A stunning new poll shows that over 30% of football fans boycotted the beleaguered NFL during its disastrous 2017 season, with viewers choosing to change the channel after professional athletes refused to stand during the US national anthem.
The shock poll, released by SurveyMonkey and Ozy Media, shows the main culprit behind furious fans opting out of the season was Colin Kaepernick, the controversial San Francisco 49er quarterback who started “taking a knee” during the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ back in 2016.
The survey asked nearly 2,000 Americans older than the age of 18, “Did you purposely stop watching or attending NFL games this season for any reason?”
The largest number of “yes” responders claimed they decided to “boycott” the league’s 2017 season as a direct result of professional athletes disrespecting the US flag and service members during the anthem.
The NFL is struggling to recover from its disastrous 2017 season, with viewership down over 10% from last season, which was already down 8% from the year before.
Industry experts believe the player protests have cost the league upwards of $500 million to date in lost revenue, ticket sales, merchandise, and event tickets.
h/t Breitbart News
NO THANKS: 'Sunday Night Football' Ratings PLUMMET to Lowest Levels in 2017
The National Football League continued to see its ratings slip over the weekend, with their flagship ‘Sunday Night Football’ game falling to the lowest-levels seen this season, reports Deadline Hollywood.
The head-to-head match-up between the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans saw yet another drop in television ratings over the weekend, dipping three points just hours after Vice President Mike Pence stormed out of another NFL game after athletes protested the national anthem.
“In a seemingly ever-escalating political atmosphere for the ratings-battered league, that marks a 3% dip from last week’s [Sunday Night Football] when the Seattle Seahawks beat the Indianapolis Colts 46-18. That is also a season low for SNF in a season that has been mired in controversy and ratings decline,” said the article.
The beleaguered league is under fire from angry fans after weeks of player protests during the performance of the national anthem, with many choosing to “take a knee” as the stadium salutes the men and women of the US armed forces. As a result, ratings for the NFL have been in a free fall; with ticket sales, merchandise, and television viewership all down from this time last year.
The President kicked off a media firestorm last month when he called for national boycott of the National Football League until owners and officials ban player protests during the national anthem. After weeks, several teams -such as the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins- have announced that all players will stand at attention during the ‘Star-Spangled Banner.’
NO THANKS: ESPN Considers DROPPING 'Monday Night Football'
As NFL ticket sales dwindle and ratings plummet throughout the United States, ESPN is considering dropping its marquee ‘Monday Night Football’ programming as angry fans tune-out after months of player protests.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, sagging viewership and dismal ratings are forcing television network’s to re-think their approach to the National Football League, with executives considering reducing ‘Thursday Night Football’ to just ten games and dropping ‘Monday Night Football’ altogether.
“ESPN has been able to pull off a dramatic judo move in recent agreements with its affiliates, one whose importance cannot be overstated: There is no longer specific contract language that requires the cable giant to have NFL games in order to earn its lofty (and industry-envied) subscriber fees, currently more than $7 per household. This means the network would not face automatic decreases in that vital artery of its dual revenue stream,” writes the author.
“Sure, distributors would be aghast, demanding to negotiate lower fees probably immediately, but the point is, there would be negotiations, enabling ESPN to do everything it could to keep those numbers as high as possible,” the article adds.
The NFL is struggling to ease tensions with furious fans over their professional athletes’ months-long protest of the national anthem. As ratings plummet, owners and officials are beginning to bar their players from “taking a knee” before the game. Earlier this month, just two teams –the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins- banned their athletes from “disrespecting” the anthem and the flag.
h/t Daily Caller