The area extending out for several miles around Soldier Field, the home turf of the Chicago Bears, is a "death zone" where 408 people (mostly black and Hispanic) have been killed since January 1. Despite the violence, the Bears' organization and media are crowing about the team spending $500,000 on social justice issues that apparently won't address this 800-pound Bear in the living room. Neither the Bears or the many media reporting on their social justice spending are mentioning the ever-mounting death toll.
NFL Hall of Famers are trying to score big off the field. They've written a letter demanding a king’s ransom in benefits from the league, including lifelong paychecks and health insurance. In a letter sent to Commissioner Roger Goodell, the league CEO and director of the players' union, they threatened to boycott the annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony if the NFL doesn't roll over and empty Brinks truckloads of cash to their already bulging bank accounts. To adoring media libs, these wealthy ex-jocks are "America's Entitlement Team."
Stephen A. Smith, the well-known ESPN talk show veteran said Monday on his radio show that his listeners and his producers were lucky that he wasn't going political because ESPN is not a political network. Then he stealthily approached the subject of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh being accused of sexual harassment. It appears that Smith (see file photo) is seriously questioning the Supreme Court nominee's accuser, but Awful Announcing writer Phillip Bupp assumes Smith is speaking against Kavanaugh and this story demands Smith not stick to sports.
It was supposed to be an inspirational advertising tagline, not a self-fulfilling prophecy. “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything,” is the phrase Nike used to introduce unemployed QB Colin Kaepernick as the face of it’s 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign.
Last week's LeBron James' HBO TV program, The Shop, may have pleased the NBA superstar's progressive "choir," but it drew rock bottom ratings from Jason Whitlock on the Fox Sports 1 Speak for Yourself show. Whitlock criticized "King" James for being out of touch with the black community and called him the "black Trump."
Unbelievably, Nike just made Colin Kaepernick -- of all people! -- the face of its 30th anniversary "Just Do it" campaign. Was it the cops-are-pigs socks that sold Nike on the toxic former NFL quarterback? The pro-Castro t-shirt? The America is not free tweet from Ghana? So many "great marketing" choices for Nike! Bleacher Report's Tim Daniels did not speculate on the reasoning behind Nike's bizarre decision.
Colin Kaepernick's media apologists are crowing about his Thursday summary judgment phase victory after an arbitrator ruled his collusion case against the NFL can move forward. Media are calling it a big blow for the NFL, a big victory for Kaepernick, claiming the NFL may want to settle the case and speculating on Kaepernick's attorneys deposing President Donald Trump prior to the trial. The regular season opens next Thursday, but the social justice-crusading Kaepernick is all the media rage.
NBC Sports is about to become a lot more watchable. According to The Washington Post, the network is in talks to terminate Bob Costas’s contract: "Costas, 66, joined NBC Sports in 1979 and has long been a reassuring presence during the Olympics, Super Bowls, World Series and other national events. That role has changed in recent years with the arrival of Mike Tirico from ESPN, and with Costas’s increasing interest in providing context and opinion on matters of the moment, such as the NFL’s concussion problem and gun violence in America."
An NBC-Wall Street Journal poll of 900 registered voters taken last week finds that 54 percent of respondents rate NFL anthem protests as inappropriate. In contrast, the overwhelming narrative of sports media is supportive of the protests, demonstrating once more that media are out of touch with mainstream American thinking.
When sports media stray from sports, what do they like to report on? Guns were a huge topic on Monday, the day after David Katz is alleged to have shot and killed three people and wounded 11 at a Madden 19 video football tournament in Jacksonville. They criticized Boston Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez for an Instagram post supporting the Second Amendment, gave former NBA player Roy Hibbert an anti-gun forum and called gun supporters "racists."
In an un-bylined article, the SBNation blog bitterly complains about the politics of those who oppose NFL protests while fully supporting the left-wing political activities of players who protest the flag and the veterans who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. SBN also praises the political activities athletes are taking off the field, undermining the reasons they protest on the field.
Terry Mattingly at Get Religion was a little stunned at coverage of the latest additions to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, at how they seemed allergic to any mention of religious content -- and there was a lot of religious content.