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One would think that having the American sports world’s most popular athlete playing in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, would equal impressive ratings.

Well, one would be wrong. One would in fact be very wrong indeed.

Instead of posting the good, if not great numbers that the NBA should have drawn for a Game 1 Finals clash including with millions at home on lockdown and LeBron James on the floor, the NBA saw a catastrophic drop in both ratings and viewership.

According to the Hollywood Reporter:

The opening game of the series between the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat brought 7.41 million viewers to ABC, the smallest audience for the finals since at least 1994, when total viewers began to be regularly recorded. The previous low was 8.06 million for Game 3 of the 2007 NBA Finals.

The game, which took place about four months later than the usual start date for the NBA Finals, was down by about 45 percent in total viewers vs. the U.S. audience for last year’s finals opener between the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors. The two conference finals series that wrapped up last week were down a collective 35 percent year to year. The NHL’s Stanley Cup Finals series, also delayed by several months, was down by more than 60 percent for NBC Sports. Major League Baseball has also struggled during its shortened season.

Massive declines in viewership and ratings are nothing new for the NBA. Since the league restarted its season with a full embrace of social justice activism, the NBA has suffered huge drops in numbers. A counter-intuitive development for a league that restarted after fans had been starved for sports for five months and much of the country was at home due to coronavirus.

However, it seems much of the country found the NBA’s focus on politics to be a major turn off.

In early September, a Harris poll found that most fans were watching fewer games because the NBA had become “too political.”

Author: Dylan Gwinn

Source: Breitbart: NBA Finals Viewership Down by 45%, Lowest Since 1994

The flurry of reports from a few months ago about NFL teams having interest in signing the league’s original anthem protester, appear to have been one giant virtue signal.

According to a source to Pro Football Talk, no one has contacted Colin Kaepernick’s agents about signing their client to an NFL contract.

“Per a source with knowledge of the situation, there was some “fake” interest expressed immediately after Floyd’s death, seemingly out of guilt,” Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio writes. “There has been zero interest expressed as to Kaepernick ‘in months.’

“At one point along the way, NFL Media reported that teams had contacted ‘friends and associates’ of Kaepernick, and that they would be contacting his agent when they “get to the point where they’re confident enough that they think they can work out a contract.” So either they never got to the point of confidence that they can work out a contract, or it was all just more bullshit.”

Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio gets very emotional when it comes to Colin Kaepernick.

Still, the truth is there’s likely as little interest from Kaepernick in the NFL, as there is from the NFL in Kaepernick. Right now, Colin Kaepernick lives a charmed life of the occasional speaking engagement, running a social justice camp for kids, tweeting something insane on the 4th of July, and filming the occasional video for Nike.

His compensation for all of this? A “star” deal with Nike:

Some outlets put Kaepernick’s deal to be north of $5 million per year. So why would he have any interest in getting blasted by 310-pound defensive lineman and heightening his risks of contracting Covid-19 ( if he’s concerned about those kinds of things) to make $12,000 a week on some back-up quarterback contract?

It makes no sense.

There’s only one group of people in America who want to see Colin Kaepernick play football: the media. They want the story and they want the images of this rebellious cast-off returning in full glory to assume his rightful place playing the most high-profile position in the league that shunned him.

The reality is, Kaepernick has already conquered the NFL. He used his last season to inject the league with a fatal poison that revealed its moral weakness and faux patriotism. Then, after lighting that match, he walked away and watched the American sports version of Rome, burn.

Kaepernick won enough games as an athlete to know what victory looks like, and he’s seeing it now. Why risk tearing an ACL, just to give Mike Florio a headline?

Author: Dylan Gwinn

Source: Breitbart: Report: No NFL Teams Called Kaepernick About a Job

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