Kaepernick is in! Sep 26, 2017 Colin Kaepernick has now been inducted in the Museum of Modern Art. Kaepernick's jersey is on display along side the jerseys of other great athletes. A Kaepernick jersey is hanging in the MoMA as part of its “Is Fashion Modern?” exhibit. It’s in a section on sport’s influence on fashion. redstatewatcher.com/article.asp?id=98411
Michael Moore Wades Into The NFL Discussion! Sep 24, 2017 During my Broadway show today, the audience joined w/ me and together we stood in solidarity with the NFL players protesting Trump owners. Additionally, Moore has been exposed defending accused sexual predator Harvey Weinstein, in a past tweet? Actually Harvey Weinstein is one of the best people to work with in this town. Feb 22, 2015 redstatewatcher.com/article.asp?id=98657
Following the disrespectful actions of the NFL players which decided it was a good idea to kneel during the playing of the national anthem following the example of kneeler and former San Francisco 49-ers now-free agent Colin Kaepernick, the situation with the league escalated to a level never seen before. And now pictures have emerged of a Giants game showing something horrific.
The league faced several setbacks, including outraged fans, who burned seasonal tickets, made sure their TV ratings dropped lower than ever before and left the stadiums during the games empty.
The situation was no different today, when Twitter user James K. shared a photograph of the Giants’ most recent NFL game, which showed the stadium being half empty, a situation also referred to as “ghost town.”
But this is only the beginning of the NFL downfall, as their ratings and empty seats are not their only problem they are facing. Following President Donald Trump’s harsh comments on the whole situation, several major sponsors as well as many minor ones have pulled their ads from the league, expressing their outrage and revealing that they do not stand with nor support the actions of the disrespecting players, as they support the veterans, the soldiers, and everyone else risking their life for the safety of the American citizens.
On the other hand, the pictures of the empty Giants stadium can be seen below, and we suggest you take a close look and see how bad the situation with the league has become:
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Perhaps you saw the many mocking social media posts last weekend pointing out the rows and rows of empty seats at the LA Rams and LA Chargers games in Week 2 of the NFL season. Both teams are playing in temporary homes — the Rams in LA Coliseum, a college stadium, and the Chargers in StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., a soccer stadium — until they move into LA Stadium at Hollywood Park, projected to open up in 2020 and cost $2.6 billion.
The Chargers got 25,381 fans at a stadium that holds 27,000, while the Rams only attracted 56,612 to a stadium that holds more than 90,000. As many stories pointed out, the two NFL games combined had a smaller in-person audience than the USC vs. Texas college football game Saturday night at the Coliseum, attended by 85,000 people. (The empty NFL seats were “not a great look,” the AP wrote.)
The reasonable conclusion from the low turnout might be that LA doesn’t have enough NFL fans to support two new teams. And that, in turn, may look like a reminder of how outrageous the trend is of teams relocating and building $2 billion-plus stadiums, and, often, obtaining public money to help build them.
But it doesn’t really matter if the new LA stadium doesn’t fill up for games. The pricey stadium trend is likely to continue, because cities — which consist of local construction companies to trade unions to bank branches to architecture firms to hotels — see appeal in having an NFL team and stadium.
“Not a very good economic proposition”
It’s about enhancing the culture and image of the city, says Andrew Zimbalist, a sports economist at Smith College in Massachusetts, and author of a wide range of books that strip back the financial impact of sports arenas and major events like the World Cup and Olympics.
“The main reason you want the stadium is because you want the team, and the main reason you want the team is because in United States culture these days, football is particularly prominent,” says Zimbalist. “What a sports team does is provide some coherence to a city’s culture. It provides a common thread that helps people in the community relate to each other. It enhances the city’s identity. People now have a way to relate to each other… A large percentage of the people in the community are experiencing the football team. That’s a very important function of the culture, to me. Now, some people might argue that, ‘Gee, it’s too bad, we need other kinds of culture instead of football culture.'”
It’s an image thing, then. And a recent comment by former San Diego Chargers quarterback turned broadcaster Dan Fouts backs this up. Fouts said it’s “embarrassing” for the Chargers to play in a 27,000-seat stadium, even temporarily. (But if the team can’t even fill the stadium, what’s embarrassing about it?)
