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.
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.
PLAYOFF PANIC: NFL Playoffs Post LOWEST RATINGS in FIVE YEARS
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.’