President Trump Slaughters the NFL

Trump NFLIn youth sports there is something known as the “slaughter rule” which stops contests when one team is hopelessly behind the other – being slaughtered. In Little League baseball the rule is invoked when one team is ahead by 11 runs. In Pop Warner, middle school and some high school football the rule is activated when a team is ahead by 35 or more points.

If the showdown between President Trump and the NFL over players kneeling during the national anthem were a sporting event, the slaughter rule would have been invoked long ago. NFL attendance is down, television ratings are down, and as a result income is down. The NFL is getting slaughtered and it couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of guys.

President Trump once again showed his ability to correctly judge public attitudes when he said that players who knelt during the anthem were “SOBs who should be fired.” Liberal heads exploded, of course, but as with so many topics the president may have been unartful in his words – but was spot-on in expressing what millions of Americans felt. Personally, I don’t think SOBs was strong enough language, and wish he had used his description of Haiti to describe the players’ brains. The NFL came to the defense of Colin Kaepernick and the other players who were symbolically burning the flag. They attacked the president in vile terms. The league has been getting slaughtered since and deservedly so.

Since the anti-police, anti-military, anti-anthem, unemployed but multi-millionaire quarterback Colin Kaepernick started his kneeling stunt, in-stadium attendance for regular season games is down over 14%. Sympathetic television networks, attempting to hide the huge swatches of empty seats, stopped taking “long shots” of stadiums. Shots from the Goodyear blimp became either close-ups of the field or such long shots that the viewer can’t discern the empty seats from the occupied ones.

The drop-off has been particularly noticeable during the playoffs since there are fewer games to monitor. For instance, the NFL had a disastrous first playoff weekend when it came to ratings. As Sports Illustrated (a Kaepernick apologist and supporter of anthem-kneeling) was forced to admit, “numbers have been down all season and it was more of the same for the wild-card games. Titans-Chiefs viewership was down 11%, Falcons-Rams was down 10%, Bills-Jaguars was down 10%, and Panthers-Saints was down 21%.”

Television networks sell ads far in advance based on guaranteed ratings. When those ratings fall short the networks have to refund advertiser dollars. So far this year the ratings drop has cost networks tens of millions of dollars in refunds.

The numbers didn’t get any better as the playoff’s progressed. “Outkick The Coverage,” a sports blog centering on football, found that the NFL had 23 million fewer viewers for this year’s playoff action. The blog took a look at the TV ratings and found that every game was down by millions of viewers and ratings fell to a 10-year low. Their bottom line conclusion was not a pretty one for the NFL: “Adding all these numbers up 120.8 million viewers watched the NFL divisional round playoffs in 2018 vs. 144.1 million who watched in 2017, a decline of 23.3 million total viewers.” As Mr. Ed used to say, that ain’t hay.

The upcoming Super Bowl will likely get its usual strong ratings. The New England Patriots long ago replaced the Dallas Cowboys as “America’s team.” Dare I suggest part of the reason also is that fans who tuned out the regular season and playoff games know that Patriots owner Robert Kraft, coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady are Trump supporters?

Charlotte, NC - September 18, 2016: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) walks off the field at Bank of America Stadium with his fist up in the air after their game against the Panthers.(Gerry Melendez for ESPN)

It is important not to let what started all this get lost in the mists of time. A 27-year-old multi-millionaire who has never really worked a day in his life decided that America was such a horrid country that, in his words, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color … . There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” His conscience and his pocketbook apparently are not in sync, as he doesn’t mind making millions of dollars in this rotten country that oppresses and murders people of color.

Kaepernick was referring to law enforcement officers in his “people getting away with murder” comment. He has socks that show pigs wearing police hats, and has said that the men and women in American law enforcement set out daily to murder black people. He’ll tell you that the American military is used to subjugate people of color around the globe. And in case you think he is just a run-of-the mill leftist instead of a true moron, he praised Fidel Castro as a “great leader” who has done many “humanitarian things” for the people of Cuba.

THIS is the man that our leftist media both inside and outside of sports has put on a pedestal. The flag is a symbol of oppression; police are pigs; some law enforcement officers start every day intending to kill black people; the military exists to oppress people of color and Fidel Castro was a humanitarian leader. If Kaepernick were really concerned about black people being killed he should go to Chicago where nearly 600 of them were killed by criminals last year. Or he should go to a Planned Parenthood office, the organization that kills 400,000 unborn black babies every year.

