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Politics in Sports – Disgusting

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Why do we watch people at play, kids, and adults swinging bats at balls, throwing the pigskin, running fast, putting air-filled spheres in hoops and sails on sloops? Why do we tune in for comedy, drop the madcap world for escape into movies? To get slapped with more politics, intrusive virtue-signaling, anger, indignation, and instigation? Hardly, so we are tuning out. A signal is being sent.

Incredibly, Americans are – by tens of millions – sending a blunt signal to the “politically progressive,” “woke” crowd that now pushes accusatory, angry, hostile to history, all-politics-all-the-time, anti-American messaging into sports and other venues. Americans are saying, “Enough!”

Data is pouring in.

Already, left-pushing newspapers and television shows were suffering, readership and viewership down, credibility lost, people finding other sources, or just foregoing news altogether. In 2018, newspaper circulation was the lowest since 1940; left-leaning cable television similar. See, e.g., Fast facts about the newspaper industry’s financial struggles as McClatchy files for bankruptcy; CNN rattled after Trump mocks network’s dismal ratings drop.

But now, the specter of media mayhem, collapse of interest in political media is creating new disaffection. People are saying, “Forget it, I have enough of being force-fed political garbage.” You think I am kidding since so many love sports and entertainment, but we are turning them off.

Here is the latest. Early summer, politics invaded major league baseball, as it has other sports, leading to false allegations about Georgia’s voter integrity law, the pulling of July’s All-Star Game from Atlanta by left-leaning white owners, which ironically devastated black minority businesses across Atlanta.

Result? All-Star game viewership bombed – fell 18 percent.

People are sick and tired of being politically manipulated, even the fan base. MLB All-Star Game bombs in ratings again. Here’s why; NBA All-Star Game viewership falls 18% to 5.94m.

With baseball getting taken over by politics, people are disgusted. They are saying, “count me out.” If baseball cannot respect our flag, anthem, tried-and-true veterans, proud history of sacrifice, ideals, promise, and place in the world, pound sand. See, e.g., Politics Invades Baseball Again; Baseball Is for Democrats Only; MLB’s Rogue Commissioner Must Resign.

Even attendance at games, independent of media leftism, is dropping like a bad bunt. Since 2015, attendance is down more than 15 percent, and in 2019 attendance plummeted to the worst level in 16 years. From Terrible Teams To Rising Costs: Why MLB Attendance Is Down Over 7% Since 2015; Baseball had its worst attendance in 16 years.

But baseball is just the latest victim of leftist politics invading sports, with basketball, football, and soccer already infected. Overall, public viewership of sports is down by 34 percent – specifically due to the left-leaning political messaging pushed. See, e.g., As NBA Ratings Decline, Poll Shows 34% Watched Less Sports Over Social Justice Messages.

Take professional basketball – where even some players admit, politics destroyed the fan base.

The reality is so clear that many are backpedaling the way Democrats who pushed “defund police” now (comically) say that was Republicans. See, e.g., Clay Travis: NBA Has Destroyed its Fan Base With ‘Woke’ Politics; With National Anthem Edict, NBA Indicates It Wants To Back Off Politics;

But the crisis of politics infecting sports is not over. Our non-political escapes are being burdened by radical ideas. Twisted thinking often gets worse before better. Professional football is hemorrhaging viewership and attendance, now pushing two national anthems, one black one white. How about the other ideal, aspiring to be “one nation under God?”

To satisfy the arch-left, the NFL in 2021 will push an “end racism” message that is innately racist, a black and white anthem, no more unity, just more division. As their fan base shrivels, this will surely lead to even more plug pullers. See, e.g., NFL 2021 season will include Black national anthem, social justice messages again: report.

Already, NFL viewership is in freefall. The NFL may find itself replaced by a new league, maybe the LAL, the Love America League.

Who knows? But they seem intent on division – and ratings reflect revulsion.

See, e.g., Why are the NFL’s TV ratings declining? Here’s what our survey data tells us; NFL Ratings Drop Leaves Networks Scrambling to Make Advertisers Whole.

Nor is the infusion of leftism just in pro sports. Tokyo’s Olympics are infected, which produced a jaw-dropping loss of viewership – worst viewership for an Olympic Opening in 33 years. Politics destroyed our escape. See, e.g., NBC has 33-year low viewership for Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony: ‘Not a happy’ benchmark.

