The fact that the actual genesis of this entire discussion was born of a quasi "paid-patriotism" business model between the US govt and the NFL basically tells you everything - none of this anthem celebration business was pure, true patriotic spontaneity between the league, owners and teams.
The NFL is an incredible marketing juggernaut with a rabid fan base, a 24-7-365 news cycle and countless blogs and opinion sites. (Hell you're on one of those blogs right now lol.) One thing that puzzles me is how often the NFL, under commissioner Roger Goodell's regime, continues to mess up simple, "lay-up" PR announcements and league dealings.
Now we get to the meat of this blog post - the NFL's new National Anthem policy for the league's players and coaches. Fans and bloggers alike should know that the NFL signed a contract with the DOD to have players come out and participate in the national anthem after 2009...prior to 2009 the teams and players were in the locker room and weren't out on the field. This needs to be understood because the entire reason that teams, players and coaches are out during the anthem is because the league was incentivized financially by the US Govt.
Look, it's definitely a fine line to straddle in terms of commenting on this policy without getting into vitriolic politics but it needs to be discussed. The fact that the actual genesis of this entire discussion was born of a quasi "paid-patriotism" business model between the US govt and the NFL basically tells you everything - none of this anthem celebration business was pure, true patriotic spontaneity between the league, owners and teams.
I am perfectly fine with players kneeling for the anthem as a show of protest. I am not a child of a military family or anything like that so I will put that out there with full-disclosure. I am simply a packer football super-fan - almost everything else outside of the packers playing means nothing to me...that's the truth. It's just stuff.
For those that disagree with the players kneeling during the anthem how can you also logically be OK with Donald Trump dictating ridiculous terms in a threatening manner to a private business? Do people even understand Colin Kaepernick's motive and method, the NFL QB who started this entire kneeling movement?
Goodell has always wanted to be known as the heavy-handed, disciplinarian commissioner ever since he took over for Paul Tagliabue in the early 2000s. He's definitely succeeded in handing out punishments and suspensions during his tenure, albeit sometimes willy-nilly and before any criminal investigations actually take place. That's his right to do so under the last CBA they bargained with the NFLPA. This new anthem policy is a ridiculous, sloppy and reactionary initiative to Donald Trump, pure and simple.