yes. But necessary in today's times.
Texas Rangers ready to roll with $26 hot
. When fans belly up to stadium concession areas on opening day on April 6, they will be able to purchase a
one-pound hot dog priced at $26.
$26 Hot dog!
Team president Nolan Ryan did not mince words with ESPN Radio in Dallas regarding the Texas Rangers' most recent
acquisition — a two-foot-long, one-pound gourmet hot dog that feeds three or four fans and costs $26.
America's One True Religion
The hold of sports on the American psyche and imagination is so complete, so absolute, that for some poor souls,
it's their one true religion. And if fans worship certain athletes, those athletes join in their adoration,
exulting, gloating, and prancing in the end zone. ... To cater to our new religion, most major metropolitan
newspapers devote an entire section to sports.
Fear and Loathing at Arrowhead Stadium
. Claims that
Kansas City Chiefs organization taps phones, spies on employees.
Fears "Cougars" Mascot Will Offend Women
. A Utah school district decided not to select a cougar as the
mascot of a new high school partly because school officials and some parents believed the word is disrespectful to women.
The Editor says...
One by one, legitimate and harmless words are being hijacked by the amoral dregs of society.
. You'll need to strike oil to afford a seat at the Giants-Dallas game on Sunday
night. The do-or-die game against the Cowboys is one of the NFL's hottest tickets of 2011, with an average
price that's nearing a record for the season.
football took over our culture
. Nothing brings us together like the NFL, which last year provided
America with eight of the top highest-rated telecasts and the highest-rated TV program of all time (Super Bowl
XLV). Last week a football program was the week's highest-rated show in 29 different markets — even
in Indianapolis, where yet another loss by the now 0-13 Indianapolis Colts drew 50% of the viewing audience.
Who Forbid Footballs
. A public school in Toronto has put a ban on most balls their kiddos toss
around during recess because school administrators have deemed such projectiles dangerous. ... In this day of
Puss 'n Boots squish, do we really need more softies who don't have enough sense to avoid getting
hit in the mouth by a slider? Getting rocked up in the face by a fastball could be the best thing that
ever happened to your stupid kid. Pain is God's way of telling your lackluster boy to quit texting and
watch the game.
The Footage the NFL
Won't Show You
. If you ask the league to see the footage that was taken from on high to show the
entire field and what all 22 players did on every play, the response will be emphatic. "NO ONE
gets that," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy wrote in an email. This footage, added fellow league spokesman
Greg Aiello, "is regarded at this point as proprietary NFL coaching information." For decades, NFL TV
broadcasts have relied most heavily on one view: the shot from a sideline camera that follows the progress
of the ball. Anyone who wants to analyze the game, however, prefers to see the pulled-back camera angle
known as the "All 22."
Bobby Rush: NCAA is dirty, 'would make the mob look like choirboys'
. Issuing a call for Congress
to involve itself in monitoring college sports, Democratic Illinois Rep. Bobby Rush said the NCAA "would make
the mob look like choirboys." "I have this innate understanding of the NCAA, and I think it is one of
the most vicious, most ruthless organizations that was created by mankind," Rush said Tuesday [11/1/2011]
during a roundtable discussion he organized.
Some Peanuts and Crackerjack
. Ah, baseball! That hallmark of summer; those men in their
dusty uniforms, the sound of the loudspeakers, the electronic scoreboard. Beer vendors crying out their
presence amidst the sweating crowd of boosters, and the smells of the concession stands where a plethora of
American fare may be purchased and consumed. Hot dogs, pretzels, popcorn, nachos, etc. Ballpark
food is party food, treats to be indulged in by reveling fans to celebrate the joys of summer and their
favorite teams. Nobody goes to the ballpark to eat a major meal.
Wrestler forfeits rather than fight a girl.
girl wrestlers: Some drama, some sport
. The crowd cheered as Cassy Herkelman's hand was
raised, but the historic moment of the first girl to win a match at the traditional state wrestling
meet comes with an asterisk. Her opponent, Joel Northrup of Linn-Mar of Marion, forfeited.
Not Wrestling Girls
It's so easy to look at teenagers in general today and sigh. They're more than a bit lazy, a bit
spoiled and more than a bit morally compromised. Two teenagers made national news. One showed
common decency and sportsmanship, two virtues seemingly uncommon in that generation. Hope is restored.
Be Wrestling Girls?
This year's Iowa state championships attracted attention nationwide when
the promising high school sophomore Joel Northrup (the fifth-ranked wrestler in the state) defaulted on his
first match. He had drawn Cassy Herkelman, a female freshman, as his opponent, and he could not, in
good conscience, wrestle a girl. ... Had he not declined to wrestle Herkelman, he might have won it all.
The New York Times, the AP, and other national news organizations noted that Northrup's father is a minister —
the suggestion being that such peculiar and backward views as the young man expressed must be chalked up to a
religious sensibility. Most of the coverage stressed the "girl against the old boys network" angle.
