The NBA league schedule had been suspended after the outbreak of the CCP Virus, and after more than two months made its big comeback on July 30, but the viewers’ response was not what was expected as reported by Breitbart.
Baseball and basketball at the highest level are more politicized than ever and immersed in all kinds of Black Lives Matter issues and social justice speeches. Viewers’ response to this profile of the sport does not seem to be good, or at least that is what is reflected in the numbers that indicate a precipitous drop in ratings compared to earlier years.
According to OutKick, neither of the leagues performed well. As for the opening games, OutKick reported that the NBA’s return to TNT saw the following numbers:
- Lakers-Clippers: 3.4 million
- Pelicans-Jazz: 2.1 million
While ESPN’s MLB viewer numbers were also disappointing:
- Yankee-Nationals: 4.0 million
- Dodgers-Giants: 2.8 million
The NBA had been suspended after the U.S. outbreak of the CCP Virus, and after more than two months on July 30 made its big comeback. Not only did the virus that keeps the whole world on edge proliferate in the middle, but also the most violent protests in recent times in the United States, using the concepts of racial equality and social justice as an excuse.
The NBA and MLB and their top stars were not left out of the protests, as many of them echoed the claims put forward by the movements, especially Black Lives Matters.
The overwhelming majority of the players, Fox reported, will wear a message of social justice on their jerseys for the rest of the season, along with their names. Some will carry the word “Equality,” which will be displayed in nine different languages. Others will say “Black Lives Matter.” Some will simply say “Enough.” Even the courts where the biggest games will be played have already been painted “Black Lives Matter” at center.
The players and coaches of the Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans knelt to protest racism during the U.S. anthem last Thursday before the first game of the NBA season restart. And according to what the NBA players announced, they have prepared many other gestures and activities for their demands in the upcoming games.
As reported by Fox News LeBron James, the NBA’s top star, turned most of a post-scrimmage interview into a plea for justice for Breonna Taylor, the young African American woman killed by police in Louisville, Kentucky, on March 13, who became an icon for movements demanding racial equality.
With baseball, something very similar happened as with basketball in terms of the politicization of its teams, players and leaders. Even the official Twitter account of MLB on the opening day of the new season published, “Today, and every day, we come together as brothers. As equals, all with the same goal—to level the playing field. To change the injustices. Equality is not just a word. It’s our right!
“Today we stand as men from 25 nations on 6 continents.
“Today, we are one.”
Today, and every day, we come together as brothers. As equals, all with the same goal – to level the playing field. To change the injustices. Equality is not just a word. It’s our right!
Today we stand as men from 25 nations on 6 continents.
Today, we are one. pic.twitter.com/vKUGdRfwgQ
— MLB (@MLB) July 23, 2020