Saturday, September 16, 2017

Tonedeaf

CBS MoneyWatch has an article noting the decline in viewers for the NFL. It has the facts, the percentages, and then includes some theories about the causes. Viewers are down 14% since last year. The networks are on the hook for broadcast contracts worth tens of billions of dollars. And the theories include star player retirements and injuries, interest in politics, recent hurricanes, and quality of the games.

Then you get to the comments. One after another, cogent, thoughtful comments clearly stating the exact reason that life long NFL fans have turned off the TV, dropped their cable subscription, and moved on. Here's a sample:

 *I will not watch a single NFL game until the protests during the national anthem end. Period. So, NFL fix the problem of the whiny, rich, spoiled kids throwing a tantrum or your ratings will continue to slide. I cancelled ESPN. I watch sports for fun and news for politics. Get out of politics or your ratings will continue to slide.
 *There will be no NFL at my house until the employment of players that disrespect our flag and anthem is terminated.
 *As long as the NFL buries it's head in the sand and refuses to address the political nature of the "protests" and that these over privileged, narcissistic, over paid whiners offend the majority of the US, viewership will continue to tumble - Never to return
 And so on

The counter-argument that the players are Americans too and they have a right to protest has some traction with me. As a libertarian, I think they do have a right to protest. Whether they can exercise that right while they are being paid is a matter they have to work out with their employers. But even if I am convinced they have a right to protest on the field, there is no argument that will convince me I have to pay for the privilege of watching them do it.

7 comments:

SiGraybeard said...

Along the same concept (whiny, privileged millionaire players), a few years ago someone had a video of new players getting their first game checks and being shocked - shocked! - at the amount of taxes being taken out. And the team's HR guy patiently explaining they were in a very high income tax bracket and being paid much more than the average person.

This isn't the actual dialog but it was along the lines of, "you know how all your life you heard people wanting to stick it to the rich? Well, you're the rich!"

matism said...

Ah, but if you live in or near any one of the hives with an NFL franchise, you WILL be paying for "for the privilege of watching them do it". Regardless of whether you watch them or not. And you will pay over and over and over again, as long as you dwell in or near that hive...

ザイツェヴ said...

For added zest, there's also a bunch of lifelong blue morons who canceled because Kaepernik is unemployed.

cryptical said...

What a lot of people don't get is half the country disagrees with any political opinion you have, so if you're in a job that relies on popularity like athlete or actor it doesn't pay to crap where you eat.

That goes for either end of the political spectrum.

Goober said...

Simple as that, pal. Well said.

There's nothing special about that, either. Lots of jobs are like that. I employ 180 people. Tell me, with my conservative and libertarian leanings, how comfortable would my more liberal employees feel coming to me for help with something if I was super outspoken about them?

I'm their boss. Their leader. Politics has nothing to do with it. So I shut up and play football.

Rich in NC said...

In the US we have freedom of speech, but not at work (quotes were purposely left unused). Those NFL 'players' are at work, and management can FIRE their butts as employees not doing their proper job.
Rich in NC

Rick T said...

If the NFL can penalize teams for player antics in the end zone DURING the game they can penalize teams for player behavior BEFORE the game (if they choose)...

Start with 15 yard penalty for each player not behaving respectfully (standing, silent, hand over heart) during the Anthem, and multiple penalties are assessed one per down until cleared...

Oh, and NO offsetting penalties, both teams pay their price individually.