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Unplug the NFL is advocated by Conservapedia in response to the NFL's paganism, its promotion of the homosexual agenda, and its exclusion of Tim Tebow presumably for quoting the Bible "too much."[1] There are many additional valid reasons for opposing the NFL, which bilks taxpayers for an estimated $1 billion annually. The NFL appeases the liberal media and encourages "fantasy football," a form of gambling and false worship.[2] Genuine fans—as opposed to gamblers—are mostly irrelevant to the NFL profit model.[3] In 2016, the NFL has allowed displays of defiance against the National Anthem.

There is an average of only 11 minutes of football action in a typical 3-hour NFL broadcast.[4] Commercials, usually for beer or fantasy football, consume a third of the broadcast. Cheerleaders are rarely, if ever, shown in most NFL broadcasts anymore, while injured players are shown more than celebrating players.[4]

NFL broadcasts are increasingly promoting gambling in the form of "fantasy football," which has grown from only 12 million participants a decade ago to an estimated 56 million, mostly men, today. All but 4 NFL teams have deals with fantasy football. In addition, the NFL advances the homosexual agenda, such as with its halftime shows at the Super Bowl.

If the NFL does not want Christians who quote the Bible, then Christians should not want the NFL. There are many alternatives for sports fans, including college football, major league baseball, NASCAR, basketball and, outside the U.S., soccer, rugby and cricket. There is also the option of spending less time watching televised sports, and spending that time more productively instead.

Much of the appeal of the NFL is the illusion that it is merit-based, like the Olympics, and has the best players. But the exclusion of Tim Tebow proves that the NFL is not really based on merit, but on political correctness.

There is also a growing concern that watching or supporting the NFL may be immoral, in light of a study revealing that 96% of deceased NFL players test positive for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.[5] Other studies suggest that the "average life expectancy of a retired NFL player is 55 years," and that "retired NFL players suffer from Alzheimer's at a 37 per cent higher rate than average."[6] Some have compared watching NFL games to what the Romans did in watching the brutal gladiator fights, which is widely recognized to have been immoral and harmful to the society.[7]

Health concerns

Harmful to players

"Sports Illustrated estimated in 2009 that 78 percent of NFL players are bankrupt or facing serious financial stress within two years of ending their playing careers and that 60 percent of NBA players are broke within five years of retiring from the game."[8]

Chris Borland, one of the top rookies in the NFL in 2014, abruptly retired before the 2015 season due to safety concerns. "I just honestly want to do what's best for my health," Borland said. "From what I've researched and what I've experienced, I don't think it's worth the risk."[9]

The late NFL star quarterback Ken Stabler "had Stage 3 chronic traumatic encephalopathy ... widespread throughout his brain, with 'quite severe' damage to the regions involving learning, memory and regulation of emotion."[10] A professor of neurology at Boston University, Dr. Ann McKee, observed that "we've now found CTE in former NFL players who played every position except kicker."[10] Of the 34 NFL player brains that McKee examined, 33 had CTE.[11]

Premature Death

The NFL players union has pressed for health insurance and greater safety measures to address the well-documented health problems experienced by NFL players and alumni.

Quincy Monk, a former linebacker for the New York Giants, had a stroke at the age of only 35[12] and then died a year later from cancer.[13]

Numerous people who played in the NFL have committed suicide.[14]

Mike Webster, a four-time Super Bowl winner as center for the Pittsburgh Steelers, died of a heart attack at the age of only 50, and the autopsy of his brain revealed that it was one of "boxers, very old people with Alzheimer's disease or someone who had suffered a severe head wound," quoting pathologist Bennet Omalu of the Allegheny Medical coroner's office.[15]

Criticism by former NFL players

Lem Barney, one of the greatest defensive backs ever in the NFL, predicted in 2013 that the sport would not exist within the next two decades, because of how harmful it has become. Despite being one of the best players ever, he wishes he had driven a truck or a cab instead.[16]

