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Free Speech Works Both Ways: Fans Abandon NFL Over Protests, Leave Half Empty Stadiums

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Published on: October 28, 2017

Frankly, I could care less about that National Football League and the ongoing social justice protests.  The game has no impact on my life and neither does its players.  However, it appears that many Americans are finally putting some shoe leather to their anger at players who kneel during the national anthem and will not stand for the raising of the US flag and it’s showing up in photos from NFL stadiums across the league.

Here’s a photo of Hard Rock Stadium in Florida as the New York Jets play the Miami Dolphins.

I guess many of these people paid for season tickets and figure they’re going to get their money’s worth.

The Cleveland Browns are playing at home against the Tennessee Titans. Notice all the empty seats.

Here’s a shot of the Jacksonville Jaguars stadium at kick off time.

Take a look at these photos from several stadiums where the New York Jets and the New England Patriots played, along with Baltimore, Atlanta and Houston.

Here’s Lucas Oil Stadium where the Indianapolis Colts faced off against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Lots of empty seats as the Chicago Bears play the Carolina Panthers.

Earlier in October, President Donald Trump called on the NFL to demand players stand for the national anthem.

In a tweet, Trump said, “It is about time that Roger Goodell of the NFL is finally demanding that all players STAND for our great National Anthem-RESPECT OUR COUNTRY.”

The tide has seemed to turn in just a few weeks.  The Week reported:

Just three weeks ago, about 60 percent of both Democrats and Republicans said they viewed the NFL favorably, a daily tracking poll from Morning Consult found. Then President Trump stepped in.

After the president told NFL owners to fire players who kneeled during the national anthem, more and more players did the opposite of what Trump wanted. Now, Trump voters have flipped their allegiances: More than 60 percent view the NFL unfavorably, up from around 30 percent in September. Meanwhile, analysis from The New York Times shows Hillary Clinton voters’ views remain relatively unchanged.

Here’s the thing, every NFL player has a right do kneel if that’s what they want to do, but the reaction that we’re seeing from fans is a right they have too. 

As Onan Coca pointed out, “The NFL players have every right to protest against the ‘injustices’ they believe exist in our nation today, and we have every right to disagree with them and to show them that we disagree by refusing to support their profession.  We call this freedom. Enjoy it.”

So, stopping attendance is just one of many ways that fans can exercise their freedom to speak out against what they believe is wrong and I would suggest not watching the games on TV either since the NFL makes millions of dollars by selling commercials.

However, this is how a free market works.  You don’t provide a product people like, they won’t buy it.  You offend them with your product and you suffer the consequences.

Frankly, I have to tell you that I’m as surprised as anyone that fans are abandoning the stadiums, but I don’t see it as a bad thing at all.

H/T Gateway Pundit

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