Thanks to the knee-taking super-nobody, Colin Kaepernick, the NFL has done nothing but continue on a downward spiral since the fateful day that they allowed for a political protest to take place on their fields. The newest highlight of the ever failing franchise is their attempt to create a buzz around the upcoming play-off games. The NFL has gone so far as to cancel the New Year’s Eve scheduled game in order to “be fair” to the fans. The new schedule has teams playing at 1 P.M. and 4:45 P.M. instead of later.
They claim it is for the fans to be able to watch prior to the festivities that will surely have fans too busy to sit and watch football, but it seems as though the ratings are telling another story altogether. If the NFL had been smart they would have stuck to their own code back when the use of their platform became a mine-field of political correctness and refused to allow the players to protest while on the clock so to speak.
According to Independent Journal Review :
“Sunday Night Football” has called a timeout on this week’s regular-season game.
With the NFL’s “Sunday Night Football” in a ratings falloff, the playoff picture getting clearer, and it being New Year’s Eve and all, the league is bowing to the inevitable and canceling the event.
The league slipped the news in a tweet:
— Michael Signora (@NFLfootballinfo) December 25, 2017
The NFL’s senior vice president of broadcasting, Howard Katz, said games with playoff implications will all be played either at 1 p.m. or 4:25 p.m. ET because it was “fair” to the fans.
Clearly, the NFL is hoping to create buzz around the games to increase ratings at the earlier times to get what will be called a ratings win.
The league’s Sunday night ratings spiral was likely to take a horrible hit if the nighttime game had been played.
CNN reports that the last time the league scheduled a game for New Year’s Eve, ratings plummeted 25 percent:
The last time the NFL held a Sunday night football game on New Year’s Eve was in 2006, when the Chicago Bears hosted the Green Bay Packers. It was quarterback Brett Favre’s last game with the Packers (and widely expected to be his last game ever). Still, only 13.4 million people watched that game, about a quarter fewer than the average Sunday Night Football game that season.
The NFL has suffered from a self-inflicted wound over its handling of the protests during the national anthem by some of its players, and Sunday night ratings have taken the brunt of the backlash by fans.
The ratings for the December 15 “Sunday Night Football” game were down 35 percent from last year at this time. CNN reports that NFL ratings on ESPN that same weekend were down 9 percent and were down 27 percent on CBS. Meanwhile, Fox saw a 6 percent improvement in its ratings. Overall, NFL ratings have seen a 9 percent hit on the season.
CNN reports that the rescheduling means that NBC is stuck on the sidelines for this week’s games.
The franchise has no one to blame but themselves for this epic fall in ratings as well as merchandise sales. Fans do not want to see one of the very things they are trying to escape while watching football. The pig skin sport has been a constant companion to fans around the world who want to escape for a few hours from the day to day societal ugliness in our country and just watch some hardcore body-bruising sports. The last thing NFL fans wanted was to be forced to sit and have someone else’s political agenda shoved down their throats.
The players have a hundred other avenues to express their issues and just like any other employee of any other job they shouldn’t have been allowed to do it on the clock and definitely not on the fans’ dime. So, the consequence of all of this hoopla is that the ratings are sinking, the fans are walking, and the players will soon see a pay cut that will devastate their delicate sensibilities, and it is all because one man decided to air his dirty laundry and blame oppression and the flag.
Good job, Kaepernick.