The NFL is in trouble… deep trouble. While sponsors pull away, ticket sales decline and local establishments that once showed all the games to hundreds, if not thousands, of fans pull the plug, the league is taking a nosedive.
This week, a popular sports bar in Houston, TX yanked the cord on all NFL games this year as long as the players continue to disparage our troops, flag and country by kneeling for the National Anthem. Now that’s the kind of place I’d be happy to crack open a cold one!
Henry Hudson’s Pub, a divey sports bar in Northwest Houston, is the latest area establishment to take a stand against NFL players protesting during the National Anthem.
The bar announced in a Facebook post last week that it would not be buying DirectTV’s subscription to NFL games this year because “the NFL and media continue to use these games as a way to further divide our country.” “We come together to watch these games and support our teams for entertainment, it is not political and it is not educational,” the post continues. “It is for our entertainment and it always has been.” The lengthy post ends by stating that these are the opinions of the owners of the pub and may not be shared by its employees.
The ongoing controversy involving NFL players protesting during the National Anthem was kicked off in 2016 when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick choose to sit or kneel during the National Anthem as a statement against police brutality and the oppression of people of color.
See Henry Hudson’s Pub’s full post below:
Henry Hudson’s Pub will NOT be purchasing the DIRECTV NFL Sunday Ticket this year.
If the NFL and media continue to use these games as a way to further divide our country, we will stop showing any NFL games altogether.
We come together to watch these games and support our teams for entertainment, it is not political and it is not educational. It is for our entertainment and it always has been.
We fully support anyones right to raise awareness for their issues and causes and believe that as sports celebrities they already have a large platform to do so. Far more than any other average American citizen. There is a time and a place and the beginning of an entertainment show is not it. During the National Anthem is not it. These are my beliefs.
There has been a new point raised about how the NFL already promotes other causes- Breast cancer, supporting the military, etc. How much support do you think they would get had they all knelt during the National Anthem?
We want the games to go back to being just that- games. Games that entertain us. After all, that is what we’re paying for. I realize this will likely impact our business. I do not make this decision lightly, I simply refuse to support very well paid athletes, kneeling during the National Anthem, and the media that continues to make that its focus. I encourage other bar owners to do the same thing.
Again, to be clear to everyone, it is not about the message, it is about the timing and the way it is being delivered. If it doesn’t change soon, we will be an NFL free zone.
These beliefs are held by the owners of Henry Hudson’s Pub and may or may not be shared by it’s employees.