Uh oh, the Colin Kaepernick’s and Nike’s of the world will be livid after they find out what NFL Roger Goodell just said.
The Daily Mail is reporting that even though President Donald Trump has criticized NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on many occasions, Goodell is now praising the president’s leadership and determination for a part of the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement that should prove extremely profitable for the league which keeps losing fans over the National Anthem kneeling controversy.
The new North American trade deal which replaced the old failed North American Free Trade Agreement, still needs congressional approval. But under the new pact, the NFL could earn more from Super Bowl broadcasting rights in Canada. And this is huge considering the NFL has been hampered by a 2015 ruling in Canada stipulating that the Super Bowl must show American advertisements rather than Canadian advertisements.
“We greatly appreciate President Trump’s leadership and determination in bringing about a resolution to our intellectual property issue in Canada,” Goodell said in a statement.
The updated agreement would do away with that stipulation, which would, in turn, allow the NFL to customize advertisements for its Canadian audience instead of being forced to use the same ones which air within the U.S. markets.
Here is more on this via The Washington Post:
“The usually testy relationship between the NFL and President Trump was set aside, at least temporarily, Tuesday when Commissioner Roger Goodell expressed gratitude to Trump for resolving a dispute involving the Super Bowl broadcast on Canadian television to the league’s satisfaction as part of the administration’s new trade deal with Canada and Mexico.
“We greatly appreciate President Trump’s leadership and determination in bringing about a resolution to our intellectual property issue in Canada,” Goodell said in a written statement released by the NFL.
“Canada agreed Sunday to join the trade agreement between the United States and Mexico. The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, is the revised version of the North American Free Trade Agreement that Trump had sought, and it overturns a regulatory order in Canada forcing the CTV network to air American commercials on its Super Bowl broadcast.
“That ruling by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission prevented CTV from increasing its revenue from its Super Bowl telecast by selling ads in Canada.
“The NFL, seeking to preserve the value of its Super Bowl broadcasting rights in Canada, opposed the CRTC order and sought a return to the policy of simultaneous substitution, which allows Canadian TV stations with Canadian broadcasting rights to replace U.S. ads with local Canadian ads during imported programming shown simultaneously with the U.S. telecast.
“The NFL argued that the 2015 order by the CRTC, the Canadian equivalent of the Federal Communications Commission in the United States, was arbitrary and discriminatory by singling out one U.S.-copyrighted program without, in the league’s view, proper notice, comment or evaluation.
“That order by the CRTC was rescinded in a provision of the new trade deal, prompting the NFL’s praise of Trump.
“That provision in the trade deal says that “Canada may not accord the program treatment less favorable than the treatment accorded to other programs originating in the United States retransmitted in Canada.”
“Trump has been sharply critical of Goodell and the league over the NFL’s handling of protests by players during the national anthem. He also has criticized the protesting players in strong terms, beginning last year when he said at a campaign rally that owners should fire any player who protests during the anthem. Trump has returned to the topic regularly over the past year, prompting the league and owners to take his public reactions into account as they deliberated over how to deal with the protests.”
As you can see, the ungrateful players can’t be happy with these developments. They kneel and the president hands the NFL a gift. A gift that the organization simply just doesn’t deserve after they have let players disrespect our flag, our nation, and the police the way the NFL has.
Let’s hope that maybe after this the NFL wakes up and starts to cut players who kneel. And before anyone starts up, this isn’t a freedom of speech issue. It’s an issue of how many rights you have while being paid by an employer and while you are on the clock.
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Megan Rapinoe: Our Soccer Team ‘Has Managed To Make People Proud Again’
Yesterday, on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” U.S. Women’s Soccer World Cup championship team co-captain Megan Rapinoe credited her team with making “people proud again.” I could not disagree more. They disrespected the American flag by deliberately dropping it on the ground when they won and were very anti-American and anti-President Trump as well. I am deeply ashamed of them representing the U.S. in soccer and I think most Americans agree with that sentiment.
