It is being reported that the national anthem protests have placed Goodell’s contract extension on hold which is possibly a bad sign for a deal that would have been a slam dunk only a few months ago.
Owners can’t be happy that ratings are in a downward spiral and stadiums have an increased amount of empty seats since Goodell sanctioned the protests with his attack on President Trump last month.
According to ESPN, the official line is that all league business has been delayed due to the protest crisis but don’t buy it. The owners may just be giving Goodell enough rope to hang himself before getting a fresh start after the season is over.
Anthem issue delaying NFL business, including Roger Goodell’s extension, per sources…. https://t.co/52QcBHlr1Z
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 22, 2017
The debate over NFL player protests during the national anthem has become so big within the league that it has delayed the completion of commissioner Roger Goodell’s contract extension, league sources told ESPN.
Goodell’s deal is still expected to be completed and has been papered, sources told ESPN, but the process has been slowed while the overwhelming majority of the NFL’s attention has been diverted to handling the anthem issue, which has affected TV ratings, merchandise sales and the country’s feelings about football.
Had the issue not existed, Goodell’s contract might have been completed at last week’s owners meeting in New York, sources said. However, because the issue has become so critical to the league, the NFL’s compensation committee spent about only 20 minutes Wednesday discussing Goodell’s extension, with Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank leading those talks, sources told ESPN.
It was Goodell’s refusal to lift a finger to nip the whole mess in the bud by disciplining race messiah Colin Kaepernick last year that is the root of the league’s ratings woes.
Once the cop-hating Castro lover was able to get away with his disrespect of the flag his following began to build and he became a figurehead to black identity extremists.
It began to snowball on Goodell when the owners justifiably treated Kaepernick like the Ebola virus and allowed him to be transformed into a martyr for disgruntled and bitter blacks.
Then the arrogant son of a liberal U.S. senator lit the fuse to the powder keg that he was sitting on by legitimizing the protests by making them about the “divisive” Trump. As soon as Goodell did that, a handful of millionaire malcontents turned into hundreds and he has been in damage control mode ever since.
Last week’s much hyped meetings resulted in Goodell’s unconditional surrender to the cult of Kaepernick and assured that the protests would continue indefinitely.
Whatever goodwill that the commish had built up while making the owners richer than ever during his tenure is rapidly being depleted with each week’s decline in ratings.
Unless he can pull a rabbit out of his hat, Goodell may soon disappear.