The NFL’s national anthem protests have polarized America and ruined the league’s reputation.
Fans are furious that players disrespect the flag and the memories of service members who died by kneeling during the national anthem.
But no player kneeled during one game and something surprising happened.
In the week 10 Sunday night matchup between the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos, no player kneeled during the anthem.
Only three players kneeled on Sunday as protesters took the week off because they were afraid of being anti-military while the league observed Veterans Day.
The protests have alienated viewers and ratings are down nearly six percent from last season.
However, the Patriots-Broncos matchup saw a 20 percent increase in the ratings for a game where every player stood for the national anthem.
“Simply put, with neither team kneeling during the national anthem, the primetime Week 10 NFL game on NBC saw the current Super Bowl champs decimate the host Mile High City team 41-16. In stark contrast to the Patriots’ performance of almost a year ago when Robert Kraft-owned team lost on SNF to the Seattle Seahawks on Week 10 of the 2016-2017 season, last night was one success after another.
In fact, last night’s game was a lot more like the last time the Patriots were on SNF this season. That foggy October 22 matchup with the Falcons saw the Patriots win 23-7 and the numbers go up for the NBC NFL flagship show.
Last night’s controversy-free but certainly singing challenged Sunday Night Football scored an 11.5/19 in metered market results.
Looking over its shoulder to last week’s near season low, last night’s game was up almost 20% in the early numbers. That result certainly seems to prove again that the big-draw Patriots, like the Dallas Cowboys, can almost always complete the Hail Mary for the seemingly fractured league and the network.”
If the league hopes to repair its battered image, implementing a rule requiring the players to stand for the national anthem would be a good first step.
Would be more likely to watch NFL games if they required the players to stand for the anthem?
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