NFL Anthem option play thrown for a loss

So the NFL owners have decided that it’s more important to show unity than honoring the flag and what it stands for.

In a decision that pleases no one who believes in the First Amendment, players who do not wish to honor the flag by standing are excused from the former rule — that said every player must be on the field during the National Anthem — and can remain in the locker room.

If a player or coach is on the field, then they will stand or be subject to a team/league fine.

“We believe today’s decision will keep our focus on the game and the extraordinary athletes who play it — and on our fans who enjoy it,” commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.

And like any ruling meant to please both sides, this move by the owners placates neither side.

As I wrote in the past, even as a journalist, I do not have a First Amendment right to do whatever I wish in the work place. I cannot write whatever I want and I cannot act anyway I want.

This is the core point: The NFL players are in the workplace on game day. Office rules apply.

Well to show how contentious the issue is, no sooner had the measure been announced than New York Jets Chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson said the team would support the players right to choose as far as  kneeling goes, and would not issue any team fines and would pay for league penalties.

So while the NFL said the measure was passed unanimously, ironically San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York abstained from the vote. York’s ex-QB Colin Kaepernick ignited this action in 2016 as a way to bring attention to the plight of young African-American men and their plight within the criminal justice system.


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It’s hard to believe that the US economy (for all its warts) is one of the most stable aspects of this country right now.

We have the Vice President of the United States walking out of a pro football game in his own state because of players taking a knee during the National Anthem. Continue reading

Will the NFL come up a Hail Mary tonight?

I’m sure NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and his executive team huddled up in their Park Ave. offices to devise a game plan for this upcoming weekend’s games.

Something has to be done to stem the slide in ratings, with perhaps some cooler heads suggesting the league not defy the President so openly. I’m just not sure there is that voice in the huddle.

Through the first three weeks od the season, NFL game ratings are down 11 percent compared to 2016, according to Nielsen data. That is a further slide since ratings for the entire 2016-2017 regular season fell by 8% from the year prior.

Nationally available games averaged 17.63 million viewers for the first three weeks of last season, and have dipped to 15.65 million this year, according to Nielsen data. Regional games are not figured into this measure.

So the drop in ratings is not a result of a POTUS Tweet. It’s long-term and should be alarming to the top execs at Fox, CBS, NBC and ESPN.

Remember, last season that Colin Kaepernick taking a knee was not about President Trump or President Obama (who was still in office). It was about police killing an unarmed black man.

It became Trump’s fight after his tweet last Friday night, when he said the NFL should make the players honor the flag during the National Anthem.

We’ll see if Goodell’s office came up with a Hail Mary play tonight.


Goodell’s backing of Anthem assault may backfire.

As I wrote Sunday morning before the Anthem Assault began in earnest, Is this the hill the NFL wants to die on?

Roger Goodell, as NFL Commissioner has made the owners plenty of money of the last 10 years, but is now looking at the second year in a row of falling TV ratings. Continue reading