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By TONY SEED (Originally posted on Facebook on September 4, 2016)
An American athlete, Colin Kaepernick, has taken a just stand.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Mr Kaepernick, a quarterback with the San Francisco 49ers, told NFL Media in an interview after Friday’s game during which he again rightly refused to stand at attention during the playing of the U.S. anthem accompanied by a military flypast. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.
“This is not something that I am going to run by anybody,” he said. “I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. … If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.” Continue reading
Alan Schwarz (July 28) – As increasing numbers of parents keep their children from playing tackle football for safety reasons, the National Football League and other groups have sought to reassure them that the game is becoming less dangerous. Continue reading
Let an athlete express a progressive political view, and the media goes into hysterics to marginalize him. For the owners, however, it is viewed as routine: business as usual, as the following article demonstrates, itemizing how major owners are donating money to Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and others. Continue reading
The thoroughgoing militarization of professional sports is carried out through the collusion of the NFL, MLB and NHL cartels, paid for by the Pentagon.
Super Bowl 50 – a “sporting event” held on February 7 in San Francisco featuring the Carolina Panthers, the Denver Broncos and the Pentagon. coated in military promotion and jingoism, from flypasts of military jets to ads for “Captain America” of Marvel comic book fame at $5 million for a 30 second spot. The event is an orchestrated assault on the social consciousness of the American people: the CBS broadcast was watched by an estimated 111.9 million USians; according to Neilson, 49 per cent of all households with a TV were tuned in. The thoroughgoing militarization of the US Superbowl is hardly exceptional.
Overall, from 2012 to 2015, 18 NFL teams received more than $5.6 million from the military. Fifty teams across the five major professional leagues had contracts with the military, including ten MLB teams that took nearly $900,000, and eight teams each from the NBA and MLS that had similar contracts. Six NHL teams received money, and the Air Force paid more than $1.5 million to NASCAR. – TS
DAVID SWANSON* (Photos and captions added by TS)
(February 6) – Super Bowl 50 will be the first National Football League championship to happen since it was reported that much of the pro-military hoopla at football games, the honouring of troops and glorifying of wars that most people had assumed was voluntary or part of a marketing scheme for the NFL, has actually been a money-making scheme for the NFL. The U.S. military has been dumping millions of dollars, part of a recruitment and advertising budget that’s in the billions, into paying the NFL to publicly display love for soldiers and weaponry. Continue reading
NFL broadcasts this year are stuffed with in-house ads marketing uniforms to American women. With fashion tips, cooking and dance lessons, and oogling of athletes, US sports monopolies “usher in a new age of empowerment” for women.–TS
By JULIA LURIE and EDWIN RIOS*
(August 22, 2015) – Last week, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers launched a new campaign to entice female fans. The initiative, called RED, will “re-invent the female fan experience” and “usher in a new age of empowerment for the women of Tampa Bay,” explains team spokeswoman Casey Phillips in a promotional video. Sounds cool, right? Continue reading