The Protectors of the Free World has decided football is a bad sport; Way to go Congress and the President

Here we go again…. returning to the forefront is what’s in a name… special thanks to Donald Sterling’s ex girlfriend and confidant involving the remarks he made about Magic Johnson and now the rest of us have to put up with the silliness around the names of football teams and the National Football League is once again on a crash course with Congress.

The administration’s bid to cancel the Washington Redskin’s trademark has rekindled long-smoldering debate over whether the team’s name is a racial slur, and is testing an increasingly strained relationship between the league and a few federal lawmakers including the President of the United States.

What the hell happened to Freedom in this country? Has it gone the way of the dodo?

I know there are two sides to every issue and the NFL, Basketball, Baseball and the like have tons of issues including drug testing and concussions to broadcast blackouts and the league’s tax-exempt status, and subsidies stadiums to name just a few. Even the Diamond Jacks sucker the city of Jackson taxpayers out of about 1.5 million annually.

So the United States Government, the greatest bully of recent time, has decided to push the NFL around.

So what does the NFL do… they follow the successful steps of every one else… they add lobbyists and pour money into political coffers. Jesse Jackson couldn’t have done a better job of dragging down the hallmarks of free enterprise.

“I think that the NFL gets a lot of special privileges as a result of congressional enactments of the past,” Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) told The Hill. “I think we ought to ask them how they can countenance having one of their teams with a name that is openly racist.”

Calls to change the moniker of one of the NFL’s most storied franchises were getting louder, even before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office cancelled the trademark on the Washington Redskins name last Wednesday on grounds that it is disparaging to Native Americans.

Why push now…. well, don’t you see the parallels between the Sterling case and the Redskins debate; of course there is none but this is politics.

Late last month, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) spearheaded a letter urging NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to drop support for the Redskins name.

“It upsetting to us because we don’t understand why they can’t just address this issue and move on,” said Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), who signed the missive.

In the House, Waxman has requested that Goodell and Redskins owner Dan Snyder be called to testify on the issue at a congressional hearing. Waxman said it is time for his fellow lawmakers to take a more aggressive stance on the team’s name.

“It’s anachronistic, its unjustifiable and they ought to insist that the Washington team change its name,” he said.

The decision last week by the Patent and Trademark Office’s appeal board to strip the team of its trademark on the Washington Redskins name only amplified the criticism from Congress.

Reid, who’d previously sworn off Redskins games until they dropped the name, said the ruling is evidence that “justice will be done.”

“The writing is on the wall,” Reid said. “It’s on the wall in giant blinking neon lights.”

Neither the Redskins nor the NFL have budged.

Good for them…

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