President Donald Trump broke script on Thursday while speaking to a group of veterans, and asked one question that sent the entire room into applause.
During his address at the Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride at the White House, Trump shifted from his scripted speech to praise the fortitude and courage of America’s service members.
Throughout his speech, the president praised and thanked America’s military and their families for making the ultimate sacrifice to protect the nation.
In his signature style, Trump suddenly went off-script to showcase his personal feelings.
“Have you ever given in? Anybody here? I don’t think so. This is not a stage of those that gave in,” he said while turning toward the veterans standing behind him.
The room erupted into applause.
Trump said the heroes behind him “don’t know what those words mean,” saying, “They are winners.”
He also addressed the diversity of America showcased by the military, and that the veterans on the stage with him were an inspiration to all Americans.
“The heroes in this room today come from every background and every, single walk of life,” Trump said. “But they are united by the sacred bonds of duty and loyalty that hold us together as one nation under God.”
Now nearly a decade and a half old, Soldier Ride is one of the Wounded Warrior Project’s largest events. Today, President Trump hosted a number of these American heroes at the White House. https://t.co/5LV5Dj10aX
In case you missed it … In recent months, millions of Americans have come forward to express their utter outrage over multimillionaire NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem. It didn’t take long for Americans to turn their anger about the issue into action. The actions of the owner of the gas station chain, Pilot Flying J, have forced a group of truck drivers, veterans, and good old American patriots to boycott the brand. The owner of the chain also owns the NFL’s Cleveland Browns. One store manager in Kentucky took it too far, leaving a very unsavory taste in the mouths of angry Americans.
Ever since that particular incident took place, a big group of American veterans have been working on a protest which has demanded that the Flying J install a flag pole in order to fly both the American flag as well as the POW flag.
Pilot Flying J released a statement which claimed that the flags cannot be flown because of “safety reasons.”
That wasn’t the only part of the controversy surrounding the gas station chain. An entirely separate group of Americans began calling for a boycott of all Pilot Flying J gas stations due to on-field protests by owner Jimmy Haslam’s Browns football players. A video was recorded outside of a Pilot Flying J location and uploaded to Facebook. A man who identified himself as a Navy veteran named Matt explained that he was calling for a boycott of all Pilot Flying J stores until Haslam ended the support to those who are disrespecting our country’s flag, and in turn disrespecting everything it stands for.
I don’t think this will be the last boycott that we see due to the National Anthem protests. Football team owners are beginning to see that they will be paying big time for supporting the ridiculous actions of their players. It’s time for Americans to start respecting the flag once again.
It hasn’t even been a full month since the last mass shooting in America and now another is underway at this very moment. This time, a different but specific target has been identified, as the shooter has intentionally gone after our nation’s heroes at a veteran care facility in California, where most of these former soldiers are helpless. This seems to be no coincidence and now several hostages have been taken as the tense and deadly situation unfolds.
Kron4.com reported there were preliminary reports that upwards of 30 shots were fired. Police have not confirmed the report.
“Law enforcement is at the Yountville Veteran’s Home right now following reports of gunfire. The safety of our residents, workers and the community is our top priority,” the veterans home said in a statement on Facebook. “We have activated our emergency response protocol and are cooperating with law enforcement. Further official information will be provided by law enforcement when it is confirmed.”
An official from the veteran’s home told the news station that it was unclear if the shots were fired from inside or outside the building.
The Napa Valley Register reported an armed gunman, dressed in black with body armor, entered the building and may have taken hostages.
There was no immediate information on injuries.
According to California Department of Veterans Affairs, the Veterans Home of California in Yountville dates back to 1884 and is considered the largest veterans home in the U.S. with more than 1000 veterans from all wars dating back to World War II.
One of the nation’s largest veterans care facilities in the country was put on lockdown Friday morning after reports of an active-shooter and hostage situation, facility officials said.
“Law enforcement authorities have responded to the Yountville Veterans Home this morning following reports of gunfire near the main dining hall. The facility is on lockdown, and all residents and staff are sheltering in place. We will continue to update you as we get more information,” said state Department of Veterans Affairs spokesman Johsua Kiser in an email.
The 600-acre campus was put into lockdown about 10:40 a.m. and remained that way more than 30 minutes later.
“Everyone is just in alert mode, and we’re taking information as it comes,” Kiser told The Times in a phone interview from his office on the east side of the campus. “Our shades are drawn. Locked the doors.”
