I think by now most of us are all just pretty fed up with the NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. I also think by now the NFL has to be feeling it in their pocketbooks too. The ratings are down. The seats are empty and many Americans have boycotted the NFL games altogether.
In a recent interview, Al Michaels of NBC’s ‘Sunday Night Football’ came clean about the drop in ratings for NFL games.
Speaking to Rob Tornoe, Michaels spent most of his interview discussing the National Anthem protests, which were kicked off by Colin Kaepernick two summers ago. Michaels said that while ‘Sunday Night Football’ is still the most-watched primetime show, their ratings are down 8% from last year but that “two or three years ago, the ratings were so spectacular that there had to be a little bit of a diminishment at some point.”
Ratings were down a bit last year due to the Presidential election, but sprang back to normal after Trump won. The same kind of spring back isn’t going to happen this year, and the ratings difference will continue to grow.
Michaels put most of the blame on the protests undertaken by players “against racial injustice during the national anthem,” saying that it “felt like tension over the protests was staring” to cool down up until Trump brought it up during a rally in Alabama where he “called on NFL owners to fire players” who continued to protest during the Anthem.
He then said that the issue will probably only be solved once it’s the off-season and there’s a chance to keep from overwhelming the conservatives and that both sides will “just have to sit down and figure it out.”
Twitter decided that Al Michaels must be one of those awful “Trump supporters” due to his admission that Trump (and, ya know, millions of others) were correct to say that the reason the NFL is struggling is directly due to the Anthem protest issue. He said that after Trump “made those remarks” it was like “throwing a match into a gas tank.”
But, to be clear, Al Michaels is a Republican and probably one of the very few open Republicans in the sports commentary world.
Al Michaels using Fake News wasn’t by mistake …He’s a Trump Supporter if you couldn’t tell
— Robert Littal (@BSO) November 13, 2017
Recently, Al Michaels had to apologize during his ‘Sunday Night Football’ show after cracking a joke early in the broadcast.
“I mean, let’s face it,” Michaels said, “the Giants are coming off a worse week than Harvey Weinstein.”
Collinsworth guffawed and said, “Only my L.A. guy comes up with that one.” Michaels replied with a chuckle, “All you have to do is read the paper, any paper.”
A few people on Twitter responded:
Must be funny UNLESS YOU HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN A VICTIM OF ASSAULT. @SNFonNBC
Al Michaels is probably the best play-by-play guy in history. But boy… that was a big, big lapse in judgment.