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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

NFL censors vets

Because the television ratings weren't falling fast enough for the NFL Commissioner:
America’s leading veterans service group claims the NFL censored their Super Bowl commercial because it criticized the league’s kneeling protests.

The NFL originally approached AMVETS to run an ad during the most watched game of the year.

However, the league rejected the commercial because it used #PleaseStand and showed American service members saluting the flag....

NFL Vice President of Communications Brian McCarthy released a statement saying the Super Bowl has “never been a place for advertising that could be considered by some as a political statement.”

In spite of this claim, last year’s Super Bowl game featured two controversial commercials, both attacking President Trump’s immigration policies.
Has anyone considered the possibility that Roger Goodell is a Major League Baseball plant, not unlike the way NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was an NBA plant sent by David Stern?

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49 Comments:

Blogger Emmanuel Mateo-Morales January 24, 2018 4:01 AM  

"not unlike the way NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was an NBA plant sent by David Stern?"

I think this theme summarizes the surprise I felt at being informed for the first time about a private sector and rather basic and boring conspiracy such as this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbBX6aEzEz8




Blogger Sherwood family January 24, 2018 4:11 AM  

To paraphrase Dumb and Dumber, "Just when I think you couldn't possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this... and TOTALLY REDEEM YOURSELF!"

It has to be a conspiracy. To be anything else boggles the mind.

Anonymous Looking Glass January 24, 2018 4:13 AM  

Before you even got the last line, I was thinking that the Stern-Bettman scenario might actually be in play. Considering that makes two people thinking about it, at least, it's clear there's more going on here.

Is Goodell the revenge of Bud Selig? Devious, if true. Get someone in place that's just competent enough not to get fired, but also not good enough to help the situation.

Blogger tublecane January 24, 2018 4:14 AM  

Ads attacking Trump's immigration policies can't be "controversial" in the Current Year sense of "that about which there's not allowed to be controversy." It's not even political, again in the Current Year sense, because Trump has bipartisan opposition.

The NFL has an interest in not being swiftboated, and as such I perfectly well understand their prior constraint. But the no political statements nonsense is a bit too obvious for Joe Sportsball to swallow.

Anonymous JAG January 24, 2018 4:49 AM  

NFL motto: Veteran Lives Don't Matter

Blogger YIH January 24, 2018 4:56 AM  

Ratings for the conference championships were down, though not as badly as the 1st and 2nd rounds of the playoffs.
With the Super Bowl being between the 4th (Philly) and 9th (Boston) ranked media markets, it's debatable if the SB will show a drop - though it wouldn't surprise me.
Of course, it will still be ''the most-watched TV program of the year'' - as it has been since the final episode of M*A*S*H.
Can't say I'm enthused about the game, though I'll likely watch it.

Blogger James Dixon January 24, 2018 5:04 AM  

> With the Super Bowl being between the 4th (Philly) and 9th (Boston) ranked media markets, it's debatable if the SB will show a drop

It'll be lower than the NFL projects. I agree that the ratings will still be high, maybe even slightly better than last years.

Blogger Noah B The Savage Gardener January 24, 2018 5:26 AM  

Agree and amplify - Blacks should kneel before the flag while whites should stand. Anything less would be disrespectful.

Blogger Wynn Lloyd January 24, 2018 5:36 AM  

So now they're even disrespecting AMVETS?
Some thug ghetto shot by cops is more important than a vet dealing with cancer from Gulf War Syndrome.
There is absolutely no reason to serve a society like that.

Blogger Longtime Lurker January 24, 2018 5:47 AM  

Turned off the Roger Goodell shit show after Week 3. Reading comprehension has improved!

Blogger James Dixon January 24, 2018 6:05 AM  

> There is absolutely no reason to serve a society like that.

I thought the Vietnam war proved that.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother January 24, 2018 6:33 AM  

This is doubling down on a galactic scale.

Blogger SteelPalm January 24, 2018 6:40 AM  

Speaking of sports, I used to be a big NBA fan, but refuse to even watch the sport over their hard SJW turn. (Them originally threatening to boycott North Carolina for an All-Star Game over a law their government passed was the last straw)

Late last year, I got free tickets and a $50 voucher for food/merchandise to a local MLB game. Boring as hell, just like on television. The free food was the best part.

I also got free tickets to watch a NHL game a couple of weeks ago. It was exciting as hell, FAR moreso than it was on television.