Point to heavens means penalty for Tumwater
. Tumwater beat East Valley 63-27 on Monday night at the Tacoma Dome during the 2A state
semifinal game, but a post-touchdown penalty call was a big surprise for the player responsible. In the second
quarter of the game, Tumwater running back Ronnie Hastie scored on a 23-yard run, took a knee in the end zone and
briefly pointed to the heavens above. For that the referee threw a flag, saying it was unsportsmanlike conduct.
. The bean-counters have struck again — this time in the sports pages.
Two New York Times sport writers have discovered that baseball coaches from minority groups are found
more often coaching at first base than at third base. Moreover, third-base coaches become managers
more often than first-base coaches.
Soccer ball makers in
. Thirteen years ago companies such as adidas and Nike joined labour and development organisations
to end the use of an estimated 7000 children to stitch soccer balls. However, "child labour continues to exist" in
the three main ball-making countries — Pakistan, China and India...
The reality of
international soccer — anti-American bias
. International soccer is an artistic
expression painted by referees on a canvas of grass with athletes as brushes. Neither current public
comments of frustration or the reactions of American players sufficiently explains how international referees
create and render the game of international "soccer." The referees do not specify any foul when they
are called. So "offsides" or "tripping" are never named when they are called by a referee. The
referees do not have to provide any clarification apart from where the kick shall proceed from as
it re-enters play.
bin Laden and jihadists love soccer and the World Cup
. We're not the only ones who love the
World Cup. Osama Bin Laden and his fellow jihadists do, too. Several prominent Islamist
organizations have ties to soccer, according to Newsweek. And jihadists use the sport to bond
with potential recruits.
Soccer: The Perfect
. The world's most popular sport? Puh-leeze. This is like saying that
dirt is more popular than gold simply because there is more of it. Last time I checked, soccer was very
popular where starvation, archery, and badminton were the alternative activities.
A Global Sports
: The 2010 World Cup opens in South Africa in a few weeks. As a sports event, it is
unrivaled in its popularity. It promises to bring a half-million soccer fans to that country. But
it will also draw out the worst of the worst. The Christian Science Monitor reports that the economic
promise of an expected half a million largely male incoming consumers is attracting a massive influx of
prostitutes from across the border in Zimbabwe.
Athlete at Texas School Really 22
. A West Texas student who led his high school basketball team
to the state playoffs last season was actually a 22-year-old man, police said Tuesday [5/11/2010].
High's basketball version of 'Blind Side' was a mirage
. Jerry Joseph's story was inspiring:
He arrived in West Texas as a 15-year-old, homeless Haitian immigrant. ... Much to Odessa's chagrin, Joseph
turned out to be an impostor and a liar. Investigators confirmed last week that his real name is
Guerdwich Montimer. He is 22 and he already had graduated from a Florida high school in 2007, almost
two years before he arrived in Odessa.
a soccer game by more than five points and you lose, Ottawa league says
. In yet another nod
to the protection of fledgling self-esteem, an Ottawa children's soccer league has introduced a rule that
says any team that wins a game by more than five points will lose by default.
have given up wondering when sports — which used to be a way to encourage young men away from more dissolute
pursuits — has now embraced all that is debased in our modern culture; the objectification of women as sex
toys, vulgar language, egotism, and violence. All of this was on display during "The Hangover" promo and another
one for a flick aptly titled, "Drag Me to Hell;" both of which would have never appeared in prime time a few short years
ago, but now invade our homes on a Saturday afternoon. Sadly, the trash emitted from Hollywood has now found its
way onto the playing field; so much so that I sometimes feel that baseball itself has become some kind of perverted
An in-depth look at the "Rooney Rule":
The NFL's Affirmative Action Deception
Imagine an America in which employers faced steep fines for failing to interview a sufficient number of minority
candidates for a vacant management slot prior to making a hiring decision. Even in this day and age, where
diversity rules, that might seem a far-fetched scenario. Yet for the last half-dozen years, this has been
the way the National Football League has operated. And its advocates are seeking ways to expand this
regime to a variety of venues — and with a strong assist from government.
Team Name Draws Protests
. Anti-bullying advocates are beating up on the name chosen for the new
professional basketball team in Syracuse, N.Y. The Syracuse Bullies will play in the American Basketball
Association beginning this fall.
Ballgame keepsake goes electronic
The paper ticket might be on its way to joining AstroTurf and scheduled doubleheaders in the graveyard of sports
obsolescence. A host of professional teams, including the Washington Nationals, are introducing new systems
allowing fans to enter games using their cell phone, driver's license or similar means, potentially making paper
tickets a thing of the past.
NFL Steroids Dealer Found Dead
A convicted steroids dealer who recently met with NFL security officials and gave them names of players he said
bought steroids from him has been found dead in his home. Just after midnight on Thursday, Plano police
made a welfare check and found 35-year-old David Jacobs and 30-year-old Amanda Jo Earhart-Savell dead.
Both had been shot.
