The NFL Ratings Were Down Again. Is This The Reason Why?

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.

  • David Stewart

    Haven’t watched MLB since the player’s strike the year there was no series; won’t ever watch another NFL game; just too many Prima Donnas and not enough Americans!

  • Anvil6

    Lemme see: Your obscenely overpaid entertainment stars decide to disrespect the flag under which generations of Americans have fought, including my father, his brothers, myself, my wife, my cousins and my nephews. You then support their right to “protest”, EARNED by our blood, sweat and tears.

    Accordingly, I’m protesting too. I’m NOT attending your games. I’m NOT spending money on your ‘licensed merchandise’. I’m NOT watching your games on TV.

  • Donaldo

    I have attended games in the past, and watched all games faithfully on TV and can’t believe I don’t miss them as I haven’t watched any games this year and don’t intend to. Might consider watching in the future if they get a real commissioner and players pull their head out of their rectum.

  • Jim Kellely

    l’ll be blunt and to the point! First off the National Anthem issue is just “un-american” yet the NFL is OK with it. Makes me sick that i gave 24 yrs in the military for some piece of shit like Kaepernik to come along and disgrace it. But, I’m sick of watching a bunch of overpaid Thugs, Womanizers, Druggies, Murders’, and Domestic Violators believing they are “above” the. Ommon man. Well no more! Haven’t watched a game this year ans never will again.

  • cardnut

    I and many of my friends have sworn off watching NFL football this season. I used to be a fan of Kaepernick and the 49ers, but no longer. Not only is Kap a disgrace (as well as a bad quarterback!), but so are the Niners’ ownership.

  • Chelonia

    CAN’T WAIT TILL THESE PROTESTORS ARE FIRED FROM THEIR CUSHIONED JOBS AND THEN LET’S SEE HOW BIG AND BAD THEY ARE. FURTHERMORE, THOSE RIGHTS LISTED ARE NOT THE FAULT OF WHITE AMERICA. IF YOU’RE IN PRISON AND NOT FREE IT’S YOUR DOING, IF YOU’RE NOT HEALTHY THEN TELL YOUR MOMMA TO STOP SPENDING HER FOOD STAMPS ON THINGS OTHER THAN FOOD AND FINALLY IF YOU’RE NOT LOVED AGAIN BLAME IT ON YOUR FAMILY. THE FLAG AND THE ANTHEM IS TO BE RESPECTED AND IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT STOP BEING A PART OF THE NFL AND GIVE UP YOUR MUCHO BUCKS.

  • Fed up John

    Day in and day out the news is flooded with people and politicians degrading anyone who opposes their point of view. America is so divided that we say the most despicable and vile things to each other. The one thing that would bring us all together in the spirit of healthy competition was professional sports. NFL football was a way to remove ourselves from all the hatred for a period of three or four hours and lose ourselves in the excitement of competition between the world’s best players. Politics may very well be the most evil word in the English language as it ruins and corrupts everything it touches. I have not watched another NFL game since Kaepernick started his protest. I am really angry and disappointed that the NFL has allowed politics and personal agendas to kidnap America’s “favorite” pastimes and turn them into an extension of the divisive and depressing newscasts that we have to listen to every day. Football used to be my “safe place” but the ownership has allowed that to change to something that makes me angry. Just as Kaepernick has the “right” to protest, I am exercising my right to turn the tv off and go do somethings fun instead of being angry.

  • toothii

    Time to revoke the NFL’s Tax Exempt Status!