The National Football League kicks off tomorrow night.

Our President Donald Trump is not one of the NFL’s biggest supporter.

An article in The Atlantic titled: Trump’s Divisive and Relentless Politicization of the NFL helps me tell you why.

Mark Leibovich argues in his new book, Big Game, that the president has made the league central to his politics, pitting his largely white base against the mostly African American players.

Remember Colin Kaepernick? He's the former 49ers quarterback who started kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial inequality in America.

Silently he is Trump's hero because the NFL was clueless how to handle Kaepernick's protests so they gave Trump a new bully pulpit.

With the quarterback and our national anthem as his foils Trump has had a field day. His tweets were not only pleasing to folks who harbor racial prejudices but to those who were not fans of the NFL and to people who saw the connection between football and America becoming soft thus promoting Trump's "Make America Great Again!"

Adding to the confusion was the fact that many of the NFL owners were friends with Trump and had donated to his campaign. Leibovich points out in his book that leadership in the NFL is very weak and the owners while rich are not as a group all that intelligent.

In the meantime, Trump does everything he can to keep the controversy started by Kaepernick alive. He even stole much of the Super Bowl hype with the controversy about who would show up at the White House or not.

Recently when two of Trump’s top aides were pleading or being found guilty of crimes our President took on ESPN for announcing they would not be showing the playing of the Star Spangled Banner on their Monday Night NFL games.

His email to donors accused ESPN of "spineless surrender to the politically correct liberal mob."

Never mind that ESPN's policy on this was not a change from previous years.

As for Trump versus the NFL - this conflict is working well to propel his political career but it hasn’t been an effective remedy for one of his greatest underlying personal desires.

Since the 1980's Donald Trump has been rebuked several times in his quest to become an NFL owner.

So remember as the next episodes of Trump vs. the NFL unfold - revenge is always one of our President's top motivators!

Thankfully, it’s football season!

I’m Steve Sauder

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