Restaurant Owner Who Refused to Show NFL Games Gets Hit With Amazing News

Restaurant Owner Who Refused to Show NFL Games Gets Hit With Amazing News

(Christian News Alerts) – Since NFL players started participating in mass protests against the national anthem, businesses have been pulling back their support of the NFL, even at a financial loss.

Bill DeFries, the owner of a Beef O’Brady’s restaurant, said he experienced a $6,000 hit to his bottom line after announcing he’d no longer show NFL games at his restaurant, according to Independent Review-Journal. Yet he was surprised when customers began flooding the restaurant, bringing more business than he’s ever had.

DeFries is a Marine veteran who owns a Beef O’Brady’s restaurant in Ohio. According to DeFries, the NFL was a part of the restaurant experience on Sundays. “We are a family restaurant, and we have been for 13 years. And our customers are from the community. They come in here to relax and enjoy a meal and be entertained, in particular by the NFL on Sundays.”

Yet the recent NFL boycott of the national anthem deeply offended DeFries. “I have to tell you as a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, I served to defend our country’s Constitution and free speech, and while I defend the right of every American to express their views and voice this freely, the actions demonstrated by the NFL players during the country’s national anthem – it was offensive and disrespectful to me as a proud veteran and all my fellow veterans.”

He was also concerned that many of the military veterans who eat at his restaurant were similarly offended, “…we also serve a lot of local military families and veterans, many of whom share my view on the NFL players’ actions during the national anthem.”


DeFries said he met with his management team to assess the situation and see what the effect of a boycott would be: “Before making this decision, I met with the leadership team to ensure we were all aligned on the issue, and we were. We knew that our sales would be negatively impacted.”

Sure enough, DeFries’s restaurant was hit with a financial loss when he attempted to secure a refund from DirecTV for his NFL subscription package.

According to USA Today, shortly after the protests, DirecTV announced it would offer refunds for the NFL Sunday Ticket package for its customers who were offended by the protests. It was one of the first companies to deal a blow to the NFL, as subscribers, TV ads, and TV ratings are a key component of their revenue stream.

Yet DeFries said because he’s a business and not a residential customer, he was expected to pay the fee for the cancellation, a whopping $6,000.

Restaurant owner paid $6000 to cancel NFL games. Then his neighbors stepped up to support him. Do you support your patriotism with your pocketbook?

But the fee has already proven worth it as customers began pouring through the doors, said DeFries. “Every day our sales have been up between 200 and 300 percent. People we have never seen before are driving hours to support us and the employees. We have received heart-warming and supportive phone calls, emails, and direct messages from people all over the United States thanking us.”

DeFries said he was pleasantly surprised by the large display of patriotism, “It turns out the enormous amount of pride and reverence that we have for the national anthem and everything that it means to us as a free people… is shared by the vast majority of Americans.”

The NFL players can claim their protest was to unite the American people and show respect for their country and their values all they want, but it’s never going to be true. True unity and respect for the US is shown by patriotic men and women who respect and honor the national anthem and recognize it as a ceremony meant to express that patriotism and not a platform for pettiness.

DeFries said, “It turns out the enormous amount of pride and reverence that we have for the national anthem and everything that it means to us as a free people … is shared by the vast majority of Americans.”

And he said he’s “seeing it firsthand.”


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Romney Handed Shock
Defeat By Own State’s GOP

Mitt Romney is back in state politics, this time in Utah instead of Massachusetts. However, conservatives in The Beehive State aren’t exactly warming up to the 2012 Republican standard-bearer quite the way many people expected they would.

After finishing second in votes at the state GOP convention, Romney will now face a primary in his run for the Senate seat being vacated by Orrin Hatch, Fox News reported.

At the convention in West Valley City on Saturday, Romney polled just behind state lawmaker Mike Kennedy.

Kennedy captured 50.18 percent of the delegate vote compared to Romney’s 49.12 percent.

That means the two will face off in a primary on June 26 to determine who will represent the GOP this fall.

Romney, the first Mormon to head a major party ticket, is considered an extremely popular figure in Utah and was widely expected to have an easy path to the upper chamber.

In a hypothetical matchup with Democrat Jenny Wilson, at least one poll showed Romney up by 46 percent. That’s, uh, slightly more than the margin of error.

However, among party loyalists, Romney isn’t exactly viewed with unalloyed fondness.

The 2012 presidential nominee was always known for being decidedly moderate, particularly on issues of immigration and global trade. There was also the fact that he ran a campaign so bumbling that it almost made Michael Dukakis look good.

And then there was Romney’s war of words with Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign, which likely led many to perceive he secretly wished Hillary Clinton would take the Oval Office.

Trump would later consider Romney as a secretary of state pick, although how serious the president-elect was about appointing him is something we’ll likely never know.

While your average Utah Republican is unlikely to let these slights affect their vote, hardcore party activists probably don’t want another RINO who isn’t exactly known for his rapport with the president in the upper chamber of Congress, no matter how famous he may be.

For his part, Romney tried to put a good spin on the humiliation.

“I’m delighted with the outcome. Did very, very well,” he told KSTU. “On to a good, important primary ahead. This is terrific for the people of Utah.”

Dude, you just lost to a guy nobody has ever heard of. However, Kennedy was happy with the results, and unlike Romney, he had good reason to be.

“I’m a candidate with a compelling life story and a unique set of life circumstances I’d like to use to serve the people of Utah,” Kennedy said.

I have no idea what that story or those circumstances are, but I think the key point here is that he’s not Mitt Romney. If he wants to win, that’s pretty much what he should be focusing on. I can see the billboards now. “Mike Kennedy: Not Mitt Romney.” “Mike Kennedy: He didn’t borrow Ward Cleaver’s haircut.” “Mike Kennedy: Because Utah deserves a senator whose favorite food isn’t buttered noodles.”

Utah’s electorate tends to be less conservative than convention-goers, so it’s unlikely that Romney won’t be the GOP nominee for Senate. However, that’s not a 100 percent certainty — and it wouldn’t be the first time he’s lost to a Kennedy.

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