Want to Fire Roger Goodell? Boycott NFL Sunday Night FootballMonday, September 22, 2014 21:10
A boycott of the NFL’s Sunday Night Football on 9/28 will tell the league that fans have had enough.
FANATIC’S TAKE CHARGE
What fans can do to get Roger Goodell and the Baltimore Ravens management fired…
So I’m talking to my younger sister, Kimberly, this weekend about my previous post calling for the ouster of Roger Goodell, and the Baltimore Ravens management group.
In the process of enjoying her very positive comments she actually said something brilliant.
I was absolutely stunned.
When it comes to football the woman is barely sporting a double digit IQ.
Kim reminded me Goodell or any NFL exec wouldn’t start to worry until the bottom line was at stake. She then reprimanded me and the “blind idiot fanatics” who feed the monster…
You know the fans who work 50+ hours a week discussing, analyzing, and literally fantasizing about heroes who deserve nothing close to that status.
Like me, my editor, and nearly every guy under fifty.
She’s right. I’ve written plenty about the way things should be and that ultimately the fault lies with the people when it comes to the kind of society they want to live in.
But, I didn’t hit upon a something fans can actually do until Kim said the word…
Since Roger Goodell has been commissioner of the NFL there have been at least 25 cases of reported domestic violence by NFL players that received no response from the league.
We’ll forget about the DUIs resulting in four deaths and last years murder/suicide in the Arrowhead Stadium parking lot—remember, the NFL is populated by animal/human abusers/DUI convicts who have killed people, and Ray Lewis—the justice obstructer in chief—who has a statue outside of the Raven’s stadium.
For those of you who know I’m a Steelers fan, I’m well aware my team overlooked James Harrison’s domestic abuse incident in Ohio and other domestic abuse cases. No team, owner, or player has clean hands on this issue.
Neither do we. In fact, we the fans are as responsible as any player, owner, or exec for the corporate pig sty the NFL has become.
Athletes are no more heroes than actors and poets. We have given the contrived status to players and tax money to owners for stadiums—which tens of thousands of fans pay big money to fill.
Our addiction to the game has given cable and satellite corporations license to charge outrageous fees to watch NFL games.
The players, the owners, the execs, the Commissioner—THEY NEED US!
And, it’s about time we get a little return on our investment.
It’s time we let them know we are tired of living in a country where people feel no shame; where nobody is responsible for anything.
My sister also suggested with today’s powerful social media, you should be able to quickly make a plan and implement it within a week.
We have to make whatever we—NFL fans, my readers, the American public—do have the desired effect of forcing the NFL owners to fire Goodell and severely sanction the Ravens management team—and suspend without pay their players who abuse other human beings.
WHAT WE CAN’T DO
Oh, we’d love it if fans would go to their favorite NFL stadiums—and simply tailgate in the parking lot—and never enter the stadium.
But, we just can’t ask hard working people to throw away their money like that—that plan is a non-starter.
We’d love for all fans to stay away from their television for the entire season, but that also is not realistic.
WHAT WE CAN DO
Week two’s Sunday Night Football offering, the Bears/49ers christening of Levi Stadium, drew 19.4 million viewers.
Last night’s Panthers/Steelers contest drew 18 million.
For now, let’s focus on one game: NBC’s Sunday Nighter.
The Saints march into Texas to play the Cowboys next Sunday night. The Cowboys are always one of the league’s best draws because in addition to their red neck fans—who haven’t sniffed a second round playoff game in eighteen years—Dallas games draw almost as many “anti fans” who find watching Jerry Jones shit bricks in his owner’s box more entertaining than any actual football on the field.
If we can get just 5-6 million fans to boycott—meaning do not watch—the national broadcast of New Orleans @ Dallas next Sunday night, it will show sponsors and owners we can dramatically alter the ratings.
If we do that once, they will know we can do it again.
If we get ten million fans to tune out next week and demand Goodell’s resignation as a first step…
Believe me, the NFL will lynch Goodell in Times Square to save the ratings and the ad revenue it generates.
ATTENTION ALL WOMEN
Sorry ladies, you’ve got to take the ball on this project.
If you are a woman married to, mother of, or significantly an “other” of a “blind idiot fanatic” like me, let the men in your life know the next Sunday Night Football game is no longer a viewing option.
The following message should be sent to everyone you know on every social media platform:
NATIONAL BOYCOTT OF NFL SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
WHEN: Sunday Night 9/28/14
REQUESTED ACTION: Do not tune in to the national broadcast of the NFL game featuring the New Orleans Saints @ Dallas Cowboys. Do not watch the game on your home television.
PURPOSE: To send the following message to the NFL:
ROGER GOODELL MUST RESIGN!!! The Baltimore Ravens must be severely sanctioned for their role in the cover-up of the Ray Rice incident.
Without women and people who can use social media (like my editor and sister) and without daily posts to pound the message into the American conscience this exercise is doomed to fail.
On the other hand, it just might catch fire…
I guess we can start by asking anyone reading this post to post this column on Facenook…And send the above highlighted message to anyone you know.
Here is the 40-character version for Twitter:
BOYCOTT NFL SNF
9/28/14 DO NOT WATCH!
All suggestions are welcome…
I’ll have short follow up posts during the week…
Let me know how to make this work…
I’m a lot of things, but I am not a hypocrite. I am genuinely disgusted with rich arrogant pricks who are taking over this country…
Until further notice, I won’t feed the monster and do my usual weekly picks until Roger Goodell steps down—or until this proposed boycott fails miserably.
I’ll send my editor my picks for time stamp purposes and keep my tally on my own…
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