An employee who answered the phone said the shooter had taken three hostages but Kiser could not confirm it.
The Napa County Sheriff’s Office told people to avoid the area. The facility is just north of Napa, a destination for wine and tourism.
While little is known about the motive or shooter, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat has reported a somewhat specific description of the assailant:
The Napa Valley Register reported that the police activity concerned a man armed with an automatic weapon, dressed in black, wearing body armor who may have taken three people hostage in Building G.
The report also indicated that while the building itself is on lockdown, “the Sheriff’s Office issued a public notice urging people to avoid the area, off Highway 29 near the Napa Valley Museum and local veterans hospital.”
It will be interesting to see if the same outrage from the left exists in the aftermath of this terrifying incident, considering the difference in who was targeted. Will they use it to scream for gun control demand better protection of some of our most valuable members of society, or does this not fit well within their agenda since it’s veterans who aren’t likely to speak out against gun control after they emerge from this scenario alive.
This attack proves a terrifying fact that nobody is safe in a public place and that the fear of hospitals being the target is now a horrifying reality. They house the most vulnerable victims inside who don’t stand a chance of escape and make an easy target for deranged individuals to enact their sickening plans.
Under the Obama Administration, we were living in a country that treated Illegal Aliens and Syrian refugees better than our veterans. That was the America that Obama had created.
Under Obama, the Veterans Affairs (VA) was one of the most mismanaged government entities since 2008. In fact, it had gotten so bad that Obama should have been brought before Congress to account for how poorly and disgustingly he treated our men and women in uniform.
And just when you thought Obama could not treat our vets any worse, he proves us all wrong.
American heroes cannot make doctor’s appointments, the cost of treatment is insanely high, and over 307,000 veteransdied while waiting for care. As bad as the problems have gotten, no one has been held accountable.
The most egregious dereliction of his duties came when the VA appeared before Congress and argued that they were short $2,600,000,000 in their budget because that money was taken by Obama and placed in his Syrian refugee program.
The Secretary of Veteran Affairs, Robert McDonald, told Congress that if they are not provided an additional $2.6 billion, they will be forced to deny veterans the care they deserve.
Since 2008, the VA has been so underfunded, they are forced to deny vets everything ranging from doctor appointments to suicidal help, and now Obama is cutting their funding by $2.6 billion so that he can resettle Syrian refugees inside the United States.
Congress was forced to vote on and pass an emergency spending bill worth $3.5 billion.
Immediately following that, Obama’s administration sent an additional $4.5 billion to help rebuild Syrian mosques and homes. Additionally, Obama sent an astonishing $419 million more to Syria for “humanitarian aid.” READ MORE
President Donald Trump delivered an epic State of the Union address with over 115 standing ovations. Even critics of the president were stunned, describing it as one of the best SOTU addresses of all time. Yet, the Democrats sat on their hands, and one amnesty-loving representative, Luis Gutierrez, was even downright disgraceful. Yelling, “F*ck Americans,” and spitting on our veterans killed in action, Gutierrez walked out of the SOTU after chants of “USA” started — but he was met by a brutal surprise.
Illinois Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez stormed out of President Donald Trump’s first State Of The Union address Tuesday night as “USA” chants erupted on the House floor.
Towards the end of President Trump’s speech, Gutierrez was spotted on camera getting up and exiting the chamber after Trump praised monuments across the country. As members of Congress applauded the president’s comments, the Illinois Democrat rose from his seat and walked out the door, yelling “F*ck Americans,” according to one report.
When chants of “U.S.A.” Rose up at #SOTU , Democrat Luis Gutierrez was so triggered that he literally ran out shouting “Fuck Americans.”
So, what was Trump saying that caused this idiot to act like a un-American fool? Well, the president was on fire, inspiring Americans across the country, saying, “Monuments to Washington and Jefferson — to Lincoln and King. Memorials to the heroes of Yorktown and Saratoga — to young Americans who shed their blood on the shores of Normandy and the fields beyond.”
The president continued, “And others, who went down in the waters of the Pacific and the skies over Asia. And freedom stands tall over one more monument: This one. This Capitol. This living monument to the American people. A people whose heroes live not only in the past, but all around us — defending hope, pride, and the American way.”