Likewise, the Oscars this year were a political mud fest, and it cost them. Actors attacked one American institution after another as if Hollywood were an island defended by special effects, not the American military, police, and real people. Viewership was underwater. See. e.g., Get woke, go broke: Pious, political Oscars crashes, loses tens of millions of viewers.

Of course, the real question is whether those who run sports programming, movie honors, Olympics, or any other “happy escape” for Americans realize that “progressive politics” are killing them. Will they say, “Hmmm, our profits are down, antagonism up, rebuilding hard, America good, we should rethink”?

Or will they keep indulging the Marxist left, running scared of boycotts, bull horns, and other bulls?

Will owners and players – paid handsomely – honor the American Dream that put them there? Promote it? Or continue to deride it? Will they honor liberty and equality or push division and resentment?

The answer is – who knows? What is emerging is public disgust with divisive politics in sports and entertainment. That may reverse the trend or create competing organizations led by those who love America.

Maybe alternate media will emerge, focused on college, high school, and pro-America.

Net-net, Americans watch sports – and entertainment broadly – to escape politics, not to find themselves slapped about by anti-American, Marxist, and inflammatory messaging. We are tuning out. Maybe that is good, as it sends a clear signal. If the signal is seen, things could change. Let us hope so.

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pattyann
1 month ago

I could not agree more. I no longer watch pro sports, Hollywood award shows, or even go to the movie theaters or live theaters. Politics are in our faces daily, and I’ve had enough! Entertainment and sports should remain politic free, not to mention schools, churches, etc. STOP THIS NONSENSE! I am very aware of what’s happening in our country and follow the political arena, keep it out of our social livelihoods!

Last edited 1 month ago by pattyann
Bill
1 month ago

People had better wake up. In case you haven’t noticed our country is being destroyed by Obama’s (and many others) communism. All of our government, D.O.J, Intelligence agencies are corrupt to the core, top to bottom, inside out. I cut the cable long ago, avoid the MSM and social media as much as possible. There are a few good social platforms other than Facebook, Twitted, and the likes. Search and find some worth while away from the slimestream.

Nancy
1 month ago

Politics in the classroom – disgusting. Politics in the office – disgusting. Politics in our church, in our stores, in our music – disgusting. Politics anyway other than the political arena – disgusting.

Aloys Notzon
1 month ago

It used to be that political differences were in our discussions of Sports, Religion, Entertainment and that those common discussions without political overlays gave us a groundwork of understanding areas of agreement which led to discussions to try to find common ground where we disagreed and we were predisposed to civil discussions since we had so many areas of agreement. Now there is no framework left to lead us toward civil discussions. Our sports, religion, economics and neighborhoods all have political overtones. We have firmly divided our nation and a “house divided cannot stand”….

Nobody’s Business
1 month ago

People watch sports to get away from the news and political crap. By putting politics in sports you make people turn away and turn the TV off and they are so stupid they can’t figure it out. Also you take some spoiled brat kid competing for their country which used to be for pride of their country now to put their phony platform to disparage their own country . Anyone that can’t show respect for their country should be off the team and told to go straight to hell. Sports is not the place for this phony US is bad baloney!

Jan13
1 month ago

I’m having more fun watching, enjoying the shuffle board & corn hole tournaments at my local American Legion post. Even there, a tv or 2 may have a pro ballgame on, hardly anyone is watching.

JohnH
1 month ago

I have been avid sports fan for 60-years & I have quit watching almost all NFL teams, MLB, and NBA pro sports due to them pushing POLITIC issues & disrespect for our flag. The owners are letting the players run the teams & agenda to divide America. March Madness is my favorite time of the year, and I am now worried that NCAA has opened up door for college players to go where the money is & ruin college sports like the Pros are today. Just look at both Pro/College teams & tell me that you do not see equality in the races on the teams & probably leaning heavy to black players. They should be thankful that the Lord gave them the talent to play & not bash America.

Grace Lukkes
1 month ago

We will not be watching NFL football because of this ridiculous idea of a black national anthem! We are all Americans under God. Let’s not change this status.

Sharon Ormsby
1 month ago

We also had athletes cry as their US flag raised and the Star Spangled Banner played-check out the swimmers! The female wrestler so proud to be an American, and multiple others in the Olympics!

