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NFL Team Owners Panic Over Fan Boycott… “We’re Losing Money”

We had a feeling it would only take a week or so to apply pressure from millions of angry football fans to get the NFL and team owners talking about lost revenue. So far, ratings are plummeting, ticket sales are dropping and small businesses across the United States are taking a stand and turning off the games.

But now it’s getting even more serious. Major team owners like Jerry Jones and Robert Kraft want players to stop the “take a knee” crap because they’re starting to feel the sting of lost revenue from boycotting fans. Read below.

Total Sports reports:

During the 2016 NFL season, you could count on two hands (or maybe even one) the amount of players that were kneeling during the national anthem. This season, on the other hand, has seen hundreds of players with various demonstrations during the anthem, and the blowback from it has been quite significant.

Many teams around the league released statement regarding the controversial comments from President Donald Trump, basically denouncing what he said about players kneeling. In reality, though, the owners want the players to stop kneeling as well, because if they are not already losing money as a result of the protests, they will be soon.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder are at the forefront of this movement to stop anthem protests, according to ESPN.

“It certainly was my takeaway that the commissioner was looking for a way for the protests to end,” Smith said Friday when asked about his 30-minute conversation with Goodell.

Robert Kraft of the New England Patriots and Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys, expressed concerns last week that the optics of hundreds of players kneeling, sitting or remaining in the locker room during the playing of the national anthem had alienated many fans at a particularly perilous moment for the NFL.

There was a meeting with owners and league executives to discuss what had happened. By then, Trump had tweeted nearly two dozen times attacking the NFL and its players. Tempers were hot.

One owner barked angrily at Lockhart, who declined to comment about the matter, echoing a sentiment that most of them — especially Jones — shared: Nobody wanted to engage in a political mud fight with the White House, even if “they were all pissed at the president,” a league source said.

Then the topic turned to the subject of angry fan bases and nervous sponsors. The Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers, in particular, each had received significant blowback from their fan bases and sponsors. Fans had booed the Patriots and Cardinals for kneeling, and disgusted fans posted on Facebook and YouTube videos of them burning NFL merchandise.

Going forward, however, some owners preferred a league-wide directive. Dan Snyder, the Washington Redskins’ owner and who declined to comment through a spokesman, argued that the protests needed to end because of the danger that the issue posed to the league’s bottom line. A “$40 million” NFL sponsor was considering pulling out, he told his fellow owners.

In the meeting, many owners wanted to speak, but the discussion soon was “hijacked,” in the words of one owner, by Jones, a $1 million contributor to Trump’s inaugural committee fund and who declined comment through a spokesman. The blunt Hall of Famer mentioned that he had spoken by phone, more than once over the past 24 hours, with Trump. Jones said the president, who only a few years ago tried to buy the Buffalo Bills, had no intention of backing down from his criticism of the NFL and its players.

“We can’t just tell them to stop,” Goodell said of the players’ protests.

Many owners immediately argued otherwise. “We need to find a way where Trump doesn’t win,” one said, and that meant using leverage as employers to end the protests. Another said, “We’ll get our guys in line.” It was clear to many in the room that this was a regional issue as much as a political one, with owners’ tolerance for kneeling shaped more by their fans in local markets than their own personal politics. Dan Snyder, who had joined his players in arms at FedEx Field on Sunday night, was in an especially divisive market and was particularly dismissive of the kneeling.

Once the money starts being affected, you best believe there will be rules instituted that outlaw kneeling in the future.

Before you go, we’re calling on ALL of our patriotic readers to pick up one of these limited edition “I Proudly Stand For The National Anthem” shirts or hoodies. They also make a wonderful Christmas gift for the patriot in your life!

19 Comments

19 Comments

  1. M.K.Livingston

    October 3, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    The National Felons League should be scared…It’s the citizens of America that pays there douche bag asses…If they want to save the NFL there is only one way to fire all kneel takers …Sign on guys who believe in our flag our anthem and respect our military…and FIRE
    RODGER”GO TO HELL”GOODELL…These idiots dont understand that everytime they back peddle on taking a knee makes them look even worse ..They are in a no win situation..LOL Now they can suck it ..this is the true power of the American Citizen…If we stick together we can destroy your stupid rich asses if we so choose too…

  2. Thomas Brechlin

    October 3, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    ” …. and this little piggy goes waa waa waa all the way home.” Hey OWNERS!! YOU’re owners in name only. The players own YOU! ROFLMAO

  3. Jeff

    October 3, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    I am a diehard fan but I refuse to watch these idiots Mock our country. As far as Jerry Jones goes a couple weeks ago he took a knee with his team. I am a diehard fan but I refuse to watch these idiots Marc or country. As far as Jerry Jones goes a couple weeks ago he took a knee with his team. Keep it up Congress needs to pull the tax exempt status. I called Budweiser because They made a post on Facebook that they want the Americans opinions. So now they’re on the verge of pulling out

  4. B.J. Hill

    October 4, 2017 at 3:54 am

    This started before Donald Trump made his comments. It started with the comments made by Kapernick and his taking the kneel down and saying it was done over police brutality and equality. He started this by disrespected the flag and this country by wearing a Fidel Castro tee shirt and that is one country that is oppressed. He has millions and does not know the meaning of the word. I hope he has invested his money well or he may very well know what it means for karma has a way of coming back at you. This country means more to nearly all Americans than all the football games there are and all the whining players making millions who could be out there using some of their money to help their people instead of insulting America. They have not accomplished a thing with these kneel downs and I hope people continue to protest and they go broke. I for one have given up on all of football and I have been a Dallas Cowboy fan since 1972.