America's Newest 'Victims'
There's a new class of victims in America: former NFL players. [...] There's no doubt that many
former players are physical wrecks. But should we feel sorry for them? After all, many
players reveled in the fact that they could punish their bodies week after week and continue to
play. Noticeably absent from this debate is any discussion about the personal responsibility
these players bear for their post-career conditions.
The TV Deal
the NBA Wishes It Had Not Made
. Roughly once a month, the NBA cuts 31 checks to NBA teams as
revenue from its multibillion-dollar national television contract. There are only 30 NBA franchises, so
who gets the extra check? … Ozzie and Dan Silna, co-owners of the long-forgotten ABA team, the Spirits
of St. Louis. It ranks as one of the best sports deals in modern times, one that has paid the
Silnas about $168 million and continues to pay off.
The Gratingest Generation
. Does it ever
occur to media chatterboxes that people watch tennis because they want to see tennis, not hear about some
celebrity's latest movie or TV series? If those who lived during World War II were "the greatest
generation," this must be the gratingest generation. It's not just the constant meaningless chatter
that grates. There is the incessant self-dramatization.
Bigotry and Sports
Although not too many years ago, sports-writing was considered the "toy department" of journalism, the boys and
girls in the press box have been eager to catch up to their counterparts in the "real" world. And so, they
are also no longer content with merely reporting the scores, trades and what have you; they must now generate
the news. And, similar to the mainstream media, they need divisive issues in order to push the agenda of
all J-school graduates: to change the world.
Bills confiscate critical banners from
. Motivated by the failure of his Bills, season-ticket holder Mike Allenbaugh
carried a sign of protest to the final home game. But security forces took it away shortly before
kickoff Dec. 17. … "It's just ridiculous," he said this week. "I can go in there
and say, 'Go Bills.' Why can't I say, 'I don't like you as a manager?'"
Judge Calls NFL Coach's Home
"A Drug Emporium"
. A judge who sentenced Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid's sons to jail on
Thursday [11/1/2007] likened the coach's home to "a drug emporium" and questioned whether his adult sons
should live there.
O'Neill noted that searches of the Reid home found illegal and prescription drugs
throughout the house. He said both boys had been overmedicated throughout much of their lives
Post Toughens Redskins Coverage; Team Yanks Newspaper's 267 Season Tickets
many Washingtonians, a season ticket to Washington Redskins games is almost as
valuable as a place at a White House dinner. This week the Redskins cut the number
of season tickets held by the Washington Post from 279 to 12.
: Why wait for an injury? The next-generation performance
enhancer is elective surgery.
bid to buy the entire NHL
. An investment firm and a sports advisory
company reportedly made a joint proposal to buy all 30 NHL teams for as much as $3.5 billion.
from the NFL
. Neither the Vikings nor the NFL could have been surprised by
[Randy] Moss' misbehavior. "An assault charge had cost him time in jail and a
Notre Dame scholarship," Newsweek noted in a profile two seasons ago. "A drug
offense sent him back to jail and off the Florida State team."
Should Governments Own Convention
Government-subsidized convention centers are chronic money losers.
Survey of Football Injury Research
: Some football fatalities result directly
from participation in the fundamental skills of football; others are caused by systemic
failure as a result of exertion, e.g.
, asthma, heat stroke, and heart problems.
more banks are placing their names on ball parks and arenas
are warming up to the idea of paying for the national exposure that only
professional sports teams can offer. And several major league baseball teams that
have seen attendance drop and revenues fall in recent years, have been spreading
out the welcome mat to banks willing to put up some dough.
Non-athletic corporate welfare:
CEO Makes the Case Against Corporate
. With nearly 100 stores in 18 states, Gander Mountain is the nation's third-largest
outdoors retailer. Unlike its two larger competitors, Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's, Gander Mountain has
achieved impressive growth without seeking targeted tax incentives from state or local governments. In
this interview, Gander's chief executive, Mark Baker, tells us why he believes government officials should
oppose retail tax incentives.
Costco's Corporate Welfare
Tracking published reports on the abuse of eminent domain, one finds Costco is the leading beneficiary of this
kind of corporate welfare, having taken government-confiscated land three times more often then its next rival.
Don't spend millions for billionaires
County is building a $36 million sewage treatment and irrigation plant in Redmond, but so far the only
private customer is the Willows Run Golf Course, owned by multi-billionaire Paul Allen and his brother-in-law.
Airport Privatization in the U.S.
With all of the furor in the recent past over airport security, one fact has gotten lost in the shuffle:
All 10 of the busiest airports in the U.S. are owned and operated by municipalities. Public ownership
and operation of airports is often taken for granted, but that doesn't mean it's best. Public ownership
and operation — which brings a political dimension to hiring and operations — may result
in increased operating costs and other inefficiencies.
Fans Want to Watch Sports, Not Hollywood
. The idea that sports are not enough for sports fans seems to have been behind the fiasco
of putting Dennis Miller's silly chatter on Monday Night Football. Fortunately, the producers of that
program finally got the message that football fans want football. How long will it take producers of
Wrong with Players on Steroids?