My point is if anyone, like me, is sick of the SJW convergence and thuggery of the NFL and/or NBA, pro hockey is a worthy alternative.

Blogger Stilicho January 24, 2018 7:12 AM  

Which Cher-impersonating tranny or singing monkey will provide the half-time show is Goodell's biggest concern. In his mind the stuff between commercials and halftime shows is just filler.

Blogger Wynn Lloyd January 24, 2018 7:14 AM  

True but delusions are hard to shake free of.

Anonymous Huwhyte Goy January 24, 2018 7:14 AM  

We need Rugby League or Aussie Football in the USA... huge market opportunity to attract all these ex-NFL fans. Someone pitch it to Vince McMahon.

Anonymous basementhomebrewer January 24, 2018 7:42 AM  

Stilicho wrote:Which Cher-impersonating tranny or singing monkey will provide the half-time show is Goodell's biggest concern. In his mind the stuff between commercials and halftime shows is just filler.

Hopefully it's more political than Beyonce was in 2013. Really throw it in White America's face. Then the average Joe who is still watching can see that on his screen, and then read about how veterans were "too political" to be allowed to air a commercial, and come to his own conclusions about the league.

Anonymous Looking Glass January 24, 2018 7:49 AM  

@13 SteelPalm

Hockey is an amazing event, in person. The issue is that it doesn't translate too well to TV, but pretty much everyone will enjoy the in-arena experience.


@14 Stilicho

Justin Timberlake. Let's hope the "wardrobe malfunction" doesn't get a repeat.


@16 Huwhyte Goy

Aussie Rules Football is some of the best in-arena and TV. Problem is, Liability Lawsuits.

Anonymous basementhomebrewer January 24, 2018 8:03 AM  

Meanwhile, the Veterans organization should fire up an alternate ad that doesn't mention standing for the anthem but does find a way to display a URL in the most enticing way. The URL would be to an innocuous video all the way up to game time. The video would then get replaced with a message about standing for the flag and how the NFL does not support that message.

The hard part would be finding a way to make people want to visit the website featured in the Superbowl ad. It can't be overt like "See the video the NFL wouldn't let us play" because the NFL would veto that ad as well.

Blogger Duke Norfolk January 24, 2018 8:04 AM  

basementhomebrewer wrote:Hopefully it's more political than Beyonce was in 2013.

Yes, yes, yes. I hope they go full bore. Plenty of normies still need to wake up to the full reality of what's transpiring here.

Pedal to the metal "accelerationism" is in order. Hopefully the SJWs are still fully in control.

Blogger Johnny January 24, 2018 8:04 AM  

I feel like an addict slowly overcoming an addiction when it comes to the NFL. Fortunately the longer I don't watch the less I care. Currently I am down to watching some highlights. If the Vikings or the Packers were in the Super Bowl I would be tempted to tune in. But now. Eh. I don't even want to.

I suppose the owners are all so wealthy that they don't mind what they think will be a small loss in revenue. What could be the big clinker for them is if some special treatment for the blacks is never enough special treatment.

Trump really did himself a favor when he stirred the pot with those few little tweets.

True or not the idea of Goodell as a plant is a fun idea.

Blogger Edgar Abbey January 24, 2018 8:12 AM  

I predict the Super Bowl halftime show will feature synchronized dancers kneeling at some point in the routine, which will spawn debate over whether it was intended as a political statement.

Anonymous JAG January 24, 2018 8:40 AM  

A caller, who is an Eagles fan, asked Limbaugh about the Eagle's chances.

"I think your biggest obstacle will be... the officials," was his response.

Now, whether or not you agree with the assessment of officiating, when the NFL has one of it's highest profile celebrity fans say things like this, you know it's looking bad.

I think Patriots fatigue is a pretty big reason for lost ratings, though not as big as the political crap.

Anonymous bearspaw January 24, 2018 8:45 AM  

"Ladies and gentlemen,please take a knee and join Rosanne Barr in the singing of our National Anthem..."

Blogger JaimeInTexas January 24, 2018 9:08 AM  

Rugby arrived in Houston. Earlier this year. It has not worked out for me but I plan to go to games. This year games are demonstration, next year begins the actual season.

Blogger JaimeInTexas January 24, 2018 9:09 AM  

Andvyet, NFL still finds color guards for worship time.

Blogger Chris Mallory January 24, 2018 9:14 AM  

Huwhyte Goy wrote:Someone pitch it to Vince McMahon.