Substance abuse

Performance-enhancing substance abuse has widespread for a long time in the NFL, as owners and the players union engage in liberal denial about it while profiting from the more violent play. Lyle Alzado, a much-promoted star in the 1970s and 80s, died at the age of only 43 from a rare form of cancer that he attributed to his steroid use,[17] Alzado said he began taking anabolic steroids in 1969 (at the age of 20) and took them throughout his football career.[18]

At least one expert has opined that problem is never going away.[19]

The NFL banned substances policy has drawn criticism,[20] but the policy is one of the longest running in professional sports, beginning in 1987.[21] Since the NFL started random, year-round tests and suspending players for banned substances, many more players have been found to be in violation of the policy. By April 2005, 111 NFL players had tested positive for banned substances, and of those 111, the NFL suspended 54.[20] The NFL testing for substance abuse is notoriously inadequate, as illustrated by the case of the convicted first-degree murderer, then-NFL star Aaron Hernandez.[22]

Unlike Olympic sports and the UFC, the NFL administers its substance abuse program independently of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). So, the quality and rigor of the NFL's drug testing is not independently controlled. However, since December 2009, USADA has a "Supplement Safety Now" program, in partnership with the NFL, Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association (NBA), the National Hockey League, the U.S. Olympic Committee and other national sports and health organizations. The program seeks to end dangerous and unscrupulous practices of “rogue” manufacturers within the nutritional supplement industry. The effort works to eliminate the practice of selling supplement products containing steroids and other drugs which are labeled as “safe and legal” dietary supplements.

Harmful effects on cities and taxpayers

There are "Five Reasons Losing an NFL Football Team is Good for a City,"[23] and the first reason is that the NFL bilks taxpayers of billions of dollars. Even though NFL owners are making billions of dollars for themselves, they get taxpayers to foot much of the costs for their stadiums.

There are additional reasons why a city is better off it if loses its NFL team, including:

  • more support for college programs, which actually help people
  • less blighting of the land
  • greater local church attendance
  • fewer traffic jams

On December 17, 2015, the NFL demanded that the State of Missouri reduce the obligation by the NFL for a new $1.1 billion stadium in St. Louis to less than 20% of the cost, with taxpayers of the struggling city then bearing the bulk of the enormous cost.

Poor economic impact of Super Bowl

An economist concluded that the NFL's estimate of economic benefit to a city hosting a Super Bowl is "is inflated by a factor of about five."[24] The mayor Glendale, where the Super Bowl for 2015 was held, did not even attend and "was worried that his cash-strapped city of 230,000 won't be able to afford the added costs that come with the Super Bowl, including $2.1 million in additional security. To make matters worse, approximately 40 percent of Glendale's debt is earmarked to paying off sports complexes."[24]

In 2014, multiple articles explained that the NFL was grossly exaggerating any local economic benefit of hosting the Super Bowl, and one economist estimates that the economic benefit is zero. See, e.g., "Super Bowl 2014: Economist says NFL is full of it about local benefits of hosting game."[25] Meanwhile, government workers at taxpayer expense spent two years preparing for the event. After the Super Bowl in New Jersey in 2014, local businesses complained about the lack of boost in customers.

The overall economic return from hosting a Super Bowl may actually be a loss. As observed by the Daily Beast:[26]

Typically, according to Baade’s research (PDF) and supported by related studies, Super Bowl host cities see a negative rate of return. 'If you do a pure economic evaluation, we may be able to cover the explicit costs…but we can’t make the argument that accommodating the Super Bowl is actually better than anything else.'

Super Bowl politics

Liberals attempted to force relocation of the Super Bowl from Houston, the 2017 edition's host city, to pressure that city to cave in to the homosexual agenda[27] as revenge for losing to conservatives 61% to 39% in Houston's recent referendum involving leftist, feminist and openly lesbian Houston mayor Annise Parker's attempt to force the city to cater to the gender-confused by allowing them to use restrooms of the opposite gender (i.e., "transgender" men insisting on using women's restrooms).[28]

Objectionable Super Bowl shows

In 2015, the Super Bowl halftime show featured in nearly every performance the pro-homosexual activist Katy Perry. She became popular among liberals for her pro-lesbian song in 2008, and is an outspoken supporter of gay rights.

