Sillycone wrote:Dallas Cowboys have to stand for the National Anthem!
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says his team has a policy requiring Dallas players to stand on the field for the national anthem regardless of any rules the NFL might adopt on the matter.
Businesses exist to make profit, not to provide a forum for political speech. The NFL has three major revenue streams - ticket sales, NFL logo items and TV ads. Taking a could easily have built playgrounds and drug rehab centers with a very small part of their salary.
The NFL is taking federal government money since 9/11 to stage flyovers and use full field-sized American flags, as the government wanted to sell patriotism and military recruiting. And so it was quite a shock for America loving fans to suddenly see the National Anthem disrespected in the last two NFL seasons. It was rebranding at its worst.
The NFL took the money, rather than refused it, and so they became publicly bonded to a patriotic image, complete with flyovers at games. But then the players started taking a knee and the teams tolerated this virtue signaling insult from guys who made millions and This led to a psychological divorce between fans and teams, a divorce initiated by the NFL players and management. Jerry Jones is not going to easily change that. If he could get all the teams to stand for the National Anthem (I'm not holding my breath on that), he might have a chance to change opinions over the next few years. And the NFL shouldn't be expecting any big new stadium bond bills passed by state legislatures. The honeymoon is over.
Amen! Well said. I have my own issues with Roger Goodell, but he truly could not have handled this any worse. He could have stopped this with Colin K. Jerry Jones is one of the few (if only) owners that gets it. And the NFL has told him to "shut up about the anthem". His quarterback, Dak Prescott, has come out and said it was the wrong way to protest. Prescott's a good kid, I've been a fan of his since he played for Miss State. Except when he was beating LSU. LOL
President Trump offered any of the NFL player protesters to present to him any person that was treated unfairly by the police and he would look into it. Not one single one has offered up any examples of anyone unjustly incarcerated. Proving the whole protest is anti-American or now anti-Trump.
I honestly don't miss it. College football is much better. The players aren't jaded, yet....