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Liberals trying to spin NFL attendance drop

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Liberals trying to spin NFL attendance drop

The Baltimore Ravens sent a letter to the fans and community penned by team President, Dick Cass. The letter acknowledges the role that the anthem protesting in London played on team attendance this season. To many, this is a rather obvious admission, but the powers of liberal Twitter and the media seek to find other factors to blame. But before we dig through the Twitter’s chosen tweets via Moments, lets read the part of the letter most applicable:

Read: Full letter Ravens prez sent fans addressing no-shows at home games

http://www.espn.com/blog/baltimore-ravens/post/_/id/41838/ravens-send-letter-to-fans-addressing-no-shows-at-mt-bank-stadiumWe had the poor showing in London, complicated by the kneeling of a dozen players during the National Anthem. That became an emotional and divisive issue. We know that hurt some of you. Others saw it differently and welcomed the dialogue that followed. Others bluntly told us to keep statements and protests out of the game. There are some of you who have stayed away from our games.

We have had significant numbers of no-shows in the past when our play on the field has not met the high standard we and you have set for the Ravens. But this year has been different. The numbers are higher, and it is noticeable. There are a number of reasons for the no-shows, but surely the one-time protest in London has been a factor.

We have responded to your concerns about the protest by re-doubling the efforts of both the organization and our players to make the Baltimore area a better community. We have also reached out to a number of you who wrote or called about the protest. I personally made a number of phone calls and met with some of you. Some of my Ravens colleagues have also made a number of calls. While we have not been able to reach all of you, we have learned a lot from these interactions.

Excuse 1: They protested in London not at home

Ravens President Blames Empty Seats On Anthem Protests

https://deadspin.com/ravens-president-blames-empty-seats-on-anthem-protests-1821535011Again, this happened in London. Ravens players have never protested during the anthem at a home game. The closest they came was kneeling together in prayer before standing up for the anthem.

The Ravens’ 2017 attendance puts them right in the middle of the pack, and they should end up just about where they did in 2016 once the season is over. There’s nothing to do but roll your eyes at Cass and this letter, but do prepare yourself to start hearing more half-baked excuses in the future if the NFL’s popularity continues to stagnate. This is probably the last year anyone will have the anthem protests to blame, so next season it will probably be… dancing? Yeah, let’s go with dancing.

This is the dumbest of reasons.

Excuse 2: Bad performance

This response got a number of people citing this inconvenient fact.

Make no mistake, the Ravens offense is terrible and they have had an incredibly easy schedule. However, this was true for their two previous playoffless seasons. They have no quarterback (Joe Flacco is not elite), no receivers and have only just now seemingly found a running back to solve that gaping problem. But bad offense isn’t the cause of attendance being down, especially with playoffs on the line. Usually at this point in the season, the Ravens want to sell playoff tickets and prices are rallying.

Excuse 3: Tickets are too expensive

This would be true if it weren’t blatantly false at the moment. Ticket prices are in the trash compared to what they should be for a playoff bound team. A simple search on Ticket Exchange reveals $60+ seats going for $39+ fees. The market has driven prices down on a once prized experience.

Of course Twitter leaves out responses that don’t echo their views… But if Tickets are this cheap with playoff picture, people should be flocking to M&T Banks Stadium. It’s supply and demand. Accept the people who have tickets aren’t going.

This person thinks only people who live in Baltimore attend games. Never mind outside of Baltimore are the counties, Howard, Anne Arundle, Carroll, Hartford, Baltimore County (yes, I live in the area). All of these counties and these counties have higher incomes and likely majority of the attendees.

Enough Excuses

These excuses ignore the letter written by the team President in favor of their own narrative. The letter explicitly explains that the Ravens reached out to the disgruntled fans, and were told by them that the protesting was an issue. I know these fans. I was one. Ticket prices are so bad they’d rather eat them in protest or donate them to charity for the tax write-off on the face value of the ticket.

Twitter and media outlets would much rather spin the narrative to make it look like a playoff-bound team is scapegoating. The Ravens up until London had nothing to fear about team attendance. Their schedule was easy enough to land them in this position before a long stretch of backup quarterbacks. Twitter and other outlets are simply suppressing the truth because they don’t want to admit their ideology broke the NFL.

Final Thoughts

Not listening to the fans is how the NFL got into the mess it’s in, and unfortunately the Ravens probably aren’t doing enough to get themselves out. Teams need to acknowledge that anthem protesting hurt the NFL. They also need to apologize for it, which the Ravens didn’t do, at least in their letter. They also need to take corrective actions. Spending money on cultural Marxism disguised as “social justice” with the money for other causes is not a corrective action. The NFL will likely suffer more before they realize this partially due to the media spin.

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  1. Steve J

    December 24, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    Your rich spoiled racists SOB children took a knee for OUR national anthem and ensign in a foreign country and then these same rich spoiled SOBS stood for the that country’s anthem and flag. Never mind it was the country that we fought our revolution against even though they are our allies now.
    Your rich spoiled racist SOB children spit into the faces of ALL Americans living and dead.
    So … WE will NEVER again spend another single cent or spend another second supporting such rich spoiled racist SOB slime.
    “…AND the horse you rode in on.”

  2. Alpha

    December 25, 2017 at 10:46 am

    The left tries to pretend that the dropoff in NFL interest is things like people cutting their cable etc – but it is mainly the boycott. The proof of the pudding is that cutting your cable does not cause empty seats at stadiums. The left has infiltrated the NFL and has turned it into a propaganda tool. The idiots in the NFL tolerated it and tried to appease them. The result is that football is being destroyed as the national sport. I have followed my team for more than 50 years through thick and thin, know every player’s capacities in detail, travelled to games, bought and proudly wore paraphenalia – but this year I have completely boycotted them to the point of not even looking at websites for football because while I loved my team, friends of mine have died fighting for America, our flag, our anthem, our values and I care far more about them than I do about any sports team.

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

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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

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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.

Originally published on StartupChrist.com

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The AAF is the NFL’s newest worry

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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.

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Takeaway

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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