The National Football League and player representatives came to an agreement on Wednesday evening, that the league would throw $89 million at so-called “social justice” issues.
The money represents a desperate attempt by the league to put an end to the constant anti-American protests held during the playing of the national anthem. Though, the agreement does not include a condition that the anthem protests will end.
The two parties have agreed in principle that the league will spend the $89 million over a seven-year period on causes dealing with “criminal justice reform, law enforcement/community relations and education,” ESPN reported.
The league is set to put more cash into these “social justice” issues than it has to support breast cancer awareness or its Salute to Service program, which celebrates and supports members of our armed forces.
The agreement may have been fast-tracked because of reports that appeared saying that the player’s coalition had begun unraveling as some of the more radical players had reportedly become dissatisfied with the negotiations and agreements made by their representatives, Malcolm Jenkins (Philadelphia Eagles) and Anquan Boldin (retired).
Earlier reports found that some of the groups set to receive portions of the NFL’s hush money include avowed communist Van Jones’ Dream Corps, which includes so-called “green energy” boosters Green For All, and numerous groups sponsored by hardcore leftist billionaire George Soros.
In addition, a group of two NFL staff members and five players will frequently meet to review new causes that might become beneficiaries of the league’s “social justice” fund.
It isn’t clear exactly why this agreement was made, however, as the in principle agreement does not include any language maintaining that the national anthem protests would come to an end. Meaning that despite the massive payout to shady left-wing causes, the players won’t be required to end their protests, the main reason the agreement was sought in the first place. It appears that the NFL just “hopes” that the protests will stop. This agreement seems to mean the player will have the expensive social justice cake and be able to eat it, too.
Meanwhile, the latest ratings review for Monday Night Football (MNF) reveals that the program earned another season low.
The MNF match up between the Houston Texans and the Baltimore Ravens drew a mere 6.0 in metered markets. That makes it the lowest rated MNF contest of the year for the NFL and ESPN. The Week 12 result is a 17 percent crash over last week’s MNF numbers.
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