On February 1, 2004, the Super Bowl halftime show featured Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson and was broadcast live on CBS. Timberlake tore away the portion of Jackson's costume exposing her breast. They later tried to explain it as a "wardrobe malfunction".[29] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) fined CBS a record $550,000 which was fought in the Supreme Court,[30] The fine was ultimately overturned in 2011.

Gambling

The Super Bowl halftime show features bizarre symbolism that has been associated with the occult and/or gambling. And beginning in 2012, the NFL began allowing casino advertisements at stadiums during games.[31]

The NFL allows ESPN to publicize point-spreads that encourage gambling, while the NFL publicly pretends to oppose betting on its games. The Super Bowl is the basis of more gambling than any other event, and the NFL profits from that through increased viewership.

The gambling drives television viewership up, while actual attendance by fans at football stadiums has generally not grown. With the NFL's exclusion of Tebow—who is very popular with fans at stadiums—the NFL may be saying that genuine fans (as opposed to gamblers and television viewers) don't really matter to the NFL's business model.

Catholic position

The Catechism of the Catholic Church does not address whether gambling violates the First Commandment against idolatry (gamblers worship uncertainty and fall prey to superstition).[32] The Catholic Church has stated that gambling becomes morally unacceptable when they deprive someone of what is necessary to provide for his needs and those of others. The passion for gambling then risks becoming an enslavement.[33] The early church excommunicated people for gambling, and theologians today generally consider gambling to be morally licit under certain conditions.[34]

Exclusion of Tim Tebow

Numerous experts have proven that Tim Tebow is fully qualified to play in the NFL. The widely followed Bleacher Report declared, after reviewing Tebow's record and strong preseason in 2015, that he "belongs in the NFL."[35] CBS in Philadelphia reported on September 4, 2015, that there was an open spot on the roster for Tebow, after a weaker player was traded to another team.[36] Bleacher Report wrote that "it seemed as though Tebow would make the team. He certainly made a strong case for himself in the Eagles' preseason finale ...."[37] Yet Tebow was inexplicably cut by the Eagles, despite how the Eagles left themselves with only two quarterbacks on the roster, one who is injury-prone.

The Eagles then replaced the more-qualified Tebow on the roster with an undrafted QB named Stephen Morris, who had never played a single regular season NFL game, and who threw 30 interceptions in college. One sports analyst wrote about the Eagles' coach in making this decision: "what he sees in Morris -- that nobody else does -- is perplexing. An executive in personnel for another NFC team was texted, 'Tell me what you know about Stephen Morris.' His response was two words: 'He's bad.'"[38]

Further proof that Tebow should be in the NFL is the fact that the Eagles traded a quarterback who did not play as well as Tebow in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick. Thus Tebow is more valuable than that.[37] But the Eagles cut Tebow outright without receiving anything. Apparently no other team in the NFL will play Tebow, and the only plausible explanation is that the NFL is appeasing the pro-homosexual media by refusing to allow the Bible-quoting Tebow to play.

Tebow was immensely popular with fans, who chanted "Tebow! Tebow!" when he entered the first pre-season game in 2015 in the 3rd quarter. He proceeded to score a touchdown as the Eagles beat the Colts 36-10,[39] and played well in his other games.

