Much of this occurred before NFL games and other pro sports contests.
What if that goes far deeper? Like professional sports athletes deciding not to participate in playing actual games from time to time?
The Milwaukee Bucks went in this direction this week -- due to the shooting of Jacob Blake in the back by police in Kenoska, Wisconsin -- a town close to Milwaukee.
So the NBA postponed its playoff game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Orlando Magic. Later that day, the NBA decided to postpone all playoff games. And then the WNBA did the same thing. As did Major League Baseball. The NHL just announced it has called off Thursday and Friday playoff games to protest the Blake shooting.
But its only late August, with much more sports activity coming. Not just the rest of the NBA and NHL playoffs, but the regular Major League Baseball season and its post-season action.
And then an even bigger spotlight: The NFL, where kneeling and protests over social injustice began this week four years ago by then San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kapernick, before a pre-season game.
We haven’t even addressed the health issue -- the prospects for an intense flu season, coupled with the return of another round of headline-grabbing Covid-19 cases.
Things are already tentative for the fall TV season, due to production issues.
What happens if more social-unrest incidents get more airtime than TV news stories? And/or social media videos circulate through the rest of this year and into late January 2021?
If no changes get made when it comes to police-enforcement rules and procedures -- and if the depressed economy doesn’t let up -- tensions will continue to remain high. Video will carry more social and other related infections. And TV networks and advertisers will worry about the health of their business.