Why is TV viewership down?The writer did not mention the national anthem until Paragraph Twelve of a fourteen-paragraph.
Writer Mike Florio wrote in that paragraph:
Some are suggesting that the anthem protests are causing fans to boycott the NFL, but it’s hard to see a connection between the objections to the behavior of a small group of players and the decision of significant numbers of fans to deprive themselves of something they enjoy. The NFL has made its position on the anthem clear, and the vast majority of players continue to stand at attention.That came after suggesting these reasons:
- "The league’s failure to discipline more aggressively players who have engaged in off-field misconduct..."
- "A perception that the league reacts too heavy-handedly in other matters..."
- "...disdain by plenty of fans for Commissioner Roger Goodell."
- "The disconnect between the images televised across the country in high definition and the things seen by the naked eye in real time by seven officials interspersed with young, strong, large, fast men in armor remains a far bigger problem than the league office ever would admit." (Huh? I think Junior wanted to say the refs blowing calls.)
- "The ongoing desire to expand the NFL’s reach to other countries..."
- "....viewing habits have changed...."
- "...fantasy football..."
- "...the election..."
- "The quality of the early-season matchups..."
- "The concussion crisis..."
He grasped at straws until he finally even mentioned players disrespecting the national anthem.
I get it, free speech, right to protest, blah, blah, blah.
But protests work both ways. I enjoyed a terrible blowout of UConn by Houston last night rather than tune in the NFL. And I am not even boycotting the NFL. I simply am avoiding it until the Browns make the Super Bowl.
Comcast, through its wholly owned NBC subsidiary, has billions invested in the NFL. It is not about to allow one of its bloggers to come right out and say what is obvious, and further damage its investment.
But a commenter did:
I already told you why.
A recent market research study shows that viewership is down because Colin Kaepernick brought politics into a realm (sports) where millions of Americans flock to in order to escape, even if for a few hours, the real world which includes said politics.Bingo.
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