So athletes use steroids to perform
better. Wall Street traders take Ritalin and everyone uses caffeinated drinks
during work to stay alert. News anchors get face lifts and actors take
Botox so more people watch them. What's different about athletes?
Hey, it wasn't
. Rafael Palmeiro, the Baltimore Orioles star, told Congress that
he had absolutely, positively never used steroids, but then he failed a urine test. So
last week, he repeated his never-ever statement but inserted a new word: He never
intentionally used them. He said: "I am sure you will ask how I tested positively
for a banned substance. As I look back, I don't have a specific answer to give. I
wasn't able to explain how the banned substance entered my body."
of Sport and State?
The Imperial Federal Government is once again sticking their
collective noses in places where they do not belong. The House Committee on Government
Reform is scheduled to hold hearings next week on steroids in baseball. They have "formally
requested" the presence of some of baseball's past and present stars and have threatened to
use their subpoena power for others if they do not cooperate willingly.
. Distributing steroids carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison
and $250,000 for the first felony offense. So, why are there no prosecuted athletes?
. America is a lot richer than it was [when ESPN began] in 1979,
but not that
much richer. Something else is afoot, turning so many
eyes — that is what pulls the tide of money — to sports. Perhaps
people are drawn to sports because they really don't mean a thing.
The great halftime
: Are we really so starved for entertainment that we can't go a few moments without
some no-talent has-been fresh out of rehab banging out an alleged song that you've already heard too many
times through your car window at the nearest intersection? ... Halftime has morphed into a monster that
overshadows the game.
Super Bowl Host Is the Poorest Big
City in the US
. Before the Super Bowl kickoff this weekend, private planes will land here,
limousines will clog the streets, and lavish parties will be thrown for those with famous names or lots
of money. The kitchens of Ford Field will be stocked with two tons of lobster. Much of the
rest of Detroit, though, is a landscape dotted with burned-out buildings, where liquor stores abound but
supermarkets are hard to come by, and where drugs, violence and unemployment are everyday realities.
[In other words, hosting the Super Bowl does not provide an automatic boost to the
local economy. Only a handful of people benefit from it. The same is true
when a new stadium is built.]
Pulls Plug On Big-Screen Church Parties For Super Bowl
. For years, as many as 200 members of
Immanuel Bible Church and their friends have gathered in the church's fellowship hall to watch the Super
Bowl on its six-foot screen. ... But this year, Immanuel's Super Bowl party is no more. After a crackdown
by the National Football League on big-screen Super Bowl gatherings by churches, the Springfield church
has sacked its event. Instead, church members will host parties in their homes. Immanuel is
among a number of churches in the Washington area and elsewhere that have been forced to use a new
playbook to satisfy the NFL, which said that airing games at churches on large-screen TV sets
violates the NFL copyright. Ministers are not happy.
The Editor says...
If the church has a cover charge, I can see how the NFL would have a case. But as long as there
is no charge for attendance (even for food, presumably) it's not a commercial use of the telecast,
and the NFL lawyers would have to do some smooth talking to get that one past a jury. On the
other hand, what kind of church condones the Super Bowl halftime bump-and-grind show?
$400 for a Day at the Ballpark?
"Only the Yankees would think a $1,200 ticket is affordable and a $2,500 ticket isn't." That was the
reaction of New York Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, a Democrat and vocal opponent of the team's new stadium,
upon learning that the Yankees were cutting the price of premium seats in hopes of filling empty rows near the
This isn't a stadium, but it's not too far off-topic:
Durbin Wants Illinois Taxpayers to Help Fund Obama's Presidential Library. Sen. Dick Durbin (D- Ill.) is
urging the State of Illinois to put in seed money for the creation of a Obama Presidential library in Chicago.
"It's going to have a long-term positive economic impact and this is where it ought to be," Durbin told reporters last
week. "I believe an investment in this library by the State of Illinois will pay back in terms of visitors to our
state, more business, more jobs and people paying taxes." Durbin did not go as far a endorsing a bill in the Illinois
legislature that calls for up to $100 million in state seed money to create the Obama Presidential library.
identified for New York's Obama library bid. Columbia University in New York City
will make a bid to build the Obama presidential library on its Manhattanville campus in West
Harlem, where the structure would be a cornerstone of the university's $6.3 billion expansion into
the economically depressed neighborhood, a university source confirmed. The source said that the
university planned to vigorously pursue the library as part the campus expansion at 130th Street
and Broadway. President Barack Obama earned his undergraduate degree from Columbia in 1983.
The Editor goes way off-topic:
America's bread and circus society
How does the writer of this article know that Obama graduated from Columbia? Where are Obama's transcripts?
. With many, sports are not just a
hobby; they are a religion. I cannot count the number of conversations between men that I overhear in restaurants, airplanes, boardrooms,
and, yes, even church houses, in which every man in the circle is literally consumed with all sorts of sports facts, information, and opinions.
