Political protests and social justice politics became a routine feature of sports in America during 2020.
But Colin Kaepernick, LeBron James, and the rest of the woke mob turning sporting events into anti-American political rallies just got some bad news.
And America just sent pro sports this big message about the national anthem protests.
A recent Yahoo/YouGov poll found that just 11 percent of Americans watched more sports because of kneeling during the national anthem, and other displays of anti-Trump, pro-Black Lives Matter politics.
But nearly three times that number – 35 percent – watched fewer sports because they just want to watch a game without politics intruding into the viewing experience.
“Of those who watch sports on TV, about 11 percent said they now watch more as a result of political and social messaging,” Yahoo Sports reported. “However, 34.5 percent, more than one-third, said they are watching less. The vast majority, roughly 56.3 percent, said they watch about the same amount regardless of political or social messaging.”
The NBA and the NFL were the two leagues that embraced the Black Lives Matter movement and the anti-American national anthem protests most fully.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver admitted the league made a mistake with painting Black Lives Matter on the court and putting social justice messages on the back of the players’ jerseys by announcing both of those political messages would not be present for the league’s 2020-2021 season after the league suffered through the lowest rated NBA Finals series in history.
The NFL made a big deal about the players kneeling during the first week of the season and even put up pro-Black Lives Matter messaging in the stadiums.
But on opening night of the 2020 season, the fans in attendance in Kansas City booed the public displays of loyalty to Black Lives Matter and the political protests featuring so prominently before the game.
The league quickly dropped the idea of professing support for Black Lives Matter before every game, but the damage was done.
When Americans watch sports they just want sports. If they want to watch politics there are other outlets to turn to.
If sports leagues want to retain their TV audiences, they need to ditch the politics and just focus on the game.
Sports with Balls will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.