Poll Question: Did You Watch NFL Football on Sunday?
The NFL kicked off its 2020 football season with a full slate of games this past week. The season began on Thursday night with a matchup between the Houston Texans and the Kansas City Chiefs, and the overnight ratings showed that TV viewership was down from the opening game last season. Many people are attributing the decline to the social justice messages that the NFL is allowing this year on the playing field and on player's helmets.
This brings us to our poll question. Did You Watch Any NFL Football on Sunday?
The NFL has unveiled a new branding campaign for the 2020 Season. It's called "It Takes All of Us." On the league's website, it says that the campaign
"leverages the scale and power of the league to unite the country during a critical time in our nation. The league is committed to integrating important causes vital to players and fans, such as social justice, among others, throughout the season.
In the season-opening game last Thursday night between Houston and Kansas City, the Chiefs came out on to the field for duel pre-game anthems (“Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which is considered to be the Black National Anthem, and the traditional "National Anthem"), while the Texans made the decision to stay in the locker room. One member of the Chiefs did not stand for the National Anthem.
Prior to the game, both teams met on the field for a "Moment of Unity," while the following message was shown on the stadium's video board:
We support equality. We must end racism. We believe in justice for all. We must end police brutality. We choose unconditional love. We believe Black Lives Matter. It takes all of us.
The "Moment of Unity" was met by boos from many of the crowd, which was reduced to only about 17,000 because of COVID-19 safety measures.