How the National Football League lost to Trump

Posted October 14, 2017

The NFL's viewership has been down this season, and many say that is due, at least in part, to Americans' disagreement with the players' kneeling during the Anthem.

Goodell's comments follow the recent actions and statements by high-level USA officials, including President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence.

President Donald Trump continued his nearly daily social media commentary on the National Football League and the issue of player protests implying that NFL Commissioner is demanding that players stand for the anthem.

"There has been no change in the current policy regarding the anthem", the joint statement read.

"Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the national anthem", Goodell wrote in the statement. Hadn't Donald Trump badly overplayed his hand? The NFL is doing the hard work of trying to move from protest to progress, working to bring people together.

Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that the White House supported moves to force players to stand.

President Trump, who previously said National Football League owners should "fire" players who do not stand during the anthem, tweeted this in response to Goodell's letter.

The NFL's owners are set to meet next week to discuss the issue.

He then slammed ESPN's Jemele Hill, blaming "The Six" anchor for having "tanked" the network's ratings.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has threatened to bench players who take a knee.

"I think it is incumbent upon the players today, because of how the public is looking at it, to stand and salute the flag", Ross said.

What Vice President Mike Pence's NFL-game stunt last weekend revealed about radical Republicans is their twisted perception of what constitutes a crisis and requires action from our leaders.