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Shock poll: NFL now least liked sport, core fans down 31%
Post Date: 2017-10-07 13:54:23 by Tooconservative
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 Secrets. Worse for football, which was already seeing lower TV ratings and empty stadium seats, the month of protests and complaints about them from President Trump drove core fans, men ...
Ouch! NFL TV ratings drop again as angry fans exercise their own rights
Post Date: 2017-10-04 16:03:52 by Tooconservative
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. Despite the always insightful, candid commentary of Jon Gruden, this weeks Monday Night game on ESPN lost audience again. It was actually a pretty good game, by all accounts. After the 29-20 win, Kansas City remained the only unbeaten team at 4-0, while Washington fell to 2-2. This game though drew 13% fewer viewers than last week. And the drop was worse 16% in the key demo that ad buyers covet. ...
Twitter Explodes After Another White QB Is Signed Before Kaepernick
Post Date: 2017-10-04 04:09:45 by Tooconservative
Kaepernick, just before some white guy grabbed his ball and ran away. The Tennessee Titans signed backup quarterback Brandon Weeden after an injury to Marcus Mariota, and supporters of Colin Kaepernick are not happy. The Twitter universe exploded with plenty of hot takes after another white backup quarterback was signed before the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who infamously refused to stand for the anthem. Dear @NFL, Colin Kaepernick is a better quarterback than Brandon Weeden. We all know that. Let him play! Sincerely, America Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) October 3, 2017 Colin Kaepernick when he sees the Titans sign Brandon Weeden pic.twitter.com/Ib1AGAOrjH ...
Budweiser is actively seeking customer opinions on NFL sponsorship; call 800-342-5283
Post Date: 2017-10-01 16:32:13 by Tooconservative
Anheuser-Busch, one of the NFLs biggest sponsors, is weighing feedback from its customers on its sponsorship of the NFL. The NFL player protests of the National Anthem have backfired in a major way on the league. It has seen sponsors pull out, ratings decline and teams play in front of practically empty stadiums. But a sponsor like Budweiser ending its support of the league would be a devastating blow. And if the companys hotline is to be believed, the NFL has something to be concerned about. When customers call the number, 1-800-342-5283, they are greeted by a recording which gives, as its first option, a chance for anyone for or against the player protests to voice their ...
Twitter: number of NFL players not standing for anthem drops from 180 to 11
Post Date: 2017-10-01 14:41:40 by Tooconservative
Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) Last week, about 180 NFL players didn't stand for the National Anthem. This week? 11. pic.twitter.com/L1NAIXKyZx10:21AM, 1 Oct 2017 Poster Comment:Trump wins. In fact, he is winning so much, I'm getting tired of all the winning.
62% of NFL fans plan to watch less football
Post Date: 2017-09-30 13:20:49 by Tooconservative
Is it a passing storm or an existential problem? Thats a key question for the NFL as it grapples with the mushrooming controversy of players kneeling in protest during the national anthem, and President Donald Trumps persistent bashing of the kneelers. A new Yahoo Finance poll suggests the NLF has an enduring problem on its hands. Nearly 62% of 9,056 respondents told us they plan to watch less pro football in response to the anthem controversy. Thirty-six percent said they plan to buy less NFL merchandise, and 32% have chosen not to attend a game they would otherwise have gone to. Those findings all have financial implications for the NFL and its 32 team owners. We wanted to ...
NFL ticket sales plummet 17.9%
Post Date: 2017-09-29 12:45:15 by Tooconservative
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. From TickPick: 17.9 percent decrease in NFL orders this week compared to the previous week.Last year the drop was 10.8 percent in orders on Monday & Tuesday following Week Three games. "We have seen a massive decrease in NFL ticket purchases this past week in comparison to years past. Week 3 seems to usually have less ticket orders than week 2, but ...
The Slow Death Of The NFL?
