Hear that? That’s the sweet sound of karma striking back at multimillionaire sports players who think they have the right to openly bash a nation that made them filthy rich in the first place. Yes, ratings for the professional sports leagues have plummeted off a cliff, which is where they belong until they wisely remove politics from sports.
Various commentators have been providing statistics on Twitter, with Ethan Strauss of The Athletic observing that “both leagues aren’t getting the audience one might expect from a nation that’s been deprived of entertainment for months.”
For comparison, 5.8 million viewers turned on the TV to watch Tom Brady hit golf shots that disappeared into the wilderness.
Viewers have turned the tables on the MLB and NBA, and the leagues are pissed. Turns out that people who tune into sports don’t like their basketball and baseball with a heavy helping of politics on the side. Or, more accurately, leftist indoctrination.
Can’t say that the sports leagues haven’t had it coming to them. In fact, the NBA and MLB had ample warning after the NFL faced furious backlash, but snowflakes aren’t exactly prized on their ability to learn from their mistakes.
Recently, the NBA proudly unveiled basketball courts emblazoned with “BLACK LIVES MATTER,” clearly with little critical thought as to how alienating that can be perceived. The MLB has also joined in with the progressive fun by defying the national anthem, as well as criticizing any player who doesn’t dare to disrespect his country, prompting the legendary MLB Coach Mike Dikta to weigh in.
“I think there’s a way you protest, and I think there’s a way you don’t protest,” Ditka said. “You don’t protest against the flag, and you don’t protest against this country who’s given you the opportunity to make a living playing a sport that you never thought would happen.” [Source: NBC Chicago]
While the MLB is bad enough, the NBA is been a particularly egregious offender, from its terribly themed political merchandise to its embarrassing subservience to China. Furthermore, it has openly sided with BLM, effectively alienating the silent majority, which is much larger than the fear mongers at CNN and MSNBC would like you to believe.
Of course, the elephant in the room in all of this is China’s heavy involvement in the NBA, including significant financial support. After all, it’s ok to have a personalized jersey that says “F**k police,” yet “Free Hong Kong” was completely blocked on the NBA merchandising website, until enough backlash caused the league to reverse its decision.
In other words, money won, like it almost always does for the hilariously self-righteous celebrities and sports players. Then again, none of the above is typically renowned for their educational or intellectual accomplishments.
Given that China is well-known for being incredibly xenophobic as well as abusive towards its very few black residents, it is difficult to understand how the NBA feels just fine ostracizing American police will effectively kissing the oversized derriere of Beijing, arguably the worst human rights offender on the planet.
How much can black lives really matter to the NBA if they continue taking money from an authoritarian power that puts Muslims in concentration camps and arbitrarily evicts Africans from their housing? The level of authoritarianism and terror in China would easily outstrip any kind of “terror” that the National Guard would cause in any American city, as, contrary to leftist opinion, American federal forces don’t just go around mass shooting civilians.
However, they certainly do in China. Yet the NBA is curiously silent on all the Chinese atrocities, as apparently Chinese money supersedes the NBA’s supposed virtues.
It’s an unfortunate time in America when an American professional sports league openly bashes patriotic police officers while deliberately turning a blind eye to a regime in which no lives matter but those of the ruling Communist Party.
The primary silver lining in this entire situation is that perhaps the NBA and MLB players will prove to be just as spineless as the NBA owners. Since the top dogs in the NBA League can’t turn down Chinese money, perhaps professional sports players will be unable to turn down their already inflated salaries if their income begins to rapidly decline in an age of no in-person games and tanked ratings to boot.
It will be interesting to see who the MLN and NBA players choose: their money or their values. Personally, it wouldn’t be an unwise move to bet on money.