Boycotts from major sports leagues cause decline in ratings, fanbase
Million-dollar athletes walked off the job yesterday, led by the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, who said they were too upset to concentrate on sports because America has ignored the radical reform plans that Black Lives Matter has tried to impose on America.
“The past four months have shed a light on the ongoing racial injustices facing our African American communities. Citizens around the country have used their voices and platforms to speak out against these wrongdoings,” they said in a statement.
“Despite the overwhelming plea for change, there has been no action, so our focus today cannot be on basketball.”
They were immediately commended in their decision by former President Barack Obama, who many think is purposefully trying to foment the racial strife from his $12 million home in Martha’s Vineyard.
“I commend the players on the @Bucks for standing up for what they believe in, coaches like @DocRivers, and the @NBA and @WNBA for setting an example. It’s going to take all our institutions to stand up for our values,” the former president tweeted.
The Bucks walkout was immediately applauded by the NBA and followed up by walkouts by the WNBA, MLB and MLS.
While America won’t miss the WNBA or Major League Soccer, the walkout widens the gap between fans who just want to watch sports and major league athletes who want to be political activists.
The NBA has seen a 20+ percent falloff in TV ratings year-over-year since resuming operation after the COVID shutdown.
The website Sports Rush cited the excessive politicization of sports, Trump’s panning of the NBA and factors such as scheduling, as partially to blame for the falloff of TV ratings.
“These various factors have led to a 20% drop in playoff ratings from last season. For NBA’s relevant demographic (18-49), the drop is even more (28%),” said Sports Rush.
For sports like Major League Baseball, which have so far avoided being as political as the NBA, the ratings have been solid if not spectacular.
A week ago, MLB, was patting itself on the back for its increased ratings year-over-year because it appealed to more women and young folks. A walkout on the fans who need a distraction from the many crises happening in the U.S. threatens that progress.
In the NFL, a number of teams canceled practice to protest, which is bound to turn off fans who are just struggling to make it.
But the major sports leagues in America seem determined to commit suicide.
One guy in the NFL gets it, however. And he happens to be the reigning Super Bowl winning coach.
“At this time, everybody needs to come together and join hands and love each other for what we are and the privilege we have in the short period of time we have on Earth,” said Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid.
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