In many such discussions, these men will talk about nothing else. To these men, there is absolutely nothing in the world more important than
the latest sports score, announcement, or trade.
Football Is the New Smoking
. This morning, fat
kids across America ran wind sprints until they vomited, drove sleds like beasts until muscle collapse, and alternated between jogging in place
and hitting the deck so frequently that it jarred even the insides of onlookers. And they do it all again this afternoon. This
isn't a federal anti-obesity initiative. It's football.
Surprise! Arts Center Predictions
. The Washington Post reports that the financial projections for a government-funded arts center,
Artisphere, in Arlington, Virginia, don't seem to have panned out. Do they ever? ... And yet millionaire
owners and mayors with Edifice Complexes keep commissioning these studies, and council members and editorial
boards keep falling for them.
City-owned Hilton Baltimore lost $11.5 million last year
The city-owned Hilton Baltimore lost nearly $11.5 million in 2011 — about $400,000 more than it lost the previous year, according to a recently
released audit. In addition to losing money last year, the hotel dipped into its reserves in February to make payments on its debt service. The
Baltimore Hotel Corp., created in 2005 to oversee the hotel's operations, withdrew nearly $4 million from its $12.4 million of debt-service reserve
accounts to make a semi-annual bond payment in March.
Voters Overwhelmingly Reject 'Incentive' for Hotel Developer
. Voters in Wichita, Kansas have trounced a
proposed $2.25 million tax rebate for a hotel development that had the support of the Wichita City Council and the
Wichita Downtown Development Corporation. Despite the urgings of city leaders, the tax rebate proposal lost by 61-38 percent
in the Feb. 28 special election. Opposition came from groups including Americans for Prosperity and the newly
formed citizen-activist organization Wichitans for Tax Fairness.
The NCAA's battle against politically incorrect mascot names:
Apparently even the most oblique reference to Indians is perceived as hostile and abusive by the NCAA.
Someday soon, even the word "Indian" will probably be taboo.
The NCAA Political Correctness Witch Hunt
Now in its seventh year, the National Collegiate Athletic Association's battle with the University of North Dakota may be reaching a final
conclusion. In 2005, the NCAA announced a complete ban on hosting post-season competition by 18 colleges that were using Native
American mascots, logos, or nicknames. The ban was to become effective in February 2006. The college sports governing body
backed off its strident demand regarding some schools after learning that Native American groups endorsed use of their tribal names by
their adoptive schools.
Voters In N.D. Reject Fighting Sioux
. In yet another victory for the forces of politically correct insanity, voters in North Dakota voted to dump the mascot of the
University of North Dakota. The Fighting Sioux are no more. According to the Bismarck Tribune, more than 67 percent of voters
approved of Measure 4, a ballot initiative that ended the long struggle between the National Collegiate Athletic Association and its supporters,
on the one hand, and those who love and revere the formidable-looking Indian logo the school has used for many moons. Backers of the logo vow to
banning Native American mascots
. Oregon's Board of Education on Thursday [3/8/2012] took up [Che] Butler's
plea for the second time, rejoining a longstanding national debate about racial tolerance and school traditions five
years after issuing a nonbinding recommendation that schools stop using Native American regalia.
sues NCAA to let school use name
. The Spirit Lake tribe Tuesday sued the NCAA for blocking its
attempt to let the University of North Dakota use the sports nickname Fighting Sioux.
Dakota to give up attempts to keep Fighting Sioux logo
. The end may finally be near for the
University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname and logo. After a six-year battle, the state appears
ready to declare defeat and retire the nickname, which was deemed unacceptable by the NCAA in 2005. The
Fighting Sioux has been associated with the university's athletic teams since 1930. State Sen. Lonnie
Laffen, a Republican who voted earlier this year to codify the nickname into law, recently told the Grand Forks
Herald that he will sponsor legislation to shift authority over the issue to the State Board of Higher Education.
ND House votes to keep UND Fighting Sioux nickname,
. The North Dakota House has voted to keep the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux
nickname and logo. On a 65-28 vote, the House approved House Bill 1263, which states University of
North Dakota athletic teams shall be known as the Fighting Sioux. Neither UND nor the state Board of
Higher Education may take action to discontinue the use of the nickname or logo.
Sioux on warpath over nickname
. When North Dakota's state board of higher education voted to
phase out the "Fighting Sioux" last year, that seemed to signal the end of the lengthy battle over the
University of North Dakota's nickname and logo. Except that it didn't. Two Fighting Sioux
supporters have since launched Save Our Suhaki, a tongue-in-cheek campaign ostensibly aimed at preserving the
suhaki, a Russian antelope whose name is pronounced exactly like "Sioux hockey."
Wisconsin law lets
residents challenge race-based mascots
. The homecoming pep rally Friday at Kewaunee High School
will have extra drama this year: Everyone in town will learn whether they'll be rooting for the River
Bandits or the Storm to beat the Valders Vikings in the big football game.