  5. dave

    October 4, 2017 at 4:05 am

    Flags all over the field: “unsportsmanlike conduct. 15 yard penalty, still fourth down”

  6. David

    October 4, 2017 at 5:36 am

    Any no who kneels during THE NATIONAL ANTHEM doesn’t deserve to get paid. The National Fairy League deserves all the back lash it is getting. Those so-called professional need to grow up and pay respect to The men and women that fight for their rights.

  7. thomas mescia

    October 4, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    I SAY LET’S PUT THEM OUT OF BUSINESS AND START A WHOLE NEW FOOTBALL LEAGUE. MOST WHO ARE IN THE NFL ARE FELONS HOW COME THEY GET TO MAKE MILLIONS FOR CARING A BALL WHY? WE CAN PUT THEM OUT OF BUSINESS IN NO TIME WATCH.

  8. Larry

    October 4, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    The NFL has no true remorse for disrespect of anthem and our flag there reverse is only about money. These owners have fallen in line with the large percent of the thugs they are paying. I have loved the game for years but the example they are setting for the young kids is totally disgraceful

  9. Donny

    October 4, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    I believe the NFL will soon be a thing of the past! They have shown america what they think about our country, our military and our police officers! America can live without the NFL, they have changed our outlook on them forever!

  10. Ruth

    October 4, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Football for our family is over. Take the politics out of the game–it is entertainment, not necessary for my life, but sure as hell those paychecks are necessary for those performers. When they feel the pinch in their pocketbooks, they will see the error of their ways, or not

  11. Craig hines

    October 5, 2017 at 11:29 am

    This is a easy fix
    Announce your starting line up after the National Anthem

  12. Tammy

    October 5, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Still won’t be watching. Only reason they are going to make them stand has everything to do with profit. I have 2 grandsons in military who should be making what idiot players make and idiot players should make what my grandson makes. Maybe they should go visit people who have fought for our freedoms because they sure as hell don’t deserve this slap in the face. F you to all nfl players and owners

  13. Robert K. Premo Jr

    October 5, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    The National Felon League hires thugs and felons, and then wonders why they get thug and felon behavior? Then the owners, roger goodell, and the National Felons League players wonder why the fans are pissed off, and boycotting? I’m no rocket scientist, but I was a soldier for 20 some years of my life, and even I can see the writing on the wall. Felons do not deserve to play this game. Felons are hardly worthy of bagging groceries at a local supermarket. The felons AND the knee takers need to be fired, and the owners need to take back control of their teams. Goodell needs to resign his position, and a new commissioner, one with a spine, needs to be elected. The National Felons League needs to issue an apology to the fans, America, and to the President of the United States, and then I MIGHT watch football again…maybe. Until all opf this happens, I no longer watch football, buy merchandise or products from the felons league, nor do I buy merchandise and’or products from any national felons league sponsors or those who endorse the league and it’s players. Yeah, I’m just one person, and my tiny presence makes no difference, but there are many tiny presences out there who feel the same way I feel. Bet when all those tiny presences take a stand and push this boycott, there will be some changes made in the thug life attitude of the nfl.

    • Brian Kerr

      October 10, 2017 at 2:35 pm

      Robert,Thank you for your service and although I didn’t serve, I stand right beside you with those same principles. I am also a tiny presence, but together we are big enough for them to take notice!!!

  14. JIm

    October 8, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    This is not about Trump. These players have started a race war, which they will lose. I hope more sponsors pull out, and NFL goes broke.

  15. Kevin Curl

    October 11, 2017 at 3:13 am

    They aren’t taking a stand because it’s the right thing to do but because their bottom line is effected . Screw NFL I will never watch another game even if they get those racist crybaby’s to stand for or Flag and Anthem . Semper Fi “78-87”

  16. Lois

    October 14, 2017 at 3:24 am

    I agree with all the above comments. The owners and players will grovel. They will say they are sorry They will say they did not mean it. I do not care. One time disrespecting our country and flag is enough for me and my family. Bye, bye NFL.

  17. Me.ody

    October 21, 2017 at 1:16 am

    To begin with, felons should not be allowed in the league. If you beat your wife, child or an animal you should not be allowed in the league. If you have been convicted on drug charges you should not be allowed in the league. If you have been filmed taking drugs you should not be allowed to work in the league. These things alone pretty much wipe out the NFL. BOYCOTT the NFL.

  18. tom cain

    December 10, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    I hope to see them lose all their money and their a**ess as well.

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