After weeks of hyping the tournament the final match between the US and The Netherlands the final viewership was down 43.8 percent from the last final in 2015.
The AP reported:
The United States’ 2-0 victory over the Netherlands in Sunday’s FIFA Women’s World Cup final averaged nearly 15.6 million U.S. viewers on English- and Spanish-language television.
It was the most-viewed match this season, but a decrease from the 2015 final.
The match averaged 14.27 million viewers on Fox, according to the network and Nielsen, and peaked at 19.6 million. It was a 22 percent increase over last year’s FIFA World Cup men’s final between France and Croatia, which averaged 11.44 million.
The audience was down 43.8 percent from the 2015 final between the U.S. and Japan, which averaged 25.4 million viewers. That match though was played in Canada and started at 7 p.m. Eastern, compared to Sunday’s in France, which kicked off at 11 a.m. Eastern.
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Megan Rapinoe Says She Is Convincing You ‘Question Everything’ About America
This article was sourced from TheFederalistpapers
United States Women’s National Team soccer star and World Cup Champion Megan Rapinoe believes she is converting people to her anti-American stance.
She spoke to Anderson Cooper on CNN on Tuesday and discussed a variety of issues, including her National Anthem protests.
“I think that protest is not comfortable ever,” she said. “It’s going to force people to look inward and question everything they thought that they knew.”
“Being a gay American, I know what it means to look at the flag and not have it protect all of your liberties,” she said.
In response to Rapinoe the United States Soccer Federation created a rule in 2017 that said players had to stand for the National Anthem.
Rapinoe was asked, after that decision, why she was protesting the Anthem as she decided to stand with her hands at her sides.
She said that “taking care of others, standing up for yourself and other people if they don’t have the ability to do so, is very uniquely American.”
“I don’t think anybody can deny the horrors of racism and Jim Crow and mass incarceration and what’s happening on the southern border and gay rights and women’s rights.”
She also wrote an op ed in The Players Tribune that, she said, explained her stance on protesting The National Anthem.
“I have chosen to kneel because in the time it has taken me to write this article, many more Americans have been lost to senseless violence.
“I have chosen to kneel because not two miles from my hotel in Columbus, Ohio, on the night before our USWNT match against Thailand, a 13-year-old boy named Tyre King was fatally shot by a police officer. I have chosen to kneel because I simply cannot stand for the kind of oppression this country is allowing against its own people.
I have chosen to kneel because, in the words of Emma Lazarus, ‘Until we are all free, we are none of us free,’” she said.
“But this is about more than just raising awareness. I know that actions must be taken to help bring about real change.
“Right now, I am reaching out to community leaders, corporate partners and leaders within the Black Lives Matter movement to figure out all the ways I can best support the efforts already in motion.
“While there may not be a perfect plan or solution in front of us, I encourage everyone reading this to join in the conversation.
“Together, we can listen to the people who are living this nightmare every day. We can try to empathize with their pain and start to understand a more complete picture of what is going on in our society.
“We can read articles, editorials, books and stories in order to peel back the layers of this centuries-old oppression,” she said.
“Having these kinds of conversations can be difficult and complex, but so what? We should talk to our family members and challenge them, bringing these hard problems to the dinner table and persevering through uncomfortable conversations. This is not a ‘them’ problem — this is an ‘us’ problem,” she said.
It is interesting that she thinks she is having an influence on getting people to be less patriotici when, judging by the response, it has not worked that way.
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Limbaugh: Rapinoe 'Wants a Kaepernick Deal with Nike' -- 'The LGBTQ Angle'
This article was sourced from BreitbartWednesday on his nationally syndicated radio show, conservative talker Rush Limbaugh speculated on the what was motivating U.S. Women’s Soccer National Team co-captain Megan Rapinoe’s criticism of President Donald Trump and some of her other antics during the playing of the National Anthem.
Limbaugh suggested Rapinoe could be seeking a similar deal with athletic apparel maker Nike to that of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Partial transcript as follows (courtesy of RushLimbaugh.com):
What are we supposed to take from this? Somebody help me, is she LGBTQ? OK. OK. Then that’s what this means. She’s talking about the oppression of gays. And Trump wants to bring that back. That’s what Make America Great Again means. He wants to go back, and he wants people like her in the closet.
There’s not a single utterance ever from Donald Trump on the subject. And, you know what? Anderson Cooper doesn’t care, as long as she’s saying it, mission accomplished. Cooper then said, “Can you see a day where you do put your hand over your heart and sing the national anthem?”
So here we have the captain of the American women’s soccer team reluctant to sing the national anthem. Do you know what I think this babe may be angling for? Kaepernick. She wants a Kaepernick deal with Nike. Damn straight. She’s angling for a Kaepernick. She’s showing Nike she can be just as anti-American as Kaepernick. Give me a chance. Let me do the LGBTQ angle of Kaepernick.
I don’t think they would pay her the same. Well, I say that. Who would ever know? We don’t know what they’re paying Kaepernick. We would only know if they pay her the same as Kaepernick if we find out what they’re paying Kaepernick. But she would demand to be paid the same as Kaepernick. But then she would have to perform like Kaepernick. They’d have to design a set of soccer shoes that had the American flag on it, she’d have to say, “Nope, not wearing ’em. Don’t sell ’em,” and they would say, “OK. We won’t.” Or whatever. Anyway, here’s how she answered the question.
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Megan Rapinoe Smirks, Refuses to Put Hand over Heart During National Anthem at World Cup Parade
This article was sourced from BreitbartWomen’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe smirked and refused to put her hand over her heart when the national anthem played during the World Cup victory parade in New York on Wednesday.
The title-winning team stood as the parade down Manhattan’s Canyon of Heroes started, and most of Rapinoe’s teammates placed their hands over their hearts and sang the Star-Spangled Banner.
But just as she did while in France over the last month during the Women’s World Cup games, Rapinoe stood defiantly with her hands clasped behind her back and a wide smirk across her face.
During the anthem…#USWNTParadepic.twitter.com/ely2JGmv72
— RickLeventhalFoxNews (@RickLeventhal) July 10, 2019
As far back as last May, Rapinoe made it clear that she would never put her hand over her heart and sing during the national anthem again because of President Donald Trump.
“I’ll probably never put my hand over my heart. I’ll probably never sing the national anthem again,” Rapinoe said adding she views herself as “a walking protest when it comes to the Trump administration,” because of “everything I stand for.”
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