THE NFL

Yesterday, our friends at the Tennessee Eagle Forum dedicated an entire day to the NFL and its laughable position of moral standing to attempt to influence public opinion on itself and those players that believe they have hijacked a medium. So this page is dedicated to Bobbie and staff  at the Eagle Forum and their reports which we read every day for doing good work here in Tennessee.


NFL Pigskins at the Public Trough

BY MICHELLE MALKIN

I’m calling foul on all the leftists rushing to protect the NFL’s protest crusaders from President Donald Trump’s criticism of their national anthem antics.

Their shabby line of defense? The NFL is a “private enterprise” whose “rights” are being violated by those who dare to challenge the league’s political radicalization. The anti-Trump Democratic Coalition has even filed an ethics complaint alleging that the president’s comments constitute a criminal violation against using government offices “to influence the employment decisions and practices” of a private entity.

Funny. These fair-weather friends of corporate free speech and the First Amendment were nowhere to be found when Boston Mayor Tom Menino and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel were vowing to shut down Chick-Fil-A in their towns as government retaliation against the founders’ private religious beliefs.

As for the NFL’s status as a “private” enterprise? That’s some Super Bowl-sized audacity right there. I first started tracking publicly subsidized sports boondoggles with my very first watchdog website, Porkwatch, back in 1999. Since then, taxpayers at all levels of government have foot the bill for football stadiums to the tune of an estimated $1 billion every year.

Over the past decade, new tax-supported NFL stadiums rose up for the Indianapolis Colts (the $720 million Lucas Oil Stadium), the Dallas Cowboys (the $1.15 billion AT&T Stadium) the New York Jets and Giants (the $1.6 billion MetLife Stadium, the Minnesota Vikings (the $1.1 billion U.S. Bank Stadium), the Atlanta Falcons (the $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium), and the San Francisco 49ers (the $1.3 billion Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara).

Next in the works: a whopping $2.6 billion stadium for the Los Angeles Chargers and Rams and a $1.9 billion stadium for the Oakland Raiders when they move to Las Vegas. Left behind? An $83 million taxpayer debt on two-decade-old renovations to the Alameda County Coliseum that the Raiders are abandoning.

Both political parties have supported massive redistribution of taxes from working people to the gridiron’s spoiled 1-percenters. Public-private sports palace boosters employ the same bogus economic development math as the federal government’s infamous Solyndra green energy loans, stimulus rip-offs and jobs programs. Citizens are promised an enormous multiplier of jobs and benefits in return for their “investments.” But instead they’ve been saddled with a field of schemes.

Sports economists have concluded repeatedly that the effects of stadium subsidies on employment and economic activity are negligible—or even negative. Scott Wolla of the St. Louis Federal Reserve reported earlier this year, “In a 2017 poll, 83 percent of the economists surveyed agreed that ‘Providing state and local subsidies to build stadiums for professional sports teams is likely to cost the relevant taxpayers more than any local economic benefits that are generated.'”

Yet, the NFL, its teams and its sponsors continue to benefit from a bonanza of tax-free loans, municipal bonds, rent waivers and property tax exemptions. Congress provided the league with an antitrust exemption that protects its monopoly broadcasting rights. Localities have raided “emergency” funds to help pay for stadium construction. And corporate benefactors write off their expenses for luxury boxes, tickets and naming-rights purchases.

As long as the NFL has its hog noses buried in the taxpayer trough, I’ll keep speaking up about all the football militants who backed former 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick and his disgusting cops-as-pigs socks.

You wanna raise your fists on the field? Get your grubby hands out of our pockets first.


Report: NFL To Bankroll ‘Social Activism Boot Camp’ For Pro Athletes [VIDEO]

The NFL is going to bankroll a “social activism boot camp” for professional athletes in February, according to a new report.

“The league has agreed to finance a social activism boot camp at Morehouse College in February,” ESPN’s Jim Trotter reported on Monday.

The boot camp will reportedly take place over two days and will include professional athletes from other leagues besides the NFL. “And then, the organizers of that curriculum will work with the players throughout the year to try and teach them to get their message out and be most effective with it,” Trotter added.

 

The NFL has also reportedly agreed to back criminal justice reform legislationrecently introduced by a bipartisan group of senators.

The NFL’s reported moves follows players lobbying the league for more support for their political activism. Recent surveys have found that Americans want professional athletes to keep their political activism off the field.


Several NFL Players Who Protested National Anthem Sunday Have Arrest Records

BY: Katelyn Caralle  |   Washington Free Beacon

Many of the National Football League players who participated in the protestsagainst the national anthem and American flag on Sunday have had past run-ins with the law themselves.

In spite of their brushes with law enforcement and complaints about the criminal justice system, they are either currently making or did make a lucrative living in the league.

The 2016 NFL pre-season was the first time then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided to sit for the national anthem, later turning to kneeling on the sidelines.

Almost overnight, professional football became politicized. Kaepernick said that he was using his public position as an NFL player to bring light to the social injustices black Americans experience, particularly focusing on the high-profile cases of police brutality against black men.

Since then, several other players have joined in the demonstration, which has triggered praise and disappointment from both sides of the political spectrum as well as many football fans.

After President Donald Trump denounced the protests on Friday and tweeted about the issue numerous times, NFL players, owners, coaches, and even former players knelt, sat, linked arms, raised fists, or stayed in the locker room during the singing of “The Star Spangled Banner” on Sunday.

Some of those who participated in the protest have been arrested for a variety of crimes, including:

  • Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler, for battery and assault in two separate incidents in July 2017 and March 2016, respectively
  • Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, for aggravated assault in March 2003 and leaving the scene of an accident and driving with a suspended license in March 2016
  • New Orleans Saints running back Adrian Peterson, for injury to a child in Sept. 2014
  • Kansas City Chiefs tight end Demetrius Harris, for felony marijuana possession in March 2017
  • Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell, for marijuana possession in Aug. 2014
  • Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, for felony drug possession and reckless endangerment behind the wheel in two separate incidents in May 2014
  • Seattle Seahawks practice quarterback Trevone Boykin, for marijuana possession and violating probation in March 2017 and April 2017, respectively
  • Baltimore Ravens former linebacker Ray Lewis, for murder in Jan. 2000; he ultimately testified in the case and received one year of probation and a $250,000 fine from the NFL
  • New Orleans Saints defensive end Alex Okafor, for evading arrest and running from the scene after police tried to detain him in March 2015
  • Tennessee Titans outside linebacker Derrick Morgan, for speeding and driving with a suspended license in June 2010
  • Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Artie Burns, for driving with a suspended license in June 2017
  • Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller, for failure to appear in court on previous traffic charges, including careless driving and driving without a license, in Aug. 2013 and cited for driving with a suspended license in Sept. 2013

These arrest records only touch on past run-ins that protesting NFL players have had with law enforcement.

Trump’s comments criticizing players who kneel for the national anthem appears to have triggered Sunday’s spike in those joining the protest.

At a campaign rally for Alabama Sen. Luther Strange (R.) on Friday, Trump called for NFL owners to “get that son of a bitch off the field” if players kneel for the national anthem. Trump followed up those comments on Twitter, writing that players who disrespect the flag and the country by kneeling for the anthem should be fired or suspended.


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