The NFL realized their goose was cooked when they saw this number

NFL players protesting the national anthem continues to drag down the league.

Fans are furious and some sponsors are pulling their ads.

But one number had NFL executives realizing just how much trouble they were in.

League executives put on a brave face after last week when ratings were up by three percent.

But this was in large part due to the massive bump in the Monday night football rating from 2016.



That’s because the week three Monday night game in 2016 went head-to-head with the first Presidential debate between Clinton and Trump.

Week four would tell the tale as to how ratings would hold in the wake of Trump’s call for fans to turn off the games after anti-American players ratcheted up their anthem protests.
The numbers are in and the NFL is in a panic.

Viewership for the Monday night matchup between the Washington Redskins and the Kansas City Chiefs plummeted from 2016.

Breitbart reports:

“The NFL allowed players to use the league’s national stage to disgrace the flag and the anthem. The NFL also chose to take the players side against the leader of the free world, when he rightfully called those players out. As a result, it appears the league may have done irreparable harm to its brand.

The ratings for Monday Night Football on ESPN tanked hard in Week 4.

According to Yahoo! Entertainment, “Coming off last week’s Dallas Cowboys’ 28-17 win over the Arizona Cardinals, where the ratings actually went up for MNF, last night’s game was not a victory for the Disney-owned cable giant nor the NFL in the early numbers.

“Against a packed Big 4 primetime, MNF snared an 8.4 in metered-market numbers. That’s down 10% from the Cowboys and Cardinals game of September 25. Year-to-year, the Chiefs’ fourth straight win this season dipped 8% in the early numbers from the comparable Minnesota Vikings’ 24-10 win over the New York Giants on October 3, 2016 – a season of sliding ratings that the NFL wants to forget, but may repeat.”



Fewer players protested in week four than week three – 180 knelt last week compared to just a fraction of that this week – but the damage was done.

And during the Monday night games, three members of the Chiefs knelt or sat for the anthem despite it being played in the wake of the tragedy in Las Vegas where 59 Americans were murdered and over 500 were injured.

It was a shocking display of disrespect.

But it was par for the course in the newly politicized NFL.

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119 Comments

  1. Ever heard ? ” You can take the NFL player outta the ghetto, but you can not take the ghetto outta the NFL player “. This is ghetto behavior, so not surprising !

    • There is no coming back !! My Favorite Game and I don’t want Professional Football coming back College Football will take it’s place and I am fine with that.

  2. if you want to play foot ball for the NFL and make big bucks as they do!! then you can stand for the national anthem !!!! if you can’t you should be fired and banned form the game for life.. your there to play foot ball not express your political attitudes or run your mouth about matters not including football!! so unless you want to complain about the coach or the manager of the team? shut the fu*k up!!! you son of a bitches!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Pats game tonight, they show a punk walking off the field, then go to commercials, then come back to the kick off. To chicken to show the Anthem, not what I watched or will watch ever again.

      • Thank You for your Service to our great country. And to the Chumps making more than they are worth, I hope we bankrupt you and your “teams”.

  4. The NFL, it’s owners, actors and remaining sponsors are useless scum. They are anti american, overpaid crybabies who want their butts wiped for them. The NFL is going down and its actors will be out of work. Do not support the NFL sponsors either.

  5. My four friends and I got together every Sunday to watch a good game of football and to cheer on our home team. As we are all over 70 years old, it took our attention away from all our aches and pains that comes with aging. Sadly though we had to see such a terrible display of disrespect for our beloved country and flag! All of us had sons, daughters and husbands that have served our country in the Navy, Army, Air Force and Marines and were proud to do it! We totally agree that the NFL and its’ players should be ashamed of themselves! We will not be watching anymore. TOO BAD, SO SAD!

