While it is slowly fading away, the issue of whether pro football players stand or kneel during the National Anthem is still in the news some days. A recent story claimed the villain is a liberal who runs the league’s publicity branch. The entire saga of getting upset because players make a political statement before games in circumstances provided by conservatives is humorous to say the least.
One thing Christian conservatives are for is religious liberty. They don’t want to be required by employers to perform tasks that are contrary to their religious beliefs. Football players who don’t want to stand during the National Anthem are making statement that is called political but might in some cases be religious. The difference is of no importance. If the National Anthem had the words “in Allah we praise” conservatives would take a knee.
Football audiences and revenue is declining. Conservatives believe their protests of players taking a knee has something to do with this. It was happening before all this came up.
TV viewership is down in general. Football as entertainment is going in the wrong direction. People today want and can have instant change in their entertainment if they are bored. So, when the action stops in a football game they want to push buttons and have it start up again. Football management, however, has increased the delays and dead time with instant reply and time outs for commercials. Until the game has less down time audiences will decrease.