The downward trajectory for the beleaguered National Football League continued into the 2017 post-season last weekend, with Sunday’s decisive afternoon match-up attracting the lowest television ratings for an early game in the previous five years.
According to Sports Media Watch , Sunday’s head-to-head game between the New England Patriots and Jacksonville Jaguars posted a 27.3 rating, down from 27.4 for the same game last year and breaking record lows for the afternoon playoff game.
“The 27.3 is the lowest for the AFC Championship since 2015 (Colts-Patriots: 24.2) and the lowest for the early conference championship game since 2013 (49ers-Falcons: 26.1),” writes SMW.
The evening line-up cast even more doubt on the NFL’s prospects for a successful Super Bowl, with the Minnesota Vikings – Philadelphia Eagles game dropping 2.9 percent from last year’s totals; the second-lowest television audience for a late-game since 2009.
The National Football League has been hemorrhaging viewers for nearly a year as furious fans tune-out following months of professional athletes choosing to kneel during the performance of the national anthem.
President Trump thrust the issue into the national spotlight in 2017, urging all Americans to boycott the league until officials and owners require players to stand during the ‘Star-Spangled Banner.’
PLAYOFF PANIC: NFL Officials STUNNED as 23 MILLION Viewers Tune-Out
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.
NF HELL: Massive ‘KNEELING PROTEST’ Planned for NFL Playoffs
A massive “kneeling protest” is being planned ahead of this weekend’s upcoming NFL playoff game in Minneapolis, with demonstrators preparing to storm the arena to bring awareness to “police violence” throughout the country.
According to a local news station, the organization, Take a Knee Nation Twin Cities, is organizing the mass protest outside US Bank Arena in “honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.” and to express solidarity with professional athletes who choose to “take a knee” during the performance of the national anthem.
The demonstrations are planned for 2:30pm, just one hour before the Minnesota Vikings are set to face-off against the New Orleans Saints.
As the protests swirl outside the arena, it remains unclear how many NFL players will kneel during the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ during the playoff’s pre-game ceremony.
The National Football League is struggling to regain fans and sports enthusiasts after a disastrous 2017 season. Following months of player protests, the NFL has hemorrhaged support among its viewers; dropping 10% from its disappointing 2016 season.
According to a recent poll, 33% of NFL fans “tuned out” of an already-lackluster 2017 season, citing player protests as the main reason behind their decision to change the channel.
Industry insiders say the “player protests” have cost the NFL upwards of $500 million in revenue, decreased ticket sales, merchandise, and low turnout.