Ratings for NFL Season Opener Tank as League Gets Political

Ratings for NFL Season Opener Tank as League Gets Political

On Thursday night, the NFL hosted its season opener, and it was just as woke as other sports have been in their respective seasons so far. And the ratings seemed to show that fans are not happy about it.

Breitbart reports from Deadline Hollywood:

“…the Kansas City Chiefs pummeled the Houston Texans 34-20, and the ratings were down — a lot. In early numbers, the primetime NBC game scored a 5.2 among adults 18-49 and 16.4 million viewers between 8-11 p.m. ET.

“Now, those numbers for the 8:25-11:30 p.m. ET game will certainly be adjusted upward later, but right now they mark a 16.1% drop over the spectacle of the September 5, 2019 season opener in the advertiser-rich demographic. In an America and a NFL still adjusting to the new normal of live sports in the era of COVID-19, last night’s game also fell 16.1% in total sets of eyeballs from last year’s fast affiliate results.

“On a field bordered with the words ‘End Racism’ and fans booing as players from both teams linked arms before kickoff in a sign of solidarity with those fighting social injustice, the ratings and viewership decline could be an ominous sign for a league and the networks. The stellar numbers of last year’s opener, the Green Bay Packers’ grinding 10-3 victory over the Chicago Bears, kicked off a tightly run season that seemingly had reversed years of weakening numbers. Now it could be a case of déjà vu all over again.”

 

We reported earlier this week on a Gallup poll that showed that Americans’ opinion of the sports industry has plummeted, and that an obvious reason is the industry’s overt Leftist politicization. Compared to last season, the NBA playoff ratings are down 20%, and the NFL will likely see a similar turn in its own ratings.

Hopefully, the NFL will soon see, just like the NBA has, that pandering to social justice warriors while condemning its fans as racist will not be good for its bottom line. 

Sports is supposed to be a venue where we can all sit back, relax and enjoy each other’s company while we forget about real-world problems. We want our sports back.

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