It was only a matter of time before the NFL going political would ensure blowback, and the league office should have damn well recognized that. The NFL has major exposure to its business model in the event Congress ever revisits its antitrust exemption, and the league makes millions, if not billions, thanks to tax breaks and sweetheart deals from state and local governments on publicly-funded facilities it enjoys.
When it allows its idiot twenty-something players, freshly marinated from social justice warrior academies disguised as sociology, criminal justice, African-American Studies and other pseudo-academic departments at major colleges, to bring political activism to sidelines of games the NFL is no longer entertainment for everyone. It is now contributing to the cultural divide rather than helping to heal it.
Louisana State Representative Kenny Havard (R-St. Francisville), who chairs the House Transportation Committee, is now calling for a rethinking of the state’s subsidy money going to the Saints & Pelicans Sports Franchises.
From The Hayride:
“The very reason (the Saints) have the privilege and opportunity to play professional football while being paid millions is because someone in uniform died protecting their right to do so,” Havard said. “It is a disgrace to the men and woman of this nation and state who have sacrificed so much.” Havard’s statement didn’t specify the amount of state money that he proposed be diverted from the Saints the NFL.
“Disrespecting our national anthem and flag in the name of social injustice is the highest form of hypocrisy,” he said. “Our free society made possible by our fighting men and women has made available free education, free lunch, housing and free healthcare and is now be considered socially unjust.
“It is time the taxpayers quit subsidizing protest on big boy playgrounds. I believe in the right to protest but, not at a taxpayer subsidized sporting event. Do it on your own time. There are plenty of disabled children, elderly and veterans in this state that would appreciate the money.”According to a 2015 Forbes story, Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson was “set to rake in an estimated $392 million from state subsidies through 2025.”
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