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Don’t boycott the NFL, boycott ESPN



In my childhood, Sport Center was on for a couple sessions on mornings when there was no school. Nowadays, ESPN has shifted away from its core focus to pursue other matters. What started out as a sports channel has now become a sports gossip channel. And with this deviation fictional celebrity LaVar Ball is a household name like the Kardashians and Colin Kaepernick is covered weekly, which is more airtime than a jobless backup quarterback should receive. Many people took their disagreement with Kaepernick out on the NFL. And I’m here to say that they shouldn’t.

First, I would like to point out the obvious fact that Colin Kaepernick doesn’t have a job in the NFL. The NFL franchises have heeded the fact that Kaepernick is poison for the brand. In the NFL, there is a direct correlation between talent and the amount of distraction that is tolerable for a team. Kaepernick failed this metric with flying colors. The NFL does believe in second chances (note: he walked out on his contract before being cut) and he blew that opportunity too. The Baltimore Ravens were the only team interested in offering a second chance. Ray Lewis was even trying to help him out but Kaepernick’s girlfriend tweeted a racist photo comparing owner Steve Biscotti to Candy from Django.

You don’t insult the people who are trying to get your boyfriend a job. It’s a direct reflection of his bad attitude.

Now I understand that Kaepernick’s stupidity has spread, however NFL teams are clamping down, such as the Cleveland Browns locking arms with each other and men and women in uniform for their opening game. The NFL has heeded your displeasure. Reward their behavior.

Second, we shouldn’t judge the whole brand by the actions of a few. We certainly reject calls for gun control when someone used a “AR-15” in a high-profile shooting. We reject that the few people who so happen to be white supremacists are representative of all white people. Why? Because we believe it’s wrong to judge a whole group of people for the actions of a few. It’s called reasoning and accountability, things we small government folks are fond of. If the NFL rampantly promoted liberal ideology, the situation would be different. Furthermore, it isn’t the NFL’s authority to make people stand. They don’t contract with players, but furthermore we would and should complain if they took to fine people for their political speech. As conservatives, it’s hypocritical for us to demand companies to punish unpopular speech, especially after Google. But the NFL let the free market outcome take place and teams decided against signing Kaepernick. The NFL didn’t force a team to keep him in the league. They aren’t shaming teams for not signing him despite the likes of Tom Savage. The NFL doesn’t have a toxic culture promoting liberal propaganda. ESPN does.

ESPN’s departure from sports coverage has directly corresponded with their entrance into being liberal propaganda outlet. Jemele Hill is just the latest ice cube in a toxic Kool-Aid. ESPN hardly batted an eye and gave a halfhearted apology for her insulting the president. However, Linda Cohn was suspended by ESPN for saying they were being too political. Curt Schilling was fired for opposing transgenderism. But even beyond which political opinions are deemed acceptable for their employees, ESPN uses its platform to promote its liberal agenda. It glorified Michael Sam for being gay. He never played a down in the NFL. They gave him an award for being gay. The following year, they gave Bruce “Caitlyn” Jenner the courage award for being dressing up as a woman. He hasn’t been an athlete in decades, but that doesn’t matter for the sports gossip channel.

ESPN’s toxicity is comparable to that of CNN. The good news is, ESPN is not a monopoly. There’s FS1, NBCSN, NFL Network, MLB Network, NHL Network(not that ESPN covers hockey) and more! We want sports not liberal sports gossip. We should send ESPN that message. The NFL was a false victim for our displeasure mixing sports and politics. We shouldn’t take notice of one player’s protest. Furthermore, there are a lot of players out there who use their platform for good like Derek Carr. But the amount of publicity Kaepernick has received shouldn’t reflect on the NFL. It should reflect on ESPN. They glamorize it. Bottom line: If you want to watch football where players respect the flag, watch the NFL. If you care to know the few players who hate this country, watch ESPN.

