Professional baseball and basketball television ratings immediately plummeted after their first games back from the Coronavirus hiatus featured kneeling and liberal leftist social messaging.
Americans quickly tuned out for the following games.
Apparently the MLB and NBA haven’t learned the lessons of two years ago when the NFL suffered terrible rating drops from the disrespectful anthem kneelers.
Despite the propaganda Mainstream Media, socialist engineers, and now sports owners are pushing, Americans have not changed their minds.
“TV ratings for the National Basketball Association have collapsed this year, a season that kicked off with the league bowing to communist China,” Breitbart reported in December 2019.
Comparing the first night return ratings to the following games has been a nightmare for both MLB and NBA.
Pundits and team defenders tried to blame it on COVID, but that excuse blew up in their face when 5.8 million tuned in to watch Tom Brady, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickleson and Peyton Manning hit golf shots this summer.
Prior to the Coronavirus shutdown, the NBA league’s TV ratings on ESPN and TNN were down 19% and 22% respectively. These sports leagues and broadcasting stations were expecting huge audiences from a nation that’s been deprived of sports and entertainment for months. But they’ve made it worse.
Millions of fans consider the act of kneeling during the national anthem disrespectful to the military that protects the country. A huge chunk of the fans are beginning to boycott the sports leagues for promoting their ‘political’ agendas, as opposed to just sticking to sports.
This viewership counts are so low, lackluster advertising revenues can’t make up for the loss of stadium tickets, concessions and souvenirs they’re experiencing.
“The American people just don’t want to be preached to by a Marxist, pro-communist organization while they are trying to get enthused and excited about the return of major league professional sports,” Rush Limbaugh said August 3. “It’s not complicated to understand at all.”
In San Antonio, one Spurs insider told me the franchise is having secret concerns of Coach Greg “Popovich spouting off about politics every time we turn around.”
Regular season attendance for Spurs home games in the 2006-2007 season was 764,823. In 2018-2019 it had dropped to 750,616. According to ESPN, last year the Spurs ranked #12 in attendance with 550,515. Their local television audience dropped 34% just last year.
“COVID hadn’t even hit us yet so now we’re just not sure the effect his rants may have,” she said.
Tanking local ratings were also down 41% in New York, 36% in Chicago and 25% in Boston.
On Monday some players on the NHL kneeled during the performance of the United States and Canadian national anthems.
Raised in San Antonio, Jack Dennis’ early experiences were as a newspaper reporter and private investigator. With a Texas State University bachelor’s degree, Jack studied journalism, education and psychology. He was the founding vice-president of Sigma Delta Chi, the Association of Professional Journalists at the University. Jack has received numerous awards, including Investigative Reporter of the Year from Rocky Mountain Press Association, David Ashworth Community Award, and Leadership in Management.
Some of the people and groups Jack has interviewed include:
Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Willie Nelson, B.B. King, George Strait, Roy Orbison, Justin Timberlake, Steven Tyler, Freddie Mercury, Kenny Rogers, Kenny Loggins, Jackson Browne, Steve Wariner, Tanya Tucker, Scotty Moore, Fats Domino, Patty Page, Tommy Roe, Emmy Lou Harris, Johnny Rivers, Charly McClain, Kinky Friedman, John McFee, Guy Allison & Patrick Simmons (Doobie Brothers) , Randy Bachman (BTO), Jim Messina, Todd Rundgren, Alvin Lee, Gary Puckett, The Ventures, Freddy Cannon, Augie Meyer, Christopher Cross, Whiskey Myers, Sha Na Na (John “Bowzer” Baumann), Flash Cadillac, Jerry Scheff, John Wilkinson, Darrell McCall, and more.
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George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Lady Bird Johnson, Greg Abbott, Rudolph Giuliani, Larry King, Jack Anderson, Tom Bradley, Connie Mack, and more.
Clint Eastwood, Mike Myers, Taylor Lautner, Cameron Diaz, Jerry Lewis, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews, Selena Gomez, Tippi Hedren, James Earl Jones, James Woods, Jim Nabors, Martha Raye, Rosalind Russell, June Lockhart, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Howie Mandel, Meg Ryan, Cheri Oteri, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, James Drury, Melanie Griffith, Nathan Lane, Alan Thicke, Lou Diamond Phillips, Clint Howard, Tony Sirico, Cesar Romero, Michael Berryman, Tracy Scoggins, William Windom, Warren Stevens and more.
Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Wally Schirra, Dave Scott, Gene Cernan, Walt Cunningham, Scott Carpenter, Gene Kranz (NASA Flight Director), Ed Mitchell, Richard Gordon, Bruce McCandless, Vanentina Treshkova (first woman in space, Russia), Alex Leonov (first man to walk in space, Russian), Al Worden, Dee O’Hara (nurse to astronauts) and more.
Sports: Joe Torre, Roger Staubach, Bob Hayes, Billie Jean King, Manuela Maleeva, Drew Pearson, Bob Lilly, Tim Duncan, David Robinson, George Gervin, Tony Parker, Shannon Miller, Cathy Rigby, Bruce Bowen, Wade Boggs, Fernando Valenzuela, Bernie Kosar, Dale Murphy, Jim Abbott, Dick Bartell, Mike Schmidt, Dan Pastorini and more.
May Pang, Bob Eubanks, Vernon Presley, Vester Presley, Charlie Hodge, Joe Esposito, Rick Stanley (Elvis’ step-brother, Harold Lloyd (Elvis’ first cousin), Doyle Brunson, Kara Peller, Hank Meijer, Norman Brinkler, Stanley Marcus, Jerry King, Mac King, Nathan Burton, Zach Anner, Louie Anderson, Owen Benjamin, Steve Byrne and more.
As head of Facilities for a major retailer (H-E-B Food/Drugs) for 20 years, Jack co-founded Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM) and was elected President to establish PRSM magazine. Jack is a writer, speaker, golf-concierge and happiness coach. He has researched and studied happiness for over 40 years.
Jack was a prolific writer for Examiner.com, with over 1,900 articles written in six years. His articles and stories have appeared in AXS Entertainment, The ROWDY Country Music, Memphis Flash, and numerous magazines.
He is author of “Miracles of Justice,” a true courtroom drama novel about social injustice and miracles.