The NFL had its season opener and the viewership was the lowest in the past decade due to the continued boycott for Kaepernick and other players disrespecting the national anthem.
That spells trouble for the NFL and those involved in it. They have some big decisions to make going forward.
But it is now safe to say that the NFL is struggling in a large part due to the protests taken on by Kaepernick and other NFL players around the league. They have called upon themselves to stir up the emotions of people everywhere by choosing to kneel for the National Anthem. This has caused millions of people around the country to take on a boycott of the league.
Take a look at the standings:
It is clear that this Kaepernick debacle has taken a huge effect on the NFL and its profitability. They might want to take another look at their options before more games lose viewership. For a game as exciting as this one, it is shocking to see the rating suffer so much.
First, let’s get this straight, what Colin Kaepernick has been doing is not a protest! What he is doing on his employers clock is a lazy 3 minute antic!
Now that Kaepernick has started it, even though he is not playing, others have decided to follow. The fans are not buying it either!
The NFL is the one taking the hit. The boycott is very real.
The NFL was forced to refund it’s advertisers last season because it had fallen way short on the viewership numbers it expected and promised! Colin Kaepernick broke football!
Monday Night Football had record breaking viewership in 2015 and then last year it hit its lowest viewership numbers since its inception in 1970!
Colin Kaepernick and his faux protest has cost the 49ers $$Millions of dollars!
The NFL has been forced to Refund Advertisers Because of Historic Low Viewership!
Monday Night Football has hit its lowest viewership EVER as the protests escalated!
SportingNews.com reported last year:
The Colin Kaepernick-led player protests may be hurting the NFL broadcast networks where its hurts them the most: in the pocketbook.
With NFL TV ratings plunging by double-digits over the first quarter of the 2016 season, some NFL TV networks are being forced to provide so-called “make-goods” to advertisers, media sources tell Sporting News.
When advertisers and ad agencies buy commercial time on NFL partner TV networks, they’re promised certain numbers in terms of ratings and audiences. If the game fails to reach those numbers, the networks have to “make good” for the audience shortfall by providing the equivalent of free commercial time.
The last thing TV networks want to do is give back valuable commercial time, especially when ad rates for a 30-second TV commercials during NFL games cost anywhere from $500,000 to $600,000 for prime time games on Madison Avenue.
But if NFL TV ratings continue to fall, it could cost the league’s partner networks — CBS, NBC, Fox, ESPN and NFL Network — millions worth of make-good ads.
If this boycott remains, the NFL will HAVE to lay down the law. As the employer they have that right. If a bank teller decided to get political with customers, they would be fired. If another bank understood they would do the same at a new location, no bank would hire them.
I am all for the right and freedom to protest! I would stand by Kaepernick to the death to fight for his right to protest! It is a foundational principle in this country.
But so is respect! So is working and not messing around when you are on someone else’s clock!
Kaepernick and the other NFL players doing this silly antic on their employers time…have broke football!!!