Post Date: 2017-09-28 12:09:06 by Tooconservative
I should say at the outset that Ive never really been a big football fan. I grew up in Detroit and played hockey, so I love the Redwings. Besides, we didnt really have a professional team in Detroit; we only had the Lions. Jokes aside, I watched it nearly every week. Not intently, but it was on in the background because its easy to do other things with football on. Whether its cleaning, writing or whatever, there are long stretches of time during a football game where nothing much happens. And if anything interesting does happen the announcers voice and crowd noise give it away and you can look at the TV. If you miss that, they replay it immediately. ...
NBA Coach Popovich Pops Off: ‘White People Especially’ Need to be Made ‘Uncomfortable’ (VIDEO)(‘our country’s an embarrassment’)
Post Date: 2017-09-27 17:21:49 by 3-Dee
NBA Coach Popovich Pops Off: White People Especially Need to be Made Uncomfortable (VIDEO) September 26, 2017 by Cristina Laila San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich railed against white people, President Trump and the United States on ESPN2s The Paul Finebaum Show on Monday. The San Antonio Spurs coach was triggered by President Trump after he called for a boycott of the NFL because of their national anthem protests; he blamed racism, naturally. There has to be an uncomfortable element in the discourse for anything to change. You know, whether its the LGBT movement, or you know womens suffrage, race, it doesnt ...
Robert Barnes: No, NFL Players Do Not Have a Right to Kneel or Boycott American Anthem
Post Date: 2017-09-27 16:57:54 by 3-Dee
Robert Barnes: No, NFL Players Do Not Have a Right to Kneel or Boycott American Anthem The Associated Press by Robert Barnes 26 Sep 2017 Like the Democratic Party, the NFL has forgot who put them there. The NFL is in the entertainment business, and the heart of its fan base is Trump country. It aint CNN. First, the First Amendment protects against the government limiting speech (like public universities do routinely these days); it is not a license to use your employer to harangue their customers. On the companys time and the customers dime, you have no First Amendment right to lecture your customers or fellow employees or anyone else for that matter. Second, the NFL ...
NFL sacks taxpayers for billions in stadium subsidies and other goodies
Post Date: 2017-09-26 04:29:50 by 3-Dee
BLITZING TAXPAYERS: Even in states facing billion dollar budget shortfalls, the NFL has been able to get massive handouts in recent years. The National Football League sacks taxpayers from every angle. The NFL is technically a nonprofit thanks to a special exception in the tax code carved out by Congress in the 1960s despite making billions of dollars of profit each year and paying top executives seven-figure salaries. The NFL is allowed to negotiate contracts that would be illegal for companies like Apple or Exxon thank Congress again for that one. And the NFL is able to use its financial and political muscle to get lots of additional freebies from city and state ...
‘Goodbye Pittsburgh Steelers, Burn In Hell’: Angry Fans Burn Gear Over National Anthem Protest [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2017-09-25 16:34:46 by Tooconservative
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) Pittsburgh Steelers fans are taking to social media to show how upset they are that the team stayed inside during the national anthem. Fans have posted numerous videos on social media of themselves burning their Steelers gear. Im a lifelong Steelers fan, not anymore. Not a fan of you, the NFL, any of it, says Jim Heaney on YouTube. Heaney posted the video of himself setting all of his Steelers gear on fire following the teams decision to decide to stay inside the locker room/tunnel during the national anthem. And I hope all your ignorance burns too, Heaney says as he throws his Steelers gear on the fire. Heaney ends his video by ...
Bills Blocking Taxpayer Funding Of Sports Arenas Could Gain Steam Amid Anthem Protests
Post Date: 2017-09-25 09:25:23 by Tooconservative
Senators proposed a bill this summer to prevent federal taxpayer funding from going towards the construction of professional sports arenas, and after more players began supporting the protest of the national anthem before games, the legislation may begin to pick up steam. A companion measure to the legislation was already proposed in the House back in March by Oklahoma Republican Rep. Steve Russell. Last June, New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker and Republican Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford put forth a bill that would ban professional sports teams from using municipal bonds in relation to federal funding to build their sports arenas. Professional sports teams generate billions of ...
