For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. So when NFL players decided to nap on the field during the national anthem, people were peeved (see Mike Rowe Fires Both Barrels at NFL for Disrespecting Fans and Car Dealership Removes Commercials of Broncos’ Von Miller After He Knelt for the Anthem…).
Now the chickens are coming home to roost. For the NFL Fans who want to do more than squawk, DirecTV wants to help them out. The satellite company is refunding their famous NFL Sunday Ticket:
DirecTV is offering unprecedented refunds for fans who want to cancel their NFL Sunday Ticket package, if they inform the company that they are doing so due to the recent protests during the national anthem, a source confirmed.
Once the season starts, fans usually cannot cancel their subscriptions, but AT&T, which owns DirecTV, decided to change the policy due to the sensitivity of the issue. The price of the package, which allows fans to get out-of-market games, is about $280.
An AT&T spokesperson declined to confirm the cancellation policy and said the company would have no numbers to share.
The left says “Oh my gosh, the ratings for the games were totes through the roof!” Not exactly:
An NFL spokesman says ratings overall were up 3 percent for Week 3 compared with Week 3 of last year, thanks in large part to the competitive game on Monday Night Football involving the Dallas Cowboys. The increase also was due to the fact that last year’s Monday Night Football game was competing against a presidential debate.
Perspective. It’s a thing.
So is blowback. As stated numerous times, NFL players can do whatever they want. But so can the fans. And if the fans are sick and tired of having politics shoved down their throats like they’re toddlers taking cough medicine (and making it cherry flavored doesn’t help, btw) those fans are free to tell the NFL where to go post mortem. Freedom of expression is a four lane highway: it’s best not to just run across it thinking you’ll go unscathed.
Co-written by Nichole Cooper and Courtney Kirchoff