While White House Chief of Staff and Gen. John Kelly may not be too thrilled about President Donald Trump starting a war with the National Football League, he completely and totally stands with Americans and the commander-in-chief on the issue of football players kneeling during the National Anthem.
He is 100 percent against it.
Lifelong marine Kelly granted CNN a brief interview and absolutely obliterated everyone participating in protests of the flag and the anthem:
“I believe every American, when the national anthem is played, should cover their hearts and think about all the men and women who have been maimed and killed,” Kelly said. “Every American should stand up and think for three lousy minutes.”
Absolutely brutal. And his wrath is justified as this issue is near and dear to his heard — Kelly’s son, Robert Michael Kelly, was killed in combat in Afghanistan in 2010.
Trump’s conflict with the NFL erupted Friday when the president talked about players who don’t stand during the national anthem.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b***h off the field right now. Out, he’s fired,’” Trump added.
However, despite massive outrage from the left, Trump plowed forward, blasting the league on Twitter:
“If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!” the president tweeted Sunday.
The protests are undoubtedly hurting the football league’s cashflow — big time.
According to the Sports Business Journal, NFL merchandise sales have fallen by 20 percent or more, since the 2009 recession. While the time span of eight years allows a myriad of different explanations for the drop in sales. Awful Announcing writes that, “some licensees feel it has to do with the national anthem protests.”
According to one licensee, and veteran, the drop in sales is an alarming reality with many possible explanations.
Bill Skinner of Team ProMark said, “My NFL business has been struggling. As a veteran, I’m bothered by the national anthem protests, so I’ve watched much less NFL.”
The TV ratings situation is no better. Breitbart reports:
The first round of playoffs suffered double-digit ratings drops, as the NFL begins the most important part of its calendar year.
Saturday’s Tennessee Titans-Kansas City Chiefs game didn’t deliver for ESPN or ABC, losing two full ratings points over last year’s game. The game drew a 14.7 overnight rating compared to last years 16.6 for the Houston Texans-L.A. Raiders game. It was the worst rating since 2012, Awful Announcing said.
Later that evening, the Atlanta Falcons-Los Angeles Rams game did only a little better, seeing a similar if not quite as bad ratings loss.
According to SportsTVRatings, the Falcons-Rams game lost 10 percent over last year’s game.
Sunday’s Jacksonville Jaguars-Buffalo Bills matchup earned better ratings than the Saturday games, but it was still a 21 percent loss over the 2016 season’s game, Josh Carpenter noted.
“Fox drew a 20.4 rating yesterday for Saints-Panthers, down 21% from a 25.9 last year in same window (Giants-Packers). CBS drew a 17.2 for Jags-Bills, down 10% from last year (Steelers-Dolphins),” Carpenter wrote.
These Wild Card game ratings come after a season of some of the worst ratings in NFL history. By some estimates, the 2017 regular NFL season is down nearly 10 points from 2016.
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