Vice President Mike Pence flew in to watch the Peyton Manning jersey retirement ceremony held at Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Colts, in Indianapolis, but soon after left the stadium when about a  dozen San Francisco 49ers players took a knee during the national anthem.

The NFL players’ continued use of the NFL stage and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s enabling of them to take a knee during the national anthem in their disrespectful, ingrate, tantrum protests, belies one harsh reality: THE NFL IS A BUSINESS.

As the NFL stadium attendance and viewer ratings continue to decline, this will translate into substantial losses of revenue over time.

The NFL’s woes are all due to self-inflicted wounds caused by a lack of leadership by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Goodell’s responsibility was to the NFL business and the fans first, not the NFL brat players. The NFL routinely enforces unsportsmanlike conduct code violations and fines its players accordingly. Kneeling on the sidelines during the national anthem is a violation of NFL rules and is an unsportsmanlike conduct violation against the nation. Mr. Goodell should enforce the written rules of the NFL or step down as NFL commissioner and let someone replace him who is willing to uphold NFL players to proper workplace conduct.

In the 1984 movie, Purple Rain, the musician Prince played the role of “the Kid,” who would have been more appropriately named, “the Princess.”  The Kid was what we would now call a male uber-snowflake: delicate, easily hurt, narcissistic, highly sensitive, self-absorbed in his own feelings, and selfish. The Kid was a troubled, but talented musician, who thought it was perfectly OK to take his own personal drama and emotional feelings on to the performance stage of his employer, which in his case was the First Avenue nightclub in Minneapolis, MN. After receiving boos from the nightclub goers for a substandard musical performance directed at his girlfriend / love interest, the Kid got a visit in his dressing room from Billy Sparks – the nightclub owner. Billy informed the Kid that the stage was no place for his personal issues and that his nightclub is a business.


NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell could use some tutoring from Billy Sparks of the movie Purple Rain. Or better yet, resign and let a man such as Billy Sparks run the NFL. The NFL is not a stage for players’ protests. It is a business.

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