The unintended consequences (or is it) of Colin Kaepernick and other football players turned social justice warriors who hold a grievance against a nation that is so racist that said nation opened the door to the aggrieved enabling them to acquire the riches through opportunities not afforded anywhere else on the planet is beginning to bear fruit.
The number of NFL players in addition to Kaepernick who refuse to stand during the Star Spangled Banner at NFL games has grown these past weeks but in far greater proportion are the number of Americans who repelled by social justice infiltrating America’s greatest pasttime are tuning out televised NFL games.
Earlier this week, actor James Woods, told TMZ that he will never watch NFL again, “they can say whatever they think. And I respect their constitutional right to do it. I hope they respect my constitutional right never to watch the NFL again. I will never watch the NFL again. Ever.” (Click on link to see video below but ignore its title. With the media being the media, TMZ misrepresented the facts. James Woods did not call Kaepernick a piece of crap.)
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) August 29, 2016
NFL’s Monday night football ratings for the past two weeks are sunk faster than Hillary Clinton did when she blacked out at the September 11th Memorial in New York City ten days ago (sarcasm) with the Philadelphia Eagles (29) vs. Chicago Bears (14) game generating a miserable 8.3% rating.
Forbes suggested that Monday night’s decline in viewership might be connected to the fall television premieres, Tom Brady’s four game suspension and/or various online #NFLboycott campaigns.
Viewership likely same story for MNF week 2. Primetime not good through 2 weeks for NFL. Sunday afternoons lower too, but not double digit % https://t.co/FDjKQns1yd
— Austin Karp (@AustinKarp) September 20, 2016
A foretelling of what’s to come? The 2016 football season started off badly.
Last weekend’s Sunday’s Packers-Vikings game which aired on NBC only drew 22.8 million viewers, down 14% from the same week, one year earlier (Seahawks vs. Packers game), both games of which according to Sports Business Daily, aired the same night of the Emmy’s.
…In Week 1 of the 2016 season, the early game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins was the least watched MNF game since 2012 (7.7 rating, 13.0 million viewers), while the San Francisco 49ers – Los Angeles Rams follow-up was the least watched since 2008 (6.2 rating, 10.3 million viewers)….’
The decline in viewership is expected to continue through next Monday night’s Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints game which is going up against the first of three 2016 presidential debates between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Blaming the decline of viewership on the presidential debate? I don’t know about that. A few months ago, Donald Trump voiced his objection over two of the three debates having been scheduled opposite NFL football games, a tactic that would decrease viewership of the debates and thereby favoring Clinton. (Note Bernie Sanders voiced the same concerns during the primaries.)
In any event, should viewership of the next Monday night football game continue its downward trend, the politically correct the NFL (but for how long) and its Progressive talking heads will certainly attribute the decline to the presidential debate rather than attribute the fall off to (a) lack of appeal or (b) fans repelled by the infiltration of social justice narrative into the NFL, none of which will be well-received by advertisers.
Ed Morrisey of Hot Air just last week wrote: “When sports becomes another politicized arena for multi-millionaires to lecture the fans that provide their celebrity lifestyle, it comes as no surprise that the fans will get turned off — and turn the channel…. The lesson? If the NFL doesn’t want to provide an escape, then fans will create their own escape….”
Like I said, politically correct for how long?
— Rich Greenfield (@RichBTIG) September 20, 2016
Rest assured that while the advertisers are watching, NFL fans are not so man up, NFL! Demand that NFL players push their social justice narrative off the fields.