As the Catholic Church lost its’ influence over Sundays, the NFL moved to take its’ place.
For a day that was once virtually owned by the Catholic Church, it is amazing to see that the National Football League has taken the day from them. As a child, having attended Catholic School, I learned that Sunday was to be used as the day of rest and worship. You were to not work and were to attend church. While this was largely not the reality through my lifetime, back in the 1950’s and 1960’s, this was common.
The Decline of an Empire and the Rise of Another
Since that time period, after having reached a peak of influence over much of the modern world, the Catholic Church has been losing followers in the United States. This is perhaps due to a push toward secularism and just a general lack of people desiring to follow any religion. What has particularly hurt the Catholic Church however are all of the various child sex abuse scandals that had been covered up by different levels of Archdiocesan officials over the last few decades. As the number of religious people in the United States, and worshiping on Sundays has fallen over the years, it is no surprise that something filled the void of time left by not attending church. Enter the NFL. It is truly remarkable to see the amount of money spent on marketing and advertising during NFL football games these days. The entire day of Sunday is dedicated to a sport that has existed for much less time than the Catholic Church.
The New Empire Expands on Shaky Ground
Interestingly enough, as the NFL continues to push to expand television coverage, they seem to be experiencing a loss in viewership. According to Nielsen Statistics, television ratings are down across the board for all of the NFL’s games held in the prime-time slot, regardless of what day the game is held. The reason for this has been widely speculated. First and foremost, the actions of Colin Kaepernick and other players protesting during the National Anthem are sure to have riled up some NFL fans resulting in them not watching some games. Others speculate that the NFL, in its push to generate more revenue, has saturated the market with too much football. Everywhere you look, there is football. The NFL Player’s Combine and Draft now has so much fanfare that NFL fans that just want to see the live games may be tuning out altogether. We will see what becomes of the NFL as they seemingly just continue to expand to other markets around the world.
As we have seen the expansion and contraction of the Catholic Church throughout the course of history, so too may we be seeing an expansion and potential contraction of NFL. If the largest Christian Church in the world lost its influence over the United States population, you can bet that the same can happen to the largest sport’s league in the world. The NFL should take a long hard look at the consequences of over saturation and league wide player protests that may be hurting their brand so they do not end up losing their sacred Sunday that they fought so hardly to attain.
This is definitely something that you will not hear often. Multi-billionaire and investment mogul Warren Buffett, a lifelong Democrat, is calling for the people of the United States to come together to support newly minted President-elect Donald Trump.
Speaking over the weekend, Buffett acknowledged the poor favorability ratings of both of the candidates and is called for the deeply divided electorate to “coalesce” around the new leader of the free world. Despite raising his disagreement with some of Trump’s policies, Buffett said it is important to come together. “That doesn’t mean they can’t criticize him or disagree with what he’s doing maybe, but we need a country unified [behind] the legitimacy of the president, said Buffett. This all comes at a time when anti-Trump protests rage throughout the country. Buffett added that Trump still “deserves everybody’s respect.”
Trump’s rise to power came on a wave of support from the working middle-class that resents free trade and the market economy. Buffett even went so far as to say the economic recovery is “softer than people think.” He added, “The market system works, but it doesn’t work for everybody. It works in the aggregate.”
Buffett is absolutely right. Most of the new wealth creation in the United States since the financial crisis of 2008 has been relegated to the top ten percent of the population. That does not sound like a system that is working for everyone. Trump’s ride to the White House was based on a rejection of this concept and his artful branding and marketing of himself as the one to change this system was a successful one. However, Buffett is also correct in his opinion on Trump. We must, as a nation, come together behind President-elect Donald Trump if we hope to continue economic growth in the United States. Even if you disagree with him, the President-elect still deserves respect as he is about to hold the most revered position in the land.
Millennials are constantly brow beaten by those of other Generations. Here is one Millennial’s Response.
Oh, dear, dear Baby Boomer, thank you so much for the backhanded apology for the current state of affairs in the country and the world that your generation has so generously handed to us. I agree that things did not go the way that your generation had intended but there is no one to blame but you.
The shortcoming of your generation to weed out systemic injustice and bigotry is direct result of complacency and an allowance for it to continue. This is the same type of blame and burden that you put on my generation later in your letter. Your delightful appeal for the Millennial Generation to “do the right thing” in this election is quite comical and downright naïve.
I know many in your generation still possess a large trust toward government as you maintain the belief that the President we are about to choose has the power to effect any positive change throughout the country. This is the same government that has yet to provide the lasting changes to the problems you outline including racism, class warfare, social injustice, and endless war. You claim that you thought your generation was going to change the world, but even if you did, the government that you chose was not interested in listening to the people’s voices.
The same can be said about today. Our voting for the President, regardless of who wins, will ultimately not affect real change around the nation. Racism, social injustice, and making the rich out to be bad people will all continue to exist. The President; one part of three very distinct branches of government will not bring about the needed change. Let’s not forget that there is always an exorbitant amount of money made in wars via the military industrial complex. An institution that has continued to grow since President Eisenhower ushered the first warning about it. Our vote will not get the government to submit to the will of the people as intended.
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