The ratings are in. According to USA Today, “NFL games…were down 11% for the first six weeks of the season when compared to a similar point last year.” What’s the explanation for the drop in viewership? The USA Today article makes a big deal of the election and the two debates. Since the media blames him for everything else, maybe Trump’s to blame for this as well!
Or maybe, just maybe, this has something to do with Colin Kaepernick’s and his ‘Black Lives Matter’ comrades’ manifestly irrational anti-American flimflam. A Yahoo Sports/YouGov poll released last month found that 44% of NFL fans said they would stop watching NFL games if the protests continue. This shouldn’t be surprising. According to the same poll, Americans don’t like his flagrant anti-Americanism: “47 percent of Americans oppose Kaepernick’s protest, with 32 percent in support and the remaining 21 percent either neutral or declining to offer an opinion.” Even if Kaepernick has a point about systemic police discrimination against blacks (he doesn’t, not least because blacks disproportionately commit violent crimes, which explains why they are disproportionately involved in police encounters), disrespecting the country at an NFL game probably isn’t an appropriate venue at which to express it. Most people don’t like seeing (especially radically left-wing) politics injected into sports, which is why it isn’t even mildly surprising that the increasingly political NFL is losing many of its fans.
We know that, generally, leftists aren’t the kind of people who are sports fans; they’re too busy being offended by everything. Despite this, they are bizarrely interested in changing them. One example is the way in which they’ve injected the ideologies of transgenderism and feminism into sports (and the military). The fact that males are generally physically stronger than females and, by extension, generally better than them at sports is an inconvenient one for these ideologies and the ideology of equality, so they choose to ignore it altogether and pretend that it ain’t a fact at all (if you think that even mentioning this truism is sexist, then you’re probably one of these halfwits). That’s why a man can now make a living out of beating up on women if only he believes (quite falsely) that he’s a woman. Another example is the Left’s obsession with allegedly politically incorrect team names, such as the Washington Redskins. This obsession involves calling for people to boycott these teams until they capitulate to their demands to change the names (fortunately, these attempts almost invariably fail). Objections to the Redskins moniker are especially fatuous since, according to a Washington Post poll, 9 in 10 American Indians—the very people the Left believes that the name offends—aren’t at all offended. The same poll found that “7 in 10 said they did not feel the word “Redskin” was disrespectful to Indians. An even higher number — 8 in 10 — said they would not be offended if a non-native called them that name.” So why do (mostly white) leftists moan about the Redskins name? Because they are professional virtue-signalers and experts in the tactics of feigning outrage and offense.
The truth is that many, perhaps most, leftists hate sport because they recognise that it is a fundamentally conservative institution. Sports are jingoistic (according to that left-wing hero Noam Chomsky, “professional sports are a way of building up jingoist fanaticism…[and] an irrational submissiveness to power”), competitive, merit-based and rewarding, inegalitarian, respectful of time-honored traditions and the past, law/rule-abiding, personal responsibility-promoting, gender realist (leftists would say misogynistic), and a way for the ordinary man to improve his lot without the intervention of the state. These are all characteristics the Left associates with conservatism.
Sports are like this partly because their fans are relatively conservative. But the Left couldn’t care less what ordinary folk think. It’s precisely because they believe (correctly, we think) that sport is a fundamentally conservative institution that they want to tear it down. And if they can’t do that with the immediacy that they doubtless desire, they’ll slowly eat away at its core until it’s utterly unrecognizable. For them, left-wing politics and ideology must invade every area of life. Their object is the destruction of institutions and traditions.
This is the rotten fruit of leftism.
- Trumplings Probably Destroyed the Right - November 3, 2016
- The Left Injects Its Poison Into Everything Else, So Why Not Sports? - October 19, 2016
- Jason Stanley’s Response to Rightly Considered - October 6, 2016
- Did Swinburne get Swindled? - September 26, 2016