Baltimore Orioles: Is the NFL’s loss MLB’s gain?
The Baltimore Orioles and the sports world have been rocked with the national anthem protests across the NFL of late. I have my views on that, and you can find those out if you follow my social media accounts. I’m not going to go into that here.
However regardless of the reasoning as to why, many Americans are turning away from the NFL – for now. That may be the wrong way of putting it; some people claim they’re turning away from the NFL. Speaking for myself, I couldn’t do it. I love football too much!
But that aside, does MLB possibly have an opportunity? Baseball has long whistled a patriotic tune in the sense that three major American holidays (Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day) fall during the season, and the league does a great job of marking them. The past few years the patriotic line of memorabilia has been very strong.
However I would submit that the chance to gain fans isn’t as great as one might think. Baseball’s greatest lack in terms of demographics are younger fans – the millennials. However it’s mainly the older generations (Gen X and Baby Boomers) who are the ones who have an issue with the protests…
…or with the methodology, at least. Most people probably aren’t upset about the protests overall, they’re upset that they’re disrespecting the flag. But that’s another story. Even still, perhaps it’s time for MLB to remind folks that baseball in fact is and always will be “America’s Pastime.”