Kneeling in taxpayer funded stadiums. Yep, it’s on the roster again! Will the Jags do it too?

I read that the NFL is reversing it’s rule that players can not kneel inside taxpayer funded stadiums.  It was a mess last year as football went political and players could not just “do their job.”  Then we heard all kinds of “we’re sorry” and we thought it was all done.  But, alas, that was not to be.  The players are back and demanding they can kneel inside the stadiums paid for by taxpayer dollars and by many who can’t afford to attend the games.

What a shame.  What a disgrace.

We will soon be in negotiations with the Jaguars owner, Shad Khan, about taking down the Hart expressway to downtown to help fund his dream of the Entertainment District next to the Jags stadium.  There will be many discussions.  Much deal making in front of cameras and behind the scenes.  And at the end of the day, Mr. Khan will get what he wants.  That’s the way it works in cities that are run by rich men who use their influence instead of their own dollars to pay for their visions.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m “All In” for the Entertainment District.  I’m “All In” for downtown development.  I’m “All In” for cleaning up my city and making it The Place people want to live.

Where I’m “Not All In” is when they use our tax dollars to pay for it AND THEN thumb their noses at us and kneel on the grass we helped supply.

It’s painful to be used and abused and maybe, just maybe, one day the abuse will stop and all of us can stand together on behalf of this great country that has afforded so many NFL players the ability to make millions, live in mansions, drive expensive cars and live a life most of us can’t.

And the “most of can’t crowd” will be watching to see if anyone – anyone – in leadership will demand that players can’t kneel inside the Jaguar stadium because tax dollars helped build it.

For more information about the NFL reversal, check out this article:

For more information from Bloomberg about why taxpayers should NOT fund stadiums, read this:

And with those thoughts, I felt ending with the National Anthem would start the day off right.  Will you stand with me and listen?  God bless America.

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]Billie Tucker has worked in the CEO world for more than 30 years and was the Chief Operating Officer of Vistage Florida, a think tank for CEOs. She started her own consulting practice, CEO Service Bureau, in 2001 and earned a reputation for her keen understanding of the motivations, challenges and goals of people and became a life-long student and teacher of leadership principles. She craved anything leadership related and enjoyed being around the world of entrepreneurial CEOs. She watched as they made decisions; pondered how they would make payroll when cash flow was tight; and appreciated how they created career opportunities for hundreds of thousands of people. Because of her experiences, she has emerged as a key resource for the media and others who want to understand important insights about executives, management teams and board dynamics. In 2008, Billie became discouraged as she watched some of her clients struggle with the political economic impacts on their businesses. The same CEOs who mortgaged their home and charged up their credit cards to make ends meet to build a business and keep others working, now watched as their government bailed out the big banks who had mismanaged their resources. She cringed as most of her clients laid off employees for the first time and she vowed she would help them… somehow…someway. That somehow…someway showed up in the Tea Party Movement in America. She formed one of the largest tea party group’s in America (more than 9,000 members strong) and helped bring attention to America’s debt problem, out of control spending, over taxation and regulation strangulation on companies. With her background in working with leaders and her influence in the political and leadership world, Billie has continued her dream to help CEOs navigate these troubling waters that permeate the world of capitalism in America. She has been an active participant in the media as a guest on CNN, Fox News, Fox Business, Bott Family Network Radio and co-hosts a political/financial radio show in the Northeast Florida market entitled, Smart Money. She was the first speaker at the House of Representatives Tea Party Caucus inaugural event and was invited by Heritage Foundation to speak at their prestigious annual Heritage Resource Bank, and on their National Security Panel live broadcasts. She spoke at the Congressional Republican House Retreat in Pennsylvania in 2012. She was also the co-host and co-producer of the CNN Tea Party Express Debate in the 2012 Presidential Election. She is a firm believer that America needs more entrepreneurs and more opportunities for people to use their God-given talents and passions to better themselves, their communities and America. Her favorite quote has become her mission to help CEOs succeed: “Vision without execution is hallucination.” – Thomas Edison[/author_info] [/author]

Billie Tucker Volpe

Billie Tucker Volpe Founder of Eye on Jacksonville and Leadership Consultant to CEOs/Executives.


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