Rapinoe said, “I think the opportunity is in everyone’s exhaustion of the fighting and the negative, and our team has managed to make people proud again, to capture people’s interest, and make them want to do something. I think people are asking the question, how can we rally around this team? And in that, what the team stands for, whether it’s equal pay or racial equality or LGBTQ rights, I think we’ve just managed to give people hope, and with that, we need to do the next step, which is to actually take the progress step.”
The 34-year-old forward and co-captain of the team, who skyrocketed to national fame in recent weeks for her incredible performance in the world soccer championship as well as her outspoken opposition to President Trump, said Americans are tired of all the negativity. Yep, and it’s coming from her and her comrades.
From the HuffPost:
“Rapinoe, who is openly gay, has repeatedly accused the Trump administration of pushing policies that further threaten the rights of marginalized communities, such as LGBTQ people and immigrants. She made headlines last month when she told a reporter that she’s “not going to the fucking White House” if her team wins the World Cup.
“We’re not gonna be invited,” she added. “I doubt it.”
“Trump quickly fired back at Rapinoe on Twitter, claiming she should first “WIN” the World Cup before talking about a White House invitation. Her team subsequently beat the Netherlands 2-0 last Sunday to win the championship.
“Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team,” the president said.
“Rapinoe on Sunday called on her team’s fans to continue to take action on issues they’ve supported, including racial equality, LGBTQ rights, and equal pay.
EXCLUSIVE: World Cup champion Megan Rapinoe says the team has managed to make people proud again #MTP #IfItsSunday@mPinoe: "I think people are asking the question how can we rally around this team … whether it is equal pay, or racial equality or LGBTQ rights." pic.twitter.com/BsAnwj8ikA
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) July 14, 2019
“Asked if she’s considering a future run for political office, Rapinoe said she’s not sure she’s qualified to do so.
“There’s no qualifications for office these days,” host Chuck Todd told her.
“That’s true. Up to 44, I guess there was,” Rapinoe responded, an apparent jab at Trump’s total lack of political experience prior to becoming the 45th president of the United States.
“She continued: “You know what? I’m going to fight for equal pay every day, for myself, for my team and for every single person out there ― man, woman, immigrant, U.S. citizen, person of color, whatever it may be ― equal pay, as the great Serena Williams said, until I’m in my grave.”’
EXCLUSIVE: World Cup champion Megan Rapinoe says she will continue her fight for equal pay #MTP #IfItsSunday @mPinoe: "I am going to fight for equal pay, every day. For myself, for my team and for every single person … man, woman, immigrant, U.S. citizen, person of color" pic.twitter.com/YSTvYEMdrB
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) July 14, 2019
What Rapinoe misses is that no one cares if she’s gay and she’s ruining the sport for everyone out there. She obviously loves identity leftist politics more than her country. Frankly, she should just stay in Europe where she is far more at home.
And she is definitely not qualified for political office. We don’t need drama queens and grandstanding narcissists… we need those that love America, know what she stands for, and don’t malign her at every opportunity. That is definitely not Rapinoe.
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U.S. Women’s Soccer Fans Chant ‘F*** Trump’ As Fox Cameras Roll Live – WATCH
So un-American I can hardly stand it. On Sunday, during a live segment on Fox News, Democratic supporters of the U.S. Women’s Soccer team chanted “f*** Trump” and bashed “racist” President Trump following the women’s World Cup victory in France. Why Fox aired it is beyond me. It’s inexcusable and just turned me off soccer forever.
“F*** Trump,” cheering Americans at a French bar chanted at the beginning of a live newscast. This follows one of the women dropping the American flag on the ground between her legs after the American team won. “Now we need to win in 2020! Democrats!” screamed a man wearing an American flag-style hat, later yelling, “Get that racist out of the White House!”
“Democrats! U.S.A. Democrats!” another cheering woman shouted.