  6. Dear NFL , my wife thanks you from the bottom of her heart . No more an I sitting all day Sunday watching these over paid fools catch a ball . Now I spend my Sundays out of the house going places and doing things I have missed out on . Monday night and Thursday night I am watching things that really are more important to me and my family . My kids even thank you fore your support of the criminal league players , maybe you can hire more lawyers to keep your players on the field and out of jail, where they really should be !

  7. Let them sink deeper in the “cess pool” they created!I used to love to watch pro football, too. I still have Saturday’s with my Buckeyes so I am good! I have a good size brown and black spot in my backyard where I burned my Brown’s coats, regular hats, fitted hats, shirts, sweaters, helmets, mugs, pictures, key fobs, door mats, flags, a recliner chair and much, much more. My “man cave” is emptier so I have more room to fill it with something more meaningful that to show respect for an unAmerican owner and his unAmerican, over paid jocks!

  8. DO WE REALLY NEED THE NFL. LETS SHUT THEM DOWN FOR GOOD. THERE ARE PLENTY OF THINGS TO DO ON SUNDAY BESIDES SITTING DOWN AND WATCH A BUNCH OF A.H. RUN AROUND FOR MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. THEY CAN KISS MY A** GOODBYE, BECAUSE THIS JUST TURNED ME COMPLETELY OFF OF FREAK BALL ALTOGETHER. YOU JUST RUINED A GOOD SPORT, AND A LOT OF VIEWERS.

  9. NFL = NOT FOR LONG. BYE, BYE, and good riddance,. They need to turn the lights out when the leave. They should have thought about it before biting the hand that feeds them.

  10. BY BY NFL I WILL WATCH KNOW MORE PRO FOOTBALL GAMES OR BUY ANYTHING WITH PRO FOOTBALL LOGO ON IT TILL THE BULLSHIT STOPS!!!!

  11. I hope the NFL and/or their sponsors have a lot of job openings for these guys when their careers are over. I can’t imagine any true blood American patriot hiring any of them.

  12. As a WHOLE,the NFL Commissioner Goodell, the Owners and the Players will be finding out that their Actions of Disrespect, Disgrace and Lack of Honor towards OUR FLAG, COUNTRY, VETERANS and most recently the showing of NO Grieving or Sorrow for the Individuals in Las Vegas…..This is too much and ALL Fans need to show there display of NOT going to Games and NOT watching any Games on TV…..
    When the Stadiums are EMPTY and TV’s are off or tuned elsewhere, maybe we can get Goodell to Stop speaking about Desiviness and just maybe he might do his JOB of what he should have done long ago….. Hey ALL of YOU FANS out there, as much as you Love Football and it’s Players, Coaches, Owners, etc…. let’s show the NFL Organization that without us Fans, they are NOTHING…. by NOT going to Games and NOT watching them on TV….. This will hurt them financialy to make them understand why you show Respect to OUR FLAG, COUNTRY,VETERANS and as of recent Tragedy in Las Vegas…. Let’s ALL Show this we are United…. THANKS !
    GOD BLESS AMERICA !

  13. Disgusting bunch of punks. They don’t give a D!@# about anyone but themselves. They think because their color is Black they can get away with Anarchy and Traitorous behaviors. My TV will never be tuned into another NFL GAME EVER AGAIN. The only statement they are making is the fact that they are all “OVER PAID CRY BABIES”. FIRE THE TRAITORS AND ESPECIALLY THE OWNER OF THE STEELERS. To force an individual for supporting the Country that he fought for is a disgrace and a sin. SICK PUNKS THAT’S ALL THEY ARE.

  14. it seems that once again the NFL/black thugs matter is blind to what is happening.

    Sort of like ESPN bleeding viewers and slashing payroll, but still continuing with the PC BS instead of sticking with sports

  15. The NFL has not realized a damned thing yet – they are still doing as they please. They think the fans are all talk no action and this will blow over. From what I have been reading posted on various message boards – if the people posting mean what they say and will stick to it the NFL will notice it when they look at their receipts this year. There are still fans at the games – many people are season ticket holders and probably will attend the games they have already paid for – but how about next year? Will they be buying season tickets again. How about all of the luxurious corporate sky boxes? Will the corporate execs want to continue to be seen using them? All of these people are in it for the money. There is an old saying that goes “money talks and bullshit walks” – in this case I think that will be reversed “bullshit talks while the money walks”.

