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NHL: League Dumps Themed Warmup Jerseys After Public Backlash Over Pride Night

Sports heroes are great and all. But there’s another kind of hero that’s even better.

After years of sports leagues bending over backward to appease one political interest group after another, the pendulum seems to be starting to move in the other direction.

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Individual players with convictions have opted out and they have done so in such a gracious way that the activists attacking people for their genuine religious and moral convictions actually look like the bad guy in the story.

This is a real momentum shift. And sports executives seem to be realizing that antagonizing your own audience hurts the bottom line.

Target and Bud Light have served as strong reminders that Republicans spend money too.

This decision from the NHL comes after a season that was filled with how various Pride nights were handled across the league. Some individual players refused to wear the warmup jerseys, and several teams chose not to wear an LGBTQ-themed warmup jersey at all.

Immediately following the meeting, Bettman spoke with Sportsnet about the decision. Bettman said the debate about the jerseys became more of a “distraction.” He also suggested that nixing the jerseys would put more focus onto the nights themselves.

“Actually, I’ve suggested that it would be appropriate for clubs not to change their jerseys in warmups because it’s become a distraction and taking away from the fact that all our clubs, in some form or another, host nights in honor of various groups or causes,” Bettman said. “We’d rather those continue to get the appropriate attention that they deserve and not be a distraction.”

Bettman acknowledged the jerseys can make fans the LGBTQ community feel more included and that the NHL made this decision during Pride month but re-emphasized his opinion that the jerseys had become a distraction. — CBS

There were a few examples of players last season who opted not to wear the rainbow-hued versions of their practice jersey as part of a Pride-themed night. Reporters then started to ask who was and was not wearing the jersey on different teams. Players started calling out other players by way of the media.

It was NOT a good situation.

More attention was being paid to the gossip than there was to the game.

Teams can still have certain nights set aside for special occasions or themes, but they will not be having players wear one-off versions of their jerseys.

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