The NFL still hasn’t received the message that most Americans don’t enjoy watching players protest before games on Sundays.
The ratings dip for the 2017-18 season apparently isn’t enough of an indication.
Now, Commissioner Roger Goodell confirms the league’s social justice push is merely the beginning of what’s to come.
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Despite the plummeting TV ratings and continued anger of fans over a rising tide of anthem protests, National Football Commissioner Roger Goodell is promising that the league is ready to increase its attention to so-called “social justice” programs and campaigns.
Only a day after news broke that the NFL rejected an ad that the military veteran group AMVETS wanted to air during the Super Bowl because it celebrated veterans and honored the national anthem, Goodell promised that the current spending on social justice is “just the beginning.”
“We’re just getting started with this effort,” Goodell said according to the Bangor Daily News.
Goodell made his comments on Tuesday at a meeting of members of a joint committee of owners and players that had been convened to shepherd the new social justice programs.
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AMVETS officials have a message for the NFL: “Freedom of speech works both ways.”
In what AMVETS say is a case of “corporate censorship,” the NFL, which, unlike several other professional sports leagues, has allowed its players to protest the singing of the National Anthem — and has paid dearly for doing so — has refused to run their “#PleaseStand” ad the veterans group produced in response to the divisive protest movement.
“Freedom of speech works both ways,” said AMVETS National Commander Marion Polk, the Army Times reports. “We respect the rights of those who choose to protest, as these rights are precisely what our members have fought — and in many cases died — for. But imposing corporate censorship to deny that same right to those veterans who have secured it for us all is reprehensible and totally beyond the pale.”
The group says the $30,000 ad featured service members saluting Old Glory as well as their response to the #TakeAKnee message: “#PleaseStand.”
NFL Vice President of Communications Brian McCarthy told the Army Times in a statement that the league asked AMVETS to change their message to “Please Stand for Our Veterans,” but the group was unable to make changes in time for the deadline. The NFL is running a similar ad from the Veterans of Foreign Wars with the message, “We Stand for Veterans.”
While the NFL for two years now has allowed players to sit, kneel, raise a fist or perform other symbolic acts during the performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the league says the Super Bowl is not a time for political messages. The Super Bowl, said McCarthy, has “never been a place for advertising that could be considered by some as a political statement.”
It will be fun to see the Super Bowl’s ratings this year.
Will they be as high as usual?
Time will tell…
[Note: This post was written by John S. Roberts]