Dakota decisions end Fighting Sioux nickname
. A state Supreme Court ruling and a Board of
Higher Education decision have retired for good the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname
after a four-year legal battle.
near for Fighting Sioux mascot?
The end of the Fighting Sioux could be near as the University
of North Dakota appears ready to abandon its mascot over calls of racism despite a petition drive by local
tribe members to preserve the school's nickname and logo. Supporters from the Standing Rock Sioux want
to collect at least 600 signatures before the next tribal council meeting in March.
Ole Miss students to vote on new mascot;
Colonel Reb not an option
. University of Mississippi students will vote this month on creating a new
Chancellor Supports Retiring 'Fighting Sioux'
Logo That Threatens Hockey Arena
. Bill Goetz, North Dakota's university system chancellor, said
Thursday [11/15/2007] at a Board of Higher Education meeting he will support retiring University of North
Dakota's "Fighting Sioux" logo and nickname in less than three years if the school and Sioux tribes cannot
agree to keep it.
wants sealed court documents
. The NCAA will ask a Grand Forks Circuit Court judge on Wednesday
[3/7/2007] to shield documents from public view in its court case against UND over the Fighting Sioux
nickname. North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said most of the documents the NCAA wants
concealed from the public have to do with discussions among the association's Executive Committee while
drafting its 2006 policy on American Indian nicknames and imagery.
Wisconsin may fine
schools $1,000 a day for Indian mascots
. Democratic lawmakers are proposing a bill that would require
the state to investigate complaints about American Indian mascots in Wisconsin schools. If the complaints are
justified, the state Department of Public Instruction would have to order the school to drop the mascot or logo within
a year or face fines of up to $1,000 a day.
Chief Illiniwek performs last dance
. After 20 years of pressure from activists who found
the University of Illinois mascot offensive, the school did away with Illiniwek and his antics. Dan
Maloney, a graduate student who portrays the controversial American Indian mascot, performed for the final
time in front of students and fans at a men's basketball game Wednesday night [2/21/2007].
Thoughts on the Chief Debacle
. It's bad enough that Chief Illiniwek has danced his last
dance. That fact visibly slammed sorrow into the hearts of thousands of faithful Illini on Wednesday
night as men, women, and children hung their heads and even shed their tears. If the fight to retire
the Chief by so-called "oppressed" minorities and hypersensitive leftists is about retribution and vengeance,
then they got what they wanted. But the story unfolding in the aftermath of the Chief's departure is
larger than our beloved tradition.
North Dakota to sue NCAA over mascot
. The University of North Dakota plans to sue the NCAA to avoid penalties for using
the school's Fighting Sioux nickname and Indian head logo, which the association considers demeaning to
will drop the feathers from its athetics logo
. William and Mary will drop the feathers from its
athetics logo to comply with the NCAA's request, the school announced Tuesday [10/10/2006]. The phase-out
process will begin during the 2007-08 school year. The NCAA in 2004 identified W&M, whose nickname is
the "Tribe," as a school with a logo or nickname that could be viewed as "hostile and abusive" in relation to
schools defend use of tribal-themed mascots
. Educators from small-town Oregon came to the
capital Tuesday [10/23/2007] to argue that their high schools should remain the Indians, Warriors and
Braves as a respectful way to honor Native American culture and history. Fourteen superintendents and
principals from Amity to Warrenton spoke forcefully at a state Department of Education meeting against a
proposal to ban their Native American mascots.
Name blame by the NCAA is just so
. The NCAA hates — and has vowed to crush — any school with a sports
nickname that doesn't measure up to politically correct standards. … The NCAA considers
Fighting Illini, Fighting Sioux and Indians hostile and abusive. Worse yet, those names
are "inconsistent with the NCAA commitment to diversity, respect and sportsmanship," the
organization said in a news release.
NCAA says Newberry agrees to drop
. Newberry College has agreed to drop its "Indians" nickname and has been taken
off the list of schools facing postseason bans because of hostile or abusive logos and mascots. The
school was taken off the list Friday [11/10/2006] after it told the governing body about the planned change,
NCAA spokesman Bob Williams said Sunday.
Those fighting Sioux nickname lose sight of most
. Never mind that a well-known Indian artist designed the UND logo of a proud Sioux
warrior. Never mind that this image resembles the stately Indian on U.S. "buffalo" nickels, and on North
Dakota's highway patrol cars and highway signs. Never mind that sports teams choose names that symbolize
what they honor — courage on the battlefield — not what they mock or despise. The
forces of political correctness have embraced this latest victim-creating issue and won't
let it go.
Nickname debate gains steam before NCAA
. The nickname debate is heating up at the University of North Dakota, just days before
the NCAA plans to hear an appeal of the school's Fighting Sioux logo. The NCAA has listed UND among
schools with nicknames or mascots deemed "hostile or abusive," barring those colleges from holding postseason
games unless they get rid of the Indian imagery. Some schools, including Florida State, have won appeals.