Every Tim Tebow jersey enters in the NFLshop's list of best-selling jerseys. Tebow's time with the Eagles put his number 11 jersey in 16th place, ahead of first string quarterback Tony Romo.[40]

Military Appreciation Fraud

The NFL looked like a true patriotic organization when they decided to honor the troops during halftime performances. Later it was revealed that 14 teams were paid by taxpayer-funded tributes, that is, $5.4 million from the Department of Defense went to NFL teams so they could hold military ceremonies. This despite the fact the NFL earned revenues of $9.5 billion. Appreciation for our military only if they pay, nothing patriotic about it.[41]

Honor Liberalism Only

After the murder of five police officers in Dallas, the Cowboys requested to honor their sacrifice with a ribbon on their uniforms. Request denied, this move would upset the liberal terrorists of the Black lives matter movement. Liberal causes such as the Planned Parenthood-aligned Komen breast cancer awareness campaign get special treatment; pink ribbons on the field, pink official penalty flags, pink socks worn by players.

The season generally begins the second week of September. Some players choose to wear cleats themed with patriotic images of 9/11. League management insists that if you choose this honor you will face stiff fines for violating uniform code. The police union offered to pay the players fines.[42] At the very last minute, due to negative publicity, the NFL relented its decision. However, when DeSean Jackson had anti-police, black supremacy themed cleats, the NFL allowed it free of charge.[43]

Many liberals hold contempt for their country. Colin Kaepernick blames the USA for abuse of black people by police and decides to sit during the National Anthem, to wear socks at practice mocking police as pigs, and to wear a Che Guevara shirt, creating a national firestorm. Instead of publically admonishing his actions, the liberal NFL management decided it was acceptable free speech. That image of disrepect now becomes a symbol for other players. Boycott the NFL would be a top trending hashtag on Twitter. Sponsors abandoned players that supported this act of disloyalty to the nation. Videos of people burning Kaepernick's jersey went viral. The police union considered boycotting their presence at stadiums. Instead of wielding their undue influence, like they do on a regular basis, and protect the image of the NFL by fining or suspending those players making the sport look bad, NFL management would issue a weak press release stating they don't agree with Kaepernick's position. Like a good liberal, NFL commissioner Roger Goodall praises the protest against the National Anthem and encourages activism for social change.[44] NFL ratings are at seven-year lows after two weeks into the 2016 season.[45]

Exclusion of Herschel Walker

The NFL has excluded another outspoken Christian, Herschel Walker, who said, "We have the DNA of our Lord Jesus Christ."[46] The NFL keeps him out of its Hall of Fame to this day, and also refused to allow him to play in the NFL when he had one year of eligibility left in college, despite how he was obviously the finest running back anywhere. Then there was a rival league, the USFL, and Walker became its leading star.

Exploitation of cheerleaders

The NFL has exploited cheerleaders with below-minimum-wage compensation, despite how fat cat owners are making billions at taxpayer expense. For example, the New York Jets are valued at $2.6 billion but the "Jets cheerleaders were given only $150 per game, and weren’t paid for any practice time," and had to sue just to obtain minimum wage for practice and travel.[47] In addition, onerous conditions are imposed on NFL cheerleaders as to hairstyle.

Delay in inducting Tim Brown into Hall of Fame

Tim Brown was one of the greatest NFL players ever, ranking number five all-time in yardage gained by any NFL player, despite playing for weak teams. But he also preached the Gospel, and even played played Gospel music in the Raider weight room. He was kept out of the NFL Hall of Fame for his first five years of eligibility, and was not inducted until 2015.[48]

Cover-up

ESPN reported that the "Spygate" scandal was bigger than the NFL admitted, and that "tapes and notes were found, and then destroyed on commissioner Roger Goodell's orders: league executives 'stomped the tapes into pieces and shredded the papers inside a Gillette Stadium conference room.'"[49]

Opposes Right to Work

NFL players belong to a union that sides with liberals in opposing right to work laws, and the NFL players union even spoke out against a proposal in 2015 to make Wisconsin the 25th right-to-work state.[50]

Contrast with NBA

While the NFL excludes Tebow for frequently quoting the Bible, the NBA did not punish Steph Curry for beginning his MVP acceptance speech by expressly thanking Jesus Christ, "first and foremost."

