Several Nearly Empty Stadiums As Fans Continue to Leave the League… Fans Convinced NFLRigged After Controversial Fumble Call… Paper: Refs Steal Touchdown
NFL Team Leaders to hold emergency meeting in NY this week
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The NFL likely hoped for a return to normalcy for Week 6, especially after Commissioner Goodell’s call to “move past the anthem controversy,” and address the issue in detail at league meetings on Tuesday. Instead, what the NFL got was a return to what has become the “new normal” in the age of anthem protests: empty seats.
Throughout the league, stadiums could be seen with thousands of empty seats at kickoff, and, in some cases in the middle of the game.
Here is a pic with several empty, or near empty stadiums at kickoff on Sunday:
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Note, that the Jets played New England on Sunday, meaning there should have been a big crowd for that game. The Texans, Atlanta, and Baltimore are also very relevant teams with relatively loyal fan bases. Yet, thousands upon thousands of fans no-showed or didn’t buy tickets for those games.
Fans convinced NFL rigged after controversial fumble call…
Jets TD reversed to a touchback after this is ruled a fumble out of the end zone. What a weird play pic.twitter.com/6nyHgbNCq3
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) October 15, 2017
PAPER: Refs steal touchdown…
The New York Jets were on the wrong side of one of the more puzzling calls we’ve seen in years, and the Patriots were the beneficiaries.
In the fourth quarter of Sunday’s Jets-Patriots game, Austin Seferian-Jenkins appeared to have scored a touchdown to bring the Jets within four points of New England. Seferian-Jenkins dove for the end zone and cleared the plane, but upon scoring review, the Patriots were awarded a touchback.
Somehow, this was ruled a fumble.
— Cosmic (@CosmicNYG) October 15, 2017
Georgia cheerleaders to protest anthem in stadium tunnel
KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — Five cheerleaders at a college in Georgia say they’ll kneel in the stadium tunnel when the national anthem is played at Saturday’s homecoming game, moved off field by their university after an earlier protest.
The so-called Kennesaw Five will kneel until the U.S. flag “represents what it should,” Kennesaw State University cheerleader Shlondra Young told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution .
“It was the scariest thing I’ve ever done,” said another cheerleader, Michaelyn Wright, of their protest a week earlier. The cheerleaders said they closely watched a national debate over NFL players kneeling during the anthem, adding they prayed before kneeling before a college game Sept. 30.
The decision to move the cheerleaders off field was made by the school’s athletic department, which meets after each game “to determine how best to enhance the game day atmosphere,” school spokeswoman Tammy DeMel said in a statement Monday to The Associated Press. It made no mention of the anthem protest.
“Some of the other changes have included painting the KS logo at midfield for the first time, processes to help expedite fan entry, and more loud speakers by the student section,” the statement added.
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