President Trump Warns NFL and MLB That Injecting Politics Will Ruin Them Like NBA
On Tuesday, President Trump tweeted that placing Leftist politics into sports would ruin them, using the NBA as an example.
The president wrote on Twitter that “People are tired of watching the highly political NBA. Basketball ratings are WAY down, and they won’t be coming back,” and warned that the NFL and MLB should not become political or their ratings would plummet as well.
People are tired of watching the highly political @NBA. Basketball ratings are WAY down, and they won’t be coming back. I hope football and baseball are watching and learning because the same thing will be happening to them. Stand tall for our Country and our Flag!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 1, 2020
According to Sports Illustrated, ratings for this season’s NBA playoffs are down 20% from last season. Additionally, City Journal reported that the reason for the ratings drop is its Leftist activism. The NBA has had “Black Lives Matter” painted on their basketball courts, allowed players to place social justice-themes on their jerseys and supported postponing games over the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha last week.
From the report:
“Americans have been falling progressively out of love with the NBA, for instance, and the pandemic has only exacerbated an already difficult situation. TV ratings, mediocre after the season restarted, are down collectively by 40 percent on the TNT network, and 20 percent on ESPN, since their peak nearly a decade ago. Even more troubling is that the league’s network TV premium broadcasts ratings on ABC are off by 45 percent, what a former public relations executive for the NBA describes as a ‘cratering’ of viewership.
“It’s hard to ignore the politics, especially the increasing habit of NBA players and coaches of criticizing the U.S. and its citizens, even while many gave a pass to China—one of the league’s biggest new markets—during its crackdown on Hong Kong dissidents. ‘How much public commentary out of the league should be a lecture directed at people other than themselves?’ former NBA executive Ethan Strauss asked recently.”
City Journal’s reports ends with this:
“Sports leagues and teams never had to deal with political partisanship as a filter for attracting fans. Up until recently, sports united people of different political persuasions. Now, we have whole leagues embracing questionable political messages designed to offend and alienate large segments of the target audience. The economics of sports may never be the same.”
It’s a shame how divisive and destructive the Left truly is.