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They’re Done: NFL Ratings Rocked After Thanksgiving, TV Networks Lose $500 Million Dollars From Kaepernick Stunt

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As we have been reporting for months now, the NFL is in deep trouble. And just now it’s starting to become apparent as to how deep the divide with the fans has really become.

On Thanksgiving Day, the New York Giants played the Washington Redskins. And although the yearly NFL Thanksgiving day game has turned into an American past time which takes place after the famed Thanksgiving feast, not many fans were in the mood to put up with the tantrums the elite, ball-tossing millionaires have been throwing this year. In fact, fans were so upset that the Thanksgiving Day game ratings fell another 10% on the spot.

The national anthem protests continued couldn’t even be put on the back burner during Thanksgiving in spite of the severe drop in ratings and the huge amount of revenue loss the NFL has been taking since the protests escalated earlier in the season. The national anthem protests have hit the NFL so hard, to the tune of over $500 million in losses, that it has, in fact, turned the league into one of the most divisive brands in the entire country.

But regretfully enough, even though the stats don’t lie, apparently New York Giants defensive end, Olivier Vernon, didn’t get the memo because he was the only player to take a knee during the national anthem in Washington. But what was even more offensive about his actions was that the man singing the national anthem was a Master Sergeant in the United States Army. What does he care? He still gets his payday, even though the NFL is bleeding revenue dollars like a sailor on shore leave.

Would this be a great time for a new startup like the XFL?

Via Variety:

‘This Was the XFL’ Director on Vince McMahon, Concussions and Whether League Could Make a Comeback

When the XFL kicked off its first and only football season on NBC in 2000, it did so to a Nielsen ratings more than double what the broadcaster had promised advertisers. By the time that season ended, the league was posting record lows for its Saturday-night time period.

A partnership between NBC and the WWE, the XFL is largely remembered as the most significant failure of the two men who spearheaded it — WWE founder Vince McMahon and longtime NBC Sports President Dick Ebersol. Taking its cues from McMahon’s wrestling operation, the league billed itself as a more violent, more titillating, more fun alternative to the NFL. But with a hastily thrown together football operation and teams composed of NFL cast-offs, the quality of play was too terrible to sustain viewers’ initial curiosity.

“This Was the XFL,” a documentary premiering Thursday night as part of ESPN’s “30 for 30” series, argues that, despite its many failings, the XFL changed the way that sports was broadcast, introducing innovations in marketing and production that the NFL and other leagues, and their broadcast partners now employ regularly. It is also an exploration of the relationship between Ebersol and McMahon, two of the most successful and controversial broadcasters of their generation. The film is directed by Charlie Ebersol — Dick Ebersol’s son and president of TV production company The Company.

“The one thing that my dad and Vince had never spoken about was XFL,” Charlie Ebersol says. “When the idea got run by me, I said to ESPN, ‘This is great, but the film I want to make is a love story between these guys over 15 years.’”

Charlie Ebersol spoke with Variety about the XFL’s failures, its successes, and the challenges of making a movie about his father and his father’s best friend.

How did your dad feel about the fact that you were going to make a movie about what was, essentially, the biggest failure of his career?

I’ve done a handful of documentaries that have done okay, with festivals and HBO and et cetera. And he had a sense of what I did. So he called Vince, and they had about an hour-long conversation about doing it, and they were definitely trepidatious. But once they commit to things, they go all the way in. They were making phone calls for me. Vince called Jesse Ventura. A lot of the stuff that came together was a function of the two of them committing fully to doing it. Afterward, when I showed it to them, they both said “This is the autopsy that the XFL needed.” I like that they refer to it like a murder victim.

How did Bob Costas come in? He plays like the villain of the movie.
You couldn’t make the film without Costas. First of all, you shouldn’t make any movie without Bob Costas. He’s the greatest personality of all time. I did a documentary on Africa and I seriously considered putting him in there as mid-film comic relief. He’s wonderful in that sense. Also, I wanted a critical voice, and I wanted a critical voice that wasn’t mean-spirited. A lot of people had a bone to pick with Vince and my father, especially TV critics. So there were a lot of people I could have gone to who wrote perfectly horrible things about the XFL. But Bob, who’s a very good friend of my dad and Vince, could come in and comment and be funny and not come off as a vindictive guy.

Because you are your father’s son, you can tell the story from a point of view that another director might not get at, but do you also expose yourself to potential criticism that you’re being a homer for your dad?
Are you suggesting that there are people on the internet or in the press that are going to take a negative view of me, my father, or Vince McMahon? That’s such an unconventional idea. Can you give me any example ever of anyone going on the internet and saying anything negative about those people? I just don’t think there’s any precedent for it.