Keeping Commissioner Roger Goodell

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has repeatedly abused his authority, and invented unjust punishments by making up his own rules after the facts. He has been publicly reversed in several high-profile cases, including Tom Brady, Adrian Peterson, Ray Rice and the New Orleans Saints’ bounty scandal.[51] He has earned over $100M in five years, including $44M in 2012.[52] His salary was disclosed because the NFL was claiming non-profit status on its tax return.[53]

A disgruntled NFL owner complained to The Daily Caller, "I don’t like him. I think it’s time for a new commissioner." The criticism of Goodell comes after he was loudly booed at the NFL draft by the crowd. The liberal media of ESPN is protecting Goodell from all criticism, likely because they don’t want to risk any potential lost revenue from the NFL.[54]

See also

References

  1. The slogan "unplug the NFL" was created by Conservapedia, with this entry. Others are welcome to use this slogan with attribution.
  2. "From very early times gambling was forbidden by canon law. Two of the oldest among the so-called canons of the Apostles forbade games of chance under pain of excommunication to clergy and laity alike." See Catholic Encyclopedia, which continues to observe: "The 79th canon of the Council of Elvira (306) decreed that one of the faithful who had been guilty of gambling might be, on amendment, restored to communion after the lapse of a year. A homily (the famous "De Aleatoribus") long ascribed by St. Cyprian, but by modern scholars variously attributed to Popes Victor I, Callistus I, and Melchiades, and which undoubtedly is a very early and interesting monument of Christian antiquity, is a vigorous denunciation of gambling. The Fourth Lateran Council (1215), by a decree subsequently inserted in the "Corpus Juris", forbade clerics to play or to be present at games of chance. Some authorities, such as Aubespine, have attempted to explain the severity of the ancient canons against gambling by supposing that idolatry was often connected with it in practice. The pieces that were played with were small-sized idols, or images of the gods, which were invoked by the players for good luck."
  3. When will fans realize that NFL owners don't care about them?
  4. 4.0 4.1 http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052748704281204575002852055561406
  5. http://www.forbes.com/sites/dandiamond/2015/09/18/96-of-surveyed-nfl-players-test-positive-for-brain-disease/
  6. http://www.cbc.ca/strombo/news/the-average-life-expectancy-of-an-nfl-player-is-55-years.html
  7. The NFL exaggerates its audience sometimes. For example, the NFL exaggerated ratings for its internet streaming, initially claiming that “33.6 million” watched a worldwide live stream of a Bills-Jaguars game in late October 2015, and then downgrading that estimate to less than half, or 15.2 million, which is still probably an exaggeration. [1]
  8. http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/story/2012-04-22/Pro-athletes-and-financial-trouble/54465664/1
  9. http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/12496480/san-francisco-49ers-linebacker-chris-borland-retires-head-injury-concerns
  10. 10.0 10.1 http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2016/2/3/former-nfl-quarterback-ken-stabler-had-cte-brain-disease.html
  11. http://www.npr.org/books/titles/228921701/league-of-denial-the-nfl-concussions-and-the-battle-for-truth#excerpt
  12. http://www.wral.com/former-athlete-survives-stroke-with-help-of-medical-device/14789103/
  13. http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2015/11/former_giants_linebacker_quincy_monk_dead_at_36.html
  14. http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/25/us/former-nfl-player-suicide/
  15. http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2013/10/8/4814434/concussion-suit-mike-webster-thing
  16. http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2013/06/14/lem-barney-football-will-be-gone-in-20-years/2424499/
  17. http://espn.go.com/classic/biography/s/Alzado_Lyle.html
  18. http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1992-05-15/sports/1992136109_1_lyle-alzado-steroids-brain-cancer
