Well, well, well, it looks like the National Football League has announced its decision to cancel this week’s Sunday Night Football apparently with the hope of avoiding a rating bloodbath as a less-than-stellar line-up and New Year’s Eve festivities would have most likely caused the NFL to reach an embarrassing new low.
On Tuesday, the league decided to call-off the game before announcing which teams were scheduled to compete. This adding the match-up wouldn’t have playoff implications and likely cost the already troubled organization millions of dollars.
In a statement released from an NFL spokesperson, they said, “We felt that both from a competitive standpoint and from a fan perspective, the most fair thing to do is to schedule all Week 17 games in either the 1 p.m. or 4:25 p.m. windows.”
The National Football League has been struggling to wrap up a disastrous 2017 season. With the stance taken over the Taking a Knee protests, millions of fans have tuned out or stayed home. Just look at the pictures of half-empty stadiums and you’ll see for yourself. In fact, Industry insiders have predicted the demonstrations have cost the NFL over $500 million.
Earlier this year, President Trump thrust the issue into the national spotlight by calling for a national boycott of the NFL until officials and owners clamp-down on their athletes for taking a knee during the performance of the Star-Spangled Banner. Of course, those on the left and their lap-dogs in the media jumped on this statement and did their best to shift attention from the players to President Trump.
So, as this year comes to an end I wonder if this form of protest will spread to other sports. I certainly hope not. Whatever happened to just enjoying our favorite team play a game we love? While I believe in Freedom of Speech, when I pay to watch a bunch of grown men play a game for my entertainment, the last thing I want to see is some political protest. Maybe it’s time they just shut-up and play.