Here’s a thought… if you hate America so much then stay in Europe. I’m sure a GoFundMe account would help you with that.
Correspondent Greg Palkot was caught off guard by the refrain, first saying, “Listen to what…” before trailing off as he realized the phrase was too vulgar for television. “They are very happy,” stated Fox News reporter Greg Palkot. “It’s a bit of a political thing, too, as you can see.” Yes, and out of respect for the president and America, in general, it should not have been aired.
The thing is that Palkot kept going even when he realized what was happening. As a veteran journalist, he should know better. It’s inexcusable that Fox News aired that segment in my opinion.
Congratulations to the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team on winning the World Cup! Great and exciting play. America is proud of you all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 7, 2019
From The Daily Wire:
“The women’s national team has become overtly political, particularly with respect to forward Megan Rapinoe. The star athlete protested the national anthem during the World Cup — refusing to put her hand over heart during “The Star-Spangled Banner” — as an apparent “F you” to President Trump and his administration. Rapinoe, who fashions herself a “walking protest” because of her status as a gay woman, also made waves when she told the media that there is no way she’d be going to the “f***ing White House” if invited by the president.
“The team has protested an alleged gender wage gap in the sport, though the men actually get paid a lower percentage of their generated revenue than the women’s players. Following the U.S. win, the stadium crowd started an “equal pay” chant.
Congratulations to 2019 Women’s World Cup Champions @TeamUSA! ⚽️🇺🇸
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) July 7, 2019
“As highlighted by The Blaze, Irish outlet JOE.co.uk caught up with the left-wing Americans ripping the leader of the free world post-World Cup.
“The fan who started the “F*** Trump” chant told JOE, “Right now I’m very embarrassed to be American.”
“I mean, I think our team really represents what America is about,” he said. “So we have diversity racially, we have an LGBTQ population represented, and that’s what Americans get behind.”
“So, I think Trump is really the old guard and it’s kind of the last grasp for them to keep power. But power should be divided amongst everyone,” the man continued.
Crowd of Women's World Cup watchers starts yelling "F*ck Trump" during a Fox News broadcast pic.twitter.com/OXiHNBAvaQ
— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) July 7, 2019
“He also described Rapinoe’s national anthem protest as brave, saying it was “definitely a risk taking a political stance” that could “alienate some fans.”
“Hopefully in 2020 there’ll be a different story, because right now, I’m very embarrassed to be American,” he added. “It’s time for people in our country to stop believing all these lies. It’s really depressing that there are those that are so uneducated that they’ll believe everything he says.”
“Trump, who has said Rapinoe’s anthem protest was inappropriate, congratulated the women’s team following their win.
"Right now I'm very embarrassed to be an American."
— FootballJOE (@FootballJOE) July 7, 2019
“Congratulations to the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team on winning the World Cup!” Trump wrote. “Great and exciting play. America is proud of you all!”
“First Lady Melanie Trump did, as well.
“Congratulations to 2019 Women’s World Cup Champions,” she tweeted.”
Fox News did a live shot from a sports bar in Frace where the US fans started chanting "Fuck Trump" pic.twitter.com/ZTHyFBOYR5
— jordan (@JordanUhl) July 7, 2019
Fox News is not what it used to be by any means and this shows it. There is a definite anti-Trump bent coming into being over there which is a shame because the network was the last fairly safe haven for conservative viewership.
It’s athletes like Megan Rapinoe and her comrades that are ruining sports for all Americans these days. We don’t care if you are gay – get over yourselves and start acting like Americans and not euro-weenies.
The coaches could put an end to this but instead, support this disgraceful behavior. The French can have the whole wretched team as far as I’m concerned. They deserve each other.
Never forget the countless times @mPinoe suited up for the @USWNT and knelt for the National Anthem… she doesn’t deserve the captains band today. She doesn’t even deserve to be on this team. pic.twitter.com/ecTniRZZ2M
— Chris Bessenger (@chris_bessenger) July 7, 2019
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