NFL executives, team owners and players are in a panic.
They are scrambling to judge how badly the anti-American anthem protests are killing the league’s bottom line.
But a look at one number struck terror in their hearts.
2015 was the last season all players stood for the playing of the Star Spangled Banner.
In 2016, Colin Kaepernick began his protest and was joined by a handful of other America-hating millionaires.
But this year the protest spread like a plague.
And fans are fleeing the league.
Ratings are down 19.7 percent from 2015.
The Sporting News reports:
“The NFL’s once-golden network TV numbers continue to drop.
NFL games averaged 15.1 million viewers through Week 7, according to Nielsen data obtained by Sporting News. That’s down 5.1 percent from 15.87 million viewers during the same period last season and off 18.7 percent from 18.35 million viewers during the same period in 2015.
Viewership numbers are lagging for a variety of reasons, not least the ongoing protests during the national anthem that former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began in 2016. Fans are still angry about Kaepernick’s continued unemployment as well as what’s seen as the growing politicization of the NFL.
In addition, President Donald Trump continues to attack the league for not forcing all players to stand during the anthem. Commissioner Roger Goodell and player reps met last week to seek a way forward, but there wasn’t much progress, and players continue to protest.”
Every public opinion poll shows the fans list the protests as the top reason they are no longer watching football each week.
But the owners incorrectly bet that fans would stomach the players anti-American – and sometimes racist – protests because their attachment to football was stronger than their attachment to their country.
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