Maybe the NFL thought they had weathered the backlash that Kaepernick sparked in the fans last year? They probably don’t think so anymore.
Is it safe to assume they’re not thinking that they’re out of the woods just yet?
Especially with headlines using phrases like ‘TV Ratings Disaster’.
That’s probably not the news they were hoping to hear.
Deadline is chalking that up to Hurricane coverage, and to concerns about brain injury.
That’s possible, we suppose.
But we also remember the polls that blamed the Kaepernick saga. At least some of the ratings drop came from fans that were put off by an injection of political drama in the one place we could go to forget politics — Sports.
Not even Tom Brady could save the opening night of the NFL season:
TV ratings for the NFL’s Thursday night opener got sacked — again — falling for the fourth straight year.
While the NFL still commands the largest young, male demographic of any programming, the 12 percent decline from last season’s opener can’t make Commissioner Roger Goodell a happy man. —
A twelve percent drop.
Is that a big deal, do you think? Is it enough that they’ll rethink some things?
Or like letting their athletes turn the anthem into a political football?
Think they’ll ‘pull their heads out’ in time to recover? Or has that ship already sailed?
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