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NFL kneeling protests resume as Trump warns of ratings fall

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By Angela Weiss

NFL players resumed kneeling protests during the pre-game playing of the U.S. national anthem at Sunday's 2018 season openers as U.S. President Donald Trump warned dimming TV ratings will plunge.

Miami Dolphins receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson kneeled during "The Star-Spangled Banner" and defensive end Robert Quinn raised a fist during the song ahead of the team's season opener against visiting Tennessee.

The protests for social justice and against racial inequality, started by former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2016, continued for a third consecutive season and Kaepernick tweeted his praise for Sills and Wilson.

"My Brothers @kstills and @ithinkisee12 continue to show their unwavering strength by fighting for the oppressed!" Kaepernick tweeted.

"They have not backed down, even when attacked and intimidated. Their courage will move the world forward! Love is at the root of our resistance!"

Just hours before Sunday's game, Trump tweeted about the dip in NFL ratings for Thursday's season-opening game compared to past seasons, hinting that players standing for the anthem could restore lost viewership.

"Wow, NFL first game ratings are way down over an already really bad last year comparison," Trump tweeted Sunday morning.

"Viewership declined 13%, the lowest in over a decade. If the players stood proudly for our Flag and Anthem, and it is all shown on broadcast, maybe ratings could come back? Otherwise worse!"

Trump jumped on the issue a year ago at a rally in Alabama, calling any player who didn't stand for the anthem a "son of a bitch" who was insulting the nation and its military.

Players have steadfastly maintained their protest is aimed at social and racial issues while Trump has pushed that players should be fired for disrespecting the flag.

NFL owners, who did not have a policy on the matter, in May passed a policy forcing players to stand for the anthem on the sidelines or stay off the field.

But the NFL Players Association filed a grievance over the policy, saying it denied members freedom of expression, and talks could not resolve the issue before the season began.

ESPN reported Sunday, citing unnamed sources, that there would be no new policy regarding anthem protests this season.

Kaepernick has sued the NFL on charges of collusion, saying owners have conspired to keep him from having a job since he became a free agent last year. This is his second season without an NFL job after his protest-launching moves with San Francisco in 2016.

Kaepernick was the focus of a new advertisement campaign by sportswear manufacturer Nike that made its national debut on Thursday's opening NFL telecast.

Commemorating the 30th anniversary of Nike's "Just Do It" campaign, the message of the Kaepernick commercials is: "Believe in something. Even if it costs you everything."

Nike reported a 31% sales boost during the Labor Day holiday weekend this year over last year after the advertisement debuted online.

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Remember when we had a president that did the work of a president instead of tweeting ignorant attacks at American corporation and past times? Those were the days.

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It's interesting that Nike reported what, by all standards, was a HUGE increase in sales after the ad appeared. It seems Americans agree with the slogan, "Believe in something. Even if it costs you everything." Personally, I love that slogan, and I'm glad it's out there in support of a philosophy too many people ignore, these days.

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Orange Jumpsuit is a little too obsessed with ratings. Does he seriously think football fans are going to stop watching the sport they love just because some players kneel during the national anthem?

Judging by my social media feeds, football fans have been so looking forward to this season that their first game will be nigh-orgasmic. I doubt even for the tiny number of hate-mongers who oppose players' free speech rights, a little kneel will be enough to dent that anticipation.

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yeah, Trevor - join the Nike revolution! LOL.

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He should not kneel.

Instead, he should put on a white cap, get a machine gun, should at Jewish people, burn tikis, stockpile weapons against the government, accuse the FBI/CIA/NSA of nutty treason, and support pardoning criminals.

But no, never kneel. That’s disrespectful to the flag.

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Instead, he should put on a white cap, get a machine gun, should at Jewish people, burn tikis, stockpile weapons against the government, accuse the FBI/CIA/NSA of nutty treason, and support pardoning criminals.

But no, never kneel. That’s disrespectful to the flag.

This is brilliant. Too bad Trump supporters lack the mental capacity to slcatch the irony.

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Good for them for standing for something they believe in.