Cities want a new NFL team even though the popular claim teams make when they relocate — that the team and stadium will have a positive economic impact on the local economy — is usually “vastly overblown,” Zimbalist says. That’s because the majority of the money that gets spent at and around the stadium is spent by local residents who would be spending their money in the area anyway. As for the players, they are generally unlikely to live in the local community, so they’re not infusing the area near the stadium with any new money.
And the typical NFL stadium, with some exceptions, “is going to be used 10-15 times a year out of 365 days. The rest of the year it’s going to be sitting idle… It’s not a very good economic proposition.”
And yet, cities keep welcoming new teams. In March, the Oakland Raiders got NFL approval to move to Las Vegas, and team owner Mark Davis plans a $1.9 billion stadium. $750 million of that cost will come from a public subsidy already approved by the local Clark County government in Las Vegas. (The San Diego Union-Tribune called it, “peak public stadium financing.”) If the economic impact will be minimal, why grant public money?
Zimbalist uses this analogy: “Cities don’t sit around and say, ‘Should we maintain Central Park [in Manhattan] because it’s going to help our economy?’ That’s not why you have Central Park, you have Central Park for cultural reasons. So a similar argument, I think, can be made for sports teams.”
How the NFL avoids blame for teams moving
When teams like the St. Louis Rams move to LA, or the Oakland Raiders ditching town for Las Vegas, many outraged fans blame the NFL for allowing it to happen.
But it’s important to note that the NFL charges teams a hefty fee to relocate. The fee varies, gets paid out over time in installments, and gets split up equally among the other NFL teams. The Raiders will have to pay $378 million, while the Chargers and Rams have to pay $645 million each.
“So the NFL can say, ‘We’re actually discouraging teams from moving,'” Zimbalist points out. “The NFL has the view that all of the potential markets in the United States belong to the NFL, they are NFL assets. And if the NFL allows the teams to use these assets, they will charge them for it.”
Even with the relocation fee, a new stadium is likely to be extremely lucrative for a team. Apart from ticket sales, which they share with the rest of the league, the stadium owners get to keep all money from sponsorship deals, concessions revenue, and from PSLs, or personal seat licenses, which are fees that fans pay up front for the right to buy tickets for a certain seat at the stadium. Your seat license is like a membership fee you pay each year, on top of the price of your actual tickets.
“Part of the problem with that financing mechanism,” Zimbalist says, “is that if the owner gets money for the seat upfront, before the team ever steps on the field, then the owner has less incentive to put a winning product on the field. This works a little bit against the fans’ interests.” The Atlanta Falcons, playing this season in a brand new $1.6 billion stadium, had already made more than $250 million on PSLs before the season began.
And so, in many cases, with a new NFL stadium, the local economy loses, the fans lose, and the stadium may not fill up for games — but the team owner still wins.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has issued a memoir to the league in which he tells players he believes everyone should stand for the Anthem.
To: Chief Executives Club Presidents
From: Commissioner Goodell Date: October 10, 2017 Re: Fall Meeting/National Anthem
We live in a country that can feel very divided. Sports, and especially the NFL, brings people together and lets them set aside those divisions, at least for a few hours. The current dispute over the National Anthem is threatening to erode the unifying power of our game, and is now dividing us, and our players, from many fans across the country.
I'm very proud of our players and owners who have done the hard work over the past year to listen, understand and attempt to address the underlying issues within their communities. At our September committee meetings, we heard directly from several players about why these issues are so important to them and how we can support their work. And last week, we met with the leadership of the NFLPA and more players to advance the dialogue.
Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem. It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us. We also care deeply about our players and respect their opinions and concerns about critical social issues. The controversy over the Anthem is a barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues. We need to move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with our players.
Building on many discussions with clubs and players, we have worked to develop a plan that we will review with you at next week's League meeting. This would include such elements as an in-season platform to promote the work of our players on these core issues, and that will help to promote positive change in our country. We want to ensure that any work at the League level is consistent with the work that each club is doing in its own community, and that we dedicate a platform that can enable these initiatives to succeed. Additionally, we will continue the unprecedented dialogue with our players.