Three Appeals on Indian Mascots
. The NCAA's executive committee on Friday [4/28/2006] rejected
appeals by Illinois, North Dakota and Indiana University of Pennsylvania to continue using Indian nicknames,
mascots and imagery deemed "hostile" and "abusive" at NCAA championship events. The committee also
placed Bradley on a watch list for five years, the first school in the nation to earn that
distinction. Friday's actions leave seven of the original 18 schools on the offenders list.
loses its mascot appeal to NCAA
. The NCAA on Thursday [10/20/2005] denied Bradley University's
appeal of its inclusion on a list of schools with banned Native American mascots, saying the nickname Braves
"leads to a hostile or abusive environment." It was the first decision on an appeal from a school
without a namesake tribe from which it could cite support.
If the term "Braves" really is abusive and so universally offensive, why didn't the NCAA take action
twenty or thirty years ago? The answer is
simple: Political Correctness
their motivation. The NCAA isn't acting out of generosity toward the Indian
tribes; on the contrary, it is responding to the threat of civil litigation from America's
over-abundance of lawyers
The PC NCAA
that the NCAA has banned the use of Native American nicknames and mascots during tournament competition,
it's time to make sure all other offensive nicknames and mascots are likewise eliminated.
Chief among the
. Censorship — e.g., campus speech codes — often are academic
liberalism's preferred instrument of social improvement, and now the NCAA's censors say: The [University of Illinois] Chief
must go, as must the university's logo of a Native American in feathered headdress. Otherwise the
NCAA will not allow the university to host any postseason tournaments or events.
NCAA rejects Illinois' appeal of
. Illinois lost its appeal of the ban on the university mascot
Friday [11/11/2005] and will remain on a list of schools prohibited from hosting NCAA
postseason events after February. The NCAA will allow Illinois to keep its "Illini"
and "Fighting Illini" nicknames. The university contended those nicknames derived
from the name of the state.
NCAA denies UND's appeal over
Fighting Sioux nickname, logo
. The National Collegiate Athletic Association has denied
an appeal by the University of North Dakota asking that it be removed from a list of schools subject
to restrictions because they have American Indian nicknames, mascots or images.
Playing politics and
. The National Collegiate Athletic Association passed a new rule saying
college teams with Indian names and mascots cannot participate in NCAA championship events. "We
believe hostile or abusive nicknames are troubling to us and it can't continue," said Walter Harrison,
the NCAA committee chairman. "We're trying to send a message, very strongly, saying that these
mascots are not appropriate for NCAA championships." Hmmm? Teams can still have Indian
mascots, but only if they're not going to be champions. That's the silent bigotry
of low expectations!
Attack of the
. Polls keep showing that American Indians aren't really offended
by college team nicknames such as warriors, braves, Indians, Seminoles, and Fighting
Illini. But many sportswriters, campus "diversity" officials, and now the National
Collegiate Athletic Association think they ought to be. So the NCAA says it will ban
from championship play all college teams with "hostile or abusive" nicknames and
mascots. It apparently took this action without consulting tribal leaders.
The NCAA's nickname
: I cannot conceive of a college with an Indian nickname that has hostile
intent. Most colleges using these nicknames and logos do so in admiration of the
indigenes' spirit. What seems at play is the left-wing campus orthodoxy searching
for some offense against a designated victim group or subculture.
Offend Indians. Offend The Evil White Man!
The NCAA is now attempting to tell
member colleges that use of mascots and symbols they deem "offensive" to American Indians are to
be banned from post season play. That means teams like the Florida State Seminoles, and other
mainstays of post season college football bowl games would be denied the chance to
they refused to cover up or change their logos and names.
College team names are
harmless compared to the NCAA
. Athletics and sports in America are
fueling destructive obsessions. The inordinate wealth and celebrity garnered
by professional athletes is converting many youth sports leagues into training mills
that initiate career tracks for aspiring child athletes. Such hopes have helped
to birth an industry of training gadgets, sports schools, and instructional books and
video tapes. The desire for athletes to cash in on their talents has driven demand
for chemicals that supposedly enhance strength and agility.
Indian Mascot Under Fire in North Carolina
. The University of
North Carolina-Pembroke is fighting a request from the National Collegiate
Athletic Association to dump its "Braves" nickname and logo.
put twist on mascots
: Indian students in Colorado have
turned the tables in a debate on racism by naming their intramural
basketball team "The Fighting Whities."
And it's not just the NCAA ...
joins battle over Fighting Sioux logo
. The most prominent defenders of the University of North
Dakota's right to call its teams the Fighting Sioux are neither alumni nor hockey fans. They're Sioux.
A group of Spirit Lake Sioux won a temporary restraining order last week to stop the North Dakota University
System from retiring the nickname and logo, one of the last in the country associated with an American
Lakes considering a change to logo, but Ramapoughs say not so fast. The Washington
Redskins have stuck with their name and logo for years, despite ardent and escalating protests by
Native American organizations and their supporters. Even the U.S. Patent Office weighed in this
year, calling the logo "disparaging." Now, Franklin Lakes is thinking about changing its own
longstanding depiction of a Native American on its letterhead, business cards, vehicles and website.
