Boston.com- A Leominster bar owner says he won’t air NFL games after at least 100 players, including some from the New England Patriots, knelt during the national anthem over the weekend.
“These players want to jam it down our throat. If they want to protest, that’s fine, let them protest. Protest like everybody else does — on their own time, not at work when they’re supposed to be basically entertaining us,” Mike Cooley, owner of The Monument Tap, told WHDH. Instead of showing games this Sunday, the restaurant will feature live patriotic music and provide free food.
— Boston.com (@BostonDotCom) September 26, 2017
If you would like to protest NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem by not showing NFL games at your bar, all the power to you I guess, it’s your private business and you can run it however the hell you see fit.
However, from a business perspective I would surmise that eliminating the primary reason people go to bars on Sundays (to watch football) while also promising free food, is probably not the best business strategy from a money making perspective. I’m pretty sure the mere thought of giving out free food is enough to make bar expert Jon Taffer’s eyes pop out of his head and roll across the dirty floor (based on the Yelp reviews) of the Monument Tap.
But what do I know? Maybe the ban on NFL games will cause a huge influx of old men with bald eagles screen printed on the back of their leather jackets, who are more than happy to slug back a couple of Bud heavies at noon while a shitty cover band plays “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue” by Toby Keith (All time great Patriotic song BTW).
Or maybe the Monument Tap will run a special where at 1pm, after everyone has stood and saluted the flag for the national anthem, beers will only cost .45 cents for the rest of the day in honor of our 45th President Donald J. Trump.
Though serious question, what is the Monument Tap going to put on their tv’s all day? If the Sox don’t have a day game they are basically stuck with repeats of Charlie Moore Outdoors or infomercials for the Magic Bullet, which literally sounds like the 7th layer of TV viewing hell.