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With the rise of social activism in the NFL has come a decline in audience interest.

We previously reported that the NFL stood to lose over $200 million in ad revenues amid declining viewership on the networks showing the games. The news came as teams continued to struggle with selling tickets in their stadiums, and the league saw an overall decline in ratings from the previous year.

That was all before the players decided they were going to disrespect our flag and National Anthem to make a point to the President.

Recent polling indicates that Americans are fed up with the NFL’s social activism on the field, and the vast majority agree with President Trump that players should stand to respect the nation that gave them everything. Of course, polling and ratings are only small parts of the larger picture.

Earlier this week, Stub Hub announced it was going to be selling tickets to NFL games at a 10 percent discount. While they didn’t provide an explanation for the sudden drop in pricing, a report from the Washington Examiner provides a bit of insight as to why the league felt the need to offload tickets – they’re not selling any.

In fact, just from last week until this week – after players were called out by the President and over 200 protested – there’s been a whopping 18 percent decline in sales.


From the Examiner:

The National Football League is feeling the impact of the “Trump Effect.”

Ticket sales since he called on team owners to fire players who take a knee to protest the National Anthem have cratered.

The online ticket reseller TickPick told Secrets that sales have dropped 17.9 percent, far more than the usual Week Three fall.

From TickPick:

  • 17.9 percent decrease in NFL orders this week compared to the previous week.
  • Last year the drop was 10.8 percent in orders on Monday & Tuesday following Week Three games.

“We have seen a massive decrease in NFL ticket purchases this past week in comparison to years past. Week 3 seems to usually have less ticket orders than week 2, but this year ticket purchases are down more than 7 percent from this time last year,” said TickPick’s Jack Slingland.

That’s going to leave a mark.

Of course, since the fan outrage swept the nation, with countless people stating they’ll never watch another NFL game again, teams have been coming out to announce they’ll stand for the Anthem this week, but it’s likely too little, too late. In fact, last night, the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears both stood for the Anthem, but locked arms in “solidarity,” and they were met with booing along with chants of “USA! USA! USA!” which shows fans are all but done with their on-field antics.

Since this all started, this reporter has predicted that the NFL is going to take a major hit from the PR disaster they created, and that’s exactly what appears to be playing out. For the sake of the league and the many fans who love watching football, let’s hope they can get this worked out.

Otherwise, the NFL will become less popular than women’s curling.

In the meantime, Trump supporters be like:

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