The 2020-2021 NFL season starts on Thursday with the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Houston Texans.
While many are excited for the season’s debut, after an off-season full of trades and major changes to some franchises, many lifelong fans will be boycotting the season amid ongoing social protest demonstrations by some of the athletes.
One such demonstration includes kneeling during the pre-game playing of the National Anthem and, if the MLB, NBA, and NASCAR are any indicators, then these demonstrations will continue.
The Daily Caller’s David Hookstead conducted a poll with his own followers on Twitter and found that 86.7 percent of people would stop watching the season should they witness the protests.
“I asked people in a Twitter poll if they’d tune out in the event of kneeling, and the results weren’t close at all,” Hookstead wrote via the Daily Caller. “Of the 4,850 voters, 86.7% voted that they would stop watching if players take a knee during the anthem.”
A mere 13.3 percent said they would continue watching, although there was not an option on the poll for those unsure whether they would continue watching or not.
The first NFL game of the season is Thursday night. Will you watch if players kneel during the national anthem?
— David Hookstead (@dhookstead) September 9, 2020
Hookstead continued, per the report:
I think it’s fair to say the average man in America likes football.
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At the very least, the average man in the Midwest and in the South likes football. We grow up with it, many people play it as kids and it’s part of our cultural DNA.
So, it’s not that people have all of a sudden started hating football. It’s just that people don’t want sports to become political debates and arguments about the national anthem.
Football is about scoring touchdowns, getting stops on defense and winning games. It’s not a time to air your grievances with America.