(WASHINGTON TIMES) — Plagued with sagging ratings, player protests and fan outrage, the NFL has thrown a political Hail Mary by reportedly agreeing to dole out millions to social-justice groups connected to Democratic billionaire George Soros.
Under an agreement with the Players Coalition, NFL owners plan to funnel tens of millions to the Dream Corps, a leftist advocacy group led by ex-Obama adviser Van Jones and linked to Mr. Soros, which has called for saving the Clean Power Plan, cutting the prison population by half, and providing “sanctuary for all.”
The $89 million, seven-year deal also carves out millions for the Players Coalition, according to ESPN, which has been advised by Soros-funded groups such as the Campaign for Fair Sentencing of Youth and the Center for American Progress, a leader of the anti-Trump resistance.
Still, there’s no guarantee that the hefty payout will solve the league’s public-relations woes.
The bargain is aimed at addressing the social-justice concerns that have led players to sit or kneel during the national anthem, but nothing in the deal requires players to stand for the national anthem.
In fact, two of the most dedicated protesters—Eric Reid of the San Francisco 49ers and Michael Thomas of the Miami Dolphins—have vowed to keep kneeling, describing the deal as inadequate.
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