Commentary On Sept. 10, the NFL season kicked off with a marquee matchup. Despite having a captive audience in their homes due to the pandemic, the overnight Nielsen ratings for the game were down 16 percent compared to last year’s opener. Sunday night’s ratings were down 28 percent. Why? Fans are rejecting the players’ disrespect of the national anthem and the league’s politicizing of sports. The fans allowed into Kansas City’s stadium on Thursday, for example, booed the protests before the game. However, that’s only part of the story. This fan frustration will be the tip of the iceberg if they realize the NFL and its players are, probably unwittingly, facilitating a movement to dismantle our constitutional republic. Many professional athletes feel they have a responsibility to speak out about injustice because of their high visibility. They have expressed a desire to help the country improve, a vague goal everyone agrees with. The …
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