I worked really hard in the film to try to create a balanced view. That’s why Costas is in there and Peter King, guys who are sort of the arbiters of decency. And look, if you want to see negativity about the XFL, just Google “XFL.” The first 700 news hits prior to my film coming out were “Failure! Failure! This is a stain on Dick Ebersol and Vince McMahon’s record!” I just didn’t feel the need to do that in the film. I also think that people conveniently ignore the fact that the NFL and the NBA and Major League Baseball and Fox and CBS and ABC just lifted all the technologies and techniques that worked about the XFL, and still rolled their eyes about the XFL’s viability.

At the end of the film, your dad and Vince are joshing about trying to revive the XFL. How serious are they being?

Look, when I interviewed Jerry Jones for the film, he brought it up. And when I interviewed Vince, he brought it up. My dad’s not going to do it. He’s really, really happily retired. Vince is still on the road three days a week producing 17 pay-per-views and 104 “Monday Night Raws” and “Smackdowns” a year. He’s a madman. If Vince has put enough thought into it, I never question the validity, because you never know when he’s going to walk into the press room and announce that he’s doing it.

Costas talks about this in the film, but the league was sold as being more violent than the NFL, and now you can’t really have a non-fan conversation about football without talking about concussions. Were you concerned about how that would flavor the story you were telling?

No, and the reason I didn’t think that is because during the making of the movie the UFC sold for $4 billion. Look, the media plays an important role, but I think the media is an echo chamber to a huge degree. So the concussion story and the CTE story, which, by the way, permeated not just football but also UFC and all these other sports, I think these stories are similar to the outrage that the press had over things that Donald Trump was saying that, if you really went into his voting group, they didn’t care that he was saying. Concussions are real and scary and the NFL does have a responsibility to their players. But if you look at the playoff ratings, clearly the public isn’t really that upset about it.

What did your dad say when you showed him the movie?

The only thing scarier than interviewing my father and Vince was I showed it to them together. At the end of the film, the only note I got was from a WWE exec on cutting back something that was critical of Vince, and Vince cut the person off and said, “No, first of all, we’re not giving notes, and second, you should feel confident about putting that in because that’s what really happened.” I was mesmerized by that. All through my life, I’ve seen my dad and Vince note everything to death. I did a documentary about schools in Africa and got 15 pages of notes from my father. I was expecting notes. I was not expecting them to defend the parts of the film that I was most nervous to show them.

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NFL Legend John Elway Just ENDED ALL The Racist Player Protests Just Before Super Bowl

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As the current executive vice president of football operations and general manager of the Denver Broncos of the National Football League, John Elway knows a thing or two about football, sportsmanship, and respect.

He’s watched the sport he retired from in 1998 devolve into a national mockery, thanks to the sideline antics of ignorant athletes who intentionally disrespect the country before each game. This isn’t the league that Elway once played for and didn’t become the winningest quarterback in National Football League history, after 16 seasons and two Super Bowl championships because he was focused on protesting.

Protesting wasn’t popular in football when Elway was on the field. Players played the game, respected the country, the sport, franchise, and fans and went out to win for their team every game.

Now, working with the NFL in an executive capacity with the Denver Broncos, Elway has seen enough in this preseason and is putting an end to it. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell picked his side and told fans to be the tolerant ones, not the protesting athletes, but Elway has a different approach to the problem.

It’s been about a week since the debauchery began with players kneeling or sitting out the National Anthem. A Denver Bronco player wasn’t among those who disrespected our country, but the Colorado team’s linebacker, Brandon Marshall, did kneel last year for several games.

Elway has finally broken his silence on the matter and pointed out the one big problem with these protests which nobody has before.

247 Sports reports:

Asked Thursday about sitting or kneeling during the National Anthem — a trend started by Colin Kaepernick in 2016 and continuing this preseason — the Broncos’ general manager gave a strong, well-thought-out response.

The gist? He respects players’ beliefs and supports their rights, with the caveat being that it doesn’t hurt the team.

“We have not had a conversation with them and I think that my stance—I think everybody has the right to do what they wish to do and their beliefs are their beliefs. That’s why we live in this country and they have the right to display whatever they wish to display,” Elway said.

“I think one thing that where we stand and I can stand with the Broncos is that you know what, that’s OK, we’ll respect that and whatever you want to do is fine with us. But the bottom line is, that can’t get in the way of our main goal and that is to compete for World Championships. I just don’t want that pulling away from our team. Sometimes that can pull away because obviously it gets a lot of attention.”