Before we get to Gutierrez’s walk out and his brutal surprise, let’s discuss his attire. The amnesty-loving representative was wearing a #MeToo pin, a rainbow pin with “I love Dreamers,” and an African cloth over one shoulder.
Halfway through Trump’s epic address, the camera spotted Gutierrez while Trump was talking about tax cuts. The Illinois representative was in a “mad dog” stare. I guess he hates Americans having more of our money in our pockets or that the president brought Latino unemployment down to an all-time low.
It only got worse for the Democrats, who refused to stand for not only the national anthem and flag but also the historic lows in unemployment for black and Hispanics or anytime the president mentioned “God.”
When Trump said, “Monuments to Washington and Jefferson — to Lincoln and King. Memorials to the heroes of Yorktown and Saratoga — to young Americans who shed their blood on the shores of Normandy and the fields beyond,” that was the moment the chamber spontaneously started chanting, “USA, USA!”
The video included in the tweet below captures the moment Gutierrez takes his leave:
Chant of “U.S.A.” causes Democrat Luis Gutierrez to leave the #SOTU. If it offends him so much perhaps he shouldn’t come back to work tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/EMSxDZykIi
Those words triggered Rep. Gutierrez to employ a tactic that un-American dimwits do best. He walked out like a crying baby. When Trump mentioned the “blood on the shores of Normandy,” he got up and left, spitting on our World War II veterans who died on those shores. Dressed in his leftist garb of pins and cloth, playing identity politics, his heaped disgrace on his constituents who deserve to be represented by a real man who loves America.
Americans were on fire giving him a brutal surprise. “All American Lady” tweeted, “My name is Luis Gutierrez (D-IL 04). Last night, President Donald J Trump honored our veterans and claimed the Capitol as a monument to the people. A USA chant broke out in the chamber. I became so triggered that I stormed out to a safe space. I hate America.”
My name is Luis Gutierrez (D-IL 04). Last night, President Donald J Trump honored our veterans and claimed the Capitol as a monument to the people. A USA chant broke out in the chamber. I became so triggered that I stormed out to a safe space. I hate America. #SOTU2018pic.twitter.com/Q6hylIfjKi
“Lib Antidote” tweeted, “@luisgutierrez is a real genius. He calls @realdonaldtrump a racist. Gee, how did you ever come up with that one. Go look at the conditions of Chicago hypocritical, phony, whining, microaggressed, snowflake, incompetent stooge.”
@luisgutierrez is a real genius. He calls @realdonaldtrump a racist. Gee, how did you ever come up with that one. Go look at the conditions of Chicago hypocritical, phony, whining, microaggressed, snowflake, incompetent stooge.
“What we learned at the #SOTU: Pelosi’s hemorrhoids flare up when she hears the words ‘work together,’ black politicians are apparently very angry that unemployment is at an all-time low in their communities, and Luis Gutierrez turns into a little snowflake when he hears ‘USA USA,’” posted “Braggadocio820,” summing up the feelings of most Americans.
What we learned at the #SOTU: Pelosi's hemorrhoids flare up when she hears the words "work together", black politicians are apparently very angry that unemployment is at an all time low in their communities, and Luis Gutierrez turns into a little snowflake when he hears "USAUSA"
Let’s be clear. We understand the opposing party will not stand for everything the president says. But, when they refuse to stand and clap for basic American themes, such as honoring the flag, honoring the military and police, and calling on God to protect us, as they choose to instead sit with blank stares during imagery of our dead heroes, that is disgusting and disgraceful.
But, Rep. Luis Gutierrez’s display goes well beyond that utter disgraceful behavior. He embodies the evilness that had been exposed in these rabid haters by President Donald Trump. He hates America and despises patriotic Americans, and that kind of evil comes from the depths of hell, which is where he belongs. No American, even if you identify as a liberal, should follow this current Democratic Party of imbeciles, and those who do have no business living in this great nation.
President Donald Trump stood for the forgotten men and women in America last night, he brought our past and tied it to our present when he said, “The people dreamed this country, the people built this country, the people keep this country free. And God bless America.” We hear that and know those who reject those patriotic sentiments can never be in power again.
The NFL has had its standards lowered this past season by millionaire players disrespecting the flag, players beating their wives/girlfriends and by the coward who leads the organization — Roger Goodell.
