It’s amazing how insulting the majority of Americans puts a dent in your bottom line.
The ratings from “Monday Night Football” have now come in, and one look at them sent NFL decision makers scrambling to backpedal from the national anthem controversy.
According to Deadline, the Vikings-vs-Bears game was an all-season low in television ratings. That was even with a much-hyped “Star Wars” movie trailer being shown at halftime, which no doubt boosted the already dismal numbers.
“Snaring a 7.0 in metered market results, last night’s MNF was down double digits from last week’s Kansas Chiefs’ 29-20 victory over the Washington Redskins,” Deadline reported. “That comes a day after Sunday Night Football also hit a season low with its ratings down too.”
While many NFL players continue to insult the American flag by refusing to stand during the national anthem, executives in the league are apparently starting to panic.
CNBC reported on Tuesday that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell — who defended the protests until it hit his pocketbook — is planning a meeting to change the rules and specifically require players to stand.
“In the memo sent to NFL teams, Goodell said the league must ‘move past this controversy’ and that this has to be done in collaboration with its players,” the news network stated.
A copy of the letter was published by NBC News, and seemed to show Goodell essentially begging players to stop their kneeling publicity stunts.
On Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence caused a stir when he walked out of an NFL game after players refused to stand for the anthem. President Trump blasted the league again on Tuesday, wondering why sports teams receive tax breaks if they won’t respect the nation.
Why is the NFL getting massive tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country? Change tax law!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2017
Even liberal-leaning ESPN has now admitted that Trump is winning the debate about players and their kneeling antics.
It’s amazing: You can almost watch in real time as the left changes their tune from mockery to panic as they realize they’re on the wrong side of the American people.
Customers don’t take kindly to being given the proverbial middle finger by smug and spoiled entertainers, and if the television ratings are any sign, they’re turning off games and doing other things with their time. It maybe be too little, too late for the NFL.
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