Last week President Trump blasted the NBA over their decision to make social justice a centerpiece of their brand.
“I think what they’re doing to the NBA in particular is gonna destroy basketball,” Trump told reporters on Air Force One.
Trump explained that he believes people don’t want to be lectured on politics while watching sports.
“It’s very bad for the NBA, and it’s gonna prove to be very bad for football” he said.
Now a new Harris Poll shows President Trump may have some statistics to back up his claim.
Per Forbes “a new Harris Poll backs Trump’s critique of the NBA, with 39% of sports fans saying they are watching fewer games. And the chief reason why? Politics. The longtime polling agency surveyed nearly 2,000 people over the weekend and gave people ten options to choose from on why they are watching less basketball.
“The league has become too political” was the clear choice for the decline, with 38% of respondents. “Boring without fans” captured 28% of the vote while the NBA’s association with China caused 19% of sports fans to turn the dial, another nod to a league Trump labeled a “political organization” last week after players boycotted games in response to a police officer shooting Jacob Blake seven times in the back in Kenosha, Wisconsin.”