America’s Support for Sports Plummets

2020 September 9
by bc3b

This should come as no surprise. We all know Brad Plitt is an a-hole. But when you attend a Brad Plitt movie, you are not subjected to his far-left opinions.

For decades Americans enjoyed sports as a form of entertainment. Now that has changed. Many professional athletes feel they have a “platform” to preach to the American public, including semi-literates with IQs far lower than room temperature.

America was already starting to fall out of love with professional sports even before Black Lives Matter took center stage. Players like the Yankees Lou Gerhig (I’m the luckiest man in the world), the Cubs Ernie Banks (Let’s play two) and the Tigers Al Kaline (I’m not worth $100,000) have been replaced by people like the Rays Blake Snell (I want mine).

In 2020 every major sport (except golf) is bowing to political correctness and the Black Lives Matter movement. There’s everything from messaging on uniforms, playing surfaces and scoreboards to subjecting fans to politically motivated rants that are anti-American and anti-police.

More sports leagues join Black Lives Matter protests - Axios

The jokes virtually write themselves.

Sports already are suffering. Since they returned to play NBA, MLB and NHL ratings are down substantially. Fans simply don’t want to be told how racist they and their country are and how police brutalize blacks every time they watch a game.

Gallup just released the results of a poll and the results should be an eye opener for the sports world.

More people have a negative view of pro sports than a positive one, as public support for America’s athletics industry plummeted amid the coronavirus pandemic and athletes’ backing of the Black Lives Matter movement, a new survey released Monday reveals.

Americans who have a positive view of sports dropped from 45 percent positive in August 2019 to 30 percent last month, the Gallup poll found.

The number of citizens who had a negative view shot up from 25 percent last year to 40 percent in August 2020.

That’s a shift of 30 points — from a plus 20 percent positive rating to a minus 10 percent negative rating.

The stunning drop comes at a time when sports such as baseball have shortened their season because of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, athletes have walked out of games, kneeled during the national anthem or wore Black Lives Matters shirts to protest racial injustice following the deaths of unarmed black men in police custody.

President Trump has slammed the political protests by professional athletes.

“Sports has been acutely affected by the twin events steering news and culture in 2020: the pandemic and the renewed movement for racial justice. The sports industry’s relationship with fans has been disrupted by the need to shrink its seasons and schedules and play to empty venues as a means of keeping fans and players safe,” Gallup said in its analysis of the findings.

“At the same time, the greater social and political activism of players and, in some cases now, coaching staffs and entire leagues appears to have turned off Americans who disagree with their messages or the way they express them. The net effect at this point has been negative for the industry’s image.”

Respondents who identified as Republicans soured the most on sports — from a plus positive 11 percent rating to a negative 35 percent. That’s a shift of 46 points in one year.

The positive-negative ratio also fell 36 points among citizens who identify as independent.

But support nosedived across the board:

— Backing of sports shifted 34 points to the negative among women — from a plus 21 points in 2019 to a minus 13 points.

— Among men, views of sports went from plus 17 points positive to 7 points negative — a shift of 24 points.

— Among whites, the view of sports went from plus 4 points positive to 22 points negative — a shift of 26 points.

— The number of non-whites who view sports positively sank from plus 51 percentage points positive to 16 points favorable.

— Age was a big factor. The positive view of sports dimmed from 25 percentage points positive to 19 points negative in one year among those ages 35 to 54. Among older voters, support diminished from slightly positive to 23 points negative.

“While it’s not clear how much the various challenges and controversies swirling around the industry are each responsible for its slide in popularity, it is notable that sports has lost more support from Republicans and independents than from Democrats. In fact, Democrats’ view of the sports industry has not changed significantly in the past year, while Republicans’ has slipped from a +11 net-positive score in 2019 to a net -35 today, and independents’ from +26 to -10,” Gallup said.

Other industries showed growing support.

Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the number of Americans who viewed the health care industry positively jumped from 38 percent to 51 percent.

The farming/agricultural sector was the most popular — with support jumping from 58 percent to 69 percent positive.

The Gallup survey conducted from July 30 to Aug. 12 queried 1,031 adults, with at least 550 opining on a particular industry. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.

Hat tip: The Gallup Organization via the New York Post

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46 Responses leave one →
  1. 2020 September 9 7:19 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    The NFL season begins this week and Roger Goodell is saying, “Hold my latte.”

  2. 2020 September 9 7:57 pm
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    Eph permalink

    BC,

    Great thread, let it simmer a while

  3. 2020 September 9 9:37 pm
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    JimNorCal permalink

    Our PC middle daughter was watching the Raptors on her phone. She said she paid $5 to see it.
    I’m guessing the word has gone out to support the NBA lol.
    Good luck with that!

