The NFL lost me a long time ago for continuing to have a team name that’s a racial slur (which Chris Rock was talking about probably 15 or 20 years ago). The owners and the league could pressure Snyder into changing it, but they do not, because they do not care about bigotry. The events with Kaepernick were more of the same, and, frankly, are not surprising. It’s quite clear the politics of the NFL are stuck in the 20th Century, and that’s before you even consider the potentially criminal coverups with regard to concussions and CTE.
The NBA outclasses the NFL in every conceivable ethical metric, and, with the enormous surge in popularity of basketball around the world, it’s only a matter of time before it outstrips the NFL in terms of revenue, too.
They know we’re weak. They know we support companies daily that do not have our best interest at heart. They know we’ll talk sh*t on Facebook for a few days and get on with our lives. And they also know we won’t support each other or stand up for a damn thing until it directly affects us and our family.
Unfortunately, that describes just about everyone’s relationship to just about every company. Corporations tend to give zero fucks about anyone, yet we all still buy their stuff. Seeing as how they’ve essentially bought off our government and taken control of the marketplace from top to bottom, it’s hard to do otherwise. It starts small, though, with things like taking a principled stance against the overt racism displayed by the NFL, so I hope more people — regardless of race — will join you in refusing to watch it.