• July 16, 2024

Americans Are 100% Fed Up With All These Flag Protests. Here Are The NFL Ratings That Prove It

For many NFL fans, the game has long been a kind of escape — a way to relax after a hard day’s work, show loyalty to a beloved team, or just kick back and have fun with friends.

Over the past year, though, Americans have begun to notice another element that’s been gaining more and more prominence within the sport: politics.

Now, with seemingly every NFL game involving some kind of player protest, fans are sending the league a clear message that they’re fed up, by boycotting the NFL:

Tonight will be a silent protest against the anti-American “national” football league. Turn off the TV.#BoycottNFL

Across the board, fans have expressed a number of motivations for supporting #BoycottNFL, including respect for law enforcement:

Count me in Boycott the NFL pic.twitter.com/BYRQC2LZxP

— LiberatedCitizen (@LiberatedCit) September 12, 2016

And the military:

Those who sit during the National Anthem disgust me. Men died so you could have the freedom to earn those millions!#boycottNFL@NFL

— Deneen Rae (@Drivefasterbaby) September 10, 2016

Jonathan Reed #BOYCOTTNFLpic.twitter.com/ui8vkoDAew

— J.La❤ (@Janetlarose1) September 16, 2016

And out of concern about the message players are sending to impressionable young Americans:

Our youth need better role models #BoycottNFLhttps://t.co/rt78l7xy8o

— Pastor Bones (@pastorbones) September 11, 2016

But most of all, it seems to be a matter of national pride:

#boycottNFL@NFL Leave it off the field!Boycotting NFL until it returns to the All American sport as it was intended pic.twitter.com/Fw9GAS9xfy

— Dreaming of Peace (@cjsienna55) September 11, 2016

After @NFLcommish support for players dishonoring America and her flag, I’m taking a knee on the entire@NFL season.#BoycottNFL#NFLBoycott

— Upstate Voice (@UpstateVoice) September 13, 2016

@nflcommish when you allow players to disrespect and not allow others to show respect, it’s time to#BoycottNFL! pic.twitter.com/fIXKsVqoXc

— FLPrincess4Trump♛ (@lollicakesFL) September 11, 2016

What’s more, it’s a boycott that appears to be catching on.

According to Forbes, the NFL’s 2016 season opener saw a ratings drop of 8% compared to 2015 and 6% compared to 2014.

The following Sunday’s numbers were even worse, coming in 13% lower than last year’s, with Forbes noting:

“This also marked the lowest overnight season-opening rating in seven years.”

On Sunday, the Commissioner of the NFL himself, Roger Goodell, weighed in on his players’ protests, calling them “progress” and “something we’re going to encourage.”

It was a viewpoint that clearly did little to stem the tide of the NFL boycott:

Roger Goodell praised the anti-American demonstrations by the players. Remember, taxpayers pay for their stadiums!#tcotpic.twitter.com/h0TmWPJxhH

— vanguard ninja (@INTJutsu) September 19, 2016

For some, like boycott supporter James Olson, the fact that the NFL is allowing players like Colin Kaepernick to stage their protests on a nationally televised platform is just as infuriating as anything else:

“Sports used to not be a stage for this, and now it is, so I’m turning it off…

You can do this on our own time. Rent a stage somewhere and see if you can get a crowd of 70,000 people.”

In what might be a reflection of the growing boycott, disappointing numbers continued to roll in this week, with ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” reportedly earning its lowest ever ratings for this point in the season.

While the majority of the NFL season still left to play out, however, it’s difficult to say if the boycott will continue to thrive.

In the event that it does, time will tell if the National Football League will take a stand on this issue, or simply be content to lose viewership over its athletes’ political demonstrations.


Patriots Beacon