I expect and look forward to a full and open discussion of these issues when we meet next week in New York. Everyone involved in the game needs to come together on a path forward to continue to be a force for good within our communities, protect the game, and preserve our relationship with fans throughout the country. The NFL is at its best when we ourselves are unified. In that spirit, let's resolve that next week we will meet this challenge in a unified and positive way.
It sounds like at least one Cowboys player would like to protest Jerry Jones’ protest against the NFL’s widespread national anthem protests.
After the Dallas owner put his foot down with an ultimatum stating any player on his team who protests during the national anthem will be benched, the whispers have begun leaking out of the Cowboys locker room about the man who signs their checks.
“I’ve never heard this tone from Jerry, ever. Goes against everything he told us in Arizona,” one player, granted anonymity, told ESPN’s Josina Anderson on Wednesday.
In Arizona, Jones had knelt in prayer with the team, arms interlocked, just before the start of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” During the song itself, though, the entire team stood — which earned President Trump’s blessing, deeming pre-anthem statements OK but mid-anthem statements an apparent jab at the flag.
“Jerry told us to trust in him on this sit’n,” the player told Anderson. “Now I don’t know what 2 believe.That whole kneel b4 t/ anthem was trash.”
Jones thought he had threaded the needle of allowing his players to make a statement while not enraging a president and fanbase that wants everyone to stand during the anthem. But on Sunday, Jones demanded his players not protest racial discrimination in the US or Trump — as to what a protest entails, Jones said, “You’ll know it when you see it” — and threatened to bench any player who disobeyed.
Defensive ends Damontre Moore and David Irving had raised their fists at the song’s conclusion Sunday, but Jones insisted their statement came after the anthem was finished.
Trump and Jones have been in contact since the owner spun the anthem protest that Colin Kaepernick began by sitting and then kneeling for the song. After their chats, Jones decided he could not alienate any of his customers.
The league union released a statement condemning the mandate, saying: “We should not stifle these discussions and cannot allow our rights to become subservient to the very opinions our Constitution protects. This is what makes us the land of the free and home of the brave.”
Meanwhile, the NFL is contemplating whether to make standing for the song mandatory.
“It is what it is,” another player told Anderson about Jones. “Making more out of political BS on both sides.”
A “Kneel-In” protest outside of tonight’s Panthers-Eagles football game was inspired by the recent police shooting of Ruben Galindo, one of the event organizers said.
The demonstration is part of a controversial movement sweeping through the country and its most popular sport. Bishop Kevin Long of Temple Church International-Charlotte said Thursday night’s event outside of Bank of America Stadium will have a local bent.
“Not only does our protest include Mr. Galindo, it was inspired by the recent discovery of his unfortunate and unnecessary demise,” Long told the Observer on Thursday.
Video of the Sept. 6 incident was released last week under a court order at the request of the Observer and the Charlotte nonprofit, Action NC.
The footage shows Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers opening fire on the 29-year-old after a brief confrontation outside his home. Police Chief Kerr Putney says lethal force was used – and justified – in the stand-off because Galindo refused to put down a gun. Galindo had his hands in the air when he was shot, less than 4 seconds after police first ordered him to drop his weapon.
Police-shooting experts who have watched the video questioned whether Galindo posed the “imminent threat” necessary to justify the use of deadly force, and whether the officers gave Galindo enough time to respond to a series of commands about his handgun. Galindo had called 911 that night to ask police to pick him up for a future court date. He also told dispatchers that he had a gun but it was not loaded. Police say the handgun recovered at the scene was empty.
The case remains under investigation by the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office and police.
“The Galindo tape is disgusting,” said Braxton Winston, a Charlotte activist and Charlotte City Council candidate. “It’s one of the most egregious forms of police-shooting videos that I’ve ever seen.”
Robert Dawkins of Action NC, who helped persuade a judge to release the footage, has complained for days on social media that the case has not drawn the attention it deserves, and urging other local groups to become publicly involved.
