Trump has often used the controversy stirred by protests during the national anthem inspired by Colin Kaepernick for political gains. In a deposition earlier this year, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones reportedly said Trump told him it’s a very winning, strong issue for me and that it lifts me.
Getting ahead of Trump’s attempts to use the NFL as political leverage was a large part of the reason why a new national anthem policy was passed in May.
But the abiding buildup is tiring and burdensome. They are human. No one likes their art, their achievements smeared.
I find the Patriots inside assaults most fascinating.
Football has always been a constant in my life and I’m excited about the unique opportunity to present America’s favorite sport to fans in a new way, said Luck in a league press release. The XFL will create first-class organizations that local cities across the country will be proud of.
Luck brings a wealth of experience from former jobs as the athletics director of West Virginia, CEO of the Houston Sports Authority, and, most recently, the head of regulatory affairs with the NCAA. He is also the father of Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.
As evidenced by chairman Vince McMahon’s strange introductory press conference in January, this league will be different. Featuring eight teams, 40-man rosters and a 10-game season, it will fill the offseason void for football. But it won’t be with flare.
It will not hire players who have arrest records, McMahon said. And it will make sure that all of its players stand for the national anthem, a policy that stands in stark contrast to the NFL. The more family friendly XFL even comes through in the league’s new red-white-and-blue logo, as opposed to ’01’s in-your-face black-and-red one. We want to entertain — that’s what we do, McMahon told The Daily. There are not going to be any politics involved with this thing. We’re not going to have any social issues involved. People want to be entertained. … It’s the entertainment value that sometimes is lost.