Players’ protests are selfish since they hurt the team, franchise, and NFL which is something they should recognize considering that football is more than a game, it’s a business. However, this is a team sport and they are part something bigger than themselves and their cause.

The entire team wants to win what they were hired to play the sport to do, and one bad apple can derail everyone from what should be the common goal of a championship – not a political cause.

“The only thing I would say to our players is make sure it’s not hurting your teammates, right? Because if the questions and everything the tenor changes of what’s going on in these interviews and now you’re not talking about our next opponent but talking about what’s going on out in the world,” Elway explained in his interview.

“That’s not the best thing for our football team. My only advice—we tell our players, I respect where you stand, just when you’re doing anything just understand what it’s doing to the football team because I want all of these guys to understand that we’re football first and we want to win football games.”

Elway reiterated the fact that he completely respects people’s differences of opinions — we all do. All fans of the sport don’t care what a player’s personal politics are, or if they agree with them on 100% of the same issues. Fans just want to watch and enjoy the sport without it being politicized.

There’s a time, place, and respectable way to express your opinions and it’s often not on the job or in an arena like this. These players are part of a team first and if they protest and compromise the goal of the group in doing so, they should be punished for that.

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BREAKING! After The NFL Trashed Veterans 2 Executives were Just FIRED For SICKENING Thing!!!

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The National Football League is on a crash course for disaster that began at the start of the season. They’ve done everything they can disrespect America and our heroes and made it clear that they don’t plan to change that anytime soon. They were even given the chance to make it right and chose to trash veterans instead. Now, two top executives have just been fired for the absolutely sickening thing they did that they tried to hide.

It costs a lot of money to get a coveted advertisement spot for the most watched event of the year – the Super Bowl. Although rates are probably a little better for commercial spots this year, they still come at quite a price. The American Veterans group was willing and want to put up the cash for a short Super Bowl ad to send a message that is very important to them that would certainly be appreciated by every red-blooded American, even if they weren’t watching. It’s the remaining fans that needed to see what they had to say the most, but won’t for one disgusting reason.

Fox News reports:

The National Football League has rejected a Super Bowl advertisement from American Veterans urging people to stand for the national anthem.

The nation’s largest veterans service organization had been invited by the NFL to place an ad in the Super Bowl LII program. AMVET’s advertisement included a two-word message – “#PleaseStand.”

“It’s a simple, polite request that represents the sentiment of our membership, particularly those whose missing or paralyzed limbs preclude standing,” wrote National Commander Marion Polk in a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

American Veterans accused the NFL of outright censorship by rejecting the advertisement.

The NFL had their chance to prove they aren’t divisive and anti-American by allowing this simple yet profound commercial run. They even would have been paid to put it up but instead, it was more important for them to stick it to veterans and purposely disrespect our flag. While this is expected since they did that all season long and never tried to stop players from kneeling despite losing droves of fans, they should have made it right the best they could in the end.

“NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy defended the league’s decision to ban the American Veterans’ advertisement noting that the game day program ‘is designed for fans to commemorate and celebrate the game, players, teams and the Super Bowl,'” Fox News added.

“It’s never been a place for advertising that could be considered by some as a political statement,” McCarthy told Army Times.

Basically, the NFL is saying that to simply and kindly ask people to stand for the Star-Spangled Banner is the same as making a divisive political statement.

Hours after this came out it was learned what else the NFL was hiding, specifically two top execs at the NFL Network.

According to Breitbart:

Executive Producer of Original Content Michael Mandt and Coordinating Producer of Features Dan Dieffenbach have been ousted at the NFL Network, both having been allegedly caught up in sexual harassment investigations, according to reports.
NFL Network spokesman Alex Riethmiller reportedly informed Deadspin that the network had severed ties with the pair but did not offer further comment.

Deadspin also reported that the two had been on administrative leave since December. Both were let go as of January 19.

Mandt previously worked at ESPN and SyFy Channel, as well as AOL. Dieffenbach previously worked with Mandt in his Original Content Group.

The separations are part of a growing list of accusations of sexual harassment lodged against other network employees.