  4. 2020 September 10 3:54 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    Jim,

    Presuming your middle one has not landed her first paycheck, the problem will solve itself.

  5. 2020 September 10 4:03 am
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    drdog09 permalink

  6. 2020 September 10 4:15 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    Do Spaniards love liberty more than Americans? — https://www.zerohedge.com/medical/citizens-stop-spanish-police-arresting-woman-not-wearing-mask — For an instant it seems so.

  7. 2020 September 10 6:29 am
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    They who ride the tiger of political ass kissing, dismount at their own peril.
    .Phuck em.

    Karma, treffe meine Schadenfreude..
    Wir werden gefickt, und so werden sie.

  8. 2020 September 10 6:33 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    It is what it is…..

  9. 2020 September 10 6:36 am
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    If an erection lasts more than 4 hours, see above.

  10. 2020 September 10 6:41 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    10, ROFLMAO!!!!!!

  11. 2020 September 10 6:46 am
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    bc3b permalink

    It’s interesting that the league with the biggest crime problem is the one that will be making the most noise:

    https://www.usatoday.com/sports/nfl/arrests/

    During the time my daughter went to Central Michigan, 8 football players were arrested for serious crimes. Guess what they all had in common?”

  12. 2020 September 10 6:58 am
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    bc3b permalink

    JimNorCal #3 – In a sports bar I once paid a waitress $5 to turn a Raptors-Pistons game off.

  13. 2020 September 10 7:00 am
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    12~~~~A parole officer.

  14. 2020 September 10 7:19 am
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    justrand permalink

    JR update…

    We are evacuated and still praying the fire blows the other direction. The air quality is AWFUL. Ash and smoke everywhere. The bright spot for us personally is that we evacuated to a KOA at the Feather Falls casino in our 5th wheel. As refugee status goes that part is not bad…but not knowing what might happen with our cabin sucks. The fire is called the Bear Fire, and is still only partially contained.

    One other bright spot…the sprinklers I put atop our house worked really well and soaked the roof and everything within 30 feet on all sides. I turned them off only when the fire blew back the other direction.

    More later.

  15. 2020 September 10 7:34 am
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    JimNorCal permalink

    Perfect song for number 5
    https://youtu.be/YRWlbX92B3I

  16. 2020 September 10 7:36 am
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    JimNorCal permalink

    Yike, JR
    Prayers.

  17. 2020 September 10 8:35 am
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    Last thread:
    “31 DR
    What happenend to the 91% Trump prediction guy??
    LMAO”

    If you mean professor Helmut Norpoth, his prediction model is still a Trump win, again though mass-fraud\mass-propaganda\ and other pretty unique things about this cycle are not part of the model – and it’s and will not be updated from it’s march 2nd data (all mostly pre-plandemic).

    http://primarymodel.com/

  18. 2020 September 10 9:40 am
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    JimNorCal permalink

    Report of Antifa arsonists arrested in OR. It’s from a Repub candidate, but I would not be surprised.
    My question is, what does it mean when people reply “You’ve been Q’ed” or “Q sent me”?

    https://twitter.com/PJR4Senate/status/1303592773715546114

  19. 2020 September 10 9:48 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    Jim,

    That is a reference to QAnon.

    If further interest you can go here — https://qanon.pub/

  20. 2020 September 10 10:46 am
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    bc3b permalink

    JR –

    Good luck. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    A 5th wheel? I am impressed. Here I thought you just had a travel trailer. I was in the RV business long ago so I actually know what you are towing with your Prius pickup. You may only be going 3 miles an hour, but I bet you’re getting 35 miles to the gallon.

  21. 2020 September 10 11:12 am
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    bc3b permalink

    US Open Ratings down with political displays. Another athlete believes she has a “platform.”

    https://itsgame7.com/us-open-tennis-ratings-down-amid-naomi-osaka-political-displays/

  22. 2020 September 10 11:19 am
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    Eph permalink

    22 BC,

    Leave it to the nips to ruin tennis.

    Didnt see that one coming

  23. 2020 September 10 11:36 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    21,

    Sooooo, THIS 5th wheel? — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpwH9WeVEfU

    Stay safe JR.

  24. 2020 September 10 12:28 pm
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    koksukers

  25. 2020 September 10 12:34 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    26,

    Sick.

  26. 2020 September 10 12:35 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    Trump has a live press conference and from what I can see the room is nearly empty.