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This president is a curse on America. He is a toxic infection of a sick mind. We suffer every moment he is in office. Blessed be the day when he is gone.

It really is time for this crazy hokum to stop. Trump has nothing better to do than to make demands about standing for the anthem? He's also tweeted today to his BFF commie bro, Kim, and what great buds and friends they really are. No doubt the North Koreans are themselves rolling all over their floors laughing, high fiving each other for yet another coup of public recognition by the nut job in chief of the US.

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The problem could be solved by not playing the anthem at the start of every match. What is the point of playing it anyway? The anthem has nothing to do with football.

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Ratings are going down and good, been watching college football, less drama, more relaxing, Kaepernick can pound sand.

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The problem could be solved by not playing the anthem at the start of every match. What is the point of playing it anyway? The anthem has nothing to do with football.

This. The NFL above all sports trades in cheap patriotism. The military flyovers, recruiting ads, huge flags covering the field. Spectacles cultivating martial spirit that seem better suited to North Korea, not that your average rightist is able to grasp that (especially now that they've been issued new marching orders/we're bosom buddies with autocrats everywhere).

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Conservatives, I know reading is difficult for you, but try:

Amid all the hand-wringing and propagandizing over the damage done to the NFL’s popularity by player protests during pregame national anthem ceremonies, the important available numbers continue to paint a picture of a league that is invulnerable to controversy. The NFL’s ratings are up in relation to general TV viewership trends, and now this: the NFL distributed more than $8 billion—a new record—via revenue sharing in 2017

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@chipstar

trump supporters think Irony is a description of Metal.

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 Trump tweeted about 

When was the last time a US president attacked so many private businesses?

If he'd release his tax information, the world might know if some of his attacks are to benefit his investments.

Given the definition below, is the US under Trump accelerating its creep to system X, mirroring Russia?

a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the X) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition

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@jcjapan The NFL above all sports trades in cheap patriotism

Google (or if you're a rightist use Russia's Yandex) how many millions the US military has paid the NFL to advertise during games.

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Off your knees, fools!

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@serrano Off your knees, fools!

The two totalitarian regimes (one in the US, one 'abroad) you're pushing aren't in total control. Yet.

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Aly RustomToday  08:33 am JST

Good for them for standing for something they believe in.

Standing, kneeling, sitting, laying down, doing handstands, leaning against something ...

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Heading to a civil war

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Heading to a civil war

The RT crowds cheer wars once more.

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The only way football owners will ever sellout their stadiums again is to call President Trump and ask/beg him to hold his MAGA rallies in them.

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"Wow, NFL first game ratings are way down over an already really bad last year comparison," Trump tweeted Sunday morning."

Didn't Twitter ban him yet?

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Didn't Twitter ban him yet?

That couldn't have been Trump writing that; no obvious mistakes. It must have been one of the Russian trolls with a PhD in English he's hired who did the writing.

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The only way football owners will ever sellout their stadiums again is to call President Trump and ask/beg him to hold his MAGA rallies in them.

I've actually heard this is in the works. They're even attempting to resurrect Leni Riefenstahl so she can film the rallies. To be titled Triumph of Hair Furher

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@texag The only way football owners will ever sellout their stadiums again

For many reasons American football will become less popular, CTE and risks of permanent injuries among them. But given football's so big in Texas, what'll y'all do to replace it as your state sport? More goat roping contests?

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Off your knees, fools!

From my experience of church, kneeling was quite a big deal. If God doesn't mind, and apparently likes it, why does the flag and national song get upset? You would think a flag and a song would be happy to see people on their praying to them.

It seems like kneeling is fine for God bit offensive elsewhere. How confusing.

Trump has pushed that players should be fired for disrespecting the flag.

Free speech is constitionally guaranteed, but you do run the risk of the President trying to sack you.

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Apparently literacy is not a prerequisite for admission to Texas A&M.

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so in other words they are just less down than other things.

The NFL’s ratings are up in relation to general TV viewership trends,

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so in other words they are just less down than other things.

Sure, but context matters. I'm not wasting my energy explaining it to someone that should understand it. However, I will give you a hint:

*the NFL distributed more than $8 billion—a new record—via revenue sharing in 2017*

A conservative that can read, but clearly has comprehension issues.

