The National Entitlement League

I’ve written on this blog previously about being a Chicago Bears fan. However, the NFL’s perpetual entitlement mentality (“we have a right to special favors”) has finally overwhelmed what remaining support I had.

First, this story from the Washington Post:

Yet they habitually overlooked the league’s systemic domestic abuse problem, [Dewan Smith-Williams] says, an experience in line with the story former Chicago Bears General Manager Jerry Angelo described to USA Today last week, when he told a reporter that teams failed to punish players in “hundreds and hundreds” of domestic-violence episodes during his three-decade-long career. Later, he took back his comments after others in the league criticized him. (USA Today has not retracted the story.)

In rare cases when women did muster the courage to notify law enforcement, police officers appeared to tolerate players’ bad behavior. “When the cops would come, they just said we needed some time apart, and they would talk to [Wally] about football,” Smith-Williams recalls. “The police tell you, ‘You don’t want this in the news.’ I have things that happened in my life that there is no record of.”

So the NFL covers up the crime of domestic violence, and local law enforcement, instead of serving and protecting the public, works to serve and protect “the shield”?

But don’t worry; the NFL was quick to act earlier this year when injustice occurred-when they were about to lose their special government privilege:

In the weeks ahead of Thursday’s preseason opener, the league has rushed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with meetings and letters, even bringing out former Steelers star Lynn Swann to aid the public relations push.

The lobbying effort comes amid intense pressure on the FCC to eliminate its sports blackout rule, which prevents cable and satellite companies from showing a game if it is blacked out on local broadcast stations. Critics say the rule is out of date and bad for fans.

Why the need for such a rule? Per the NFL:

The league argues the rule helps teams sell tickets and creates a compelling stadium atmosphere, allowing the NFL to keep games on free television.

And creating a compelling stadium atmosphere that helps sell tickets is a federal government prerogative WHY exactly?

Fortunately, the FCC overturned the blackout rule.

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