A mayor in Louisiana has banned Nike sports products for use in his city’s athletics programs after the sportswear giant made anti-American protest leader Colin Kaepernick the face of its newest “Just Do It” campaign.
The news was announced late last week by Mayor Ben Zahn of Kenner, Louisiana. The move came to light in a city memo first revealed by WBRZ Channel 2:
“Under no circumstances will any Nike product or any product with the Nike logo be purchased or used… at any City of Kenner Recreation Facility,” the mayor’s office said in a memorandum to Parks and Recreation Department Director Chad Pitfield.
The memorandum was circulated on social media, bearing the City of Kenner letterhead and Zahn’s signature.
The memo says that. effective immediately, any booster club operating at city recreation facilities must have their purchases of athletic equipment, including clothing or shoes, approved by Pitfield.
It looks like Mayor Zahn tried to be a bit cagey about his ban, though, because he did not mention Kaepernick directly in his memo.
Still, it is plainly obvious that the Kaepernick advertisement is the reason for Zahn’s ban.
Unfortunately, with the 2018 NFL season opening once again with protests against the country, it appears that professional football is not putting an end to the anti-Americanism that it has wallowed in for the last few years.
Once again, as the 2018 NFL season kicked off, players began protesting against the very country that has made them millionaires.
You would think the NFL would have learned its lesson by now. It has had two years of falling TV ratings and its Thursday season openers also crashed in the ratings.
The season opener game between the 2017 Super Bowl champs, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Atlanta Falcons fell to a ten-year low, according to Sports Media Watch:
The Falcons-Eagles NFL Kickoff Game earned a 13.4 overnight rating on NBC, down 8% from Chiefs-Patriots last year (14.6), down 19% from Panthers-Broncos in 2016 (16.5) and the lowest for the season opener in ten years.
The 2008 Giants-Washington Kickoff Game, which moved up to 7 PM ET to accommodate the late John McCain‘s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, had a 10.1. Not counting the 2002 game on ESPN, overnights for which were unavailable, this year’s 13.4 overnight is the fifth-lowest in the history of the game (16 telecasts).
The Eagles’ win peaked a 14.8 from 9:30-9:45 PM ET, during the first quarter. The game began 45 minutes later than scheduled due to inclement weather. The last time the Kickoff Game was pushed back due to weather was 2013, when Ravens-Broncos delivered a 16.2.
The league is crashing and burning but the NFL is running to pour gas on the fire, not water.
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