  16. The Steelers made this vet read a statement the next day for his actions. He said he was sorry for what he had done, but you could tell it hurt him to read the statement. I have stopped watching any football, or any sports, because it makes me mad to see the disrespect for the flag.

  17. WHEN THE PRESIDENT OF THE USA TELLS YOU TO CLICK AWAY. CLICK AWAY. EVERYBODY SING. THE TUNE IS DIXIE WRITTEN IN A NEW YORK HOTEL BY AN IRISH IMMIGRANT.
    I WISH I WAS AWAY FROM THE NFL
    TELL THOSE COMMUNISTS TO GO TO HELL
    CLICK AWAY, CLICK AWAY CLICK AWAY TV LAND.
    DID YOU KNOW THE CLENCHED FIST SALUTE IS THE SYMBOL OF INTERNATIONAL COMMUNISM?
    LOCKING ARMS IS THE SAME AS A KNEE KAPPING MANNER
    YOU DISGRACE THE USA OUR FLAG OUR STAR SPANGLED BANNER.
    ONWARD FELLOW AMERICANS CLICK AWAY THE NFL
    TIME TO TELL CADDEL COMMUNISTS TO GO TO HELL.
    CLICK AWAY, CLICK AWAY, CLICK AWAY TV LAND.

  18. Keep it up guys and most of you will have to go back to the ghetto from whence you came. We’re not putting up with it. When your mansion, hot car and your alimony payments start being late, you’ll see real opprosession!

  19. NEWLY POLITICIZED NFL??????
    Are you kidding?
    Newly acting out political views and view points, maybe. The NFL Players Association has always been liberal as well as Progressive politically. It has never, ever been conservative and to my perception never moderate either.
    Get a grip, folks!

  20. F### the low life over paid bastards.I will never ever look at another game in the NFL again.I hope they go to North Korea they would like that. They don’t belong here They over paid dumb asses They don’t respect this country. This is a spot in the to all that serviced and to all Americans here and ab.

  21. I am so happy we are starting to realize how stupid we are to be paying these stupid jocks millionaires that don’t respect our country at all.

  22. The great protest movement has dwindled to 50-60 punks who are working with BLM and other subversives. FIRE these stooges and BAN them from the league permanently. Immediately institute a non-protest clause in the NFL players agreement and move on. Anybody pulling this crap again – is immediately terminated. Everybody has a right IN THIS COUNTRY to free speech, BUT conduct including all forms of free speech is controlled and limited while on the job. The NFL has rules and these idiots DO NOT HAVE the right to take a dump on our nation’s anthem and actual heroes – while on the job which is playing a ball game.

  23. Hi
    BTW…. i had NO idea these teams & stadums are subsidised by tax dollars.
    WTF..POTUS , Governors & Mayors…better wake up & stop that practice STAT !! THAT’S OUTRAGEOUS !!

  24. NFL screwed itself by letting these jerks take knee and give the finger to America for acause they were responsible for! The % of blacks killed by police is lower than for whites and Hispanics and others so the premise of their protest is a joke! These are no more than undisciplined rich black athletes snubbing the fans for a liberal lie! I hope it hits them and the NFL right in their bank account!

  25. I’m sure as a matter of fact very sure none of these players were any different in collage or high school only now they are rich bullies. Yes I did play sports and football was one of them and yes I was pretty good but I was never a bully rich or poor.
    By the way I stopped watching football a year ago. They just get away with too much stuff I’d be arrested for.

