The problems plaguing the National Football League’s disastrous 2017 season spilled over into the NFL’s playoff games last week, with 23 million fewer viewers tuning-in compared to this time last year.
As Outkick the Coverage reports, the previous weekends “highly-anticipated” division playoff games posted shockingly low television ratings, with furious fans still tuning-out following months of professional athletes “taking a knee” during the performance of the US national anthem.
“In fact, ratings are plummeting so much that virtually no major media outlets are even talking about ratings at all. It’s almost like the league and its television partners have put out the code red not to acknowledge the collapse in viewership so far in 2018,” writes the author.
Angry football fans continued their boycott of the pivotal games beyond the league’s regular season, despite the fact the highly-publicized head-to-head matchups determine which teams ultimately end up in this year’s Super Bowl just weeks away.
The NFL struggled throughout the 2017 season to appease both furious fans and protesting players as athletes continued to kneel during the ‘Star-Spangled Banner.’ The resulting chaos caused television ratings and sales to plummet throughout the country.
Industry experts say the player protests have caused the NFL at least $500 million in 2017 alone.
AMERICAN HERO: Disabled Veteran REFUSES AWARD from 'Tainted' NFL Team
“Although I am touched and honored to be selected for such an award, the ongoing controversy with NFL players’ disrespect for the national flag forces me to decline to participate in the presentation,” Wells said.
“I am unable, in good conscience, to enter an NFL stadium while this discourtesy prevails. Since this award is tainted with the dishonorable actions of the NFL and its players, I cannot accept it,” he added.
The NFL has been struggling to regain its footing following weeks of players choosing to “take a knee” during the performance of the US national anthem.
The ensuing controversy gained national attention when President Trump called for a total boycott of the NFL until officials and owners require players to stand during the ‘Star-Spangled Banner.’
AMERICA’S GAME? NFL FINES Athlete Over Santa Shoes, ALLOWS Players to TRASH US Flag
The “disgraceful” NFL reached a new low this week, fining a professional athlete for wearing red, Christmas-themed cleats during last Sunday’s game while permitting other players to blatantly disrespect the US national anthem and flag.
New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara was fined over $6,000 for his holiday cheer; wearing the footwear to promote a GoFundMe page he created to provide football cleats to underprivileged youth hoping to play the game.
“Unfortunately The Grinch stole Christmas!! After the game I said that I would make a gofundme for the fine and donate the proceeds to charity sooooo…. here we are!” he wrote. “A donation will be made to Willie Hall playgrounds recreational department to provide cleats for their youth football programs.”
“Yeah, they were worth it,” Kamara told reporters.
The league’s decision to fine Kamara over his footwear raised eyebrows across the sports community on Friday, following months of the NFL permitting players to openly make political demonstrations on the field without any fines or consequences.