Jaguars, Ravens players kneel [overseas] during anthem amid Trump's criticism [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2017-09-24 12:43:38 by Tooconservative
Multiple Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars players knelt on Sunday during the playing of the national anthem at the first NFL game since President Trump called for players who take a knee to be fired. Video and photos posted to Twitter shows players kneeling and locking arms as the anthem played. Ravens and Jaguars players kneeling during National Anthem in England pic.twitter.com/GhthyfIEe3 Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) September 24, 2017 Many players from both teams kneeling during anthem in London, arms linked. Neil Best (@sportswatch) September 24, 2017 Multiple players on both the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars took a knee during the national ...
49ers-Rams tickets reselling for the price of two stadium pretzels
Post Date: 2017-09-21 14:36:01 by nolu chan
49ers-Rams tickets reselling for the price of two stadium pretzels By Bill Disbrow SFGate Updated 7:59 am, Thursday, September 21, 2017 Thursday night's Rams-49ers game may be the toughest sell in the history of Levi's Stadium. As of Wednesday, resale tickets were being offered on StubHub for as low as $14 to see the team host the Los Angeles Rams at 7 p.m. That price is just cheaper than buying a pair of $7.50 pretzels through the Levi's Stadium app and comparable to the price of a beer and a hot dog at the the three-year-old arena. According to the team's seat licensing map, the cheapest original face value for any seat is $85. Ticket sale aggregator TicketIQ listed ...
The NFL is praying for a ratings turnaround [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2017-09-21 14:34:30 by nolu chan
The NFL is praying for a ratings turnaround By Richard Morgan New York Post September 20, 2017 | 10:29pm | Updated s the NFL kicks off Week 3 with Thursday Night Football, team owners, TV networks and Madison Avenue are hoping it can turn around an early-season ratings dip. Ratings in Weeks 1 and 2 were down 12 and 15 percent, respectively, according to Nielsen. To be sure, saturation TV coverage of Hurricane Irma sapped some eyeballs from football during the first week of play. Still, nine of the 13 NFL windows in the season-to-date posted viewership declines, Sports Media Watch reported. Week 2 might have still been disrupted by carryover impacts from the ...
NFL Ratings Down Big on Opening Night Amid Renewed Anthem Protests
Post Date: 2017-09-09 22:09:40 by Tooconservative
The NFL opened its 2017 season Thursday night, in much the same way that it played out the 2016 season. The game featured the team that won the final game of the year last season, the game was high-scoring with plenty of offense, the game featured an anthem protest, and the leagues ratings went down. The game between the Chiefs and the Patriots drew a 14.6 overnight rating on NBC. That rating is down nearly two full points from last years 16.5 number for the Panthers-Broncos opener, and more than three points down from the Steelers-Patriots opener in 2015. Why, the steep decline? While the ratings have clearly trended down for a number of seasons, last nights game ...
Tim Tebow’s unlikely quest moves to the next level
Post Date: 2017-07-01 13:45:26 by Tooconservative
This is a holiday weekend update on Tim Tebows quest. Full disclosure: Never met him. Hate the Denver Broncos (Sorry, Kevin) even when Tebow starred there and took them to the playoffs. But I love the mans quest and the way the devout Christian quietly but consistently lives it. Most especially, I admire the way Tim Tebow infects other peoples lives positively with his. Im blessed because of my faith, he says, that I dont have to worry about the future because I know who holds my future. After being dropped by Denver and other NFL teams, the athletic young man set out to re-try baseball after too many years to have the best chance. ...
Area Man Tells ESPN to Eff Off
Post Date: 2017-04-19 14:44:08 by Tooconservative
Quick point before I get to the humorous content: The "prestige" media has prestige only because people confer that prestige on it. Stop conceding that prestige, and they're not prestigious any longer. A lot of people take pics and videos and post them. The major networks then ask -- for free -- for rights to republish the photos or videos. Most say yes, just because it's "prestigious" to have a media company use your work (for free!) so long as they give you some kind of minor credit at the bottom of the page. Maybe people should start saying "No," or "Yes, if you pay me a lot of money, assholes." Enter Abdul, who took this amusing photo of ...
