December 8, 2018 - Blog Post
It is being widely reported that former NFL football player, Terrell Owens is among a group that is intending to start an alternative professional football league. The league, named The Freedom Football League, is being described as a league that will allow the players to have the freedom to express themselves in addition to simply playing the game. This stands in stark contrast to the NFL, which has been criticized for the way in which they have treated Colin Kaepernick and other players who chose to protest racial injustice during football games.
The creators of the league are Owens, Ricky Williams, and Simeon Rice. There are up to 100 former players who are listed as early founders. They said that they will initially have 10 teams. It also appears that they will be doing some sort of equity based crowdfunding in addition to private investment. They want the viewers and fans to also be able to have a stake in the new venture.
I personally applaud the players for being forward thinking enough to attempt this new league. I don't know if they will be successful but I am super stoked that they are trying. That is the essence of entrepreneurship. As a people, we must be able to see potential opportunities and take advantage of them. Perhaps that will also force the NFL to step up their efforts to address racial issues in a more positive way.
Black people are huge consumers of professional football. We spend a whole lot of money and the NFL teams are full of Black players who risk it all on the gridiron every week during the season. We are a big part of the success of the NFL and if we are not going to be treated right, then we are well within our rights to try to form an alternative avenue for our talented players.
What are YOUR thoughts? Do you think this has a chance to succeed? Would you invest in this type of effort? Let us know!
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Sean "Diddy" Combs wants to get in on the opportunity to be the first Black business man to be a principal owner of an NFL franchise team. The Carolina Panthers' owner, Jerry Richardson, has said that he is ready to sell the team and Diddy has been working with other investors to put a deal on the table. Professional athletes, Steph Curry and controversial ex-quarterback Colin Kaepernick have said that they are willing to join the effort. It has been reported that the NFL wants a new owner by April of 2018.
The NFL has produced many millionaires by current and former players being able to invest their earnings from salaries and endorsement deals, but clearly, the lion's share of the profits come from actually owning a team and not just playing on the field. According to an article on NewYorkDailyNews.com, the average value of a NFL team is $2.4 billion dollars. That's a whole lot of profit. It's a fact that the majority of the starting line-ups of NFL teams are now Black, yet there is not one Black principal owner of any NFL team. That's a serious wealth disparity. Diddy and others are trying to change that dynamic.
If Black people in America are going to break the cycle of poverty we must begin to understand the power of ownership. We applaud the efforts of Diddy and the other investors. We need to promote and support these efforts whenever and however we can.
Sean Comb became a very successful entertainer and business owner after forming Bad Boy Entertainment in the 1993. Forbes Magazine estimated Diddy's net worth at $820 million dollars. He is very close to being the first hip hop billionaire.
Let's hope that he is successful and better yet, that his attempt inspires others to make the move towards business ownership. We'll keep you posted.
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Blog Post - It has been reported by CNN that fashion company, H&M had to apologize for using a Black child to advertise clothing that had the phrase "The Coolest Monkey In The Jungle." Really? It's hard to believe that the creative directors and executives at the company ALL did not realize how offensive that would be to Black consumers. With that being said, they in fact DID make that blunder. They have reportedly stopped the advertisements and will not make the clothing in question available for sale in the United States.
Black consumers spend millions of dollars on fashion each year. We often wear the clothing of name brand designers and many times elevate the "cool" factor for the brand. Blacks have been fashion trend setters since the days of the Harlem Renaissance and African prints and designs have been used to sell many clothes today.
In my opinion we should use times like this to remind us that we should be supporting Black owned fashion companies as much as we can. There are companies that take advantage of our purchasing power but do not have the care, concern, or sensitivities regarding the Black community.
We need to support companies that promote positive images of Black people not companies that don't even have the decency to be sensitive to our pain, struggle, and negative stereotypes.
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