The eighth week of this NFL season continues to see their ratings in a downward spiral.
Marquee games declined in ratings and the NFL’s television broadcasts saw a familiar decline as well.
This week’s Monday Night Football game, featuring the Chicago Bears and the Minnesota Vikings, was down 18% from 2015 and 40% from 2016.
Even the Sunday Night Football broadcast featuring the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles saw a 22% decline from 2015.
However, the NFL’s excuse for their poor Sunday night rating was because the game had competed head-to-head with Game Five of the World Series between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs.
But even the late Sunday double-header tilt between the Green Bay Packers and the Atlanta Falcons saw a 22% decrease from the same broadcast in 2015.
Media outlets have created a parlor game to determine why America’s most popular TV sport is struggling to maintain their historical levels in TV viewers.
So The Washington Post asked fans to write in and explain why they aren’t watching anymore.
Some complained about the revelations of concussions which have led to brain damage:
“speaking as a 300+ lb. man who had a small bit, but far too much, of his brain turned to mashed potatoes by playing american football…THANK YOU! american football is a terrible sport for many reasons: brain damage for the players; fan violence; generalized tribalism and bad feelings; war analogue; poisons college. i told my son that he could NEVER play the sport, and i am utterly convinced that it will not even exist in 20 years. good riddance!”
Others cited the quality of play:
“I still watch my Ravens, but I hate the chest pounding “watch me now” antics of the players. It seems like every tackle, sack, touchdown, or average play that’s just part of the game the players have to draw attention to themselves. It’s especially ridiculous when their team is losing or has a losing record. It’s a big turnoff for me. “
But some fans explained the national anthem protests is why they are tuning out:
“. . . the ruckus over the National Anthem. I am a U.S. Navy veteran thought fought for the person’s right to speak out. But the forum do so is NOT at a football game. A person may have the right to do what some of the players have done, but that does not mean it was right. If a player wants to call a press conference to do so, then fine. That is a forum to do so, BUT a football game during the national anthem IS NOT.”
While all of these reasons have played a role in the league’s declining popularity, the number one reason cited by fans is still the anti-American protests of the national anthem.
Both a Yahoo and Rasmussen survey found nearly one-third of fans cited the protests as the top reason they’re turning off the TV on Sundays.
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the protests and is continuing his quest to drive fans away from the NFL.
The Washington Times reports he will be hosting a Black Panther Party inspired youth group:
“Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback who started a movement of kneeling during the national anthem to highlight racial injustices in America, quietly hosted an “I Know My Rights” summer camp for children of color over the weekend.
Mr. Kaepernick and a small group of his friends had been secretly planning the camp at Impact Hub Oakland in Oakland, California, in the hopes of teaching minority children how to deal with racial discrimination, police brutality and a variety of other social issues, the New York Daily News’ Shaun King exclusively reported.
“I didn’t just want to hire someone to come in and do this. We did all of this ourselves,” Mr. Kaepernick told Mr. King. “We even opted out of corporate sponsors because we just wanted the freedom to say exactly what we thought the kids we’ve brought here today need to hear and learn. I told myself that if I was going to do this type of work, that I was going to actually do it myself.”
Mr. King and his son, 10-year-old EZ, attended the event on Saturday. Each camper wore a T-shirt with 10 rights listed on the back that organizers said every child of color should know.
The rights were inspired by the popular Ten-Point Program created by the Black Panther Party, who celebrated their 50th anniversary in October. Among the rights included, “You have the right to be free,” “You have the right to be healthy,” and “You have the right to be loved.”
Former Black Panther Ericka Huggins also attended to share her knowledge, the Huffington Post reported.”
The Black Panthers are a racist, violent, anti-Police group.
And Kaepernick associating himself with members of the group will only further alienate fans and drive down the NFL’s ratings.