Thanks to efforts like “Boycott the NFL,” ratings for games each week are going lower and lower.
Monday night’s match-up between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears was the least watched NFL game this season, down 17% from last week and reaching a regular season low for the league and ESPN, reports Patriot Report.
This comes after Sunday Night Football also reached a season low as fans tune out due to weeks of bad publicity and professional athlete protests. The fans are angry, and the league is facing a sharp decline in ticket sales and television ratings as players choose to “take a knee” or remain in the locker room during the performance of the national anthem.
Some teams have tried to make things right. The Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys have demanded players stand at attention as the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ rings out in the stadium, telling the athletes to honor the anthem or “sit-out” the game.
“If there’s anything that is disrespectful to the flag, then we will not play. OK? Understand? If we are disrespecting the flag, then we won’t play. Period,” said Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
Earlier Tuesday, President Trump weighed-in on the nationwide controversy, saying the NFL should lose its “massive tax breaks” if players continue to “disrespect” the national anthem and the US flag. He also said that those ungrateful players should get “fired.”
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