A massive “kneeling protest” is being planned ahead of this weekend’s upcoming NFL playoff game in Minneapolis, with demonstrators preparing to storm the arena to bring awareness to “police violence” throughout the country.
According to a local news station, the organization, Take a Knee Nation Twin Cities, is organizing the mass protest outside US Bank Arena in “honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.” and to express solidarity with professional athletes who choose to “take a knee” during the performance of the national anthem.
The demonstrations are planned for 2:30pm, just one hour before the Minnesota Vikings are set to face-off against the New Orleans Saints.
As the protests swirl outside the arena, it remains unclear how many NFL players will kneel during the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ during the playoff’s pre-game ceremony.
The National Football League is struggling to regain fans and sports enthusiasts after a disastrous 2017 season. Following months of player protests, the NFL has hemorrhaged support among its viewers; dropping 10% from its disappointing 2016 season.
According to a recent poll, 33% of NFL fans “tuned out” of an already-lackluster 2017 season, citing player protests as the main reason behind their decision to change the channel.
Industry insiders say the “player protests” have cost the NFL upwards of $500 million in revenue, decreased ticket sales, merchandise, and low turnout.