A Facebook page calling for people to boycott watching or listening to NFL games on Veterans Day is gaining serious traction with over 100,000 followers.
The “Boycott the NFL” Facebook page has been “liked” by nearly 120,000 and followed by 122,000 and purports the sentiment: “We love football, but we love our flag more.”
Veterans Day is being observed on Friday, Nov. 10, so the Facebook page’s protest would call for fans to boycott Sunday, Nov. 12, and Monday, Nov. 13, games.
“Until millionaire football players stop protesting the National Anthem of the United States, we’ll be here,” the Facebook page’s description reads.
The popularity of the page comes as more NFL players than any other year have made gestures of protest during the playing of the national anthem. More than 300 players kneeled the Sunday after President Trump called for those kneeling to lose their jobs.
This past Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence left the Indianapolis Colts game, when players on the opposing San Francisco 49ers team knelt for the national anthem.
It is unclear as to the exact extent to which the protests have hurt the NFL’s ratings, though the league is certainly wary of the protests’ potential to do so. League executives spoke with influential players and owners about how best to move forward regarding protesting in a meeting at NFL headquarters two weeks ago.
There is apparent hesitancy to mandate that players can’t protest on a league-wide basis.
Influential Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and the owner of the Miami Dolphins said this week that players who “disrespect the flag” will be benched.
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