The NFL Is On The Brink

Victor Davis Hanson, PJ Media

In 2018, the league belatedly banned players from kneeling for the national anthem. By then, Colin Kaepernick had left football. Now the NFL is in the news amid national protests and violence following the killing of George Floyd at the hands of police. If the multibillion-dollar NFL decides that multimillionaire players have no obligation to stand to honor a collective national anthem, and that there will be separate anthems and politicized uniforms, then millions of Americans will quietly shrug and change the channel. And that silent protest will make the 2016-17 anthem protest look like child’s play.

Our Bankrupt Nomenklatura

Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness

Take all the signature brand names that the Baby Boomers inherited from prior generations—Harvard, Yale, the New York Times, NPR, CNN, the Oscars, the NFL, the NBA, the FBI, the CIA, the Rockefeller and Ford foundations, and a host of others. And then ask whether they enhanced or diminished such inheritances? Where you live, what school branded you, what title, past and present, you can parlay, whom you know, and whom you married somehow have ended up far more important than what you actually have done. They remind one of played out “senators” from the last generations of the Roman Empire. What explains the bankruptcy of the elite?

The NFL Recovers From Kneeling Frenzy

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

The panic in NFL offices has ended. The bleeding stopped. Everyone knows why, and it's not the powerful high-scoring offenses and the snazzy touchdown celebrations. The NFL put an end to the national anthem kneeling protests. The focus could then return to sports, not silent gestures meant to drive home the leftist argument that we should be deeply ashamed about how America is horribly racist and police officers are a pack of murderers. This controversy drove away viewers on both sides of the debate, the patriotic Americans and the "woke" community.

In Defense of ABC and the NFL

Ben Shapiro, National Review

Free speech can be threatened in practice by a culture of mob rule — attempts to destroy someone’s life thanks to their viewpoint rather than their behavior. But sometimes speech is inherently related to the job or product at issue. Corporations have every right to protect their bottom line under such circumstances, and the public has every right to shy away from such products and services.

Kaepernick’s Collusion Claim Is a Likely Loser

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

Colin Kaepernick is no longer on an NFL roster because he is a shell of the player he once was. It has been years since he showed he could help a team win, and he is now a major turn-off to a large percentage of football fans. Notoriously, the billionaires who own NFL teams routinely turn a blind eye to grotesque misconduct — or wash it away with a nominal suspension — if it involves star players. Mediocre players do not get that treatment. That is not due to collusion. No one need conspire to exclude someone who is not worth the trouble.

Status Quo Blues

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Slowly and by hit and miss, Americans are learning that they do not need to go to a theater to see another Harvey Weinstein movie; or watch network news or read traditional journalism; or, on NFL Sunday, see more zillionaires in their luxury boxes above grow giddy as their employees below score, only to see a showboating player kneel on all fours to mimic a urinating dog, which is apparently less offensive than standing for the national anthem.

Why Sports and Politics Don't Mix

Stephen Moore, Investor's Business Daily

If Sports Illustrated, ESPN and NFL linebackers want to protest what an unjust and sexist society America is, they have every right to go to the public square and express themselves until the cows come home. All we can do as fans is exercise our freedom to turn them off -- as millions of Americans are doing. After 40 years, I finally canceled my subscription to Sports Illustrated.

Harvey Weinstein Has Destroyed Hollywood -- Now What?

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

If conservative investors had any courage, this would be the time to make a hostile takeover of the movie business.  Unfortunately, they don’t.  Wealthy conservatives are delighted to support the Philharmonic, but when it comes to popular culture they turn away, as if afraid to get their hands dirty. That this is a huge mistake should be obvious.  They have abandoned the culture -- and our children -- to the creepiest people imaginable.

Trump Embraces the Culture War

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

In the culture wars, Trump has rejected compromise or capitulation and decided to defend the ground on which his most loyal folks stand. People who stand by you in a fight are not all that common in politics. When Trump exhibits this quality, he receives in reciprocity the kind of loyalty even his enemies concede he has.

The Glass House of the NFL

Victor Davis Hanson, Investor's Business Daily

Most importantly, the league has entirely forgotten the fundamental rule of business: Never ignore, insult or talk down to the loyal consumers who provide the leagues' support and income. The NFL will not disappear, but its national significance is rapidly diminishing.

No room for fun in progressives’ identity politicization of sports

Mark J. Fitzgibbons, American Thinker

Players such as Alejandro Villanueva, an Army ex-Ranger who did three tours in Afghanistan and who stood outside the Pittsburgh Steelers locker room to honor the National Anthem while his team remained inside based on indecisiveness of what to do to respond to President Trump, still inspire me. Progressives won’t ruin my fun and love of the sport, but as with nearly everything else good about America, they are trying hard.

NFL Conflict Mirrors the Country’s Divide

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

We have been here before. At the Mexico City Olympics of 1968, gold and bronze medal-winning sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos each raised a black-gloved fist as a sign of solidarity with Black America, and not the nation they were sent to represent. A month later, America elected Richard Nixon.

Boycott the NFL

Jeffrey Lord, The American Spectator

If whole NFL teams refuse to even take the field for the playing of the Star Spangled Banner — a national anthem that honors among many things the very freedom and civil rights that Dr. King and others gave their life for? Then, well, not to be inelegant but screw the cowards. Turn off the games. Don’t go to the games. Stop buying the endless merchandise.

Trump Wins When The NFL Takes A Knee

Scott Greer, Daily Caller

Trump’s involvement in the debate over national anthem protests shows him once again stepping into his kind of cultural war. No longer tied to religious or moral concerns, Trump’s forays into the culture war typically revolve around questions of national identity and pit middle Americans against various elites.

The NFL Had Better Straighten Out–Or Else

Steve Berman, The Resurgent

Week by week, injecting protests, national anthem sit-downs, kneel-downs and hand-holding, while the league flip-flops over fining Tennessee Titans’ Avery Williamson for wearing cleats honoring 9/11 turns the NFL into a very unfunny joke. Two things need to happen at a football game: play the national anthem while everyone stands, and then play football.

NFL won't move 2017 Super Bowl from Houston

Joshua Axelrod, Washington Examiner

The NFL has announced that it will not move the 2017 Super Bowl from Houston, Texas, even after the city's vote to repeal an anti-discrimination law sparked outrage from LGBT activists and calls to move the big game to another city.

Why (As A Sports Fanatic) I Can't Get Interested in Soccer

Liberals continue to try to push the metric system on us, just like they are desperate to get America to love soccer – so we can be just like the rest of the world. I don’t want to be like the rest of the world.