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Sure, when you change the topic from TV ratings to revenue you can make a point.

Let me give you a hint. TV networks negotiate contracts years in advance and have to pay the NFL the same amount even if only one person watches. Due to the huge decrease in people watching the next contract won’t generate this amount of revenue.

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Ratings have been falling since before a Trump took office. Same with ESPN. Trump is just trying to take credit for something he didn’t do, which isn’t surprising.

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"Trump is just trying to take credit for something he didn’t do, which isn’t surprising."

Yep, just like it's not surprising he's trying to take credit for the booming economy which is the result of President Obama's economic policies!

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Not a fan of the bait and switch? I learned it watching Fox "News." Despite that, the NFL is leading the field no matter what metric.

> Due to the huge decrease in people watching the next contract won’t generate this amount of revenue

Like Rudy would shut form Mueller straight away? Like the IG report would shut down Mueller?

A.I. learns from its mistakes, unlike Trump supporters.

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Sports stadiums are maintained by city/county taxpayers that they already located in. It is time to take away the public funding of these stadiums. Let globalist corporations like Nike pick up the tab for the water bills, the electric bills and the overall general upkeep.

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Yep, just like it's not surprising he's trying to take credit for the booming economy which is the result of President Obama's economic policies

Factually speaking, yes. Emotionally, in a severely lacking an education sort of conservative way, no.

Who says conservatives lack the intellectual capacity to understand irony?

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Funny how when the stock market went down 1000 points in a couple of days liberals were like “see? Now it’s Trump’s Economy”. Not one person blamed Obama at that time.

But now that things are going well you disingenuously claim it’s back to “Obama’s economy” again somehow. The GDP is higher than the unemployment rate for the first time in one.hundred.years

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As for the NFL, if it suited your narrative to blame Trump for the falling ratings you would.

His constant attacks directly caused the ratings to go down!!!

Liberals just going out of their way to say it’s blah, blah, blah, causing it not Trump. Just so you can try to decrease the power of Trump’s words of disapproval.

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Unemployment so low that even Colin Kaepernick finally employed again thanks to Trump’s job creating economy.

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All stadium announcers should say before the start of every football game: "Please kneel to show support against all the domestic violence that is rampant in the NFL; and if you wish, continue kneeling in support for the slave labor conditions in the Asian nations that provides millions of dollars for Colin Kaepernick and Nike."

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Black:. Funny how when the stock market went down 1000 points in a couple of days liberals were like

Why did the stock market go down so much in a matter of days?

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Funny how when the stock market went down 1000 points in a couple of days liberals were like

It was an algo driven inefficient, impulse move. There was heavy volume but almost have very light negative delta which means a very big, big, big player or several big boy smart money participants wanted to buy more but at the time could not find any liquidity on the other side to match his/her/their sizing. Market makers, counter-party dealers, and liquidity providers didn't have enough capital size to match the market order from a particular player or some players. So market makers and counter-party dealers have to withdraw their insufficient liquidity and then algos follow through to drive down the next order flow of liquidity block that could sufficiently equalize the big players orders. He/she/they then could accumulate more bids in order to buy more at better wholesale market price.

It did not look like a fear trade psychology traded by multiple big player entities because of the nature of the move in terms of delta. Algos got blindsided by the controversial out of nowhere announcement by Nike. Dumping stocks at low liquidity periods can cause exaggerated impulse moves. It was a liquidity issue more than anything else mixed with technical correction aka profit taking as well as square positioning for smaller speculators and flushing out weak handed participants who chase retail pricing aka retail traders which fuel the high velocity of the inefficient downward impulse. The big boys know better than to just crash the market on purpose with no macro fundamental reasons behind it. It means it is time to reload and a gift to buy at discounted price. Totally still in the bull uptrend from a technical perspective.

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Sports stadiums are maintained by city/county taxpayers that they already located in. It is time to take away the public funding of these stadiums. 

Hahahaha. Apparently Texas A & M University doesn't require its students to research or think critically.