The NFL has been fully cowed and co-opted by Kaepernick, his small number of followers who play the game and his large number of sycophants in the media. Even in the face of surveys showing that nearly 75% of Americans disapprove of the protests, the league has pledged nearly $100 million toward “social justice” organizations. It’s their money, so they can throw it at far-left mirages if they wish.

It’s also the fans’ money – and viewership – and they have the right to do with those commodities as they wish. Those wishes now have precious little to do with supporting the NFL. The fans do not think police officers are pigs or that law enforcement personnel set out every day to murder black people. They respect America, its military and its flag. They respect a president willing to call out an un-patriotic, ignorant athlete deep in the fever swamps of ultra-leftism. As the NFL continues to get slaughtered, if you listen closely you might hear these fans celebrating the slaughter of the NFL: “Two, four, six, eight … who do we appreciate? Trump … Trump … Trump.”

Bill Saracino is a member of the Editorial Board of CA Political Review.


  1. Thanks Mr. Bill…eloquently put! And let us not forget one other important issue this Super Bowl weekend – The National Football League has rejected a Super Bowl advertisement from American Veterans that were simply urging people to stand for the national anthem. The nation’s largest veterans service organization had been invited by the NFL to place an ad in the Super Bowl LII program. AMVET’s advertisement included a two-word message-“#PleaseStand.”
    NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy defended the league’s decision to ban the American Veterans’ advertisement noting that the game day program “is designed for fans to commemorate and celebrate the game, players, teams and the Super Bowl.”

    Oh Puh-leeze!!!

  2. Bill Saracino says

    Right you are Anita….the refusal of the add is indefensible, and yet another reason the NFL is on the skids. Other than the Patriots I root for the real pro team in L.A…… USC Trojans…:>). XO to the kidlettes and grand kidlettes.

    • Hear, hear! Go Patriots! Also, thrilled that the ignorant, America-hating traitor is no longer on anyone’s pro football payroll. Let him teach Pop Warner to kids who, thanks to the left’s policies, have no dad at home, are sentenced to the worst schools with the worst teachers (thanks again to the left), most are no longer even being taken to church (of course, his “side” hates Christians and religious freedom, too…) But of course, all their problems are because of racism and the dastardly Republicans — you know, those guys trying to push school choice (like in Sweden & Canada), actually supporting businesses, bringing back jobs and slashing insane licensing rules that cripple young entrepreneurs, supporting the cops (99% of whom are great), and our brave veterans, rewarding merit and initiative, and hard work….

  3. You to get your fact correct before you start spouting them, in 2013 there were just under 650k abortions and according to the CDC only 35% were black which comes to about 227k. Which is almost half the number you were claiming. It also tells me that a whole lot more abortions are performed on white than black.

  4. Karol Karson says

    your criticism of kaepernik is also criticising the other NFL players i assume you were intending to support in this article, in reference to this line: “…never really worked a day in his life”. i think i should also note that kaepernik having a successful career means he has successfully navigated a long and arduous economic system, and that is a commendable thing for someone his age. taking an issue with social agendas and choosing to act on them does not have to do with how much money he has.

  5. @KK You are right when you say his social views and acting on them have nothing to do with how much money he has – but they have everything to do with the SOURCE of the money he has – NFL fans across the country. And Kaepernick’s social and political views are an afront and an insult to the vast majority of those fans. He deserves everything he doesn’t get.

    • John – you beg the question,,,but for the sake of this post let’s assume you’re numbers are correct…then killing “only” 227,000 unborn black babies is okay? If krappy kappie were really concerned about the senseless loss of black lives you’d think he might notice this… or the black slaughter going on in Chicago every day.

  6. Food for thought: Would you rather the taxpayer pay $800.00 for an abortion or pay $151,200.00 in ADC until the child is 18. After that you may have an opportunity to pay regular welfare for 50 more years or pay $40,000.00 each year to house that baby in one of our many prisons. Legal abortion is the law of the land.

    • True Teacher says

      You embrace the culture of death! Don’t complain or whine here about La Raza while white European descendants are losing the demographic battle and the ultimate war for political control. Whites have chosen contraception, a step short of the ultimate contraceptive act, abortion. The two go together.

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