NFL Pivots on Anthem Protests. Again...
For the past year, sitting and standing for the national anthem has dominated all football news. Oh, how the mighty NFL has fallen. RIP.
There's been much back and forth over the issue of protests. First, many of the NFL staff were supportive. Then they changed their minds (see Victory! Roger Goodell Caves. Tells NFL Players to Stand for Anthem...). Aaaand now they've changed their minds again. Apparently they're now devising a plan to boost #equality and their ratings. Quick, to the social-justice-mobile!
The NFL said on Friday it has no plans to mandate players stand for the U.S. national anthem, but will rather present a possible solution on how to end the controversial protests when it meets with team owners next week.
"[Commissioner Roger Goodell] has a plan that he is going to present to owners about how to use our platform to both raise awareness and make progress on issues of social justice and equality in this country," NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said on a conference call.
The statement ... said Goodell invited NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith to the meetings and that the agenda will be a continuation of how to make progress on the important social issues that players have vocalized.
The general consensus seems to be that the NFL is losing viewership because of the protests, which means they're losing money. This new plan is supposed to keep the protesting players happy while also minimizing how much they piss off their audience. The NFL wants all the monies but at the same time they want social justice. Except the two don't really go together. HELP!
Methinks at this point it's all too little too late. The NFL has made its bed already. Time to get snuggly in it.
Remember when sports was less about social justice causes, more about the sport being played? Ah, memories.
So. What are you doing this Sunday?