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  • NFL Announces Plans to ‘Promote Social Change and Address Inequalities in Our Communities’

    10/17/2017 10:17:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 17, 2017 | 3:46 PM EDT | Craig Bannister
    National Football League (NFL) owners, executives, players and union leaders announced Tuesday that they’re making plans to “utilize our platform” to effectuate “social change.” The NFL and NFL Players Association released a joint statement after a meeting Monday that discussed, among other things, players’ National Anthem protests at games. The statement declares their joint plans to use the NFL’s platform to change society and “address inequalities in our communities.” […] On Monday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell used his platform to promote Senate legislation. Goodell and Seattle Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin issued a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck...
  • Monday Night Football ratings hit season low as NFL owners meet in New York to address...

    10/17/2017 7:48:24 PM PDT · by Morgana · 27 replies
    DAILY MAIL UK ^ | October 17 2017 | Alex Raskin Sports News Editor For Dailymail.com and Matthew Wright For Dailymail.com
    FULL TITLE: Monday Night Football ratings hit season low as NFL owners meet in New York to address ongoing controversy surrounding players protesting during the national anthem The Tennessee Titans won their Week 6 game against the Indianapolis Colts on Monday, but the real losers may be ESPN and the NFL, which suffered through the lowest-rated 'Monday Night Football' game of the season. MNF, which is broadcast by ESPN, had been losing viewers throughout the season, but Monday’s 6.1 rating in metered markets was its lowest of the 2017 season, according toDeadline.com. (In other words: 6.1 percent of households in...
  • Read the Congressional Black Caucus’ letter to the NFL about police brutality

    10/17/2017 1:29:32 PM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    SB Nation ^ | October 16, 2017 | Tyler Tynes
    Cedric Richmond, a New Orleanian Democrat and head of the Congressional Black Caucus, sent the National Football League a letter Monday morning urging team owners to consider the stances of protesting black players in terms of patriotism and combating police brutality.
  • ‘Monday Night Football’ Ratings Fall To Season Low As Titans Break Colts’ Streak

    10/17/2017 10:42:06 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    deadline.com ^ | October 17, 2017 7:01am | by Dominic Patten
    It felt like a little bit of history was being made on Monday Night Football as the Tennessee Titans finally snapped their streak of 11 consecutive losses to the Indianapolis Colts. However, as social media sparked with ESPN not showing the playing of the national anthem, another type of history was also being made: Last night’s primetime broadcast of the Titans’ 36-22 victory stumbled to a season low with a 6.1 in metered market results. In a season stained by overall ratings declines and political controversy, that NFL Week 6 rating is down 13% from the early numbers of the...
  • Hannah Mouncey's (had his) AFLW draft application rejected

    10/17/2017 8:24:29 AM PDT · by Morgana · 17 replies
    sporting news ^ | October 17, 2017 | Tom Naghten
    Transgender footballer Hannah Mouncey's application for the AFLW draft has been rejected. Mouncey, who played for Ainslie in the AFL Canberra women's competition, was denied on the grounds that the physical disparity would give her an unfair advantage. "The AFL has made a decision that the physical disparity between Hannah and other AFLW players is significant, in that it would have an effect on the AFLW competition and give rise to an unreasonable advantage," an AFL statement read. "The subcommittee’s decision took into account the stage of maturity of the AFLW competition, its current player cohort and Ms Mouncey’s individual...
  • Colin Kaepernick reportedly filed collusion grievance after Titans snubbed him

    10/17/2017 5:21:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 53 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | October 16, 2017 | Ryan Wilson
    Colin Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49ers in the offseason and has been a free agent ever since -- even though he said last month that he's "ready now" to play in the NFL. Depending on who you ask, Kaepernick's fate isn't about him being blackballed for kneeling during the national anthem last season to protest social injustice, but is simply a function of poor play in recent years.
  • Mandatory Title: NFL LIVE THREAD Week 7

