NFL Ratings Drop Faster Than Colin Kaepernick Hearing ‘The Star Spangled Banner’

From:,  by Daniel J. Flynn,  on Sep 21, 2016

The NFL sees its ratings going down faster than Colin Kaepernick after hearing “O say can you see.”


The Eagles-Bears ratings declined by double digits from last year’s Week Two Monday Night Football contest and represents the lowest number since the franchise moved from ABC to ESPN. The NFL experienced drops, albeit smaller ones, for the Sunday slate, too.

 Reasons exist beyond San Francisco for the slump.

The two faces of the league for more than a decade, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, watch the action at home. The former by choice. The latter by the commissioner’s whim. Two franchises, the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders, essentially play in a limbo state. They ask, like The Clash, “Should I stay or should I go?” Their fans don’t care for the prolonged mistreatment that comes with franchises flirting with other markets. And certainly excessive flags and unwelcome rules—such as the attempted negation of the kicking game by bringing touchbacks to the 25—turn off some people who now turn off the NFL.

But the elephant in the room—actually three Dolphins, a Bronco, and two 49ers—continue to be the competitors in America’s Game insulting America’s song. Fans do not watch because of a quarterback who does not play. No one likes uninvited guests coming into their living room to insult them.

Talking heads and NFL spin doctors do not care to own up to this. But Colin Kaepernick becoming the face of the NFL actually does more to harm the league’s bottom line than Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, or Aaron Hernandez did by dominating news cycles. The criminal behavior of a small percentage of football players occurs away from the stadium. Colin Kaepernick’s perfectly legal protest happens on an NFL field in an NFL uniform on NFL broadcasts.

America is a free country. A multimillionaire remains free to kneel during the national anthem. Joe Six Pack remains free to turn off the television.


And I was one of those who switched channels when, during the national anthem, I saw Eagle’s players disrespect the country by standing with their fists raised.

I’ve been a pro football fan my entire adult life and do my best to see as many games as possible in the Thursday, Sunday and Monday time slots. No more. I will continue to watch my Dallas Cowboys (as long as there are no player actions disrespecting the anthem or the flag from them), but all other games are prohibited in the Garnet92 household as long as those infantile, overpaid, egotists continue to protest the country that has afforded them millionaire status.

Many/most of those black players are protesting based on the same genetic combinations that gave them their 6’4″ 300 lb size and their black skin. An accident of birth made them big, and big is king in the NFL, while at the same time colored them black. Blacks now account for over 2/3 of the NFL’s players – is that because they’re black, or is it because they’re big? We all know the answer to that. Why don’t I hear the favorite word of the black race agitators – “disproportionate” – when it comes to the ratio of white to black players? As the Church Lady said, “isn’t that convenient?”

Of course, contrary to what those protesting players contend, we are a free country and they do have a right to protest – but so do football fans and when television ratings plummet (along with TV revenue to the league), we’ll see action taken to enforce clauses in the player’s contracts that require them to play football and refrain from activities that detract from the game. Only then will the fans return to the game, maybe. Maybe, fans will find that other activities will prove more beneficial than watching the NFL for hours on the weekend and the players will have killed the goose that laid their golden eggs.





Categories: General


8 replies

  1. I feel bad for the good guys too, but through no fault of their own they just got caught in the path of the tornado. When the money starts drying up, maybe they’ll be able to influence the ones who started this mess.

    It’s a shame you have to get it their pockets in order to make them do the decent thing. It may take awhile, but much like the bathroom issue at Target, it’s making an impact.


    • I feel the same way, Kathy. I’d like to think that the majority of the players are thankful and humble that their parents passed down size and/or abilities that everyone doesn’t possess. Absent those genetic accidents of birth, any one of them could be stocking shelves at Costco.


  2. Guess they think we owe them.

    I don’t watch any football unless the Steelers are in playoffs…haha. Guess I’m a fair weather football fan. Never really liked football. If I could I would turn them off too, which wouldn’t make much difference from me since I never watched.

    But good on em. This is the best news I’ve heard all week! I hope Americans are really tired of this garbage. I really hope and pray.


    • Apparently, they think that since they’re idols and role models (gasp!) for so many, that their political views matter – they don’t. They’re being paid millions NOT for their political commentary, but for their football skills, but since all of the adulation feeds their egos, they think that their opinions matter. They don’t.

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  3. I support everyone’s right to choose not to watch football, but I haven’t gone that route myself because it feels to me like I’d be hurting the players who did stand for the anthem. I will make it a point, however, to boycott any product endorsed by these dummies. Any company that would hire one of these Bozos to promote their products doesn’t deserve my money.


    • I understand CW, but sometimes it’s necessary to affect the good to influence the bad. An impact in television ratings in one way that will get the NFL’s attention and while boycotting products endorsed by the offending players would be worthwhile, it wouldn’t be noticed at all. Additionally, please tell me how you know what products to boycott? I did some superficial searches and find that it’s difficult to associate any players (other than the top stars) with any products. For example, what products does Los Angeles Rams defensive end Robert Quinn endorse? If this information is difficult to find, even if you’re successful, you will be one of a very few that will know what products to boycott – in other words, the impact will be so slight, it won’t get any attention.

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