NFL viewership hurt by national anthem protests and politics

Vincent De Villiers
Julho 27, 2017

ESPN framed its story around the fact that national anthem protests were the number one reason fans said they were tuning out, since 26 percent of respondents who reported that they had watched fewer NFL games blamed Kaepernick and the other players who kneeled or raised their fists during "The Star-Spangled Banner" to protest police killings of black people.

"The pollster said it asked more than 9,200 people who attended either one football, basketball or hockey game if they tuned into fewer games and why", Rovell wrote.

Last season's surprising decline in NFL TV ratings happened for a number of possible reasons.

As many National Football League owners continue to fear that signing Colin Kaepernick would cause its fans to revolt, Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt has stated his approval of the former NFC Champion quarterback.

Twenty-six percent of fans who watched fewer games past year said they did so because of national anthem protests, which were first done by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Compare that with the 2,484 people who told the survey they watched more football previous year.

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Sixteen percent were more interested in the 2016 presidential race.

Overall, networks that broadcast professional football games saw an 8 percent drop in viewers during the 2016 season compared to the 2015 season.

"Generally, I'm not going to tell our head coach or our GM not to bring in a player if they think that player can bring us some success on the field and make us better", Hunt said.

"You know, I really wouldn't", Hunt said, reports the Arrowhead Pride. "We'll see. Hopefully he gets picked up and has a chance to still play". It's tough for him, I would imagine.

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