Last night’s return of the NFL, in which the Kansas City Chiefs hosted the Houston Texans, began with an “End Racism” message of unity, but ended in the stadium erupting into boos.
According to Mediaite details, things went downhill despite the special display: “The Kansas City Chiefs hosted the Houston Texans Thursday evening for the NFL’s opening game of the 2020 season, and intended to provide a show of unity by locking arms with their teammates and opponents before the game — but the solemnity of the moment was ruined by fans booing in the stands.”
Here is the video:
During the moment of unity between the Texans and Chiefs, some fans responded by booing.pic.twitter.com/qRnle1XiJg
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) September 11, 2020
The sports industry now has a negative image, on balance, among Americans as a whole, with 30% viewing it positively and 40% negatively, for a -10 net-positive score. This contrasts with the +20 net positive image it enjoyed in 2019, when 45% viewed it positively and 25% negatively.
This slide in the sports industry’s image comes as professional and college leagues are struggling, and not always successfully, to maintain regular schedules and playing seasons amid the pandemic. Professional football, baseball and basketball games have also become focal points for public displays of support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
NFL fans present for the Chiefs-Texans game were later subject of media anger and outrage for the boos.
Perhaps fans are tired of having sports fields and arenas become scenes of endless political debate where “to kneel or not to kneel” has somehow become the prime question.
More likely, these fans aren’t stupid. They recognize that such corporate sponsored vapid group exercises are intended as minimalist gestures merely to satisfy the PC mob and advertisers.