  19. http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/story/nfl-performance-enhancing-drug-testing-will-get-tougher-ped-testing-tougher-alex-marvez-062515
  20. 20.0 20.1 NFL Steroid Policy 'Not Perfect'. CBS News (2005-04-27).
  21. "NFL's Steroid Policy Gets Kudos on Capitol Hill", 2005-04-28. Retrieved on 2017-01-05. 
  22. http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/04/05/aaron-hernandez-knew-that-beating-nfl-drug-tests-is-easy/
  23. http://sandiegofreepress.org/2015/02/five-reasons-losing-an-nfl-football-team-is-good-for-a-city/
  24. 24.0 24.1 http://www.cbsnews.com/news/is-the-super-bowls-ecoomic-impact-super-hyped/
  25. http://www.nj.com/super-bowl/index.ssf/2014/01/economist_on_local_impact_of_hosting_super_bowl_the_nfl_is_full_of_it.html
  26. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/01/30/the-nfl-s-super-bowl-con-hosting-the-big-game-isn-t-an-economic-score-for-cities.html
  27. Lesbian mayor vows to keep pressing for transgender law at WND.com
  28. Houston voters reject lesbian mayor's LGBT agenda at WND.com
  29. Nekesa Mumbi Moody. "Janet Jackson Apologizes for Bared Breast", February 3, 2004. Archived from the original on February 3, 2004.  Also published by CNN.com as "Apologetic Jackson says 'costume reveal' went awry".
  30. Jennifer C. Kerr. "CBS Fined $550,000 for Jackson Stunt", July 1, 2004. Archived from the original on September 28, 2004.  Also published by CBSNews.com as "CBS Dealt Record Fine Over Janet".
  31. http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/04/12/nfl-lifts-ban-on-casino-ads-for-two-years/
  32. http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p3s2c1a1.htm
  33. Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 2413
  34. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/06375b.htm
  35. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2560964-after-solid-preseason-tim-tebow-finally-looks-like-he-belongs-in-the-nfl
  36. http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2015/09/04/report-cardinals-working-on-trade-for-matt-barkley/
  37. 37.0 37.1 http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2436196-tim-tebow-released-by-eagles-latest-details-comments-and-reaction
  38. http://www.nj.com/eagles/index.ssf/2015/09/what_you_need_to_know_about_eagles_qb_stephen_morr.html
  39. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/F/FBN_COLTS_EAGLES?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2015-08-16-17-41-27
  40. Tim Tebow’s Eagles jersey ranked No. 16 in sales for June, WaPo, July 8, 2015
  41. Senator John McCain Delivers Fiery Speech Against the NFL’s Military Appreciation Fraud, Independent Journal
  42. NFL player wears 9/11 cleats, police union offers to pay fines, PoliceOne.com, September 12, 2016
  43. http://dailysnark.com/desean-jackson-cleats/
  44. Roger Goodell praises player demonstrations for going from 'protests to progress' USAToday, September 19, 2016
  45. [2] NFL's 'Sunday Night Football' Tumbles Hard In Ratings Yet Again, Forbes, September 19, 2016
  46. http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/h/herschel_walker.html#udJFdQwHUCqBX1Ls.99
  47. http://www.forbes.com/sites/thecut/2016/01/29/new-york-jets-cheerleaders-win-324000-settlement-over-unpaid-work/#3b7c58663436
  48. http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/159445/is-this-the-year-tim-brown-hears-from-the-hof
  49. http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/report--patriots--spygate-scandal-was-bigger-in-scope-than-first-realized-140513497.html
  50. http://www.politico.com/story/2015/02/nfl-union-right-to-work-wisconsin-115454
  51. http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/judge-offers-final-ruling-on-tom-brady-suspension-in-deflate-gate-221425352.html
  52. http://money.cnn.com/2014/09/12/news/companies/goodell-pay/index.html
  53. http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2015/04/28/nfl-tax-exempt-status-roger-goodell-drop-salary/26543647/
  54. EXCLUSIVE: NFL Owners Furious With Goodell — ‘It’s Time For A New Commissioner’ Daily Caller, April 29, 2016

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