Last year when Colin Kaepernick took a knee in “protest” America was angry. This year when dozens of players began doing the same thing, America became outraged and the backlash was immediate and vicious.
It is highly unlikely that anyone thought that a little over two months later we would be here, looking at the remnants of the NFL.
Roger Goodell has stubbornly held on. He hasn’t admitted that the players are wrong despite watching his league crumble. He hasn’t said much of anything actually. Now he is faced with the cold hard truth, the devastating outcome of the players’ action may be the end of football as we know it.
At least 24 players kneeling this weekend at NFL stadiums that are now having a very hard time filling up. The American public is fed up with the disrespect the NFL is paying to our Country, our Flag and our National Anthem. Weak and out of control!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 28, 2017
The Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins met this week. Not a single player took a knee and yet the ratings hit the bottom of the barrel. The game got a 10.7 out of 18 in the metered market. This is a shocking 24% nosedive from the same week during last year’s game.
This comes on the heels of the of the lowest rated Monday Night Football game of the year.
Deadline Hollywood reported, “To add more context, last night’s MNF dipped 2% from the previous season low of the October 16 matchup between the winning Tennessee Titans and the Indianapolis Colts.”
Sadly, this game was actually an improvement over the Thanksgiving showing of Thursday Night Football. That dismal game garnered 10% less than this week.
— Liz Clarke (@lizclarketweet) December 1, 2017
The TV ratings show just one side of the problem. Photographs of the empty seats told the other half of the story. It is said to be impossible to give away tickets to football games at this point.
What can only be seen as a last-ditch effort was made by the league this week. They have essentially offered the players a bribe.
They will pay approximately $89 million over the next seven years to “social justice” charities. The unsaid agreement would be that the players cease their “protests.” The players seem to be divided on this solution so far.