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Video Killed the Radio StarWokeness Killed the NBA Star

Slate magazine struggles with the possibility that maybe, just maybe, the NBA's wokeness is contributing to its abysmal ratings.

Well, yeah. I can point to a ton of anecdotal evidence that it's hurting ratings, starting with me. I don't say to myself, "I'm not watching because the NBA is promoting leftist causes," but I do say, "It's been a long day at work. I just want to relax and watch. I don't want to move my mind on the plane of politics." So I watch something else.

I'm not mad, but I am tired . . . in general and of politics in particular, especially in an election year. I just want a break from it.

And I know a lot of people in my circle feel and do the same.

Added problem: I like to know who's on the court. I don't follow the game closely enough to be able to identify the players by their faces or even by their numbers. I want to see their names. I don't want to see "Equality" hit a three or "Say Her Name" blocked a shot or "Enakopravnost" got the assist. It simply doesn't help viewers do what they would be coming to do: enjoy basketball.

I think y'all know I'm Catholic. I always stand ready to defend my faith. But that doesn't mean I harangue fellow Kiwanians at lunch with it. They're not there to be proselytized. They're there to talk about our town and club. For me to inject Catholicism in that setting? It would simply be out of place.

It's a simple concept.

It's too bad the NBA can't comprehend it.

We need Magic and Bird back. They loved the game and loved the league. They weren't there to make a larger point. They were great ambassadors and left the league in better shape than when they got there.

I'm afraid we won't be able to say the same about the NBA's current stars.