Consider the Shark Jumped

DeMarcus Walker, a sophomore defensive end from Florida State absolutely nails it here.  Check out what he has to say as reported on The Blaze.


DeMarcus Walker is a sophomore defensive end for Florida State, the reigning champs of college football. Whether his football skills develop into widespread acclaim, we do not know yet.
But after Walker posted a couple of Twitter messages on the heels of Michael Sam’s historic draft by the St. Louis Rams Saturday, a first for an openly-gay player, Walker could be getting a bit more attention, as Twitchy notes:
Image source: Twitter via Twitchy
Image source: Twitter via Twitchy
That message comparing how Sam has been received regarding being openly gay versus how Tim Tebow was received in regard to being openly Christian has been retweeted more than 9,000 times as of Sunday night.
Later Walker posted a cartoon offering a similar comparison: How the media and culture treated Tebow versus how it treated Jason Collins, the first openly-gay NBA player:
Image source: Twitter via Twitchy
Image source: Twitter via Twitchy
It could take a while before we get a sense of the overall response to Walker’s tweets, as there are no shortage of people who disagree with them. Here are a few at on Walker’s Twitter page. (Content warning: One naughty word below):


What we got here is more shark jumping by the NFL.  Just because most average football fans aren’t going to say anything, that doesn’t mean that they are going to embrace this kind of thing.  For the past two years or so, I have seen incident after incident that have most likely rubbed traditional football fans the wrong way.
Few people will complain about openly gay players in the NFL and the ones that do, will not be listened to.  They’ll just end up on the receiving end of verbal assaults, far more vicious than anything they might say about Michael Sam.

Just because people don’t complain, that doesn’t mean that the NFL will come through this unscathed.  There’s is something people could do that would be far more damaging than complaining - like not watching games.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s not going to be any formal protest by fans.  Most people won’t even make any conscious decisions concerning this, but after all that has happened, many people who previously would watch every football game they could see, are going to start missing a few here and there. Maybe they’ll take care of fixing something around the house.  Maybe, they will do some yard work.  Maybe they’ll do something with their families. It doesn’t matter what it is, it’s bad for pro football if it’s something other than watching a game.

Most of fans will never realize why they chose to do something else, but games simply won’t have the allure they used to.  They will still watch their favorite teams.  They’ll still watch important games, but total viewing could drop by as much as 10%.  Fans won’t be trying to make a statement.    It’s just that a few more weights have been added to the “do something else” side of the scale for games they are only marginally interested in.

Ten percent might not sound like much, but it’s devastating.  Fewer viewers mean less advertising revenue.  Less revenue means a less attractive product.   Add to this, a new generation of potential viewers that have never known anything but limitless options for entertainment via the internet, and you have all the ingredients necessary for a death spiral.

None of this has to happen, but it could, and it will  all be because the NFL has time and time again, shown that they are willing to take their traditional fans for granted. If the NFL alienates them, they will lose everything.


4 comments:

  1. If people stop watching the NFL, the powers that be in the NFL won't get it. Its just like the Republican party. I was a life long republican. But because they no longer stand for what I believe in I like thousands of others left them to be independents. I left because all the RINOS want to spend like the commie rat democrats and they think, we must be losing people because of our hard immigration stance." Lets give them amnesty so they will come back to us." NO STUPID.....WE DON'T WANT AMNESTY OR ANY OTHER DEMOCRAT POLICIES FORCED UPON US. We want you to govern like the constitution conservatives you are suppose to be. They like the NFL don't get it. The NFL however is doing just fine, they will continue to grow because the people want bread and circuses.
    My point being, is even IF people boycotted the NFL, they would not get the message because the NFL is too far gone done the PC path.
    C.J.

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    1. "the NFL is too far gone done the PC path" - Which will be the cause of their demise..

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  2. Makes me sick. One, and only one mind you, of the things that really gets on my nerves concerning gay men is the fact that they try to "act" feminine. I AM FEMININE and I DO NOT act that way. I'm about as "woman" as you get, but I hunt and fish and even clean and cook what I catch. I don't wear sparkly belts and I don't walk like a thousand ants just crawled up my leg. And I could care less if the little Fa****s play sports or work in a hair salon. I can't stand it!

    Okay...I've vented. How great it would be if people did watch less. They really should. And whether the big boys in the NFL get it or not, their wallet will feel it.

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    1. It's going to be interesting. I'm sticking my neck out and saying that the NFL has seen its heyday.

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