    10/17/2017 3:43:19 AM PDT · by Bender2 · 23 replies
    Mandatory Title: NFL LIVE THREAD Week 7 Thursday, Oct 19, 2017 Kansas City at Oakland 8:25 pm CBS Oakland Coliseum Sunday, Oct 22, 2017 Arizona at L.A. Rams 1:00 pm FOX Twickenham Stadium Baltimore at Minnesota 1:00 pm CBS U.S. Bank Stadium Carolina at Chicago 1:00 pm FOX Soldier Field Jacksonville at Indianapolis 1:00 pm CBS Lucas Oil Stadium New Orleans at Green Bay 1:00 p FOX Lambeau Field N.Y. Jets at Miami 1:00 pm FOX Hard Rock Stadium Tampa Bay at Buffalo 1:00 pm FOX New Era Field Tennessee at Cleveland 1:00 pm CBS FirstEnergy Stadium Dallas at San...
  • Sean Payton: 'Misunderstanding' when fans booed during moment of silence

    10/16/2017 5:15:53 PM PDT · by BBell · 28 replies
    http://www.nola.com/ ^ | 10/16/17 | Josh Katzenstein
    Before the New Orleans Saints' victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday, there was a peculiar moment leading up to the national anthem at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. In the Saints' previous game, a Week 4 win over the Miami Dolphins in London, the entire team kneeled before the anthem and then stood during the song. Some players were kneeling again before the anthem on Sunday -- before the flag was even unraveled -- and many fans booed the choice. What made the situation so odd on Sunday was the timing. The Superdome public address announcer requested a moment of silence...
  • Wisconsin governor tells NFL players to stop anthem protests

    10/16/2017 3:42:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 16, 2017 5:10 PM EDT | Todd Richmond
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he thinks NFL players should stop protesting during the national anthem and instead speak out against domestic violence. The Republican former presidential hopeful sent a letter Monday to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith saying he believes players are showing disrespect for the flag and veterans. Players should drop the “divisive political sideshow” and speak out against domestic violence instead, the governor wrote. NFL league meetings Tuesday offer an opportunity to strongly condemn domestic violence, Walker added. “My request is simple: stand for the American flag and the national anthem...
  • College cheerleaders protest National Anthem

    10/16/2017 11:39:46 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 48 replies
    mark pantano dot com ^ | Oct 2017 | Pantano
    They’re going to continue to speak out by kneeling down. Five Kennesaw State University cheerleaders who knelt on the football field during the national anthem at a recent game said Tuesday they’ll continue their silent protest in a somewhat different fashion, since a new campus policy prevents them from taking such action on the gridiron. The students said in a group interview Tuesday they’ll continue to get on one knee during the anthem, while they’re in the stadium hallway. “Somebody has to take a stand,” said second-year student Taylor McIver. KSU no longer allows the cheerleaders on the field during...
  • NFL's cratering ratings may be starting to hit Fox's bottom line

    10/16/2017 9:48:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 45 replies
    CNBC ^ | October 12, 2017 | Tae Kim
    Declining football game television ratings will cut into Twenty-First Century Fox's earnings, according to one Wall Street firm. Credit Suisse lowered its price target and earnings per share forecasts for the media company, citing Fox's poor Sunday NFL ratings. "We trim our 2018/19 EPS forecasts … ahead of Q1 earnings," analyst Omar Sheikh wrote in a note to clients Thursday. "The key near term headwinds are soft NFL ratings and the risk that the Sky transaction is blocked by UK regulators."
  • Al Michaels: Giants coming off a worse week than Harvey Weinstein

    10/16/2017 7:47:15 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 38 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | October 15, 2017 | Ari Gilberg
    Do you believe in pitiful? Renowned sports broadcaster Al Michaels awkwardly injected Harvey Weinstein’s ongoing sexual assault scandal into NBC’s Giants-Broncos telecast Sunday night, comparing the Hollywood bigwig’s transgressions to the level of turmoil the Giants had experienced this past week. The Giants lost four starting receivers to injury in their loss to the Chargers last week, including season-ending injuries to Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall and Dwayne Harris. The Giants also suspended Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie indefinitely after a meeting between Rodgers-Cromartie and coach Ben McAdoo. “I mean, let’s face it. The Giants are coming off a worse week than Harvey...
  • Backlash: Week 6 of the NFL Reveals Several Nearly Empty Stadiums As Fans Continue to Leave [tr]

    10/16/2017 7:31:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 89 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 16. 2017 | Dylan Gwinn
    The NFL likely hoped for a return to normalcy for Week 6, especially after Commissioner Goodell’s call to “move past the anthem controversy,” and address the issue in detail at league meetings on Tuesday. Instead, what the NFL got was a return to what has become the “new normal” in the age of anthem protests: empty seats.
  • Report: Kaepernick files grievance against NFL owners for collusion

