The National Football League is in crisis. Football has decreasing popularity at high school and college levels, the players are as intent on trolling the fans as they are on playing, because of that season ticket sales, attendance, and television viewership is down. The league management tends to be a gutless bunch who are politically aligned with players that use the National Anthem as protest hobby horse but want to give lip service to the fan base. Barring a miracle, the NFL is in a death spiral.
So now the league has done what the management of any failing organization does. They panic and they impose a change that is not going to make things better and which can be predicted with a high degree of probability to make them worse.
NFL fans will see history made this season, and it has nothing to do with what goes on between the goalposts.
The Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints will have male cheerleaders dancing on their squads for the first time.
Dancers Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies have been preparing for the NFL season since they made the Rams cheerleading squad in March.
Was telling someone the other day, “you know what the NFL needs, more dancers, and I don’t mean scantly clad females, I mean classically trained male dancers.” Just seems like a natural fit with the gridiron. Give the fans what they want.
— Chad Lusk (@tigertrue02) August 7, 2018
The NFL says Black men CANNOT kneel . . .but now you CAN dance.
They are no longer even hiding it. It is about plantation EMASCULATION tactics.
— Black Authority (@TheBlackChannel) August 6, 2018
Looks like the NFL (along with the media) are already preparing to take the focus off players protesting systematic white supremacy. They are about to switch the dialog to LGBT issues by putting some Black male dancers out in the spotlight. https://t.co/DeGccwXeMO
— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) August 6, 2018
Re: Male Dancers in NFL
Men are barely allowed to hit and/or tackle anymore, so they might as well dance.
— Bill O'Zimmermann (@The_Reliant) August 7, 2018
I have to say that I’m not shocked that the Rams and the Saints are in the forefront of this noble experiment. I’ms sort of shocked that the Jets and Colts didn’t try it. I’d have thought the Colts would have done it just to say “screw you” to Mike Pence.
For several years the NFL has tried to woo female fans. They’ve done this directly, like raising money for breast cancer research, and indirectly by changing rules to make the game slower moving and involving less contact. One can only assume that the male dancers are an attempt to attract female viewers or, perhaps it is an effort to recreate that magic moment when Michael Sam nearly saved the league by turning in into the WNBA but with helmets…I just have to stop right now because I am about to have too much fun writing what I’m thinking of writing…
Anyway, other than a temporary freak show effect, I can’t imagine this is going to bring in new fans. These guys will probably get their own Lifetime movie where they can let us know how brave and meaningful this was. And the NFL will continue on its glidepath to irrelevancy and oblivion.
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