Just when you thought the league couldn’t possible get any lower or make any more shockingly dumb moves, news broke this morning that a massive veteran’s group known as AMVETS just had a nasty run-in with the NFL…
AMVETS officials have a message for the NFL: “Freedom of speech works both ways.”
In what AMVETS say is a case of “corporate censorship,” the NFL, which, unlike several other professional sports leagues, has allowed its players to protest the singing of the national anthem — and has paid dearly for doing so — has refused to run the “#PleaseStand” ad the veterans group produced in response to the divisive protest movement.
“Freedom of speech works both ways,” said AMVETS National Commander Marion Polk, the Army Times reports. “We respect the rights of those who choose to protest, as these rights are precisely what our members have fought — and in many cases died — for. But imposing corporate censorship to deny that same right to those veterans who have secured it for us all is reprehensible and totally beyond the pale.”
The group says the $30,000 ad featured service members saluting Old Glory as well as their response to the #TakeAKnee message: “#PleaseStand.”
NFL Vice President of Communications Brian McCarthy told the Army Times in a statement that the league asked AMVETS to change their message to “Please Stand for Our Veterans,” but the group was unable to make changes in time for the deadline. The NFL is running a similar ad from the Veterans of Foreign Wars with the message, “We Stand for Veterans.”
While the NFL for two years now has allowed players to sit, kneel, raise a fist or perform other symbolic acts during the performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the league says the Super Bowl is not a time for political messages. The Super Bowl, said McCarthy, has “never been a place for advertising that could be considered by some as a political statement.”
Despite the league’s current claims, as The Daily Wire highlighted last year, Super Bowl ads have often been politically charged.
Amid backlash against the anthem protests, players have insisted that their refusal to stand to honor the flag is not an act of protest against the nation as a whole, and thus is not an act of disrespect for those who have fought and are fighting to protect her. However, the founder of the movement, still unemployed former QB Colin Kaepernick, very clearly spelled out the reason he chose to initially sit and then kneel for the anthem: to protest the country as a whole.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said in August 2016 during the 2016 preseason. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
Kaepernick followed up that statement with other public denunciations of America, even at one point comparing her unfavorably to Communist Cuba.
The protests escalated in September 2017 after President Trump called on league owners to fire the “son of a b****” players who continued the divisive act of disrespect, with over 200 players refusing to honor the flag one weekend.
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For the past 8 years, Obama made it no secret how much he hated our military. He hollowed out our military capabilities to pre-world war II capabilities, while making it virtually impossible for our soldiers to protect themselves on the battlefield with the outrageous changes he made to our military’s Rules of Engagement (ROE), resulting in the deaths of dozens of our warriors. To add insult to injury, Obama constantly treated our service members like crap, refusing to do simple things like return salutes to Marines assigned to his detail, where he reduced our Marines to his personal umbrella-holding servant boys. Obama also would go back on his campaign promise to “fix the VA,” where hundreds of our veterans would go on to die waiting for medical treatment from their war injuries.
With Trump in office, things have taken a drastic and wonderful turn for the better. President Trump’s love and appreciation for our military is constantly on full display with the genuinely nice way he treats any service member he comes into contact with. Whether it’s chasing down a Marine’s hat that’s blown off, taking time from his busy schedule to visit our wounded warriors, going to a fallen soldier’s funeral, or firing 800 corrupt VA officials who worked during the Obama Administration, Trump’s sincere care and compassion for Americans truly knows no bounds.
So not surprisingly, when President Trump had the opportunity to honor our veterans over Veteran’s Day, despite his busy 11-day Asia tour, he would drop everything to honor our Vietnam veterans with an incredible ceremony and a heartfelt speech. Trump took the stage to honor all of America’s veterans, where he was flanked by 7 elderly Vietnam Veterans. But one of the veterans did something completely unexpected after Trump’s remarks, that will probably have Hussein Obama completely furious.
Standing with Vietnam veterans behind him, Trump said:
“Our veterans are a national treasure, and I thank them all for their service, sacrifice, and patriotism.”
“To each of you with me today, you are the heroes who fulfill your duty to our nation. And each of you, under the most difficult conditions, did what you had to do, and you did it well.”
Unlike Obama who made every event on planet earth about him, President Trump then turned the microphone over to the seven Vietnam heroes behind them, giving them the opportunity to say whatever was on their minds. The third veteran to speak, who was wearing a Navy SEAL veteran hat, could only get a few words out before choking up and turning to Trump saying:
“Mr. President, from my heart, thank you for your support of the military, and it’s an honor to be here as one of seven Vietnam veterans representing the 58,000 heroes that never made it home. Thank you so much,” the veteran said.