    10/15/2017 1:49:33 PM PDT · by Hadean · 98 replies
    MSN.com ^ | Oct. 15, 2017
    Colin Kaepernick has filed a grievance under the collective bargaining agreement for collusion against NFL team owners, reports Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report. Kaepernick has hired high-profile attorney Mark Geragos and is preparing to release a statement about his grievance soon, added Freeman. The free-agent quarterback has remained unemployed since his release by the San Francisco 49ers in March and has garnered little interest from teams around the league. This has caused some to suggest he's being blackballed for his national anthem protests during the 2016 season.
  • Minnesota Vikings 23, Green Bay Packers 10: Vikings Dominate Border Battle

    10/15/2017 6:58:16 PM PDT · by OneVike · 90 replies
    Minneapolis Star Trribune ^ | 10/15/17 | Ben Goessling
    OK for the sake of this post, I could give a rat's ass what anyone thinks about the NFL right now. However, never has any of my Viking players ever taken a knee during the national anthem in support of this stupid' "I demand To Be Noticed For My racist belief". So, that being said, I have also nit watched any games nor sports shows about the NFL. The only games I watch are my Viking games. I have the NFL Ticket. I TIVO my game and fast forward all the commercials and even skip the half time. I...
  • MLB Postseason Live Thread NLCS ALCS World Series

    10/15/2017 7:58:29 PM PDT · by Impy · 70 replies
    10-15-17
    NLCS on TBS ALCS on Fox Not really fair for those without cable!
  • Camping World is sponsoring Major League Baseball? Darn.

    10/15/2017 6:15:43 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    mlb.com ^ | 10/15/17 | sff
    Just logged on to see who was winning the game. I hated to see that Camping World was the main sponsor of the ALCS and the NLCS. The CEO of Camping World is a virulent anti-Trumper. He even said people who voted for Trump need not give him any business...or something like that. See ya, Championship Series. I hope the World Series isn't sponsored by a Trump hater.
  • Ames High School Band Members Leave Field Before Playing National Anthem

    10/15/2017 5:19:47 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 64 replies
    Who TV ^ | October 14, 2017
    The national anthem football controversy continues to have an impact at the high school level. The Des Moines Register reports 13 members of the Ames High School band walked off the field before playing the national anthem on Friday night. This happened before the school hosted Lincoln on the football field. Earlier on Friday, student leaders read a statement to their classmates saying, "the decision to change from a patriotic USA to pink-out theme for the student section was the decision of the Ames High student body alone. Is this political? Maybe. But we are proud of how our students...
  • Fans boo kneeling New Orleans Saints players during tribute to fallen NOPD officer

    10/15/2017 2:34:21 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 65 replies
    NOLA.com ^ | 10/15/17 | Amos Morale III
    Fans booed New Orleans Saints players who knelt before the presentation of the American flag and the singing of the national anthem Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The boos rang down during a moment of silence for fallen NOPD officer Marcus McNeil, who was killed in the line of duty Friday. The fans cheered when the players stood before the anthem, which was performed by former Saintsation Deri Tucker. Sunday's game vs. the Lions was the Saints' first at the Dome since President Trump weighed in on protesting NFL players during a campaign rally in Alabama last month. Officer Marcus...
  • Colin Kaerpernick 'has hired celebrity lawyer Mark Geragos to sue NFL owners for colluding...

    10/15/2017 4:04:15 PM PDT · by Morgana · 69 replies
    DAILY MAIL UK ^ | October 15, 2017 | James Wilkinson For Dailymail.com
    FULL TITLE: Colin Kaerpernick 'has hired celebrity lawyer Mark Geragos to sue NFL owners for colluding against hiring him' Colin Kaepernick will sue NFL owners for not hiring him after he kicked off the controversial practice of kneeling for the national anthem, reports claim. 'I am told that @Kaepernick7 has filed a grievance under the CBA for collusion against the owners. If accurate, this is huge,' Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman wrote on Twitter. Kaepernick, 29, has retained Mark Geragos, who has represented Michael Jackson, Chris Brown and Winona Ryder, among others, and is expected to release a statement soon. Scroll...