  27. 2020 September 10 12:54 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    drdog09 #24 –

    That’s a dink one.

    This is what we are talking about with JR.

    https://www.crossroadsrv.com/rv-type/fifth-wheels/

    Bigger than most people’s homes. That’s why his Prius pickup can’t go faster than 3 MPH.

  28. 2020 September 10 1:01 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    ip #26 –

    Imagine the CNN coverage if a right wing group vandalized an MLK memorial.

  29. 2020 September 10 3:23 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    BC, 29,

    I like nice, but that’s a bit rich for my blood. We visited a couple we know a while back that are full time RVers. The rig is snuggled up next to a bungalow. They sleep/dine in the rig. The bungalow is more a living room. According to them these arrangements are AirBnB all round the country.

  30. 2020 September 10 3:29 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    A countercancel movement has sprung against Netflix.

  31. 2020 September 10 3:33 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    This is why most NFL/NBA types are bankrupt 2yrs after they retire — https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/jets-wide-receiver-charged-stealing-12mm-ppp-funds-blowing-it-jewelry-and-gambling — Only this guy avoided the rush….

  32. 2020 September 10 4:54 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    NFL current and former players have more annual arrests than all other sports combined, yet they want to preach morality to the rest of us.

    Show me a company with 1,600 employees that has as many arrests every year.

  33. 2020 September 10 5:55 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    From what I read on other blogs, the NFL opener is exactly what we thought it would be.

  34. 2020 September 10 7:26 pm
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    JimNorCal permalink

    This was the description I saw on another blog. I had to ask “which sport?”

    “In KC, the preliminaries were littered with BLM crap.

    The anthem itself was a mess. Houston stayed in the locker room. KC came out and stood with one exception. There was some joint pregame unity thing among the teams.

    Prior to the kick, the fans were tomahawk-chopping in defiance of team wishes. Ha.”

    Another question besides ‘which sport’. How do the fans tomahawk-chop? Are they on a Zoom link? Or are the teams playing before a live audience?

  35. 2020 September 10 7:39 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    JimNorCal #38 –

    From what I have read there are 17,000 in the stadium.

  36. 2020 September 10 8:21 pm
    [40]

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/09/ny-times-hack-goes-off-removed-trump-michigan-rally-truth-comes/

    Didn’t have press creds but tried to pretend she did and wonders why she got booted. POS.

    33 – What over Cuties? It’ll pass in a week I bet.

  37. 2020 September 10 8:39 pm
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    The Ghost of Reason permalink

    K-Hawk….. #40…… maybe but the Mrs. and I cancelled our subscription today. No pro sports, haven’t had cable in over two years, now we are down to one paid subscription and I have to admit….. our homestead looks the best it ever has. It’s amazing…. I didn’t realize how many hours I was PISSING AWAY until I stepped away from the tube. Definitely regret not doing it sooner.

  38. 2020 September 10 8:56 pm
    [42]

    https://www.unz.com/proberts/the-democrats-are-fronting-for-the-cia-deep-states-color-revolution/

    Answer to the final question in that piece imho is no, god damn though i hope I’m wrong.

  39. 2020 September 10 9:24 pm
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    JimNorCal permalink

    Sigh.
    Is it time to get paranoid?
    My phone wants to enroll me in geo location so they can track me. Then, when someone tests positive for WuFlu they can tell if I crossed paths with them.

    I’m guessing that anyone identified as pro-Trump will be put into forced quarantine to prevent them from voting?
    Jeez. I do NOT want this update.

  40. 2020 September 10 9:32 pm
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    43 – Yeah I posted last week that update was coming… my question was how long before you can’t opt out of it…. or opting out doesn’t actually turn off the data being collected.

  41. 2020 September 10 10:32 pm
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    JimNorCal permalink

    KH, somehow I missed your early warning 🙁
    “opting out doesn’t actually turn off the data being collected”
    That’s my concern, too.

    All this for a disease that kills, like, a half of one percent. But WAY less if you’re not old, diabetic, obese, bad heart …
    Are “they” really this stupid? Or is there a plot?

  42. 2020 September 11 1:35 am
    [46]

    And that’s using their own already inflated figures.
    Mostly according to the plot in my view. Wag the Biden.

    Nothing ever goes completely as scripted, but it’s close enough for “their” purposes. The continuous lockdowns and mask madness, all while riots\lawlessness are somehow a-ok in dozens of major urban centers has really highlighted how easy it is to control the sheep.

    random:
    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/la-schools-reopen-after-election
    What the hell should the ‘elections’ have to do with the school reopening timings?

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