Robert Gehl reports that the NFL’s ratings continue their downward spiral as fans (and former fans) turn their backs on a league that has increasingly turned political.
In their second week on CBS, ratings have fallen double-digits from last season.
The week two window delivered an 8.4 rating and 14.5 million viewers on Sunday, according to a report from Sports Media Watch. That’s a drop of 24 percent in viewership from last years’ broadcast on Fox, and down 14 percent from 2015.
The 8.4 rating is the lowest second-week rating in almost 20 years.
Week one was also a bust, where the opener between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots drew only a 14.6 rating for NBC. Last year, the rating between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos was 16.5.
There are boycotts on the left, from those who demand that Colin Kaepernick be signed and those on the right, who are offended that any NFL player is being permitted to “sit out” the singing of the national anthem.
And the NFL is stuck in the middle, circling the drain.
Meanwhile, it appears Kaepernick is done. According to The Chicago Tribune, it’s “difficult to believe Kaepernick will play in the NFL again.
The Bengals are not signing Kaepernick, as The Cincinnati Enquirer’s Paul Dehner writes, despite rumors earlier this week about Cincinnati players campaigning for him as starter Andy Dalton has fallen off a cliff. Kaepernick told reporter Shaun King over the weekend that he wants to play and is in condition to play immediately, so it is not a question of his will. It is a question of NFL ownership’s willingness.
Kaepernick’s past performance has proved he is good enough to be in the league in some capacity. Over the weekend, Tom Brady said Kaepernick is “certainly qualified.” In case after case, since the San Francisco 49ers told him they would cut him and he opted out of his contract, teams have rejected him. Owners do not want the supposed “distraction,” or they believe fans would not accept the first player who knelt on a sideline during the national anthem, or they personally dislike his politics.
And the owners are correct. Whatever Kaepernick’s politics, it doesn’t belong on the field. It only serves as a distraction – making him and not the team the subject of controversy.
His National Anthem stunt during pre-season last year caused a national controversy, with many NFL fans furious that the quarterback disrespected the flag and the country. Kaepernick piled on the controversy with idiotic statements declaring America is a racist country and stunts like wearing “Cops Are Pigs” socks.
The NAACP came out in his defense, calling for a boycott of NFL games until Kaepernick gets an equal opportunity at making a roster for the upcoming season.
“There will be no football in the state of Georgia if Colin Kaepernick is not on a training camp roster and given an opportunity to pursue his career,” Gerald Griggs of the Atlanta NAACP told Fox 5.
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