The national anthem protests have continued into football once more, subsiding 15 weeks into the NFL season.
Last year, players from teams such as the New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers, and LA Chargers kneeled during the national anthem, and fans raged.
Once more, the NFL is displaying their disrespect for the United States– and one team is floating the protests.
Twelve players on the Seattle Seahawks knelt for the national anthem before their game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.
But only 11 other plays amongst the 31 other teams protested as well.
Colin Kaepernick’s former team was amongst those protesting on Sunday– the San Francisco 49ers.
Other teams with members who kneeled during the anthem included the Oakland Raiders, Tennessee Titans, Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants, Miami Dolphins, LA Chargers, and the Kansas City Chiefs.
But the Seattle Seahawks are by far the team floating the protests–and they are paying for it royally.
The Daily Caller reported:
Kaepernick began the national anthem protest at the start of the 2016-17 season when he was still quarterback of the 49ers. The former player turned activist opted out of his contract during the off-season and has not been picked up by another team since.
With Kaepernick out of the league, the national anthem protest was pretty much over towards the beginning of the 2017-18 season. It wasn’t until Donald Trump recommended NFL owners fire the players who kneel during a rally for the Alabama Senate candidate Luther Strange in September that players began to participate in large numbers again.
The Seattle Seahawks went on to lose their game against the Los Angeles Rams, and fans were fuming.
Not only are the Seattle Seahawks losing fans, but the NFL in general is taking major losses due to their support of their player’s protests.
Halfway through the NFL season it is clear that protests by players during the National Anthem are hurting the league’s broadcasters and sponsors.
As the Sporting News just reported, “NFL game telecasts averaged 14.772 million viewers during the first eight weeks of the season, according to Nielsen data obtained by Sporting News. That figure is down 5% from 15.549 million viewers during the first half of the 2016 season and off 18.7% from 18.167 million viewers for the same period in 2015 — before former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick inspired a debate about racial injustice by sitting, then taking a knee, during the national anthem.”
Meanwhile, the latest poll on the issue, by Seton Hall University, showed “nearly a third – 30% – said they were watching fewer games this season (9% were watching more, 55% about the same), and that 52% of those watching less gave the reason as players protesting the national anthem.”
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