As much as ESPN and the National Football League have tried to sugarcoat things, the continued anti-American protests from some of the league’s players is having a negative impact on the NFL’s bottom line.
The 2017 season has barely begun, and yet, numbers are already down, and outlook is already glum. According to the New York Post, the debut game on Thursday showed a “ratings tumble,” especially among young, male viewers. The National Anthem protests are a large reason for this decline.
The Post‘s article provides some insight into the statistics behind the NFL’s viewership decline.
During the 2016 season, ratings dropped by 12-percent. This was officially attributed to the presidential election, but others have been quick to point out that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s National Anthem protest got a majority of its coverage during the early part of the season.
So far this year, the 2017 season opener dipped by twelve points — compared to just last year. The excuses for this decline have been many.
Some have put the onus on Hurricane Irma. There is some hard data to back this up, for the Weather Channel had 2.23 million viewers on that Thursday night rather than the 175,000 it got a year ago during the NFL season opener.
Another controversy roiling the NFL is the CTE issue. As more and more medical professionals reveal that numerous concussions can cause suicidal thoughts, rage episodes, and depression, many Americans, especially middle class Americans, have decided to take their young boys out of football.
Clearly something is up, for the NFL’s ratings have been in decline for the past four years.
Sinking NFL ratings are already having a negative impact on the NFL Network and those networks that typically carry NFL games like Fox, CBS, ABC, and NBC.
Yahoo Finance writer Daniel Roberts was one of the lone voices to call out the real reason why the NFL’s ratings slipped in 2016. Mr. Roberts conducted a poll in October last year that contacted 841 adults about why they were no longing watching NFL football.
56 percent of the survey’s respondents said that Kaepernick’s anthem protest was the primary reason why they kept the TV off on Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays.
Seton Hall University held its own poll in September 2016, and this poll found that out of 913 people, 23-percent said they were watching fewer NFL games.
The reasons? A majority of this 23-percent (25-percent) pointed to the anthem protests.
NFL games are in a ratings tumble. Are you watching fewer games?
Media outlet BET has read all of these statistics in another light, writing that rather than the anthem protests, most people are now turning off the NFL in a show of solidarity with Kaepernick, who has yet to be picked up by a team after becoming a free agent.
Whatever the case, less Americans watching NFL football is a good thing. In order to make America great again, we need to teach our children to be studious in the classroom and to strive for intellectual excellence.
Athletics are very important, especially considering this country’s obesity problem. That said, a country that has science heroes is better than a country that worships thuggish football players.