Jess
1 month ago

I’m a 69 year old Hispanic male who was born into a very poor family. I studied and worked my butt off and was able to comfortably retire 2 years ago. For anyone that feels oppressed and hates this country, I say pack your bags and Get Out!

N
1 month ago
Reply to  Jess

Amen. I totally agree!

Gunny Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Jess

Thank you sir for being a American and your root culture is just afoot note! We all should be American and nothing else…

Michele
1 month ago

Thank you for excellent reporting!! The picture cover on your August magazine titled “Critical Race Theory” tells it all about the leftist agenda and it is very disturbing!!

Neyda
1 month ago

I no longer enjoy watching sports. This is reverse discrimination! More división than ever! I have already fired the NFL and the NBA. MLB might be next! Disgusting!!!

Dave
1 month ago

After I fired the NBA the NFL and even change the channel on March madness I thought I would least be able to watch baseball this year but to no avail they decided to act stupid also and go along with the far goof balls so I refused to support or watch them also but you know folks anything the far left touches it screws up and annihilates professional sports has pretty much lost me forever and I don’t understand why anyone watches them at all!

45ROCKS
1 month ago
Reply to  Dave

Baseball is something I so looked forward to each spring and summer. My favorite sport by far. I love my team but refused to watch them this year in the beginning and I was really going through baseball withdrawal and instead watched the classic games. That is until my husband turned on the live game one night and I said to him “what are you doing? Are you a sell-out? I thought we were taking a stance and boycotting baseball?” He responded by saying “I don’t know what the Mets stance is on this subject, so I’m going to assume they don’t agree with the GA pull out of the All Star Game”. It instantly dawned on me that he was absolutely correct by saying that and we’ve watched every game since. I’m not going to forego my favorite sport because of some jerk that pulled out or did something I don’t agree with. I am even going to just one game this year, later this month. I usually plan a huge event at the ballpark several times a year for friends, family and co-workers. Not this year. My rep keeps calling me to ask me if I want to purchase any seats or suites for this season’s games.

I’ve even flown on Delta, twice, because they were the cheapest. If there was another airline with comparable pricing, or even a reasonable amount more, I would have not gone with Delta. There are other companies I continue to boycott for various reasons. I am proud of myself in such a small but meaningful way.

Bob
1 month ago

It is astonishingly disgusting

JohnH
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob

And greedy, saw last week a NFL player was in second year of 5-year contract for $75 Million & now wants to hold out cuz he wants more money. What happened to I signed contract. Pro Sports are being ruined.

Myra Trent
1 month ago

The critical race Theory. I wish to give my thoughts and feelings about this.
For one is not theory is a true fact mere words of the Constitution a many years and even to this day does not give equality to those other than those lighter complexion. It was good was that Mr Paul Mooney those born with the protection of the complexion for the collection has benefited most from all this country has to offer and now that the truth is coming out that was definitely save us some wish to hide in a hole somewhere. The truth will and shall set you free.
First truth this country does not belong to you it was stolen from the people that were here first. Country has never given anyone else and equal opportunity without stars and penalty and death. This country has risen up on the backs of so many people that they didn’t even want to consider as people. Need we say more for example Rosewood for example Villages and towns that were supposed to have equal opportunities that was swallowed up in lakes rivers along with blood and yet you want to talk about a critical race Theory I beg to differ there is no Siri the truth is plain for all to see you should be taught as such not as a spirit what is fact

Lesley
1 month ago
Reply to  Myra Trent

Cry me a f’n river!! A dark complexion person has more opportunities to advance in the United States than ANYONE!.. especially a light complexion male. What’s happening today is setting this country back 100 years..
and it all started with that race bating community organizer!

Grace Lukkes
1 month ago
Reply to  Lesley

I couldn’t have said it better!!

John
1 month ago
Reply to  Myra Trent

Myra –
You really ought to educate yourself. If you bothered to learn about world history, the utter ignorance of your diatribe would be reveal itself.
I’m an 85 year old Caucasian who loves this county which provides such opportunity that people strive to get in. If half of your diatribe were true the flow would be in the opposite direction!

Gladys
1 month ago
Reply to  John

It’s sad that the presidents few years ago decided no history in schools. That hurts the students a great deal pleats politicians have control of their minds to embed their thoughts into their thinking and now the college graduates are thinking socialist instead of freedom for the country

45ROCKS
1 month ago
Reply to  Gladys

And that’s why the bad things we experienced throughout history are bound to repeat themselves at some point in our future. We should learn from history, never repeat it and never ignore it’s truth no matter how bad it was/is. History cannot be changed, erased or ignored. It is what it is – set in stone.

