President Trump has relied on rallies to help spread his conservative message throughout the 2016 campaign and well into his presidency. While rallying with supporters, President Trump gets the unique opportunity to speak directly with the American people instead of relying on the mainstream media.
President Trump traveled to Alabama Friday night and held a rally in support of Senator Luther Strange’s (R-AL) bid in the upcoming special election. While speaking in Alabama, President Trump condemned the NFL for allowing players like Colin Kaepernick protest the Star-Spangled Banner.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects out flag, to say, ‘get that son of a b—- off the field right now! Out! He’s fired!'” President Trump said, reusing his classic catchphrase.
President Trump arrived in Huntsville, Alabama late Friday night for a last-minute push in support of Sen. Strange. Strange was appointed to fill Jeff Sessions’ newly-vacant seat after Sessions was appointed to head the Justice Department. Strange is currently trailing in polls behind former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore in a runoff election.
While appearing to be in support of Sen. Strange, President Trump took the opportunity Friday night to attack “little Rocket Man,” Former President Barack Obama, and failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
President Trump spent time on the topic of NFL flag protests later in his speech, and explained that the best way to punish the NFL is to boycott their games, stating, “When you see [a player take a knee], leave the stadium. I guarantee you it will end.”
“Total disrespect of our heritage, a total disrespect of everything that we stand for,” the president continued. “And I know that we have freedoms and we have freedom of choice and many, many different freedoms. You know what? It is still totally disrespectful. And you know when the NFL ratings are down massively, massively.”
The NFL is losing ratings. A recent article for the Hollywood Reporter reveals that Wall Street investors are starting to become concerned over the dwindling advertising revenues generated by NFL games as fans continue to boycott protesting players.
The NFL attempted to shrug off concerns about their struggling ratings last year, suggesting that many fans were tuning into the 2016 presidential election rather than watching football.
President Trump condemned the NFL for allowing players like Colin Kaepernick protest the Star-Spangled Banner. Are you watching fewer games?
However, we are now a few weeks into the 2017 regular season, and the NFL is still floundering in the ratings department. According to a J.D. Power and Associates poll released late last year, 30 percent of fans who watched fewer games in the 2016 season than in previous seasons stopped watching because they were offended by the protests sparked by Colin Kaepernick.
Investors are starting to take notice, and now, networks are putting pressure on the NFL to return to pre-protest ratings. Experts estimate that gameday broadcasters will generate about $2.5 billion during the 2017/18 NFL season, down over $200 million from previous years.
“Continued declines in NFL ratings again this season will likely place further downward pressure on media stocks,” warned securities analyst Michael Morris.