NFL might need to tackle fleeing fans
Sunday night’s game between division rivals Dallas and Philadelphia was swamped in the ratings by game five of the 2016 World Series.
Monday Night Football “took a ratings tumble,” too, down 18 percent from a Colts-Panthers game a year ago, a CBS News affiliated reported.
“Where’s football?” asks Dan Gainor with the Media Research Center.
He says he’s not surprised that a Yahoo Sports survey revealed 29 percent of NFL fans turned the channel due to 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his protest of the National Anthem. But it’s worse than just him, says Gainor.
“I think (NFL) football has lost its way,” says Gainor, “and it’s less about football and more about its place in the world.”
NFL fans, watching from the recliner, are likely aware the league refused to allow Dallas players to honor slain police officers with a helmet decal while Kaepernick wore cops-as-pigs socks to practice and went unpunished.
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III turned his Jesus t-shirt inside out at a 2014 post-game media appearance to abide by NFL logo rules, but the Black Panthers enjoyed some marketing potential thanks to Kaepernick’s clothing choice (see photo above).
Then there was the “shooting a bow and arrow” call against Redskins defensive end Josh Norman.
While the NFL is bowing to a PC culture, says Gainor, it also appears to curtail anything entertaining.
“It’s like they’ve tried to take the fun out of football,” he says.
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