The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) sent a letter to National Football League (NFL) commissioner Roger Goodell to demand him to cut ties with Fox Sports.
“The NAACP is going after Fox News in the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection (on the U.S. Capitol),” ABC’s Beatrice-Elizabeth Peterson tweeted. “The civil rights group is asking the National Football League to reconsider its relationship with the network.”
In the letter, the NAACP argued the NFL should end contracts with Fox over “the messages and tone of the network in inflaming racial division and propagating an unstable political climate.” In other words, the NAACP claims Fox is racists because it is conservative and should therefore not be connected with the NFL.
But the logic doesn’t play out. Conservative does not equal racist, by any means. There are many conservative African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans, in addition to White Americans. Being conservative includes standing for limited government and American values. Being conservative is not equal with racism.
And by the way, African American Fox News host Harris Faulkner’s show is one of the most popular programs on the network.
But the NAACP doesn’t seem to care. Nor does the organization seem to care 70 percent of NFL players are African American and their contracts rely heavily on income from Fox Sports programming. The effort would more likely hurt African Americans in the NFL more than help if its wish was granted.
The NFL is discovering you can never be woke enough for the left. Despite supporting BLM, kneeling during the National Anthem and other progressive practices, the NAACP refuses to offer any encouragement. Instead, the organization seeks to cut ties with the nation’s most watched news network and one of the main national media organizations in the country because it allegedly supports systemic racism.
How about we get back to freedom of speech and freedom of press that allow people and networks the ability to share their views regardless of whether everyone agrees? Instead of adding to cancel culture, can we just cancel the cancel culture?
Remember when the NFL was just about playing football? Me, too. I miss those days. Now it may be not be for long if the NAACP gets its way. Maybe we’ll have to resort to the pandemic days of the National Cornhole League or reruns of past sporting events.
The good news is that the same day the NAACP sent its hostile demands to the NFL, the league announced it had signed new agreements with Fox and other networks through the 2033 season worth $110 billion. Progressives may try to shame Americans against Fox, but it’s simply not good business. The NFL and Fox need one another, especially when stadiums are still under COVID-19 restrictions.
The NFL is also an area where fans ultimately make the call. Most fans enjoy football on the networks where they currently air. The NAACP may not like it, but Americans of all backgrounds join together on Sundays for one of the most united diverse settings in our nation in front of a television with Fox airing NFL football.