The National Football League, once a sports titan that livened up the year with rivalry, fandom and spectacular athletic feats performed with good sportsmanship, is now rapidly dying.
A dizzying drop in ratings for NFL games has networks slashing their ad prices and renegotiating contracts with big advertisers, the Wall Street Journal is reporting.
For some time the league has been embracing thuggish, egotistical behavior by many of its players, which in recent years has turned into all-out disrespect for fans, the National Anthem and American ideals in general, with many players “taking a knee” when they are requested to show deference to the country that made them millionaires.
The Black Lives Matter movement, which seeks to cloak Marxism in a costume of fighting conjured-up racism, has only intensified
Overall, viewership for the 2020 NFL season is down around 9 percent from the 2019 season, reports Front Office Sports, a tracker of sports business news. Week-over-week, the damage is far worse. “The NFL averaged 14.5 million viewers in unlucky Week 13, down 29 percent from the same week last year,” the outlet reported on Dec. 11.
Front Office Sports veered away from player behavior in trying to explain the exodus from professional football. They gave the causes as changing in audience viewing habits during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and subsequent coronavirus lockdowns. The league is also struggling to maintain a strict schedule with players out on sick leave, the outlet said; at least one game had to be played on a Tuesday night recently in order to avoid scheduling issues on Thursday, Sunday, and the following week.