I saw talk a few weeks ago, that McMahon and NBC were discussing bringing back McMahon's football league.

Anonymous Überdeplorable Psychedelic Cat Grass January 24, 2018 9:26 AM  

"NFL Vice President of Communications Brian McCarthy released a statement saying the Super Bowl has 'never been a place for advertising that could be considered by some as a political statement."

Bawhahahahahahha!!!!! #SUPREMEHYPOCRISY

My dad mentioned to me last how they had rejected the commercial. Though he's unfamiliar with the concept, he seemed to agree when I said SJWs always double down.

Wynn Lloyd wrote:So now they're even disrespecting AMVETS?

@9 Some thug ghetto shot by cops is more important than a vet dealing with cancer from Gulf War Syndrome.

There is absolutely no reason to serve a society like that.


Somehow next season I believe more vets will be asking their COs for assignments other than being trophies for the NFL.

SteelPalm wrote:Speaking of sports, I used to be a big NBA fan, but refuse to even watch the sport over their hard SJW turn. (Them originally threatening to boycott North Carolina for an All-Star Game over a law their government passed was the last straw)

Late last year, I got free tickets and a $50 voucher for food/merchandise to a local MLB game. Boring as hell, just like on television. The free food was the best part.

I also got free tickets to watch a NHL game a couple of weeks ago. It was exciting as hell, FAR moreso than it was on television.

My point is if anyone, like me, is sick of the SJW convergence and thuggery of the NFL and/or NBA, pro hockey is a worthy alternative.


@13 Been a fan since I was four years old. NHL is and always will be my favorite sports league.

May watch the game. I've watched a combined time's worth of a game since September.

Anonymous BBGKB January 24, 2018 9:27 AM  

Crytofashion should have a boycott NFL shirt. I am still waiting on my Impaler shirt

NFL motto: Veteran Lives Don't Matter

NFL Mott0: Tebow rule=NO PRAY, but OWNERS are pleased by blacks on their knees.

Blogger James Dixon January 24, 2018 9:33 AM  

While I expect the Super Bowl ratings to be down from what anyone would expect, the fact that two major viewing areas are represented and many Super Bowl viewers are casual fans who don't normally watch will both help keep the ratings up.

The thing we want to watch is season ticket sales next year. I expect a large drop in those. As Instapundit would say, unexpectedly.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan January 24, 2018 9:48 AM  

Americana is a major attraction, the problem for the left they hate America and the groups that comprise the left are just not attractive.

Blogger Andy in San Diego and Elsewhere January 24, 2018 11:00 AM  

Meh...I'd wager $1 that the AMVETS went into this knowing their ad would be rejected. So, instead of paying the NFL $30K for the ad, they're getting a ton of controversy (which is just a funny way to spell free advertising)

Anonymous Jack Amok January 24, 2018 11:28 AM  

Has anyone considered the possibility that Roger Goodell is a Major League Baseball plant...

MLB plant or potted plant, it's one or the other.

Blogger pyrrhus January 24, 2018 11:36 AM  

MLB isn't smart enough for that, based on what I have seen...

Blogger Jack Ward January 24, 2018 11:41 AM  

So, yet more reasons to avoid the NFL.
I can't stand with the NFL despite a life long love of football. Its just that I cannot stand them anymore.

This in spit of that awesome game where Vikes won in the last seconds over NO. No, I will not be watching the super bowl. Might not even if the Vikings had prolonged the miracle to get there. OK. Well, had they made it I probably would have watched. Under protest but without the darn knee on the ground.

Anonymous patrick kelly January 24, 2018 11:59 AM  

I propose a new league with a form of "speed football". Basically use the NCAA overtime rules for the whole game, (no kickoffs or punts) make it a match format, with best 2 of 3 or 3 of 5 as a match. Is this similar to what was arena football? Is that still around?

Blogger Lazarus January 24, 2018 12:08 PM  

@33
> MLB plant or potted plant, it's one or the other.


If potted, look out for Weinstein. Could get splooged.

Anonymous Brick Hardslab January 24, 2018 12:09 PM  

I remember the Seahawks well as it was the year my grandfather got cancer. He had gotten interested with the naming contest earlier and we were building up to listening to them on the radio. We got to listen to a season and part of another before he passed. He never got to go to a game.

Even though I wasn't as big a football fan as my wife. I stuck with the Seahawks because it was something I had of my time with my grandfather to hold on to.

Now I'd rather eat bob wire than watch them play on tv. In fact for the last several years we watched the sound was off. The kneelers and the league's response have ended it with hateful emphasis.