Grace Lukkes
1 month ago
Reply to  John

Well said Myra. Let’s educate our children with history, math and English first!

HocasPocas
1 month ago
Reply to  John

She should think about flowing in that opposite direction

Mimi
1 month ago
Reply to  Myra Trent

If you don’t love this country you should leave and let those of us that love this country alone. Go live in Cuba, China, or South Korea. I’m sure they will welcome you with open arms. You are a spoiled brat with no understanding of our country and the opportunities available to you. Quit whining and spoiling our great country with your delusions.

Sandra
1 month ago
Reply to  Mimi

I think you meant North Korea.

Mimi
1 month ago
Reply to  Sandra

Oops, you’re right!!

Gunny Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Mimi

The people of South Korea would purp walk Myra Trent to the DMZ and give the person a push north, then get on with their lives!

Don
1 month ago
Reply to  Myra Trent

Go find another country that you like

JohnH
1 month ago
Reply to  Myra Trent

You are talking history & I will be first to admit it was wrong in 1800’s. Topic here is pro sports & black people dominate NFL & MLB percentage wise & look at $$$Millions being paid —-This proves equality works for people that work hard. For example: Jackie Robisnon broke race barrier with Dodgers around 1948-49 and he opened the doors for those behind him. That is America —-not teaching races to hate each other cuz of something happened 200-years ago. Furthermore, Socialism loves a country that does know their history, so quit playing their game.

Fran
1 month ago

Well lemme tell ya, this 87-year old great-grandma has been scoring EVERY game (even the few I had to recreate from the next day’s sports page). I’ve been called a baseball nut by a few. LOL

I haven’t so much as watched a game on TV since I saw that vile BLM garbage on the field at Busch stadium, turned off the TV, gave away at least $500 words of t-shirts,sweatshirts, jackets— you name it and said so long Nearly broke my heart

I figure that if they lose one like me the. Redbirds wily lose 100; that’s what the statistics say.

Henry
1 month ago

I stopped watching the NBA totally after they went “woke” . I stopped watching 90%of the NFL and MLB over “woke” . No Nielson ratings survey has ever asked me why but I would tell theM- they killed one of the last bastions of escape from the day to day grind!

Dave
1 month ago

Because of the disrespectful idiots in professional sports I will not watch them anymore MLB was the last straw and now the Olympics I wouldn’t give a quarter to watch any of them anymore they are dead to me and I will never watch them or buy any of their products ever again!

Tommy Molnar
1 month ago

The way I see it, racism was pretty much gone – until Obama came along. I think he took us back to the 50’s in short order. Now the left-wing America haters keep pushing and pushing as if racism never left us. It’s everywhere, and they are indoctrinating kids to believe this crap. To believe that America is the worst country on the planet. That Socialism is the right way, and hard work (or ANY work) is of no value. God help us. We’re going down!

Myra Trent
1 month ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

If racism was truly gone why did it take so long I have a black president our Native American president for that matter a gay president

Ken
1 month ago
Reply to  Myra Trent

If we count from the Civil Rights Act in 1960s that outlawed racial discrimination, we had a black president for 8 of about 60 years, or 13.3%, which is exactly the black percentage of US population. Sounds pretty representative to me. Too bad Obama, who was half white, didn’t choose to be a president for all Americans, but doubled down on the Democrat notions of keeping blacks dependent on government for political power instead of taking responsibility for themselves. (By the way, I think a majority of black people do, in fact, reject dependance and excuses and just try to make a good life for their families.) If you grow up in a bad neighborhood and don’t pay attention in school, don’t blame the Constitution, blame your parents.

Marc
1 month ago
Reply to  Myra Trent

Because only 44 people out of 400 million population have ever been President! No one from Oklahoma Montana Wyoming Florida Washington Oregon etc have been President either . Odds are against it when u 10% of population.

Dave
1 month ago

I used to be a huge Nascar fan but when they started promoting BLM and the LGBTQ that was it for me! They were on the decline anyway with so many old drivers retiring and the young ones want an easy path to the top. So sad that our American sports like racing and baseball are so woke that they are driving away fans. They will pay with less income and eventually drive themselves out of business.

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