The economics of NFL protests continues as DirecTV facilitates customers who want to cancel football packages
If there was ever an event that could potentially divide a large portion of the country, it could very well be a National Football League game.Â This is because on nearly all given weeks, more people watch football on television and at stadiums than they do any other sport or entertainment broadcast.
And besides the more obvious division between fans in choosing one team over another, the irony that is growing out of the controversy of NFL players and owners both kneeling and standing arm in arm during the national anthem is that people are now becoming seriously divided over what many perceive is a rejection of America itself.
Yet what is perhaps most disconcerting to football fans is how the sports networks themselves are focusing time and effort towards promoting these protests against what America is and stands for, and are fully engaged into bringing politics into sports, as well as full blown political correctness.
Five years ago, networks like ESPN, NBC Sports, and even Fox Sports may have been able to get away with this propaganda and overt push to make people think that racism, sexism, and the need for gay rights were still ruling American society.Â But what these networks failed to recognize in their marketing and demographics was the rising backlash to political correctness and social justice, which of course eventually led to the new Populist Movement and the election of Donald Trump to the White House.
Sports is no longer about teamwork and loyalty, but about Big Business where millionaire players and billionaire owners feel they can mandate their opinions and beliefs on the public, and cry victim when that same public tells them to ‘go to hell’ with their wallets.
And indeed, the public is now speaking volumes with their money as both ESPN, and now DirecTV, are feeling the financial brunt of fans who are sick and tired of rich athletes pretending they are being discriminated against, with the last straw being these athlete’s rejection and defiance of the American flag.
Nearly empty stadium last weekend
In the first reported case of corporate blowback involving the ongoing Trump vs NFL feud,Â the WSJ reportsÂ that DirecTV is letting some angry customers cancel subscriptions to its Sunday Ticket package of NFL games and obtain refunds “if they cite playersâ€™ national anthem protests as the reason“, according to customer service representatives. While DirecTV’s regular Sunday Ticket policy doesnâ€™t allow refunds once the season is under way, the representatives said they are making exceptions this season, which began in September, in response to the player’s growing protests, either kneeling or linking arms during the national anthem.
DirecTV service representatives contacted by The Wall Street Journal had different understandings of the policy. One said refunds to those concerned about the anthem protests were only offered to subscribers with certain offers or plans. One representative said full refunds were available for those who complained about anthem protests. Another said such people could only get prorated refunds for the remainder of the season.
While other representatives said the policy hadnâ€™t changed and that no refunds were allowed for any reason, DirecTV subscribers contacted by the WSJ showed the satellite broadcaster was offering at least some refunds.
Marc Hoffman, a longtime subscriber to Sunday Ticket, which gives sports fans the ability to watch every Sunday game, said in an interview he was able to cancel his subscription and receive a refund on Monday. The package costs around $280 per season. â€śI honestly didnâ€™t think Iâ€™d get a refund,â€ť Mr. Hoffman said. â€śI know their guidelines, I just wanted to make a point.â€ť
Chris Baker, who lives in Indiana, told the WSJ that he reluctantly canceled his Sunday Ticket subscription, but not precisely as a response to the protests.Â â€śI explained to them I was tired of politics in sports, and itâ€™s not how I want to spend my Sunday, watching all that transpire,â€ťÂ he said he told a DirecTV representative.Â He said the representative â€śinsinuated there was a high volume of calls calling in to cancel.â€ť –Â Zerohedge
Whether it was Bob Costas on a Sunday Night football game telling Americans in not so many words they shouldn’t have the right to own a gun, to ESPN giving its annual Courage Award to a man who didn’t even fully change into a Transgender woman, the fact of the matter is that the NFL has committed the one sin that will now affect their ultimate bottom line, and that is they went after the flag.Â And because of this, the ‘Shield’ will probably never again recover to the heights of its former glory days.
Kenneth Schortgen JrÂ isÂ a writer forÂ The Daily Economist,Â Secretsofthefed.com,Â Roguemoney.net, andÂ Viral Liberty, and hostsÂ the popularÂ youtube podcastÂ on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.Â Ken can alsoÂ be heard Wednesday afternoons giving an weekly economic report on theÂ Angel Clark radio show.