The National Football League is starting to feel the financial consequences of allowing players to disrespect the national anthem with their social justice warrior protesting. President Trump has been very vocal about his opposition to these protests, and in response, the NFL and a large number of players thought it would be a good idea to escalate their nonsense. Fans are leaving in mass numbers, NFL ratings are down 11% from this time last year, and the NFL has had to refund money to advertisers for lack of viewership.
CEO Allan Jones, of Check Into Cash, has had enough and is no longer putting up with commissioner Roger Goodell or his merry band of misfits. Mr. Jones previously provided wardrobes for NBC sportscasters and had several advertisement spots during NFL games. In response to the disrespect, the NFL has shown toward the national anthem and the fans, Mr. Jones is no longer doing business with the NFL as indicated by the statement he recently released stating, “Our companies will not condone the unpatriotic behavior. When I see Colin Kaepernick lecturing the ‘oppressed’ wearing a Fidel Castro T-shirt you realize the hypocrisy to this stupidity. I love America. They have the right to protest, and I have the right to turn off the channel and place our ads elsewhere. The next time someone asks the public to finance a stadium, this will have a very long-term effect. These guys should really be the lead plaintiffs in the head injury cases – that’s the only jury that will find sympathy.” Adding to his statement regarding his cancellation of business with the NFL, Mr. Jones provided a bit of history for commissioner Roger Goodell to lament on. “If you will research why Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner, you will realize why I am upset about these NFL players protesting. They don’t even know what it is they are protesting. The flag was still standing. 200 English ships tried to take it down. They kept it up all night and it could only be seen when the bombs were bursting in the air. So many patriots gave their lives to keep the flag up — and now to have people protesting who don’t have a clue about any of this bothers me.”
The significance of Mr. Jones pulling his advertisements and sponsorship is profound. This may be the start of a mass exodus of advertisers leaving the NFL in an effort to save their businesses. Fans are not just leaving the NFL; they are refusing to deal with anybody who has a connection to the NFL. Recently, a Navy veteran and truck driver has called for the boycott of all Flying J and Pilot gas stations which are owned by Jimmy Haslam, the owner of the Cleveland Browns. The Navy veteran Matt states, “We just watched the beginning of the Cleveland Browns [game] and the national anthem, and the owner, Jimmy Haslam, allowed most of his team to kneel during the national anthem. Jimmy Haslam owns all the Pilots and Flying J’s in the country. What you need to do if you support this is, do not go to a Pilot, do not go to a Flying J, until he states to his team, that no member will be allowed to take a knee during the national anthem.” You can watch the video, in its entirety here on Facebook. Within 6 hours of the release of this video, it was viewed more than 350,000 times and shared 13,000 times. The owner of the Cleveland Browns responded naively, thinking that what he was condoning his players doing is somehow constructive. “We view our organization, our league, and our players as great unifiers of people. Our players, just like so many others across our league, have been honest and thoughtful with their attempt to bring awareness to the issues of inequality and social injustice. We were incredibly moved by the meaningful and powerful dialogue they initiated within our organization when they spoke of their intent to unify. We must not let the misguided, uninformed, and divisive comments from the President or anyone else deter us from our efforts to unify.”
Heading into week 4 of the 2017 NFL season, things do not look good for the players or commissioner Roger Goodell. DIRECTV is giving customers refunds for NFL Sunday Ticket in response to the protesting players, CEO’s have started to pull adds, and the boycott currently going on will likely force additional advertisers to walk away from the NFL.