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LeSean McCoy domestic violence accusation: the “Hold My Beer” of recent NFL player scandals



Players getting into trouble off the field is nothing new for the NFL, but the accusations levied against LeSean McCoy on Instagram tops the accusations made and found true against the likes of Ray Rice, Michael Vick, Adrian Peterson, and countless others. This follows a recent arrest of former Seattle Seahawk, Brandon Browner, being charged with attempted murder. 

Shady McCoy is publicly accused of illegal drugs, PED, animal abuse, domestic abuse, and child abuse. The seriousness of the accusations alone could endanger his career. Like any person guilty or innocent, McCoy took to denying the accusations, claiming to have had no direct contact with them in months.

But the evidence is being gathered. Police say they are investigating a home invasion of the victim’s residence. So far, McCoy has not been named a person of interest.

Furthermore TMZ reports that the victim has lawyered up and named LeSean McCoy as the orchestrater of the attack. This changes the narrative from the original IG post, but in no way lessens the severity. As of now, McCoy stands accused of sending people to do this attack.

TMZ Report:

Delicia Cordon has hired attorney Tanya Mitchell Graham — who issued a statement saying Delicia was sleeping early Tuesday morning when a man entered her Georgia home and pistol whipped her.

Graham says the assailant demanded specific items of jewelry that had been given to her by McCoy — jewelry that McCoy had previously demanded she return to him. She claims the victim also sustained injuries to her wrist when the assailant tried to rip off her bracelet.

Graham claims before the incident, McCoy “would often suggest to Ms. Cordon that she could be robbed because the jewelry was expensive.”

Graham — who’s joined by associate attorneys Demetrius Price and Kiarra Brown — never straight-up accuses McCoy of criminal activity, but strongly implies it.

For example, Graham claims the assailant entered the house with NO signs of forced entry. She also claims McCoy changed the security system at the house and did not give Cordon access to the new one.

She also claims McCoy has a documented history of having other people do his dirty work for him — and references the time he allegedly ordered other people to evict her from his home in June and remove her furniture from the house.

Graham says despite the fact Cordon and McCoy have had a relationship since 2016, he has NOT called to check in on her since the details of the violent attack went public.

Final Thoughts

LeSean McCoy doesn’t have a reputation for being a model citizen. As Smitty of Barstool Sports notes:

The odds of Shady McCoy being guilty are high. That being said, the NFL doesn’t wait for due process. Otherwise Ezekiel Elliott wouldn’t have undergone a 6 game suspension. They will have to act as this scandal is prime to escalate and disrupt the storyline of the upcoming season.

Originally published on Startup Christ.

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NBA players choose collusion over competition



In every other sports league, there is competition among the franchises. The NFL has new teams rising and falling every year. Baseball is a whole new season, come October. The NHL playoffs are perhaps the most exciting competition in all of sports. In college basketball, a 16 beat a 1. Yet in opposition to its fellow sports leagues, the NBA is entirely predictable.

The offseason has brought excitement with the long-anticipated relocation of LeBron James. But him landing in Los Angeles was the guess of most pundits amateur and professional. The Lakers are now a playoff contender barring injury. But even away from the Cavs, LeBron is still no match for Golden State.

Superteams are bad for sports

Having the best players fall on one team is fine and dandy when it is natural and done over time. The New York Yankees are among the top contenders in baseball. Contrary to stereotype, they are talented because they established an excellent farm system. It is completely fair for them to end up being the best (again). If Derek Jeter’s strategy works, the Marlins will turn themselves around.

The Warriors are a different story. Yes, they drafted well and traded well. But then they sign Kevin Durant, a top player. Then they sign DaMarcus Cousins, another top player. Cousins. Both of these players shamelessly sold out for the privilege of being on a winning team. Durant joining the Warrior is the equivalent of Ovechkin joining the Penguins. But he didn’t because he cares about his legacy and not his rings. Cousins was perhaps just as bad seeing as he took a deal well below his market value even if injured.

