NFL ratings down 16 percent as media portrays fans as ‘classless trash,’ ‘racist’
The NFL’s opening game between Kansas City and the Texans saw a 16 percent drop in TV ratings over last year’s opening act between Chicago and Green Bay, following an offseason marked by COVID-19 and leftist activism by players.
This year’s match-up netted just 19.3 million viewers.
“Now, those numbers for the 8:25-11:30 p.m. ET game will certainly be adjusted upward later,” said Deadline, “but right now they mark a 16.1% drop over the spectacle of the September 5, 2019 season opener in the advertiser-rich demographic.”
Deadline blamed the decline mostly on COVID-19 saying, “With the coronavirus pandemic still raging across America, this year’s NFL season opener was as different as night and day from the 100th season kickoff in 2019.”
However, the U.K.’s leftist rag, the Guardian, was more succinct saying that the NFL has offended fans with in-your-face activism that had fans booing the teams after shows of activism during the national anthem.
“The booing started after the Texans stayed in the locker room for the national anthem, and continued as they emerged and interlocked arms for what was supposed to be a moment of silence, according to the Associated Press,” said the Guardian.
In what is bound to garner more boos, Kansas City Councilman, Eric Bunch, trolling for liberal votes, called the booing more attempts at “white supremacy,” like standing for the national anthem.
“Some NFL fans booing the players for standing and locking arms in a moment of silent unity proves that for them ‘standing for the flag’ was always about perpetuating white supremacy,” tweeted Bunch.
A feature at Rawstory contained dozens of tweeted criticism of fans booing the players, calling fans “shameful,” “racists,” and “trash.”
Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley struck back at the article, saying that fans are simply tired of one side using every problem in America for political activism, with corporate sponsors looking to make a buck off of activism.
“’Classless trash’? The left showing their usual contempt for middle America,” tweeted Hawley. “Missouri has the best fans in the country. Don’t blame them for being tired of NFL/corporate woke politics jammed down their throats.”
Some teams feel that way too, says the Guardian. The Miami Dolphins, while sympathetic to the calls for the end of racism, said in a video that the methods of protesting are dividing people.
“This attempt to unify only creates more divide. So we’ll skip this song and dance, and as a team, we’ll stay inside,” several players said in the video that was also a little too woke.
Right on cue, Ben Crump, the attorney representing Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Jacob Blake, retweeted the Dolphins video seeking to exploit the message.
“The Miami Dolphins spoke TRUTH TO POWER and peacefully protested by choosing to stay inside the locker room during the national anthem. There is NO ‘land of the free’ until we are all FREE and EQUAL,” Crump tweeted.
The Guardian cited a recent Harris poll on declining interest in the NBA that said that the league’s politics, COVID restrictions and relations with China have all hurt viewership.
“The poll found 38 per cent of sports fans watching fewer games blamed the increasing politics, followed by lack of audience in the stadiums (28 per cent), and the NBA’s association with China (19 per cent),” said the Guardian.
PHOTO: AP Photo/Ashley Landis
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