Most of the anger isn't at the kneelers. They're just spoilt brats. It's at the league and owners for spitting on America and choosing the other side in the culture wars.

I hope McMahon restarts the xfl and eats their lunch.

Anonymous Jack Amok January 24, 2018 12:29 PM  

Rugby arrived in Houston. Earlier this year. It has not worked out for me but I plan to go to games. This year games are demonstration, next year begins the actual season.

Is that US Major League Rugby? Houston SaberCats? I'm thinking of getting season tickets to the Seattle club.

Anonymous Chippewa January 24, 2018 12:57 PM  

Aussie football is amazing. Fun to watch even when you don't know the teams and have no rooting interest.

Very few sports you can say that about.

Anonymous a deplorable rubberducky January 24, 2018 1:20 PM  

The NFL didn't just pick the side of the snowflakes. The NFL got triggered by the words, "Please stand." The NFL now ARE snowflakes.

Anonymous Pitchfork Rebel January 24, 2018 1:28 PM  

Giving the NFL was like dropping 20 pounds. You don't know how bad it was for you until you unburden yourself from it.

Anonymous Rule of Wrist January 24, 2018 2:30 PM  

Vox:

The spin I've heard on local (espn affiliated) radio is that the ratings decline isn't due to the NFL itself and anything it's doing, but due to the overall effect of cord-cutting that is going on regarding cable providers.

In other words, the ratings decline is merely because more and more people are cutting the cord of cable tv, and ratings across the board are down.

On it's surface, this seems like a reasonable rebuttal to me, without doing a deep dive into the numbers. The only comeback I would say to someone who used this argument against me is that before the whole kneeling debacle of the last 2 years, the NFL was the main reason a lot of people WEREN'T cutting the cord on their cable providers. IE: they could barely give a damn about 500 channels of nothing interesting, but wanted to keep their comcast/direcTV subscription because there was really no other way to watch the NFL.

What do you think?

Anonymous AB.Prosper January 24, 2018 4:08 PM  

As typical no one at the NFL or anywhere understands that building social capital is hard (it took the NFL decades) and pissing it away it easy.

Now O/T but it might amuse our host to note that the OC Weekly had a little article on him in their Dana Watch (Dana being Dana Rorbacher here) column in November. It was a slag piece about the Damore memo but it did mention the Dark Lord by name and blog .

Even mentioned Neemiah Jamison!

It probably drew a little traffic from the occasional conservative who still reads the weed head/sex club/music rag too.

Anonymous Hoss January 24, 2018 7:56 PM  

I'm an MLB guy (baseball is the thinking man's sport). The playoffs were phenomenal this year. I've discarded the NFL, and haven't missed it a bit, and shit-canned the NBA years ago (Steph Curry and Lebron are major SJWs, bye Felicia). College sports are still a staple at my house - everything from men's football to women's softball (was introduced to college lacrosse and rugby last year, and was hooked).

Anonymous Anonymous January 24, 2018 8:07 PM  

The vets should punch back twice as hard by putting up a new spot highlighting the NFL's censorship of their message and get it as widely distributed as possible before the game. If the NFL has the balls to try getting networks to can the vets' ad outside of its Super Bowl timeslot (note - evidence of balls lacking), the resulting shitstorm will damage the NFL far more than simply letting the original ad air would have.

Blogger jus zis guy y'know January 24, 2018 9:51 PM  

Jack Amok wrote:Rugby arrived in Houston. Earlier this year. It has not worked out for me but I plan to go to games. This year games are demonstration, next year begins the actual season.

Is that US Major League Rugby? Houston SaberCats? I'm thinking of getting season tickets to the Seattle club.


We went to see the 1st Houston Sabercats game against the Seattle Saracens. We had a good time, the tickets were reasonable, it was a sold-out crowd. We're planning to go again this weekend. Supposedly the Houston club may be moving venues for the regular season (which starts in April this year, not next year) so we're holding off until we hear more. I'd certainly go see a game or two during the exhibition season before committing, these early games seem to be against amateur and national teams, but the last few games of exhibition look to be against the other league clubs.

Blogger Thucydides January 25, 2018 1:02 AM  

So a 16% drop in viewership isn't enough?

What is the over/under for a 25% drop?

Anonymous ScarletNumber January 25, 2018 9:27 PM  

For those who wanted Vince McMahon to bring back the XFL, your wish has been granted.

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