Donald Trump Attacks ‘Political’ NBA
Donald Trump is of the opinion that the basketball league of the US- NBA is highly political. He feels the political aspect of the NBA is making people change the channel to something else. Trump is of the opinion that the NBA has lost its popularity and it may never climb back to the viewership it had in the past. Trump’s comments come in the aftermath of the shooting on Jacob Blake and the Black Lives Matter protest. He tweeted, “People are tired of watching the highly political @NBA. Basketball ratings are WAY down, and they won’t be coming back.”
Is Donald Trump Right About Popularity Of NBA
Donald Trump is true about the television viewership of the NBA. Since the 2011-12 season, the viewership has actually gone way down by 45 percent. However, there is no way it is because of the politics as said by Trump. The real reason is the change in the way people consume sports. Many people nowadays resort to online platforms while people are also going for illegal streaming websites. Moreover, the younger generation is impatient and does not have the patience to watch the full match. These people watch the highlights probably on YouTube. If we put together all this, the viewership might actually be more.
Donald Trump Has A Warning For NFL
Donald Trump not only took a jibe at the NBA, but it also gave a warning to other leagues like the NFL. NFL is probably the biggest league in the US. It will resume its actions this month and Trump’s warning comes right before that. He feels the NFL will meet a similar fate if it tries to go political. His tweet further read, “I hope football and baseball are watching and learning because the same thing will be happening to them. Stand tall for our Country and our Flag!!!”
Donald Trump And His Racist Comments Towards NFL And NBA Players
Donald Trump has a tainted history of passing racist comments on NBA and NFL players. It is a known fact that the majority of NBA players are black. Trump has gone to the extent of calling black NFL players ‘sons of bitches’ for kneeling down for the national anthem. He also had a spat with basketball legend LeBron James.