NAACP President Derrick Johnson is requesting the NFL terminate its contract and business relationship with Fox Corporation. Johnson has requested a meeting with NFL leadership to try and convince them to end the over $1 billion contract networks pay to broadcast games. Johnson claims the Fox Corporation- specifically Fox News has a history of “bigotry and racism” and therefore should not be permitted to air the games.
The Hill reports:
“For several decades, the Fox Corporation, and more specifically, Fox News has represented the worst traditions of American broadcasting,” Johnson said in a statement provided to The Hill. “The media outlet has used its news division to sow bigotry and racism, create dissension, spread misinformation, and promote conspiracy theories that ultimately led to an insurrection against the U.S. Capitol. It is safe to say, the views and opinions of Fox News are often squarely positioned against the progression of our democracy and not in the general public’s best interest.”
Johnson accused Fox of exploiting its licensing deal with the NFL through “increasingly high cable subscriber fees” that he says go towards subsidizing its news division.
“However, this is just one aspect of its inaccurate, incendiary coverage of racial injustice. Network personalities routinely attack Black Lives Matter and downplay the existence of systemic racism and police brutality,” he added. “A league where nearly 70% of the players are Black and prides itself as America’s favorite sports pastime, should not be complicit in helping to increase the profits of Fox News.”
“The NFL should immediately rethink its relationship with Fox, given all that Fox has done to harm its players and the franchise. It’s disturbing that this renewal is even on the table,” Johnson said.
Reports emerged last month that the NFL is requesting a 100% increase in TV right payments from its providers. Networks that broadcast the events include Fox, CBS, NBC.