How many fairytale stories have you heard about young black kids growing up in hellish neighborhoods in inner cities being saved by sports? There are so many. Recently, I’ve been watching the documentary about my beloved Chicago Bulls championship team led by Chicago superstar Michael Jordan, The Last Dance. It’s an incredible story and, as a kid who grew up in the shadow of those giants, having the incredible opportunity to watch them play, attend playoff games, and celebrate in the street with Chicago fans, it’s must-see TV. That team brought so much joy to Chicago.
And joy is needed now more than ever. Most fans enjoy watching sports as a temporary escape from the sobering nature of sensationalized news headlines and the constant bickering of the chattering class that permeates through the modern American social discourse. That simple, basic need for escape served as a powerful driver of ever higher television ratings, ticket sales, and merchandising profits, and turned professional sports into a massive money maker, not just for franchise owners, but also for the athletes determined enough to make it to the top stage.
Sadly though, by injecting politics and social justice messaging into their product, "woke" sports leagues have now effectively blocked viewers' escape, reducing the need for their very own existence, and potentially as a consequence, preventing some of the very underpriviledged black youths they profess to support from escaping a life of poverty.
How's that for liberal logic? More from the PJ Media article:
But sports is a way out for many of these kids suffering in those places. Not all of them make it to the pros, but many of them make it to college. Education and getting out of those neighborhoods helps change lives. What the NFL is doing right now by not managing the franchise to keep it profitable is an outrageous offense against the kids who need them to be around indefinitely.
The NFL is starting to kill American football fans’ interest in football with their endless politicization of the sport. This is the first year my husband refused to join fantasy football leagues because he’s had enough of the NFL forgetting why they exist. Ratings are way down. Football fans in Kansas City didn’t boo the players because they were showing “unity” (whatever that means), they did it because they don’t want any politics in sports. None. It doesn’t matter what side it’s on, sports fans don’t want to hear about real-world problems when they are escaping the real world full of violence, sadness, war, despair, cities on fire, for a few hours of sports when the only battle that matters is the one on the field.
BREAKING NEWS: NFL ratings have completed caved, and are reportedly down 28% compared to the 2019 season.— Matt Couch (@RealMattCouch) September 14, 2020
LMAO. NFL ratings tanked opening weekend *during a pandemic* with millions of Americans still isolating at home.— thebradfordfile™ (@thebradfordfile) September 14, 2020
More plummeting football ratings, Americans take a knee against the NFLhttps://t.co/0nfWZo5IXB— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) September 14, 2020
NFL owners and players have been dipped in "extra stupid sauce" -- they saw NBA, MLB, and NHL ratings go down in flames and they still went full-blown BLMhttps://t.co/lf0BZtiaSF— W.E. Dupree (@WayneDupreeShow) September 12, 2020
The NFL saw their ratings drop 20% from 2015-2017 because of the Kaepernick controversy— 🇺🇸 Brytastic Takes Guy 🇺🇸 (@BryGuy59er) September 11, 2020
The NBA is experiencing an over 40% drop in TV viewers in just the last 3 years; including a double-digit drop from 2019-2020
They haven’t learned a Fn thing apparently
Get Woke, Go Broke https://t.co/ToeOGPN1xR
The more the NFL and NBA insist on politicizing sport, the more their fans are alienated. https://t.co/8yDEeIQ4oG— Adam Milstein (@AdamMilstein) September 13, 2020
And people watch these jerks?https://t.co/KXMgiSz1Mt— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) September 14, 2020
ICYMI - MLB Ratings Crash As Wokeness Takes Its Toll https://t.co/4lwB9Ua1Ia— True Pundit (@true_pundit) September 11, 2020
Fans boo as players lock their hands in unity before the NFL’s first game of the season— HOT 97 (@HOT97) September 11, 2020