Immediately overcome with his appreciation and emotion for a Commander-in-Chief who genuinely cares, unlike our previous president, the veteran then hugged Trump and began weeping. The touching moment begins around 3:55:
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’ve never seen any World War II or Vietnam Veteran ever hug Obama for anything he did for them. Obama had no issue stabbing our elderly veterans in the back, as we all remember the heartbreaking images of wheelchair-bound elderly veterans being turned away from visiting their World War II memorial after Obama decided to shut it down back in 2013 as part of his political ploy to make Republicans pay. Even the Park Police thought it was incredibly horrible what Obama did, and refused to follow Obama’s orders and not let the veterans into the memorial.
Wheelchair-bound elderly veterans pushed aside barricades to tour the World War II Memorial Tuesday morning, in defiance of the government shutdown which closed all of the memorials in the nation’s capital.
The four bus loads of veterans — visiting from Mississippi as part of a once-in-a-lifetime Honor Flight tour — ignored National Park Police instructions not to enter the site as lawmakers and tourists cheered them on.
“We didn’t come this far not to get in,” one veteran proclaimed.
The scene was both emotional and comical at once. After it was clear they had lost control of the situation, Park Police officials stood aside, telling press that they had “asked for guidance on how to respond” to the breach of security.
As 80-something veterans slowly walked around the massive war memorial, Park Police stood quietly to the side, advising other tourists that the site was technically still closed. But they made no moves to stop the wishes of the war heroes.
The memorial was closed because of the government shutdown that started 11 hours earlier, after lawmakers failed to pass a temporary budget plan to keep nonessential federal programs operating. Republicans and Democrats have been stalled in budget fight for weeks, mostly over legislative add-ons dealing with the new healthcare law.
It’s wonderful to see our veterans finally being treated well by a Commander-in-Chief who doesn’t exist for the sake of furthering the Islamic agenda. You know Obama’s got to be pretty mad right now after seeing how much our veterans LOVE President Trump!
A security-screened crowd packed into Arctic Oasis Community Center, which serves the base as a family gym, indoor playground, hair salon, arcade and more. Trump arrived with a traveling team that included step son-in-law Jared Kushner on an Air Force jet from Beijing on their way back to Washington, D.C., after touring Asia with President Donald Trump.
The first lady spent less than an hour at a preplanned event to celebrate families of active-duty members that included arts and crafts, stories and games. It occurred on the observed holiday for Veterans Day, which falls on Saturday this year.
People held their phones over their heads and crushed up against barricades to document the moment. Some were trying for good shots of their children, handpicked to show the first lady activities including making rainbows in jars and creating decorative fish from plastic jewels, CDs and glitter.
The first lady’s visit was to highlight educational opportunities at the base in preschool, child care, and after-school programs.
“And to literally honor our military families,” Tammy De Benedetto, head of JBER child and youth services, said.
Air Force Master Sgt. David Jennings brought his wife, Lindsay, and their two daughters, Abigail and Annabelle, to see Trump, the Associated Press reported.
“A great family memory here,” Jennings said.
“What a genuine lady,” De Benedetto said. “Very humble.”
“With every child, with every student, with every staff – she interacted,” De Benedetto said. “Just a wonderful lady.”
The base is home to 14,000 soldiers, airmen, and civilian contractors and 15,000 family members.
Big government doesn’t work – and today’s proof is a large group of pissed off patriots.
Conservatives have long believed one thing about over-regulation – no matter how well-intentioned, there’s always unintended consequences. And it’s those consequences that often become unjust, or expensive, or just plain stupid.
Arlington National Cemetery is one of the most patriotic and revered places in the United States, as it serves as the final resting place for hundreds of thousands of our nation’s heroes.
But family members, friends and other visitors who may want to pay their respects at the cemetery have been forbidden by law from carrying one particular patriotic item with them — an American flag.
Under 38 U.S. Code § 2413, anyone displaying “any placard, banner, flag or similar device” at Arlington or other burial grounds run by the National Cemetery Administration without special pre-approval will be subject to a penalty of fines or up to a year in prison.
The reason such an absurd law was enacted in the first place?
