Major League Soccer Players Stand in Silence for 8 Minutes and 46 Seconds
Before the MLS is Back tournament got underway in Orlando, FL earlier this month, almost 200 players took the field to stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. For eight minutes and 46 seconds, the players stood in the middle of the field with raised fists in the air to draw attention to the fight against systemic racism, both across the country and within the world of sports.
Why eight minutes and 46 seconds? That’s the exact amount of time a police officer knelt on the neck of George Floyd, killing him.
The moving moment was organized by MLS Black Players for Change and the act of solidarity and protest struck an even deeper chord with the players in masks –– another symbol of the unrest and uncertainty across the nation in the current times.
MLS Fans Will Likely Stand With MLS Black Players for Change
MLS fans are 62% male, 24% are between 25-34 years of age and they are driven by seeking respect from others, living an exciting life and having an optimistic outlook. Their top hobby is, of course, watching pro sports.
67% of MLS fans consider promoting civil liberties as one of their most important social causes; that’s 10% more likely than the average American. 66% believe that police mistreat Black Americans; that’s 5% more likely than the average American.
Given their propensity for equality and civil liberties, when MLS fans see their favorite players standing in the middle of the field, fists raised, raising awareness for active anti-racism, the cause will strike a chord. These fans are likely already concerned with the treatment of Black Americans and seeing MLS support their players will only serve to further their connection with the League –– particularly in an emotional moment when fans and players alike are welcoming the return of sports in the new normal.
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