Elder Patriot – Something very disconcerting is going on in the NFL. Its stadiums are increasingly empty each week, its TV ratings are plummeting, and its once robust merchandise sales are drying up. Oh, let’s not forget that because of growing disgust with the players’ anthem protests Congress is moving towards ending the tax benefits that saved the NFL’s owners $6.5 billion in recent years.
And its commissioner is demanding a raise.
In a normal world we would expect a commissioner with that track record to be fired or, at least, forced to accept a significant pay cut. But, following eight years of Barack Obama we do not live in a normal world.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is negotiating a raise to almost $50 million annually and the use of a private jet for life. Oh, and he’d like his kids’ healthcare paid for…for the remainder of their lives.
Why would the owners of NFL teams ever entertain re-upping a man with such an abysmal track record and whose arrogance has him demanding a raise?
Goodell’s relationship with Barack Obama and his extreme left-wing politics have damaged the league’s bottom line.
Consider that the crowds are beginning to resemble those that the league had when they used replacement players during the 1987 players’ strike. The difference is the replacement players were earning only $1,000 per game.
Compare that to the $1,687,500 that this year’s highest paid player is earning per game and the $50 million that he received just for signing the five-year deal.
Goodell’s personal politics have led him to ignore the specific rule pertaining to player behavior that he insisted be included in the player’s manual back in 2009. It’s found on pages A62-63 of the league’s game operations manual as the Washington Post points out:
“During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.”
Why did Goodell demand a unanimous show of patriotism when Obama was president but has done a complete about face since then? We know that the NFL was paid by the Department of Defense to deflect from the Obama administration’s callous disregard for the our troops in war zones.
But if the only thing motivating Goodell and the NFL owners that he lords over was money he’d have ordered an end to the players’ kneeling as soon as President Trump called the league to task for the players’ protests.
More likely, Goodell is still taking orders from Barack Obama who had used the presidency to bankroll nonstop protests and who has refused to pass quietly into the sunset as every previous president has done after their successor was sworn in.
Tom Basile, host of Sunday in America and former Bush administration official, spelled out the risk Goodell’s intransigence is exposing the owners to:
“Roger Goodell and team owners are playing with fire. In an effort to pander to their own players’ politics, they’re insulting a broad cross-section of Americans who are sick of the politicization of everything. But perhaps more damaging for the NFL is that fact that they risk exposing a tax scheme that will further enrage fans and potentially jeopardize their entire business model. The last thing Goodell wants is people talking about the NFL’s tax-exempt status and taxpayer subsidies.”
So why are the owners going along with Goodell? What damning information does Obama have on them?