NBA players - 'systematic racism'

Jestx

Robin
The only sport I watch with some enjoyment these days is Golf, even thought the pros are even more overpaid than your standard NBA, NFL player etc. But Golf is a game of patience and skill and is more ancient than any other modern sports, and is fun to play with friends and be outdoors.
 
Slightly off topic - something I was thinking of today.

Up until about the 50s sport was much more local. My local football team regularly had about 10-25% of the town turn up for games. And all the players were local. And all the players in the opposition were likely local. Now only about 2% of the town turns up to watch players who are mostly from somewhere else; playing in [Company Name] League at the [Company Name] FC.

Sport is now a nothing. I never watched much, but I became so bored of the same clubs always winning, flush with big money without a single player from their home town. In school there was a handful of national clubs no one had any connection to who everyone supported.

This trend runs heavily through society. The big man down the coal mine would have had his options open with ladies and be married of to a lithe, young, feminine girl. Now many of those same girls are diverting their attention to some DJ from the big city, or some F-list celeb who slipped into their DMs.

Same with corporates.
Everything you say is correct. It is a trend in society.

That said, sports is about male bonding. It's about you and your buddies. It's about rooting men to where they grew up. It's about tying generations together. Chucking out sports because it's cucked is like chucking out religion because some preacher kneeled to black people. We live in a sick society, so our institutions are sick. We need to work to fix our institutions, not murder them.

Whether they're black or not really makes no difference. It's not any worse than the Europeans who lose their fucking minds over soccer matches.

The worst of it is people who become emotionally attached to "their" team and will base their entire mood around how their team performs. Some fans even start riots if their team loses (or wins). It's particulary stupid when you consider that teams don't really represent anything, since the players are traded around like commodities and the home city the team supposedly represents rarely contains actual players from that city - and even if it did, who the fuck cares?

I have always cringed that sports talk is so closely associated with masculinity and is almost a default subject to talk about. Because I don't partake in any of it, this has ruined friendships for me in the past, and I can't wait until this shit dies.
You'd rather ruin friendships that make even the most token effort to follow the local team? And people wonder how our society became so atomized.
 

budoslavic

Peacock
Gold Member
Unrelated to NBA, but related to "systemic racism" sham in professional sports. The NFL plan to raise awareness on "systemic racism" this upcoming season.

"Lift Ev'ry Voice And Sing," traditionally known as the Black national anthem, is expected to be performed live or played before every Week 1 NFL game, and the league is considering a variety of other measures during the upcoming season to recognize victims of police brutality, a source familiar with the league's discussions told The Undefeated on Thursday.

The song would be performed before "The Star-Spangled Banner," the source said. The NFL's season opener is scheduled for Sept. 10, with the Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Houston Texans.

Having recently displayed increased awareness about the problems of systemic racism, the NFL, in collaboration with the NFL Players Association, is also considering listing the names of victims on uniforms through decals on helmets or patches on jerseys. The NFL also may produce educational programs about victims, among other plans.

Early last month, commissioner Roger Goodell in a video admitted that the league had erred in how it handled peaceful NFL player protests of police brutality and systemic oppression. Goodell condemned racism and affirmed that Black lives matter, pledging his allegiance to the players in the battle for equal justice under the law.

Also in June, the league revealed plans to increase its social justice footprint by pledging to donate $250 million over a 10-year period.

The league hopes its efforts demonstrate "a genuine commitment to the public, players and coaches and that player voices continue to be heard," the source wrote in a text message. "This is key to educating fans, and becoming a prominent voice in the fight to end racism."

NFL is pathetic.

 

Matianus

Sparrow
Unrelated to NBA, but related to "systemic racism" sham in professional sports. The NFL plan to raise awareness on "systemic racism" this upcoming season. But it gets worse.




In normal times, I would believe the decision to saturate sports with cultural propaganda would be detrimental to ratings, and therefore, revenue for the league. However, with so many people bored at home and with little else to do other than consume entertainment, the league might get away with it as those put off by this obvious CNN-style programming may choose to look the other way and continue to watch sport games.
 
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