Awful Announcing reports:

This adds to the turnover at NFL Network. David Eaton, the VP of NFL Media, resigned last month after Deadspin pointed out his history of interacting with porn actresses and escorts on Twitter, while Heath Evans, Marshall Faulk, and Ike Taylor are all still suspended pending that sexual harassment investigation. The lawsuit from former NFLN stylist Jami Cantor that led to those analysts’ suspensions also implicated Donovan McNabb and Eric Davis, who had since moved on to ESPN (that network parted ways with them earlier this month), and former NFL Network executive Eric Weinberger, an executive producer at the network who oversaw their studio programming before he left to run the Bill Simmons Media Group and The Ringer in November 2015 (he’s since been suspended from his role there).

Just when you thought the NFL couldn’t get any worse, they outdo themselves. The need to get rid of a lot more executives than just these two, if there’s ever a chance of the league regaining fans – starting with the commissioner Roger Goodell who allowed these problems to persist unchecked all season long which destroyed the industry.

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BREAKING! NFL Just Enraged Every Veteran In America With Super Bowl Ad – How Could They Do This?!

THEY WON’T RECOVER FROM THIS HUGE ‘F YOU’

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The worst season that the National Football League has ever seen is finally coming to an end. Rather than slipping into obscurity after having lost the majority of their fan base, they decided to stick it veterans, having saved their most disrespectful anti-American action to the bitter end. Their fate for the future of professional football had already been determined, but this just officially seals the deal that the league is done.

The National Football League has become a national disgrace starting at the top with who calls the shots and has perpetually refused to stop players from disrespecting our flag and country. The league got what they had coming to them when they didn’t get ahead of the issue and got behind it instead. The National Anthem protest that started last season with former 49ers player, Colin Kaepernick that many hoped would just fade away, did not. In fact, it spread like a virus, infecting every single team in the NFL. That “cancer” has now killed America’s former favorite sport and now they just doubled down on their disrespect with what the league just told a massive veterans’ group.

It costs a lot of money to get a coveted advertisement spot for the most watched event of the year – the Super Bowl. Although rates are probably a little better for commercial spots this year, they still come at quite a price. The American Veterans group was willing and want to put up the cash for a short Super Bowl ad to send a message that is very important to them that would certainly be appreciated by every red-blooded American, even if they weren’t watching. It’s the remaining fans that needed to see what they had to say the most, but won’t for one disgusting reason.

Fox News reports:

The National Football League has rejected a Super Bowl advertisement from American Veterans urging people to stand for the national anthem.

The nation’s largest veterans service organization had been invited by the NFL to place an ad in the Super Bowl LII program. AMVET’s advertisement included a two-word message – “#PleaseStand.”

“It’s a simple, polite request that represents the sentiment of our membership, particularly those whose missing or paralyzed limbs preclude standing,” wrote National Commander Marion Polk in a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

American Veterans accused the NFL of outright censorship by rejecting the advertisement.

The NFL had their chance to prove they aren’t divisive and anti-American by allowing this simple yet profound commercial run. They even would have been paid to put it up but instead, it was more important for them to stick it to veterans and purposely disrespect our flag. While this is expected since they did that all season long and never tried to stop players from kneeling despite losing droves of fans, they should have made it right the best they could in the end.

“NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy defended the league’s decision to ban the American Veterans’ advertisement noting that the game day program ‘is designed for fans to commemorate and celebrate the game, players, teams and the Super Bowl,'” Fox News added.

“It’s never been a place for advertising that could be considered by some as a political statement,” McCarthy told Army Times.

Basically, the NFL is saying that to simply and kindly ask people to stand for the Star-Spangled Banner is the same as making a divisive political statement.

According to Army Times:

AMVETS National Commander Marion Polk said the issue is one of fairness and respect.

“Freedom of speech works both ways,” he said. “We respect the rights of those who choose to protest, as these rights are precisely what our members have fought — and in many cases died — for.

“But imposing corporate censorship to deny that same right to those veterans who have secured it for us all is reprehensible and totally beyond the pale.”

In a statement, NFL Vice President of Communications Brian McCarthy said the Super Bowl game program “is designed for fans to commemorate and celebrate the game, players, teams and the Super Bowl. It’s never been a place for advertising that could be considered by some as a political statement.”

They noted that the program will include a similar ad from the Veterans of Foreign Wars that states simply “We Stand for Veterans.” McCarthy said AMVETS was asked to consider changing their ad to read “Please Stand for Our Veterans” but did not reply in time for production deadlines.

Although it wasn’t likely that too many freedom-loving Americans were going to watch the Super Bowl anyway, this pretty much seals the deal that those who may have, probably won’t now or ever again. The league can’t say that they are politically neutral and then decline an ad that simply asks people to stand, while there’s a really good chance there will be some anti-Trump undertones in their commercials and at their halftime show.

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