NBL player whose eye popped out during a game reveals he could STILL SEE through the dangling orb… and it has been returned to its socket with no lasting damage
Post Date: 2017-01-28 22:01:50 by cranky
New Zealand Breakers forward Akil Mitchell suffered a horrific eye injury His left eyeball popped out of its socket as he challenged for a reboundPlayers, referees and courtside fans were visibly upset by the awful sightMitchell tweeted that he was doing fine and was able to see after the match WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT New Zealand Breakers forward Akil Mitchell has revealed he could still see out of his eye after it popped out of his socket during an NBL game. The American import collapsed on the court in the final quarter on Thursday after contesting a rebound with Taipans centre Nnanna Egwu resulted in his left eyeball coming out of its socket. Mitchell told the Herald he could still ...
HOW BOUT DEM COWBOYS!
Post Date: 2016-11-25 14:22:36 by redleghunter
Dak Prescott accounted for two touchdowns, his fellow rookie Ezekiel Elliott ran for two more, and the Dallas Cowboys extended their franchise regular- season record with a 10th straight victory, beating the Washington Redskins, 31-26, on Thursday. Click for Full Text!Poster Comment:
Cubs World Series Champions!!!!!!!
Post Date: 2016-11-03 01:29:33 by redleghunter
CLEVELAND -- After a 108-year wait for a World Series championship, the Cubs had to wait just a little longer. Ben Zobrist smacked a one-out tiebreaking RBI double in a two-run 10th inning that lifted the Cubs to an 8-7 rain-delayed victory over the Indians Wednesday night in Game 7. Zobrist was named World Series MVP. Click for Full Text!Poster Comment:Congratulations Chicago Cubs!
Kaepernick Anger Intense in NFL Front Offices
Post Date: 2016-08-31 15:00:00 by ConservingFreedom
[...] "I don't want him anywhere near my team," one front office executive said. "He's a traitor." A traitor? He wasn't alone in the anger directed toward Kaepernick. In interviews with seven team executives, each said he didn't want Kaepernick on his team. This is far from scientific, but I believe this is likely the feeling among many front office executives. Not all. But many. All seven estimated 90 to 95 percent of NFL front offices felt the same way they did. One executive said he hasn't seen this much collective dislike among front office members regarding a player since Rae Carruth. Remember Rae Carruth? He's still in prison for the plot ...
Who Was Ty Cobb? The History We Know That’s Wrong
Post Date: 2016-08-15 12:11:31 by redleghunter
The following is adapted from a speech delivered at Hillsdale College on March 7, 2016, during a program on Sports and Character sponsored by the Colleges Center for Constructive Alternatives. Ty Cobb was one of the greatest baseball players of all time and king of the so-called Deadball Era. He played in the major leaguesmostly for the Detroit Tigers but a bit for the Philadelphia Athleticsfrom 1905 to 1928, and was the first player ever voted into the Hall of Fame. His lifetime batting average of .366 is amazing, and has never been equaled. But for all that, most Americans think of him first as an awful persona racist and a low-down cheat who thought ...
Ken Starr Resigns As Baylor Chancellor Amid Football Rape Scandal
Post Date: 2016-06-01 20:49:15 by Willie Green
Starr, the universitys president until last week, is stepping down as a matter of conscience. ASSOCIATED PRESS Former Baylor University President Kenneth Starr, who last week was demoted to chancellor amid a sexual assault scandal involving the schools football program, has resigned that post. Starrs resignation is effective immediately, according to ESPNs Outside The Lines. Starr said he left his new post as a matter of conscience, according to the outlet. I have to and I willingly do accept responsibility, Starr exclusively told ESPN in an interview that aired Wednesday. The captain goes ...
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