In ourcurrent society, there are many issues that have created media attention.
However, one particular topic is the reluctance of NFL players that strive toentertain and put on a show. NFL players that are associated with various teamshave stood up the inequalities going on in America. They have put theirlivelihoods and careers on the line to bring awareness to the social issuesthat we thought disappeared decades ago.
Whilethe protests have caught the attention of the citizens of the United States, ithas also led to different media coverages. There is a bad, good, and neutralaspect of any situation. That surely pertains to the topic of protests amongNFL players. On the bright side, the action of kneeling and protesting createsthe sense of humility among those paid athletes. It creates energy that spreadsin the communities that look up to that group of people. From the article “TheNFL ratings drop is worth it for the players’ right to protest, says a topsports agent”, the author stated “A fall in NFL ratings is “worthit” as long as players have the right to protest, well-known sports agentDrew Rosenhaus told CNBC on Wednesday. “The players have the right toexpress themselves,” said Rosenhaus, owner of Rosenhaus Sports.
“Ibelieve the NFL is a great product and the fans that enjoy the game should notallow this to impact their watching or their viewership.””This should not be viewed as anegative, Rosenhaus said in theinterview on “Squawk on theStreet,”referring to the player protests. “It’s not anti-American. It’s notanti-military. Many of the guys are from military families. “ToPresident Donald Trump’s disapproval, the NFL has decided it will not stop its players fromkneeling during the national anthem, Commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday.The decision came as the league is witnessing a drop inratings this year.
Rosenhaus said, “If there is a dip now, it’s not goingto last forever (Lovelace, 2017).” It isclear that this media source agrees with the protest on social inequalities inAmerica. They feel as if ratings do not overpower the bigger picture which isequality. Somefeel that media can take a little to far, such as Sports Illustrated quotedCharles Barkley.
“Barkley stated, “I’m sick of these media guys who havehijacked the whole Colin Kaepernick situation and made it about whoseprotesting, who’s standing for the Anthem (Sprung, 2017).” Media can sometimes an issue and oversensationalize it to increase their numbers, readers and dollars. One mustmake sure that they understand the source that they are getting their news andif they are trustworthy source. With a very liberal view on the issue ofNFL protests, we can look at Fox news, a conservative news outlet, to see how adifferent source of media handles the NFL protests. John R.
Lott, of Fox newssays “The NFL players kneeling during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner”in football stadiums across the country are engaging in protests based on falseclaims and misleading media reports that give the impression that police arekilling African-Americans at a rate greater than they are killing whites (Lott, 2017). My own research shows that contrary tosome claims, blacks have good relations with police they deal with in theirneighborhoods”. This is a very big step in the other direction compared to whatRosenhaus mentions above. The idea that Fox presents is that the NFL protestsshould not be happening because there are no real reasons for them to takeplace.