The early signs clearly show that professional sports leagues that have wholeheartedly supported the Black Lives Matters movement could end up losing millions of loyal fans soon.
When the NBA and MLB returned to the ground to play the season interrupted by the pandemic panic, the ratings were far from the number expected from a sports-starved nation.
Instead of a victorious and unified return to boost the morale of the nation going through a tough time because of the pandemic, the leagues took the side of the Marxist-inspired and America-hating BLM morale against the loyal fans who have actually made these leagues successful.
From major baseball leagues promoting the BLM agenda with pre-game worship gestures to NBA players wearing the customized jerseys showing the justice message instead of their names, the early rating returns clearly show that fans are fed up.
The report published via Breitbart states, “As the NBA and MLB return from their coronavirus-imposed hiatus, it appears TV viewers are not interested in what the increasingly woke leagues have to offer. With both baseball and basketball draped in all sorts of Black Lives Matter and social justice symbolism for their opening games, a substantially smaller number of fans tuned-in to the rest of the week’s games.”
According to Outkick.com, neither league did well.
As for the opening games, Outkick reported that the return of the NBA on TNT saw the following numbers:
Lakers-Clippers: 3.4 million
Pelicans-Jazz: 2.1 million
ESPN’s MLB return numbers were also underwhelming:
Yankees-Nationals: 4.0 million
Dodgers-Giants: 2.8 million
Outkick’s Ryan Glasspiegel added more ratings on Twitter.
“To be fair since I compared MLB vs NBA return night 1, here is night 2,” he wrote, adding:
MLB (last Friday, July 24, ESPN)
Mets-Braves (4p) – 922K
Brewers-Cubs(7p) – 1.0M
Angels-As (10p) – 797K
NBA (last night, July 31, ESPN)
Celtics-Bucks (6:30p) – 1.3M
Mavs-Rockets (9p)- 1.7M
The early returns of the left morale-supporting basketball league are mixed and no real pay-off has started yet. The baseball world in America has suffered significantly after welcoming Dr. Fauci to toss the ceremonial pitch at the season opener.
The report via Washington Examiner says: Major League Baseball viewership ratings fell off after opening day as the league embarked on a social justice mission in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
ESPN reported that the opening weekend game between the New York Yankees and the Washington Nationals drew 4 million viewers, making it the most-watched regular season game since 2011. However, the viewership dipped back down following its opener.
“MLB really fell off after opening day. In general, both leagues aren’t getting the audience one might expect from a nation that’s been deprived of entertainment for months,” Ethan Strauss, a reporter for the Athletic, wrote in response to a tweet showing that ESPN reported 922,000 viewers for the Mets-Braves game, 1 million for the Brewers-Cubs game, and 797,000 viewers for the Angels-Athletics game on the league’s second night.
According to the Sports Media Watch, 1.39 million views for the Braves-Mets game on Sunday Night Baseball last July 26 is clearly a 25% dip from last year’s first Sunday night game.
“You could chalk sagging interest up to pandemic conditions, but 5.8 million tuned in to watch Tom Brady hit golf shots into the woods,” Strauss said, referring to a charity event in May that featured Brady, Phil Mickelson, Peyton Manning, and Tiger Woods.
Not even the National Hockey League was an exception from getting the social justice warrior virus.
The one person in America who must be spending sleepless nights is NFL commissioner Rodger Goodell, whose over-reaction to the George Floyd protest was a tool to push the ball down the field for the BLM movement.
The NFL’s season opener is already knocking on the door and Goodell’s surrender to the BLM supporters, who are not even the fans of football, will surely make the ratings of 2017 look like nothing.