It has been a disastrous year for the NFL. Numerous protests continue to be carried out by players, and the fans responded by boycotting the league until there serious changes are made. The NFL has seen the biggest drop in attendance in the sport’s history, and the owners are feeling the pressure build every week. The players are out of control, and there doesn’t seem to be any relief in sight.
The NFL is having such a tough time filling seats that reports are saying in some cases tickets are selling for as little as ten dollars to even three dollars a seat on the secondary market. By the beginning of December, tickets have rapidly dropped in price thanks to empty seats that outnumber fans. Tickets were going for an average of $85 according to a website that tracks the cost of a fan experience at stadiums. Things have gotten so terrible that teams are being forced to inform people that ticket prices are being cut just to peak any interest. So far it is not working.
After another dismal week for the NFL, ticket prices are being reduced even more. At this rate, the owners will be giving the seats away soon just to create the illusion that the league is recovering.
In October, the Washington Times reported that prices were beginning to be reduced.
According to The Washington Times:
An analysis released Friday by CNBC found that ticket prices during the first three games of the 2017 season enjoyed a 20-40 percent increase over last year, but then skidded in Week 4 and actually dropped by 2 percent in Week 5.
The timing coincides with the uproar following President Trump’s criticism of the protests on Sept. 22, which prompted nearly 200 players to sit or take a knee during the national anthem in the Sept. 24-25 games in Week 3.
“After the president’s comments and NFL player reactions, Week 4 saw only a 5 percent increase, and now we’re seeing an outright decline. So that’s a bad direction,” said CNBC’s Eric Chemi.
The figures, based on data from the website Ticket IQ, come with the national anthem protests losing steam in the two weeks since Mr. Trump suggested team owners should fire any “son of a bitch” who refuses to stand.
None of the players apparently sat or took a knee at the Thursday night game, the first match-up of Week 5, continuing a trend that saw the number of players protesting drop from nearly 200 in Week 3 to about 50 in Week 4.
CBS Sports didn’t air “The Star-Spangled Banner” as part of its coverage of the Patriots-Buccaneers game Thursday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, prompting some gripes on social media from fans keeping track of the high-profile protest.
Fortunately for anthem-watchers, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times was on the scene and reported that there were no kneelers on the sidelines.
“The Bucs held a moment of silence before the national anthem as fans were asked to hold up their cellphones with lights on in memory of the victims of this week’s mass shooting in Las Vegas,” said Mr. Auman. “The national anthem was sung without incident, with all players from both teams standing and no players kneeling in protest.”
CBS did show shots of fans shining lights from their phones in honor of the shooting victims as well as players bowing their heads during the moment of silence.
The take-a-knee protests began last season as a statement against racism and police brutality by players like former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has not been signed this season.
The NFL has since taken hits from both sides, with Kaepernick supporters calling for a boycott until he has been hired by a team and protest foes vowing to tune out.
A Seton Hall University poll released Sept. 29 found that 29 percent of fans said they were watching fewer games this season, and of those, 47 percent blamed the take-a-knee protests.
Fast forward to December and it has only gotten worse.
Daily Wire reported that other tickets had fallen to an unbelievable three dollars! DW also found that tickets to see the Chicago Bears had bottomed to $20 a seat while seats in Green Bay were coming in at a low ten bucks. To show how far these prices have fallen, tickets to see the Chicago Bears usually sell at around $130 a seat while the Packers usually start at about $95.
Meanwhile, Fox Sports was forced to advertise to find “fans” — or even actors — to fill seats for its pre-game broadcast for the L.A. Rams game, something that is ordinarily easy to do.
“Come out, bring your spirit, your best NFL gear & join us for NFL on Fox this Sunday!” read a casting call that went out at the end of last week, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
It is hard to believe a sport so popular could ever fall so far out of favor. Just a couple of years ago the NFL was a juggernaut that could not be stopped. Prices were at an all-time high, and seats were generally filled to capacity. Everything has changed now and it’s all because of a bunch of spoiled brats who can’t separate their job from their political beliefs. Do you still watch football, or are you like the majority of people and have given up on the sport? Sound off in the comments below.