The entire Broncos team received the worst news this season and this might have financial implications on the rest of the season. The owner of this team, as well as the sponsors, warned the players so many times to behave in order with the rules of the league and stop disrespecting the fans. However, the players, or at least some of them, continued to follow the nasty trend. Now they will need to face the consequences.
Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall was at one time a college teammate of Kaepernick and an early convert to the cause. This caused Marshall to lose some of his personal endorsements, but even bigger than that is the mass exodus from the team itself. Westword reports that local radio stations are starting to lose advertisers for the slots taken up during the broadcasts of the Broncos games.
“At least two advertisers have asked that their commercials no longer run during KOA‘s radio broadcasts of Denver Broncos games because they’re upset by national anthem-related demonstrations prior to the kickoff of NFL games.
‘Yeah, there’s been a couple’ that have pulled out, confirms Tim Hager, market manager for iHeartMedia’s Denver stations, including KOA, ‘and that’s the rationale.’”
No matter what the entitled millionaires think, the small business in the heartland just aren’t going to want to be associated with a group that is against everything we stand for.
“Controversy bubbled up again last month when teams throughout the league took part in various protests before and during the playing of the anthem — and this time around, there was fallout for Von Miller, the Broncos’ biggest star. Miller’s decision to take a knee, along with dozens of teammates, was followed by reports that Phil Long Dealerships had dropped him as an endorser. Miller’s reps subsequently insisted that his deal with the company had lapsed months earlier and negotiations were ongoing — but a statement from the firm strongly suggested that he shouldn’t hold his breath waiting for a new pact to be signed. It read in part: ‘When we bring in celebrities to represent us, we run the risk of being misinterpreted.’”
Basically what Phil Long Dealerships is saying is that when they entrust their name to a celebrity, their reputations are entwined at that time. In other words, if that celeb acts badly, it reflects badly on the business that they’re endorsing. We’ve seen this in the past with other businesses who got mud on their face because someone that they entrusted with their brand acted badly.
“Hager characterizes [their reasons for pulling their ads] as general displeasure with the NFL over the controversy.
In response, he says, ‘we immediately found ways for the advertisers to get their message out and support what they wanted to support. And we’ve also been airing the national anthem in our game broadcasts, which we didn’t do before this year. So we’ve found ways to strengthen what we’re doing.’”
Americans are still working on wearing down the NFL on a national level, but at least for now the local stations are beginning to see just how importation patriotism is to the American people. It was one thing when an individual player wasn’t willing to respect the flag, but with signs of disrespect across virtually every team in the league, it’s a problem too large to ignore.
“Television ratings for NFL contests are reportedly down by 7.5 percent compared to this time last year, and many pundits think the protests are one of the main reasons. However, Hager says KOA’s broadcasts, starring new booth-mates Dave Logan and Rick Lewis, haven’t suffered the same fate.
[Hager] acknowledges that ‘there was a groundswell immediately after [the September protest] happened, but that’s calmed down. Right now, I’m not seeing anything that has me overly concerned.’
Good thing, because iHeartMedia recently launchedOrange and Blue Radio, a station at 760 AM that boasts of being all Broncos, all the time. And more kneeling by Denver players could be very bad for business.”
Sooner or later, all of these rogue players will beg the fans to come back to the stadiums. When they lose their money and privileges they will quickly realize what OPPRESSION is and how ‘UNOPPRESSED’ they lived before as popular sport stars in this country. The fans pay for everything, they should never forget that.