Seeing the nearly empty stadiums, everyone with common sense warned about the NFL ratings going down as a result of the protests.
Following President Trump call to boycott the NFL, the league dipped 11 percent on its third week compared to last year.
Marking the end of a tumultuous weekend for the NFL, one in which the league and its players were put on the defense by President Trump’s harsh comments, Sunday Night Football again saw its ratings lot take a hit from that of the previous year.
The match-up between Oakland and Washington aired on NBC averaged an overnight 11.6 rating among households. The preliminary score, a low for this season, was down 11 percent from early scores the same night a year ago and 9 percent down from the week before, reports Red State Watcher.
It seems Trump’s call for boycott is being followed. On Friday night, President Donald Trump chose to target the league during an Alabama rally, saying that players who don’t kneel during the National Anthem should be fired.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b*tch off the field right now, out, he’s fired. He’s fired!’,” Trump said. “You know, some owner is gonna do that. He’s gonna say, ‘That guy disrespects our flag, he’s fired.’ And that owner, they don’t know it. They don’t know it. They’re friends of mine, many of them. They don’t know it. They’ll be the most popular person, for a week. They’ll be the most popular person in this country.”
The 2017 NFL season has again been suffering from year-over-year ratings declines, but this year the blame is only on the players who apparently don’t care about the game anymore. Instead, they are trying to make a political statement by insulting the brave men and women who are sacrificing their lives for our safety.
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