We regretfully interrupt this usually joyous moment on the NFL calendar, as teams head back to their buildings for training camps, to ask a tough question that may linger in the back of our collective mind, which We tried our best to keep it inactive until now.
The following is not a political endorsement or ideological finger. We are not revisiting the previous term or paying attention to ethics issues. There will be a lot of time and space for that later.
Instead, it is a question of preparation, of fitness. This is a question for coaches and general managers and player agents and team owners. What did we learn from 2016 to ’20? Let’s assume everyone gets a free pass and no Republican, Democrat or member of the Freak Power party could have predicted what shape the world would take under Trump’s presidency.
Is the NFL Ready for the Return of Donald Trump?
Can the league make sure it is again trying to keep itself away from the open mouth of a passing shark, Like when it changed its national anthem policy in the face of criticism from the former president, During Trump’s campaign and presidency, he successfully convinced supporters that a television ratings dip across the board (thanks to the rise of streaming services and other cable-cutting mechanisms) was evidence that Colin Kaepernick was less than due. People were watching the NFL. Actually, it was because of Trump and his now infamous speech In which he tells NFL owners to fire players kneeling: “Get that son of B off the field now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!” It was definitely sleight of hand. It was also a successful means of promoting their cause and strengthening their base.
The midterm elections are 103 days away, which means we are only steps away from the start of another charged bit, and Trump will certainly be on the campaign trail for his desired candidates. We’re going to take every potentially divisive issue imaginable for ourselves. We’re being told that if you believe in X, you can’t vote for Y, and so on. We are going to debate about world conflict, public health and safety, women’s rights, economics, gas prices, immigration, racial inequality and our country’s status as a free and fair society. All of those issues will be neatly skewered and distilled by our favorite news outlets, bringing us into the public octagon ready to throw up.
NFL players have become a medium of discussion, awareness, and collective action, all of which took some teams by surprise six years ago. I remember talking to a coach who feared for players performing during the national anthem, not because of any ideological difference, but because if the owner of that team wanted them to do nothing to protect the players. could. The temperature in the team facilities was higher than we could understand at the time.
If we remember correctly, how strange it was. Before teams were reluctant, corporate-style Partners of various progressive causesThey ranged from outright hindrance or strategic ignorance of any potentially divisive action.
Stating that President Joe Biden and former President Trump are stylistically different shouldn’t be controversial. Indeed, Biden had pinned his campaign’s hopes on a presidency that would rein in rather than amplify the noise. His only brief shoulder brush with the NFL so far came from a quip about Aaron Rodgers’ vaccination status, which was strongly rebuked by Rodgers Pre-Playoff Interview with ESPN, It shouldn’t even be controversial to point out that Trump, more than any president in recent history, draws from the pop culture universe in an effort to help him craft more relatable points. In the way that Kaepernick’s tacit opposition to racial inequality and police brutality became a national flash point, Trump used the demonstration as a way to promote a campaign that would divide your opinion on law enforcement tactics and practices into good and bad. as the case will prepare. Pro-national and anti-national.
whereas Kaepernick’s efforts have largely softened society’s stance– It is now common for athletes to perform, speak or raise awareness of issues – they also represented some degree of success for Trump. The owners are believed to have been buried under mountains of fan mail. Kaepernick went unsigned. thoughts of remove politics from sport– which really meant Removing the kind of politics I disagree with, from the game– became a popular battle cry.
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While not a direct parallel, the strategy now appears to be the norm politically (and perhaps, in some lesser sense, always was). Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is battling Disney Corporation (NFL. firmly in bed with As a content partner and owner of ESPN) on state protests parental rights in education—or the “Don’t Say Gay”-bill, which is largely a culture war meant to appease voters in Trumpian style.
What can Trump hold now?
Sports are an important part of the former president’s daily life and consumption habits. Despite pleas from the families of 9/11 victims, Trump last week lauded LIV Golf, a Saudi-backed venture trying to dismantle the PGA and steal all its top talent, and PGA Tour players. Urges us to take startup money before the inevitable. Fusion.
The rhetoric will get more heated as we get closer to November 8 and Trump comes closer to being back on mainstream social media and a stranglehold on the daily news cycle, Especially If He Decides To Run For President In ’24, in recent months, Congressional investigation into Commanders boss Daniel Snyder With NFL commissioner Roger Goodell being asked by Republican senators about fines for the team’s defensive coordinator, outright political theater has turned jack del rio Regarding the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol as a “dust-up” and the NFL banning Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy from covering his events. (Goodell said he was not familiar with the latter issue).
The NFL is an extraordinarily popular microcosm of society, which means that our problems inside these walls are some version of the problems the country is facing at large. There are high-profile issues of racial inequality that are making their way through the courts in relation to the NFL Brian Flores Suites, Trump may equally have sympathy for Raw John Gruden, which saw his coaching career end over leaked documents revealing racist, anti-LGBTQ and foul language. (Trump has repeatedly made issue of leaked documents and statements at meetings during his presidency, apparently believing the leaks and the contents of the leaked material were not a problem.) The NFL is tanking amid a gambling boon. Credible is investigating the allegations, and we all know how much fun the former president enjoys pointing out an institution he finds “rigged.”
In 2020, Falcons owner Arthur Blank tops all fellow owners Over $1.1 million in donations Moving towards democratic causes. Financial aid for Trump declined significantly compared to the ’16 election cycle, with retired Raiders guard Richie Incognito personally donating nearly as much to the outgoing president as all other NFL personnel combined ($14,738). did.
This certainly doesn’t protect the NFL from any criticism. Trump was, and always will be, a business man with confrontational tendencies. If he sees the League turning against himself, he won’t hesitate to engage it in this culture war.
We often wonder whether the NFL is wicked, incompetent or, perhaps, still incredibly surprised and unable to understand its vast reach within society. Given the league’s persistent inability to see beyond the financial recourse of its actions, the last of the three may be true. Rarely does the NFL heed warnings. However, the rise of Trumpism is another real speedbump (others player injuries and domestic violence) amid the massive ascent of the American sports monolith to the league. What happens is, after two years of strategy with a wide political network, a mainstream party backs his every move and over the chest of a political war. Both the Republican and Democratic parties?
Ultimately the NFL will be fine. It’s really too big to fail. But that doesn’t mean the league will enjoy sweating it out when that situation, even momentarily, is in jeopardy. Maybe it’s time to make a plan.