As more NFL players decide to join anti-American protests during the playing of the national anthem, we find TV ratings for football continuing to crater this year. Reports have now shown that for the third consecutive week NFL football has lost viewers.
The ratings for last Sunday’s game between the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys measured in at a 12.9 Neilsen rating. This is down from the game’s 13.7 the previous week. In addition, week two was down from week one’s 13.9 rating. Ratings also dropped by 18 percent over week three from last year for the list of midday regional games, according to Sports Business Daily.
The ratings for Monday Night Football were even worse. The game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints received a terribly bad 5.7 rating. This is a 38 percent plunge over the same week of last year.
One factor in Monday’s low ratings is the fact that Monday Night Football was up against the presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. According to CNN Money, the September 26 debate brought in over 80 million viewers which made it the most viewed political debate in U.S. history.
But there is another, larger reason the NFL has been losing viewers. Since the first week of the season when San Francisco 49ers second string quarterback Colin Kaepernick started protesting against the country by refusing to stand for the national anthem, the player’s protest has grown and spread throughout the league.
The protests haven’t made Kaepernick well liked, though. Since Kaepernick started his rants against America, he has become the most hated player in the NFL. The TV ratings seem to be reflecting this, too.
And it is no wonder with how many times he has attacked the U.S.A. In fact, he did it again this week with an attack on Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan.
“He always says, ‘Make America great again,'” Kaepernick said. “Well, America has never been great for people of color and that’s something that needs to be addressed. Let’s make America great for the first time.”
Sadly, Kaepernick’s hate for the country has metastasized to other sports, and even to high schools, as others emulate his anti-Americanism.
In the end, is it really any wonder that many football fans who tune in to get away from their every day worries and enjoy a game are so disgusted with these constant political rants that they turn the games off?
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