The NFL keeps dropping the ball.
Players, team owners, and commissioner Roger Goodell recently met to discuss the anti-American protests occurring during the national anthem and ruled that they would allow the players to continue protesting.
And the NFL is shooting themselves in the foot again with another awful mistake.
Ratings continue to get worse for the NFL, and even CBS’ stock is plummeting due to poor ratings.
Which is exactly why Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told his players that if they didn’t stand for the anthem, then they wouldn’t play.
And it worked, temporarily.
Not only has the NFL officially decided to allow these spoiled multi-millionaires to disrespect our flag, but they are also advocating for changes in judicial and criminal law now too.
“The National Football League seeks to double down on politics despite the bad hand of anthem kneelers resulting in fans becoming boo-birds.
The league recently formally endorsed the bipartisan Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act.
Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) introduced the legislation, thwarted in earlier incarnations, earlier this month.
A diverse lot including Senators Mike Lee (R-Utah), Dianne Feinstein (D. Calif), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) support the measure.
“We felt that this was an issue over the last months, as we have continued to work with our players on issues of equality and on issues of criminal justice reform, that was surfaced for us, and we thought it was appropriate to lend our support to it,” Joe Lockhart, the former spokesman for President Bill Clinton who now performs a similar role for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, informed reporters in acknowledging the league’s support for the bill on a media conference call.
The bill changes life sentences for three-time drug felons to 25-year terms, amends the Controlled Substances Act to impose a mandatory minimum of five years rather than ten, and seeks alternatives to prison for nonviolent offenders, such as home confinement.
It takes the attorney general with creating “a strategic plan for the expansion of recidivism reduction programming and productive activities.”
The bill applies to the small percentage of inmates in federal prisons and not to those sentenced in state courts.
Though the legislation enjoys support that defies ideological categorization, the NFL’s decision to delve into politics of any kind after its players doing so damaged the league’s brand and tarnished its shield puzzles many.
Despite looking to move on from national anthem kneelers and corral back disgusted fans, the NFL, this time willingly, tethers itself to a political issue completely unrelated to football, perhaps as the owners’ quid to the pros’ quo of ceasing the money-draining sideline pregame protests. The league announced the endorsement of the act on Monday.
On Tuesday, owners and players meet to discuss the protests. Attempts to inject politics into the playing field resulted in massive numbers of fans clicking away or off on Sunday afternoons over the last two seasons. Credit Suisse cited tanking NFL ratings for lowering its earnings expectations for CBS on Monday.
Earlier this month, the Wall Street outfit similarly pointed to “weak” football ratings as the reason for revising downward a forecast of earnings for Twenty-First Century Fox.”
Ironically, the NFL is loaded with violent felons. Every week there is at least one player getting into serious trouble with the law.
The NFL and their players are the last people who should be calling for criminal justice and sentencing reform. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.
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