According to a recent Rasmussen poll, 30% of American adults say they are less likely to watch sporting events that promote BLM. Only 21% of U.S. adults said BLM messaging would make them more likely to watch a game. But 43% of viewers said BLM messaging would not impact their support for professional sports teams.
The survey found those who follow sports less than once a week on television on radio are more likely to tune out over BLM propaganda. In contrast, among those who follow sports avidly, only 15% said BLM would make them tune out.
This comes as many professional athletes are kneeling for the national anthem, to protest alleged racism and show solidarity with the BLM movement.
In Major League Baseball (MLB), players on four teams took part on July 23 in a pre-game tribute to BLM prior to the national anthem — the Washington Nationals hosting the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers hosting the San Francisco Giants.
Even after the BLM tribute, at least one player — Mookie Betts of the Dodgers — remained on one knee in protest for the national anthem.
The trend of BLM kneeling has spread to entire teams in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Teams such as the Los Angeles Clippers, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Oklahoma City Thunder, the New Orleans Pelicans and the Utah Jazz have taken a knee before games in recent weeks.
But not all athletes are kowtowing to the BLM movement. For instance, Sam Coonrod, a relief pitcher for the San Francisco Giants, did not kneel during the pre-game BLM tribute in Los Angeles. The decision, Coonrod explained, was spurned by the fact that BLM, as an organization, has a Marxist bent and calls for the destruction of the nuclear family.
Coonrod told media, "I'm a Christian, like I said, and I just can't get on board with a couple of things that I have read about Black Lives Matter, how they lean towards Marxism and they've said some negative things about the nuclear family."
He claimed he "meant no ill will," adding, "I don't think I'm better than anybody. I'm just a Christian. I believe I can't kneel before anything but God, Jesus Christ. I chose not to kneel. I feel if I did kneel I'd be a hypocrite. I don't want to be a hypocrite."
Likewise, in the NBA, Jonathan Isaac from the Orlando Magic declined to wear a BLM t-shirt and get on one knee — unlike the rest of his teammates. Isaac cited his religious faith as the reason.
"For me, black lives are supported through the gospel," explained Isaac. "All lives are supported through the gospel. We all have things that we do wrong and sometimes it gets to a place that we're pointing fingers at whose wrong is worst."
"I feel like the Bible tells us that we all fall short of God's glory," he continued. "That will help bring us closer together and get past skin color — and get past anything that's on the surface and doesn't really get into the hearts of men and women."
All of this comes as professional sports teams are forced to play in empty stadiums for fear of spreading the Wuhan virus. The MLB season got pushed back several months due to the virus outbreak. Likewise, the NBA put its season on hold, suspending all games from mid-March until late July.