Football is America’s modern gladiator sport, and a great ritual for food, gambling and family gatherings. But that doesn’t mean the whole country would be lost on Sundays without the pigskin. In fact, Americans of all backgrounds are ditching the gridiron in droves, thanks in large part to the politicization of the 2016 season, sparked by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and racism.
Kaepernick’s protest and league owners’ decision to blackball him in response have drawn a line in the sand for many fans, with some asking why they should continue investing time and money to help grow a hopelessly corrupt and antiquated corporation. reasons besides the league’s treatment of Kap not to watch pro football this year.