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bonesSep. 10  09:56 am JST

@chipstar

trump supporters think Irony is a description of Metal.

They also think Denial is a river in Egypt.

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Chip StarSep. 10  09:01 pm JST

Yep, just like it's not surprising he's trying to take credit for the booming economy which is the result of President Obama's economic policies

Factually speaking, yes. Emotionally, in a severely lacking an education sort of conservative way, no. 

Agreed.

Who says conservatives lack the intellectual capacity to understand irony?

Ummmm, Everybody?

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Didn't Twitter ban him yet?

I was thinking about this the other day. The fact that Alex Jones was permanently banned from twitter. Immediately, sociali, um, um, leftist claimed that since twitter was a private platform, it didn't violate Jones' right to free speech. And I thought fair enough. But then the blatant hypocrisy hit me: why didn't the left employ the same rationale when the baker in CA refused to bake a cake for a gay couple's wedding? Instead, the left became very hostile and abusive.

But then again, the left doesn't use reason. Instead, emotions trump everything.

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Mr. Noidall Today 12:54 am JST

Didn't Twitter ban him yet?

I was thinking about this the other day. The fact that Alex Jones was permanently banned from twitter. Immediately, sociali, um, um, leftist claimed that since twitter was a private platform, it didn't violate Jones' right to free speech. And I thought fair enough. But then the blatant hypocrisy hit me: why didn't the left employ the same rationale when the baker in CA refused to bake a cake for a gay couple's wedding? Instead, the left became very hostile and abusive.

But then again, the left doesn't use reason. Instead, emotions trump everything.

The direction of the left side of the political spectrum is clearly heading to where they feign not to be cognizant to so many notable of things. By masking not to know a lot of things virtually guarantees that there is no associated guilt, no actual linkage to conscience, dismissal of truth endorses effortless trespass.

They are small picture-minded individuals (especially on economics/trade/commerce/markets/financial) who regularly cherry picks their written/talking point in order to fit their own narrative agenda. This typical subtlety of methodology makes them appear far more intelligent than it seems. It comes with a wannabe intimidating superior intellect with routinely emotional, nonfactual, imprecise statements that often misses and fails to see the big picture. This type of ideology banks on the willingness of the other side to affirm to their presentations; and of course reconciliation. DO NOT BE FOOLED!!

The compulsion of controlling over others to eternalize their inhumane malicious dogma is why they repute and feel necessitated to imbrute their fellow man/woman in order to create political hay. A belief system whose own irrationality and cerebral disability inflames for, all too frequently has effectuate the preexisting impediment and deprivation of systematized manipulation of economy, citizenry and even thought control (i.e. political correctness "hate crime".

As much as they begrudge and envy other people's money, the also give the impression to loathe other people's children - of course except if those children can be oppressed as political propping tools; human shield victim-mascots used for undertaking narcissistic political means. DON'T LOOK AWAY. Stand your ground and BE STRONG!!

You know, the leftist mantra is painfully easy to spot, because it is so damn repetitive. All anyone has to do is have the guts to take the ridicule - to be able to handle being called racist, sexist, homophobic and an anti-semite. Do you realize that those 4 things are ALL, and I mean ALL the left has in it's arsenal?

The left's arsenal has NO OTHER AMMUNITION. Facts rarely or don't support them. They have absolutely nothing to respond with other than to slander the opponent. So here's how you handle a leftist: BEFORE SAYING ANYTHING AT ALL, SAY THIS: "I know I am a racist, sexist, bigoted anti-semitic homophobe. So don't bother telling me what I already know. Now, can we discuss the facts without having you blabber that, PLEASE?

When the left are saying things that are cold hard facts definitely false and you know for a fact that is definitely untrue, then it means they are talking about themselves, what they would like to do and then imprinting their wishes on a random or specific target.

This is a liberal tactic called "displacement" where they take their worst wishes, desires and calls to action and then pin them on someone else to prevent their own selves from being looked at while they proceed to do exactly what they accused others of wanting to do. This is very dangerous. DO NOT BE DECEIVED BY THIS GARBAGEest of the GARBAGE!!

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