“Tell me what U have 2 do 2 get national coverage for police killings?” Dawkins tweeted over the weekend. “Cause I can’t figure out why nobody wants to cover Galindo case in CLT.”
Thursday’s 7:30 p.m. event at Mint and Graham streets by the new Pastors and Community Leaders Coalition might change that. Nearly 100 pastors and community leaders plan to take part in the “Kneel-In,” Long said.
The protest, which organizers say will draw participants mostly from the Carolinas, intends to highlight ongoing police brutality and social and racial injustice, just as former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick did while the national anthem was played before a 2016 NFL game, Long said.
The protests at NFL games have drawn the ire of President Donald Trump and set off a coast-to-coast debate on respecting the flag vs. the players’ rights to comment on public issues.
In a statement Wednesday night, the coalition said the kneel-in aims to shed light on “police brutality, lack of accountability for officers who’ve killed innocent and/or unarmed citizens, and the high rates of unemployment for minorities.”
“This is a call for accountability,” the coalition said. “Kneeling is merely the method we have chosen, it is not the message in its entirety. The message is that there is a deep and very wide gulf between the Black and Brown communities and others in this country, and we are not compelled to stand that.”
Other kneel-in protests are scheduled in Baltimore and other cities in coming days, according to the coalition.
The last demonstrations outside the stadium followed the September 2016 shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, an African-American shot outside his home in north Charlotte. Police say Scott also refused to put down a gun.
Georgia Ferrell, the mother of a Charlotte man fatally shot by a CMPD officer in 2013, is expected to attend the Thursday night event, Long said.
According to Dawkins, the Charlotte event initially did not include the Galindo case. But he said Thursday that he has been assured by Long that the oversight has been corrected.
Long told the Observer that the protest organizers “are not excluding members of the Latino community.”
“We do not want the narrative hijacked that this is exclusively a black issue,” he said. “It’s about people of color who at a disproportionate rate have been the victims of unnecessary and unprovoked police shootings.”
Across town tonight, Putney will meet with the Latino community to discuss issues surround the shooting during a 6:30 p.m. gathering in north Charlotte.
The NFL, trapped in a box of its own making, is desperate to find some graceful way out. But there really is none. If, as expected, the league orders all players to stand during the Anthem, one player has already predicted an "uproar," and many on the left will immediately scream "racism!"
We see it already. After Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that his players will stand, the charming Al Sharpton said Jones has a "plantation mentality." The rapper Common went farther, accusing Jones of acting like a "slave owner." Even sports pundit Michael Wilbon, usually a reasonable guy, trotted out the "plantation" analogy.
NASCAR Mike Stefanik killed in plane crash Sep 16, 2019 - NASCAR champion Mike Stefanik was killed in a plane crash. Stefanik crashed while piloting a single-engine Aero Ultra-Light plane in Sterling, Connecticut near the Rhode Island border. freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3779026/posts
Kobe Bryant, 8 others dead Kobe Bryant 8 others killed in Calabasas helicopter crash after a fire broke out onboard. The 41-year-old Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were killed when his private Sikorsky helicopter crashed in Los Angeles County. Bryant is survived by his wife, Vanessa. A manifest for the helicopter listed 9 people.
KOBE WAS MURDERED Satanic sacrifice required female child
Flight holds over Burbank waiting clearance Routed to Van Nyes request hold and clear to drop in Transitions to SoCal comms and suddenly hightails away off into a mountain?
? Was Kobe on the helicopter that crashed? N72EX was the chopper on the radar. But N72EX wasn't the chopper that crashed... Kobe black helicopter nicknamed Mamba Why are the crash pics of a blue and white helicopter?
How does a helicopter that’s sitting in holding position, waiting clearance to land, with comms confirming situational location (I-5) awareness, 1400 feet above Van Nuys landing pad suddenly speed away from hold position to crash into a mountain 20 kilometers away in Calabasas?
The controls were taken over. Clinton has the patent on that tech - for planes & helos
Connect Kobe... Clinton... Obama LA pervert power broker...? Play with fire you get burned? Kobe naming names? [HELICOPTER CRASH]