At least one member of Hollywood thinks that it is a bad idea for sport organizations to get involved with politics. Actor Dean Cain told Newsmax TV that sports leagues will continue to suffer if they continue to insert themselves into political issues.
“If people want to have a conversation about things away from the court, off the field, absolutely, by all means, express your First Amendment rights,” Cain said. “You are entitled to that and I support that 100 percent. I would fight for your right to say the things that you want to say.”
Several professional sports teams have taken stances on social issues including the George Floyd case, Georgia voting laws, and the 2020 election. Television ratings for the major sports leagues have been greatly affected by the appearance that politics are more important than the on-the-field product.
“I don’t want to see it on the field, on the jerseys, as a fan it turns me off, and I’m not alone in that,” Cain said. “That’s why a lot of their numbers are down and it’s unfortunate. Also, I would not hold someone’s political views against them if I didn’t agree with them.”
Earlier this month, Major League Baseball pulled its All-Star Game from Atlanta, Ga., in response to the state’s new voting law.
The announcement came after days of lobbying from civil rights groups and discussions with stakeholders like the Major League Baseball Players Association.
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Jay Weber: ‘Younger and Younger’ People Listening to Conservative Radio
“But, for some reason, we’re having even those younger and younger listeners tuning in. It’s not just dad or grandpa’s radio station, anymore.”
Newstalk 1130 WISN’s Jay Weber noted during his show Wednesday morning the Milwaukee station is seeing an influx of younger listeners, according to the latest Nielsen numbers.
While discussing Gutfeld on Fox News being the highest rated “late night” television show, beating the likes of Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, and Jimmy Fallon, Weber described an uptick in younger, less-traditional talk radio demographics.
“We, here on WISN, have been doing better with younger and younger listeners, recently, and during this last book WISN was the top radio station among all demographics,” Weber said. “The so-called six-plus demo, that signifies six-year-old and older — which is an idiotic measurement — but it captures the 18-to-25 demo that, historically, talk radio and stations like WISN didn’t do so well with. But, for some reason, we’re having even those younger and younger listeners tuning in. It’s not just dad or grandpa’s radio station, anymore.
“And I don’t know if this is a larger talk radio trend, or whether this is a lasting trend, but it would stand to reason that if a larger chunk of today’s young people is coming right out of the box as more fiscally and socially conservative people than previous generations, it would stand to reason that we would see it reflected in the ratings and consumer profiles of stations like Fox News and WISN.”
Gutfeld won the ratings battle in the 25-54 demographic, averaging 397,000 viewers to Stephen Colbert’s 373,000.
“Folks, Gutfeld leading Kimmel, Colbert, etc… with young people? That’s an interesting trend,” Weber said. “Their shows are a nightly dose of liberalism. Gutfeld’s show is a nightly dose of conservatism. And look which one is winning out. Even with the younger demographics.”
Eric Bolling Questions Laura Ingraham After Trump Comments
“Solid, solid Trump supporter. Even spoke at the (Republican) National Convention for Trump. What do you mean, ‘no Trump;? What’s wrong with you?”
Fox News host Laura Ingraham has made comments recently suggesting it might be time for America to move past Donald Trump. Newsmax’s Eric Bolling strongly disagrees.
“Donald Trump’s been a friend of mine for 25 years, and I’m always very open about this on my show,” Ingraham said on The Truth with Lisa Boothe podcast. “But, you know, we’ll see whether that’s what the country wants. The country I think is so exhausted, they’re exhausted by the battle, the constant battle, that they may believe that, well, maybe it’s time to turn the page if we can get someone who has all Trump’s policies, who’s not Trump.”
Bolling, during a segment discussing the FBI’s raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, called Ingraham a friend before saying “Much like the organization she works for, Fox News’ Laura Ingraham seems to have thrown in the proverbial Trump towel.”
After airing the clip of Ingraham’s statement, Bolling said “Respectfully, I beg to differ, Laura. A friend of mine. Solid, solid Trump supporter. Even spoke at the (Republican) National Convention for Trump. What do you mean, ‘no Trump;? What’s wrong with you?”
It’s not the first time Bolling has accused Fox News of dumping Trump, claiming the network “turned their back” on the former President earlier this month. MSNBC’s Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough also insinuated the network had left Trump behind to push Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) in July.
Trevor Noah: ESPN Should Let NBA Broadcasters Cover Elections
The NBA hopes teams use that night as an opportunity to encourage fans to vote and amplify the need for civic engagement.
The NBA announced it is taking Election Day off as the league will have all 30 teams playing the night before Americans head to the voting polls.
Furthermore, the NBA hopes teams use that night as an opportunity to encourage fans to vote and amplify the need for civic engagement.
During his monologue for Tuesday’s edition of “The Daily Show,” host Trevor Noah spotlighted the decision and made a crazy suggestion to NBA television partners like ESPN.
With no games to call, Noah joked that ESPN commentators should look head to the polls and do play-by-play of Americans voting as if it were an NBA game.
“I think since there’s no games on that night, the ESPN commentators should cover voting if they cover the NBA, just make it super interesting,” Noah said.
“Jeremy Wilkins is coming up to the voting booth now. It’s his first season voting. He’s really, oh no, he called outside the bubble. That’s not going to scan; the refs are not going to like it at all.”
Along with encouraging their fans to vote on Nov. 8, teams will share election information such as registration deadlines.
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