It seems there is one mainstream media outlet that is willing to stand up against the anthem-protests spreading throughout the NFL.
According to Breitbart, Fox Sports will not be broadcasting the National Anthem anymore, becoming the first major NFL broadcast partner to publicly announce they won’t be covering this segment of the game. As such, the protesters are going to have to learn to wallow in obscurity as no one will be seeing their disrespectful publicity stunts anymore.
Fox Sports President Eric Shanks released a statement in which he called this year “one of the more bizarre starts to the season that we have ever had.” He explained that “The standard procedure is not to show them because of the way the commercial format works and the timing of the anthem to get to the kickoff.”
“So I think we’re going to pay attention to events,” he said at an event to promote Fox’s coverage of the 2018 soccer World Cup. “Who knows what’s going to happen? A lot of time is happening between now and then. But I think the plan would be to get back to a normal schedule. I think that’s where we sit today on a Tuesday…It seems like there’s more than 24 hours in a day now, doesn’t there?”
This move to “get back to football” instead of covering these anthem-disrespecting protests is a move that — while surely appreciated by many fans in the league — has garnered an equal amount of criticism by the Left.
“It’s impossible to go back to a normal schedule now when the NFL and its athletes are in the middle of a culture war with the sitting President of the United States,” said Matt Yoder at Awful Announcing. He went to critique Fox, accusing them of infringing on athletes’ rights to protest the US government and the current state of the nation.
Yoder and those in line with his viewpoints fail to recognize that this decision isn’t as much of a politically motivated one as it is about ratings. According to a recent Rasmussen Poll, over one-third of NFL fans are willing to stop watching the games because of these recent protests. With such a large blow to viewership numbers looming on the horizon, the potential financial implications could mean the death knell of the NFL.
With many teams already abandoning the anthem-kneeling idea, news outlets that have chosen to fan these flames of racial discontent are finding themselves in a backed corner. The Tennessee Titans and New Orleans Saints have already announced their intentions to avoid further controversy, remaining in their locker rooms during pre-game ceremonies. Even the Green Bay Packers linked arms on the field but refused to kneel, an important distinction.
The important thing to note is that no critic of these protests is condemning these athletes’ right to express their opinions. The problem here is that their actions are attacking not inequality, but rather the very freedoms and liberties itself that this nation has provided.
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Even if their behavior is well-meaning, it’s clear that those players don’t “know what they are doing,” as Bill O’Reilly said in a recent interview with Sean Hannity.
The media can’t go against the will of the people for too long, something that they are well aware of. With ratings and viewership on the line, economic pressures will result in other outlets taking the same measure that Fox is.
Hopefully then, with the news cameras turned off, these NFL athletes may forget about this entire affair and actually do something meaningful to help those suffering from the problems they claim to champion.