  26. We ALL bleed red at least we all did in the war i fought…. I too called & e-mailed sponsors,enough is enough!! The only thing the greedy bastards understand is the loss of . Than so be it!!
    BTW…The only kneeling i saw in Vegas was Americans helping other Americans.Complete strangers risking there own lives “under fire” to help & save each other without hesitation .. It made me feel so proud 👍 of my fellow Americans. GBA 🇺🇸, 💖 it or GTFO….

  27. QUESTION FOR THE TEAM OWNERS:

    Want to explain to the FANS why your primadonas are worth the millions per year you are paying them?

    Since 100% of ALL YOUR INCOME comes straight from the wallets of your fans, are you interested in renegotiating their contracts?

  28. They may not like President Trump. That is their right. It is also their right to protest his actions or policies. But they have chosen the wrong venue for their protest. While the players have their rights, so do the fans. The fans can express their dissatisfaction by not watching the player’s antics. By displaying their disrespect for our anthem, our flag, and the American people they are loosing the respect of many of their former fans.

    • Have been a fan since I was 10 (1958). No more. I’m done with them. College is more exciting and unpredictable anyway. Worked my whole life, served my country and proud of our country even with some problems that do need fixing. Obviously these guys have no idea what living in another country is like. Plenty of other good sports to watch.

  29. Are they angry about how their ancestry were Treated? If so, none of us alive today had anything to do with that. President fought to change that and gave the black people their freedom. If their ancestors had not been brought to America, their life’s would be a lot different. Only black people who commit crimes are arrested, just like white people. A lot of the problems that black have is be a use of their attitudes. America has given all of a better life than any other country! If you don’t like America, leave it!

    • Why don’t they take some of their millions and help this country instead if disgracing us all over the world. I’m glad adds are being pulled and people are going against them. I am a football watching but no more! I hear the scores only because I listen to news. But as far as watching games this is a new world for us in our homes! I don’t wish any harm in anyone but thank god people are waking up and looking at real Heros of the day! Cops, Military (men and Wonen) stand proud to be an American.

  30. Aloha to the NFL! You did this to yourselves. Let’s see how much you can earn in the “real world” where you have to use your brain?

  31. Not only do they show disrespect for the military, the flag, the national anthem and the country, the people and the fans that made them RICH

  32. Superbowl sponsors should start pulling out now. See how fast the team owners will put an end to the unpatriotic nonsense. And all this attention has brought to light that taxpayers are funding stadiums for billionaire owners. Let’s put an end to that right away.

  33. I am happy President Trump made it an open issue and I am happy to see that the NFL is taking steps to repair the damage done. I love my black friends and all people because of the love of God in my heart. I pray the healing here will carry over to all our nation.

  34. I’m hoping that when the Superbowl comes around, the TV’s will be dark & the Stadium will be mostly empty and only the low information, anti-American people will be at the game, see then how the Advertisers like paying those millions for nothing. Goodell can choke on those way overpriced tickets!

  35. Well, the numbers aren’t down as much as I’d hoped, but it’s a start. At least it got their attention. Now, if only we can find the words these dumb goons can understand that explains WHY it’s stupid to show disrespect for their country. We could try sending them overseas to play football for about a year, see how they like it. When they are stripped of their freedom(s) and punished for showing disrespect, perhaps it will dawn on them how foolish they’ve been and they’ll change their attitude. Maybe? Or is that too much to hope for? What I want is to HEAR them say that they were wrong, and apologize.

  36. Turn off the NFL, and keep it off!!! No more ESPN!!! And now Ford – yes FoMoCo – has sided with the anthem haters. That was a surprise. I have owned my last Ford.

    No more Burger King, no more Pizza Hut, no more Budweiser, and now no more Fords!!!
    No more NFL!!! No more Black Power salutes during the National Anthem!!!

    Whether the haters like it or not, that flag stands for all of us. Just because your brother is a screw-up doesn’t mean you can slap your mother!!! Get a grip!!! Family is family!!!
    Put in the work where it needs to be put to be effective. Slapping your mother country is not the answer. When your team mate screws up, do you run over and shake your Black Power fist in his face? Or do you work to help that player do his job better… Lose the Hate, and get back to work to help your fellow citizens get better.

