The NFL is digging their own grave. After the national anthem protests sweeping across the league, you would think they would learn a lesson. Their ratings have been dropping considerably especially since Donald Trump told NFL owners that they should fire any player who disrespects America and sits during the national anthem. Many fans took to social media to express their rage and even burned their memorabilia to show their disgust with the league.
Ratings have dropped and attendance has dipped to record lows in recent years. Apparently, the players are just not understanding that without the fans there would be no NFL. Owners are starting to recognize this, and many stated that their players would be standing for the national anthem. But is it too late? Viewership was still down this week, and there seems to be no sign of it changing. Although many owners tried to fix the problem, what the NFL is planning is sure to drive more fans away.
The NFL & NFLPA is going forward with their “Activist Awareness” month that is going to celebrate anti-American players and also to protest police brutality. They don’t seem to get that their fanbase are alpha males who are veterans and police officers. This will not end well for them.
According To Breitbart:
With great sadness, we must report that the rumors the NFL was going to seriously entertain having an “Activist Awareness” month in which the league would celebrate the protests of anti-American players, are apparently true.
The National Football League has met with the players union, the NFLPA, to discuss the national anthem protests that have become almost a staple of pregame ceremonies across the league.
The two organizations issued a joint press release on Tuesday saying that the two are “engaged in a productive conversation,” according to Pro Football Talk. The statement read, “The NFL & NFLPA met today to discuss the important issue of social activism by NFL players. Roger Goodell, DeMaurice Smith, Eric Winston, Robert Kraft, John Mara, Art Rooney & other player leaders engaged in a productive conversation. We’re all committed to an ongoing dialogue.”
Before the anthem protests grew to encompass nearly the entire league, a group of four players sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Goodell, to request more league support for social activism.
The 10-page letter was sent in mid-September by Seahawks player Michael Bennett, the Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins and Torrey Smith, and retired player Anquan Boldin.
The recent meeting to discuss social activism by players comes after more than a year of plummeting ratings since former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick began the national anthem protests in 2016.
Network TV ratings have suffered, sometimes falling to all-time lows since last year, but this year’s ratings have been particularly bad. Sunday Night Football ratings fell an additional five percent over last year’s Week 4 games hitting a new season low.
Week One and Two were not much better.
Week Two hit the network’s lowest mark since 1998, and the first two games of the season are down double-digits at a multi-year low.
Week One’s season opener between the Chiefs and the Patriots was also a disappointment, drawing only a 14.6 rating for NBC. Last year’s season opener earned a 16.5 rating for the Panthers and Broncos.
Polls of fans correspond with the crashing ratings.
Just this week a Yahoo! poll found that 62 percent of respondents said they would watch fewer NFL games because of the constant anti-American protests.
The Yahoo! poll was an echo of several other recent polls that found fans turning off their TVs in droves.
How much longer will these players continue to drive away their fan-base? At this rate, there won’t be any viewers, and with no viewers there will be no ads. With no ads, there will be no NFL. It’s time to stop the madness and get back to what the players get paid for. Just play football and keep the politics and protests for your downtime. The NFL is treading on very thin ice and if they keep this up they will lose every fan that has any American pride. There is no reason to protest a country that gave you every opportunity in the world. What do you think?