It’s obvious to everyone with a brain why Americans have tuned-out of sports.
It’s the same reason we all stopped watching those ghastly Hollywood awards shows.
During the Trump-era, liberals lost their damn minds and everyone caught Stage 5 TDS. They were so consumed with irrational blind-hatred of President Trump, that they literally couldn’t see straight.
Everything they did became political. All the late-night shows and Hollywood award shows turned into an “activist telethon,” where woke buffoons would sit around and commiserate with one another while the rest of us sane people looked on in horror — and then quickly turned the channel.
And as a result, everyone’s ratings crashed.
The same thing happened with sports.
Look at ESPN…they went from reporting on sports to literally reporting on politics. It was hard to tell if you were watching an NBA half-time show or Don Lemon’s show.
Things got so bad over there that a bunch of people got fired, and they had to “vow” to stop talking politics if they had any hope of getting viewers back.
And it wasn’t just ESPN – as you know, sports teams got “woke” and pulled all sorts of shenanigans. They kneeled during the anthem and had “Black Lives Matter” printed on their uniforms and had giant BLM decals placed on the courts and fields.
It was absurd – and as a result, Americans turned off their TVs.
But these arrogant, proud sports teams and liberal reporters couldn’t admit that was the reason.
Noooo. It wasn’t “politics” that sent people packing….people love this stuff because doesn’t everyone in the U.S. HATE Trump???
No, no, no, it was COVID.
Yeah, that’s the ticket…
We’re to believe that people stuck at home doing absolutely nothing stopped watching sports (and award shows) because of COVID? Really?
Did anyone with half a brain believe that hooey?
Well, now we know the actual truth…It wasn’t COVID that made Americans tune out of sports.
A new poll proves that yes, it was indeed “woke politics.”
35% of sports fans said they watched less sports because of woke political messaging. And ratings pretty much reflect they aren’t lying about it: https://t.co/Bae5cAlmIw
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) March 29, 2021
As they say, if you need a break from politics, turn off sports.
The social justice warriors in the sports media claimed that fans didn’t mind the far-Left takeover of sports in the second half of 2020 — as expected, they lied. According to a new YouGov / Yahoo News poll, nearly half of America changed its sports viewing habits once political and social messaging spread across the leagues.
Because of aggressive woke messaging, three times as many Americans watched sports less than those who watched more, 34.5 percent to 11 percent. 56.3 percent say they watched about the same amount. Though not quite 50-50, the amount of those who changed habits was undoubtedly represented in total viewership declines.
Ratings across all major sports were down in 2020. The NBA, the most political among them, lost over half of its audience in the NBA Finals. A Finals that featured the NBA’s top individual and team draw, LeBron James and the Lakers. That’s not viewers watching less, that’s viewers watching none.
Keep in mind: these declines occurred during a pandemic, where far more Americans were home than normal. Daily work/school commutes were also slashed, allowing viewers to watch later into the night.
Furthermore, the players’ political and social stances were not moderate, but overwhelmingly echoed those on the (loud, angry, and far) Left. Because of the definitive slant, lost interest was disproportionate between political affiliations.
53 percent of Republicans said they watched sports less once social justice messaging became prominent. Only 19 percent of Democrats said the same; 14 percent of Democrats said they watched more.
Those ratios should surprise no one. Athletes told Democrats they had it right; athletes told Republicans they were racist.
What’s telling, though, is that nearly 40 percent of Independents chose to watch sports less for the same reason. The NBA players and many NFL players let Republicans know they were not wanted — but did LeBron James and Malcolm Jenkins foresee so many Independents turning away?
Not everyone in the country suffered from Stage 5 TDS.
Most people just went about their day as normal while Trump was in the White House – but we were still subjected to a never-ending stream of liberal politics everywhere we looked, so sports was a wonderful distraction from all that.
Until liberals ruined it – just like they ruin everything they touch.
Will liberals learn from this and keep politics out of sports and everything else?
They won’t learn. These people are incapable of honest self-reflection.
LeBron James will be living jobless out of a cardboard box, still blaming “COVID” for the decline in ratings. Because narcissists like this don’t believe that their opinions could ever be rejected.
And that will ultimately be their undoing.
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