No, I'm suggesting that smart business people make their business decisions based on the bottom line, not politics.Are you suggesting that the action cannot be both a political and a business statement at the same time?
It's funny that you said this shortly after saying "My actions are neither emotional nor irrational."That's fine. They're more than free to sell their souls for advertising revenue.
I said smart business people. ESPN has smart business people. Thompkins clearly did not.I would suggest that in many cases those two things are very difficult to separate. Take Smith & Wesson for example. Some years back they were sold to a British company called Thompkins PLC. That company entered into certain agreements with the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development to NOT market/sell their products in certain areas. That made many loyal S&W customers very upset and those customers began boycotting S&W products. This eventually caused Thompkins to see S&W to a company in Arizona that immediately voided those agreements with HUD.
That's no small part of what makes it funny.I don't see anything humorous about it at all.
That does not contradict my point.Thompkins simply realized that their POLITICAL stance had affected their BOTTOM LINE, and that the only way to fix it was to sell the company. They tried to make a political statement and it blew up in their faces.
Just as any US citizen, Hank Jr. has the right to shoot off his mouth. And just as any US citizen he has to accept the social and business consequences for his actions and words. The first amendment simply protects Hank Jr. from the government censuring Hank Jr.'s speech, not from private corporations or individuals deciding not to give him a platform to share his thoughts.Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
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I don't want to see religious bigotry in any form. It would disturb me if there was wedding between the religious fundamentalists and political right. The hard right has no interest in religion except to manipulate it. ~ Billy Graham in Parade magazine February 1, 1981.
Real Football is played on Saturdays.
ESPN is owned by Disney....that says it all.
Can you spell FRUITCAKES ?