  37. I think if they show their contempt for this country again on the field then all the fans instead of booing them should just quietly leave the stadium in a civilized and orderly fashion until the ‘bowl’ is empty.

  38. I think all the cities should cancel the stadium leases and let these assholes pay their own way. It is staggering just how much money they get from the local governments plus all the stadium concession sales. Who pays for all this? The taxpayers and property owners, that is whom. They they spit on the country that provides them all these luxuries? Screw each and every one of the pompous asses.

  39. I TOLD MY WIFE THAT ALTHOUGH I WAS A BIG FOOTBALL FAN, I WOULD’NT WATCH IT EVER AGAIN. THEY TOTALLY DISGRACED ME. I SERVED MY TIME IN VIETNAM AND THAT WAS’NT A PICNIC, I GUARANTEE YOU. JUST YOU KNEELING DOWN TO PROTEST THE AMERICAN FLAG MADE ME SICK. YOU CAN TAKE YOUR GAME AND STICK IT WHERE THE SUN DOESN’T SHINE. PISS ON YOU AND EVERYTHING YOU STAND FOR.

    • They live like kings and complain about it? It has pretty much turned into the National Fairy League anyway. I just know that ever since they got a NFL team here the property taxes have skyrocketed. They are all really living on our dime anyway. I think we should all protest the city councils in each municipality and cancel the frigging stadium lease. Let them pay their way and see what happens. They can all kiss my ass!

    • Good call, Dave Roberts. Your words reflect the thoughts of MANY Viet Nam veterans, and probably those who fought in Iraq, and Afghanistan. How many of our fellow fighters returned home with OUR Stars and Stripes over their coffin?!!! These overpaid entertainers think that their “sierra” doesn’t stink; well guess what, it, and you need flushing. Let’s hope that NEXT year the NFL gets its act together. I, for one, am DONE for THIS season. Pretty sorry to see God Bless America. Semper Fi !!!!!

    • Dave, thank you for serving. I’m right with you, I never served, but had many relatives that did. This whole this is just shameful.

    • Dave, In 1970, I was stopped in the SF airport on my way back from,overseas. I had my GB on and was proud off my service, until some hippie puke called me a “Baby-killer”, some welcome home – EH? Glad you made it back! Welcome home!! And, I will always stand and salute “Old Glory” and remember thaoe that didn’t make it home. DOL,

      • I received the very same welcome home in SF returning from NAM in Mar of ’70. It was so upsetting, that I volunteered to go back to NAM, at least there I understood why they were my enemy when confronted.

  40. THE FEW PLAYERS THAT WERE KNEELING THIS WEEK WERE ALL BLACK!!!I HEARD THEY WERE KNEELING BECAUSE THEY FOUND OUT THAT A WHITE GUY ON THEIR TEAM WAS MAKING MORE MONEY THAN THEY WERE!!!!

  41. NFL name change>>> National Felony League>>> just research and find out why they are so much against the Police. Because their record of rape, DWI, Murder, illegal guns…disgusting to say the least! And the Commissioner Roger with the owners let them get by with a slap on their wrist>>> Its all about the $$$. I for one am through with any pro sports that will NOT respect our country.

    • Crap, they should really love the police since they can get away with anything they want. Ever since OJ, they have pretty much gone haywire.

    • I’m done with them too. It’s too late. Even if they get off their knees now, they have shown us who they are, and that they hate what we love. Our country. It’s amazing how easy it is to get over watching something that was a part of your life for so long. Football is digging its grave!!

  42. They are disgusting. They have nothing to protest, they are rich beyond most people’s dreams and are catered to wherever they go. How dare they act like they are discriminated against. Bunch of snowflakes, maybe they should pick a different game like paddle ball. You have to have honor to deserve respect, I don’t want my kids looking up to them for anything

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