Pro football is America’s most popular sport.
It’s routinely the highest rated program every week, and the Super Bowl draws an audience of over 100 million Americans every year.
But this year, left-wing protests have consumed the sport and Americans are turning off their TV’s.
Ever since San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick announced he was protesting the national anthem and American flag, conversation surrounding the NFL has been overtaken by other players joining in the protests of supposed economic, social, and racial inequality liberals claim exists in America.
But football fans are not embracing these social justice warriors who are sticking their left-wing politics into their Sunday afternoons.
Ratings for this season are down across the board.
Forbes reported on the plummeting NFL opening weekend ratings:
“Last week’s Thursday night (Sept. 8) NFL opener and Super Bowl rematch between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers drew in 25.2 million viewers, the fourth consecutive year the NFL has surpassed 25 million viewers on opening day (for comparison, The Walking Dead averages around 14 million live viewers as TV’s most-watched show). However, that total marks an 8% ratings decline compared to 2015 and a 6% drop from 2014. The lower numbers are a bit of a surprise given that Denver’s 21-20 victory over the Panthers was actually more entertaining than their lopsided Super Bowl matchup. However, the retirement of Peyton Manning this offseason may have lost some of the league’s more casual fans.
On Sunday afternoon, CBS scored a 10.2 overnight rating for its NFL offerings, a 13% drop from FOX’s numbers (11.7) last year and a 9% drop from 2014 on CBS (11.2). This also marked the lowest overnight season-opening rating in seven years.”
The ‘Week Two’ Jets-Bills game was down more than 25% from last year’s comparable telecast.
And the drop continued with the Monday Night Football broadcast between the big market Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles which saw an 11% decline in viewership from last year’s game.
Many former NFL fans are rallying around the #boycottnfl hash tag on Twitter and tuning the league out.
Many are frustrated with what they see as left-wing political correctness overtaking the league.
NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, was widely criticized for praising the players who disrespected the national anthem and spat on the sacrifice of the men and women who fought for our freedoms when he said the players went from “protest to progress”.
While Goodell lauded the anti-American protests, he refused to allow the Dallas Cowboys to wear a helmet decal honoring the five Dallas police officers murdered by a black power activist.
He also threatened to fine Tennessee Titans players who wanted to wear special 9/11 cleats for the first game of the season – which was scheduled on the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
Yet, that same day, four Miami Dolphins players kneeled during the national anthem – which many felt was demeaning to America since it was on the anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on our nation’s soil.
While fans and players stood to honor America and the lives that were lost that day, those four players knelt in what many critics saw as an act of pure selfishness.
It’s clear the NFL has embraced the social justice warrior radicalism that is taking hold in liberal America.
But fans of the NFL are not turning out – and in increasing numbers.
A recent Yahoo survey found 44% of Americans will no longer watch NFL games if the anthem protests continued.
Would you join the boycott of NFL games if players continue to disrespect the national anthem?
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