You’ve probably heard of it – Westboro Baptist Church. The same guys who show up to protest the funerals of American soldiers, and rejoice when they perish. Those guys.
Westboro Baptist Church showed up at Arlington burials with posters chiding mourners with messages such as “Thank God for dead soldiers.” They picketed military funerals, claiming that combat deaths represented God’s anger for the country’s tolerance of homosexuality.
In response, [Republican Mike Rogers] helped write the ‘Respect for America’s Fallen Heroes Act,’ a bill that made it illegal to protest funerals held at Arlington Cemetery.
For obvious reasons, the law passed. But with one flaw – it banned “any placard, banner, flag or similar device.”
Now, the intent here was pretty obvious. After all, no one wants to pay respects to the fallen while a group of lib protesters are waving ISIS flags around.
But if you’re not part of a funeral, and you can’t honor fallen comrades with an American flag? Then we might have a problem. And a serious flaw in an otherwise decent law.
A massive Facebook group with hundreds of thousands of followers and likes has now called for a nationwide boycott of the National Football League on Veterans Day Weekend. The site urges fans around the country to change the channel “in solidarity” with Americans who respect the national anthem, our flag, and those who served to protect our rights and freedoms.
The official statement from the site urges people not to watch or listen to NFL games on November 12 in solidarity with veterans around the country, as football players have continued to disrespect the national anthem, the American flag, and everything our nation stands for. And lastly, it adds that until millionaire football players stop protesting the National Anthem of the United States the site will be there encouraging patriotic Americans to boycott the National Football League.
This comes after months of NFL players publicly protesting the performance of the Star-Spangled Banner during pre-game ceremonies which has caused millions of fed up fans to change the channel, stop buying NFL merchandise and boycotting their sponsors.
Published reports list the pizza chain among NFL sponsors complaining to the league about viewership decline
NFL ratings are down this season. That’s bad news for the league’s sponsors — including Papa John’s International Inc.
These companies are apparently not taking the slide sitting down. The Louisville-based pizza delivery chain was among a number of NFL sponsors to complain to the league about the state of viewership, according to the New York Business Journal.
According to the publication, Papa John’s told the league that pizza sales during NFL games have fallen since Sept. 22. That’s when President Donald Trump criticized players kneeling during the national anthem as a form of protest.
Likewise, ESPN reported today that “nearly all of the league’s longtime sponsors,” including Papa John’s, were “rattled.”
The company did not respond to a request for comment. But news that NFL ratings would hurt Papa John’s would hardly be surprising.
Indeed, NFL ratings have fallen 5.1 percent through the first seven weeks of the season, according to Sporting News. Ratings fell last year, too. For whatever reason, be it protests or Netflix or too many games, viewers are tuning football out.
Same-store sales at Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. have seemingly taken a corresponding hit.
The Minneapolis-based chicken wing chain has long advertised to sports fans, football in particular — to the point that chicken wing prices increase every year during football season.
Buffalo Wild Wings
Its same-store sales in the quarter ended Sept. 24 declined 2.3 percent at company locations and 3.2 percent at franchised outlets.
Papa John’s same-store sales increased 3.8 percent in the fourth quarter a year ago, when the company said television ratings for football games declined 8 percent. But executives said at the time that they felt that ratings decline.
“Given the fact that we have a significant investment into the NFL, an 8 percent rating does play a small factor in some of our performance,” company President Steve Ritchie said in February.
So many elements are potentially playing a role in weak industry sales it’s difficult to keep track of all of them. But the NFL problem is specific to the few chains that have chosen to use football as part of their marketing strategy.
Some analysts, including Instinet Analyst Mark Kalinowski and BTIG Analyst Peter Saleh, have already reduced their sales targets for Papa John’s as a result of the ratings weakness.
As it is, both Papa John’s and Buffalo Wild Wings in recent years have expanded their marketing efforts to other sports. Papa John’s, for instance, has a deal with Major League Baseball.
Buffalo Wild Wings is going even further, expanding into brand new sports. The company has been a pioneering sponsor of esports, or professional gaming. Earlier this month, the company announced the first partnership with an esports team, Team Dignitas.
We all know most football players are illiterates who really don’t seem to be able to understand the negative repercussions their actions will have, but the owners should know better. And because they know better they should say to the players, “You don’t stand for the anthem, you don’t play!” Simple. And since most of these players only care about their pocketbooks and their egos they will do what they are told to do.