One cannot blame the Warriors for preserving their dynasty which increased the team value 19% in the last year according to Forbes. It’s good for their business, in a league where several teams can’t break past $20 million in operating income. But the league will suffer. The NBA has largely benefited from people enjoying the ride, but it’s inescapable how anticlimactic the end is. The Warriors win. The 2019 NBA finals is already similarly boring, in that, everyone who isn’t a hopeless dreamer already knows the outcome.

The NBA needs to save the competitiveness of its league. A handful of teams now compose the NBA, whilst the others are relegated to being developmental feeding grounds. Top players aren’t interested in rivalry with each other. Rather, they prefer to join forces even to the point of destroying the competition the league was known for. An NBA ring is depreciated in its value, at least if you are a Warrior. Yet players aren’t against colluding for a piece of jewelry at the expense of their honor. This fundamental cultural flaw won’t go away on its own. The NBA should strongly consider curbing this trend either through stricter salary caps or some other creative means.

So far they’ve been content to let ESPN dictate their trajectory and competitive strategy. It seems worth it to leave the elephant unaddressed so long as there’s a raging debate between Team Jordan and the Bronsexuals. Such contentment now has James in the same conference as the Warriors making 2019 a much less exciting finals.

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The AAF is the NFL’s newest worry



Two months ago, the NFL’s long-term demise may have been spelled by the revival of the XFL. The XFL was initially a football league in 2001, but now Vince McMahon wants to revive it. While announcements about the XFL have been dormant since January, a new player is emerging and faster. The Alliance of American Football or the AAF has been formed and will play a 2019 season the week after the Superbowl.

The AAF, in contrast, Vince McMahon and the XFL have given more concise answers to the many questions asked. Make no mistake, the AAF is a substantially more potent threat than the XFL. The AAF not only is going to begin a year earlier but also has TV contracts ready with CBS. The AAF will also stream games and incorporate fantasy football.

The biggest reason the AAF is a threat is management. The AAF is founded by Charlie Ebersol, who has worked for the NFL and sports media. He even made a documentary as to why the 2001 XFL failed. The AAF also has a number of credible football players serving as executives and advisers. Among them are Hines Ward, Troy Polamalu, Jared Allen, and Justin Tuck. The AAF also has the legendary team builder and executive Bill Polian. A B-List idea with A-Team management is a recipe for success in business. This is why the AAF has garnered the backing of venture capitalist firms such Founders Fund featuring the country’s top VC, Peter Thiel ad Cherning Group.

The AAF during its announcement stated that it would fill a void where the NFL ends in February. In this void, many sports fans stop watching sports and stop participating in fantasy sports. The AAF also wants to reach the large pool of college football players who don’t wind up in the NFL. Other sports have multiple professional leagues in the NFL.

The AAF will have 8 teams, 10 games, and a two-week playoff. In eliminating injuries and maintaining excitement, the AAF is eliminating the kickoff, and will instead start the 25-yard line. For teams seeking an onside kick, will have 4th and 10 on their 35. The extra point is eliminated; teams have to go for 2. Teams will have two replays a game. To speed the game, the play clock will be 30 seconds, matching the increasing pace of the game. The AAF will also change the way players are compensated with win bonuses, stat bonuses, and fan engagement bonuses. On top of these bonuses, the league will also provide scholarships for their future off the field.

For fans, the tickets and concessions will be cheap. This is in sharp contrast to the NFL where tickets prices are rising even for mediocre teams. TV timeouts will also be done away with. Commercials will only take place during natural breaks. In April the cities will be announced. Note: they’ve already been decided, but they want us talking about it later, something that isn’t happening with the XFL.



Unlike the XFL, the Alliance of American Football announced its existence with far more questions answered. While the Alliance didn’t touch on the National Anthem or criminal records, they also answered far more questions about their gameplay than Vince McMahon’s vague announcement. While the NFL has a complement in the Alliance of American Football, this alliance may in years to come be a fierce competitor. In the meantime, rather than being disruptive, Charlie Ebersol and his staff are focusing on being useful. This strategy is far more conducive to long-term success.

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