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Americans Agree NFL Players Have the Right to Protest

14 September, 2018, 17:46 | Author: Tommie Newton
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"In their new ad campaign, we believe Nike executives are promoting an attitude of division and disrespect toward America", the college's president, Jerry Davis, said.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Kaepernick has turned into an activist against police violence and was effectively blacklisted by the NFL after kneeling during the U.S. national anthem in 2016 in solidarity with the "Black Lives Matter" movement.

Among people ages 18 to 34, 44% supported Nike's decision to use Kaepernick, while 32% opposed it, according to an SSRS Omnibus poll provided exclusively to CNN.

It will likely be months, if not longer, until anyone can fully measure the business impact of Nike Inc.'s controversial partnership with quarterback-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick, but early data from Edison Trends show sales tracking well above previous year. Nike's contribution to the GOP tops even that of rival brand New Balance, a company whose CEO has been vocal and unapologetic about his support for President Donald Trump. While nearly nobody had a negative view of Nike prior to the Kaepernick campaign according to ESPN, 17 percent of respondents in the latest poll now view Nike negatively.

According to data from Edison Trends, online sales of Nike products jumped 31 percent between the Sunday before and the Tuesday after Labor Day, almost double last year's 17 percent increase over the same time period. "There's no reason for it".

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By the end of business on Wednesday, Nike would close at $83 a share, an all-time high for the company.

Nike took it all in stride, releasing a statement instructing people on "how to burn our products properly".

Though the GMA host agrees with the NFL protests, Strahan did offer one note of criticism: The players and the league owners need to work together.

Michael Strahan has previously been outspoken regarding the controversial NFL protests during the national anthem, even defending Colin Kaepernick for starting the national movement.

Quinnipiac also surveyed voters about demonstrations by NFL players during the national anthem. The only exception was Republicans, who disapproved 60 to 39 percent. The margin of sampling error for the poll is plus or minus 3 percentage points. Interviewers for both surveys called landlines and cellphones.

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