But this time, it's the Ram — a — pough Lenape Nation — the
closest tribe to the borough — that is objecting.
Americans, others protest Indians' logo. As excited baseball fans, many of them wearing Cleveland's
smiling Chief Wahoo logo, headed into Progressive Field for Friday's home opener, a smaller group stood by unable
to share their enthusiasm.
college drops 'Crusaders' nickname from its sports teams so it doesn't offend 'global society'. A Wisconsin Christian university is
dropping the word 'Crusaders' from its sports teams, saying the word doesn't fit with a 'more global society.' The Maranatha Baptist
University in Watertown and its sports teams have used the name since the college's founding in 1968. The decision coincides with a
recent name change, from Maranatha Baptist Bible College to Maranatha Baptist University.
In Wisconsin, Big Chief Walker signs
new Indian mascot bill. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed an Indian mascot bill on Thursday that will make it harder for politically
correct meddlers to force public schools around the state to change their mascots, logos and team names.
Walker Signs Bill Making it Harder to Change Native American Mascots. As pressure mounts from activists nationwide on schools
that use Native American mascots for their sports teams, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed legislation last week that would make it harder
for Wisconsin public schools to change their name.
Houston school board votes to ban
"offensive" mascots. The Houston school district board has given preliminary approval to a new policy that would prohibit offensive
or culturally insensitive mascots.
Chief Wahoo Gets Cut from Memorial Day Cleveland Indians
. Major League Baseball pulled the plug on a Cleveland Indians cap that caused some controversy
last year. MLB started producing a line of "Stars and Stripes" baseball caps but many thought that Chief
Wahoo adorning Old Glories red, white, and blue was out of bounds.
Braves strike out in
. The United Methodist Church has rejected Richmond for its 2012 international
conference because the city's minor league baseball team is named the Braves. "Many Native
Americans, if you ask them what they think about team mascots, will tell you that they find [them] to
be demeaning," said Stephen Drachler, a spokesman for the United Methodist Church. Apparently,
nobody asked Virginia's Monacan Nation, located near Lynchburg about 130 miles west of
Richmond. Kenneth Branham, Monacan chief, yesterday said, "The mascot thing has been
blown out of proportion."
Spirit Lake voters overwhelmingly support Fighting
. Spirit Lake voters apparently overwhelmingly support UND's Fighting Sioux nickname in a
referendum Tuesday [4/21/2009].
Complaints and tradition mark
high school mascot struggle
. While efforts to remove American Indian themed mascots from college
campuses continue to command a high profile, quieter struggles are ongoing in high schools, where the response
is just as mixed. Some schools, citing tradition, are resisting and insist their use is a sign of
respect even if Indian advocates disagree.
NCAA won't expand
Confederate flag ban
. Wofford athletic director Richard Johnson wasn't sure what to think
last summer when the NCAA agreed to hear a request to expand its ban on South Carolina because of the
Confederate flag. … Enhancing the ban to include championships awarded on merit — like football
playoffs and baseball regionals — would've seriously hurt Wofford's chances of advancing in
Pork Chop, the mascot's new name is Ferrous
. A handful of complaints from [Guillermo] Lopez and others, as well
as a steamed online community, prompted team officials to change the name of the mascot for the Triple A affiliate of
the Philadelphia Phillies to Ferrous. Team officials announced the switch midday Monday [12/3/2007].
Context of mascot's
name made it inoffensive
. Five-year-old Kylie Shimkus of Easton thought it up, entered a contest and won. The
Lehigh Valley IronPigs had a name for their mascot, and it seemed like a darn good one: PorkChop. The name became official
Sunday. Monday, it was gone. Members of the area's Puerto Rican community protested the name as a common racial slur.
The IronPigs quickly changed it to Ferrous, a name which emphasizes the iron, not the pig. Was this necessary?
The effect is spreading to other fields as well:
'Squaw' still Utah moniker
In 2008 alone, the U.S. Board on Geographic Names has renamed 22 geographic features to eliminate the word
"squaw" from locations throughout Arizona, Maine, Montana, South Dakota and Washington. The board's
actions effectively approve revision of federal maps and documents to reflect the areas' new names. The
term squaw is considered highly offensive by many American Indians.
PETA Asks PBAU To Change Mascot Name
The animal-rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is asking Palm Beach Atlantic
University to change the name of its athletic mascot. In a letter sent Wednesday [1/14/2009] to PBAU
President Dr. David Clark, PETA urged the school to change its mascot from the Sailfish to Sea Kitten "to
reflect the gentle nature of its current marine namesake."
Board advocates dumping UND nickname, logo
North Dakota's Board of Higher Education has agreed to drop the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux
nickname and Indian head logo, a move intended to resolve a decades-long campus dispute about whether the name
demeans American Indians.
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