The NFL’s Super Bowl is just days away and it’s already shaping up to be a total disaster; with a new shock poll finding 16% of self-described football fans plan to change-the-channel instead of watching the big game this weekend.
A new poll released by Seton Hall University finds that 16% of fans who follow the National Football League “very closely” will not watch this season’s Super Bowl match-up between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles.
“The poll did not ask those who say they won’t watch what their reasons are, but the political controversy that overshadowed this football season is almost surely a contributing factor,” writes Yahoo! News.
“The poll did ask people if they approved, disapproved or had no opinion about NFL players who protested during the playing of the National Anthem throughout the season. 46% of people said they disapproved of the protests,” the site adds.
The surprising poll is raising alarm bells throughout the NFL as owners and officials struggle to regain furious fans after a disastrous 2017 season. Television viewership reached record lows throughout the year after months of protesting players and political controversies.
Industry experts say professional athletes “taking a knee” during the national anthem has cost the league upwards of $500 million.