NFL FAN BACKLASH: Ratings After Two Weeks Are Not What NFL Wants To See

When Colin Kaepernick started his little temper tantrum/bid for attention/protest by sitting out the National Anthem that generated both praise and condemnation across the nation, it wasn’t HIS actions that the fans were looking to see in the aftermath.  It was that of the San Francisco 49ers, and the National Football League office that were really of interest.  See, little Colin could protest all he wanted, but the governing body of the sport AND the team could reprimand him.  That was what the fans were waiting to see.

And that is exactly what we DID NOT see.

Not only did the fans not see any punishment or recourse from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the 49ers, but they heard praise for little Colin’s exercise of free speech.  To say that did not sit well with the people on the fruited plain, veterans and not, was an understatement.  Comment boards lit up across social media with angry followers of the sport wondering how it was that the NFL could justify a spoiled athlete essentially trampling on a song that is one of the great symbols of American determination to survive. (It’s really not about oppression, but defending in battle.)

Well, the fans have now spoken.  In an environment where the good times roll thanks to advertising revenues, and endorsement deals, We the People have used the power of the remote control and the off switch.  Check out the television ratings for the first week, and for Thursday’s game.

NFL ratings week one

Far from being the assured stellar ratings that the first week of football usually brings given the seven month wait, being down double digits for the majority of games is going to hurt.  Everyone: the networks, the teams, the players, the agents…the owners.  Ratings drive the prices for ad spots.  Lower ratings equals less revenue.  Oops.

Essentially, the Billionaire Boys’ Club took a gamble that the people of the United States are so entrenched their product that they would overlook the obvious anti-American stance of a player who was about to be cut.  Yeah, not so much.  That decision is going to hurt the bottom line.  Falling ratings means less revenue.  This is what happens when the producers don’t know the psychographics of their target market.  And the top brass of the NFL sure as heck don’t seem to.

Couldn’t happen to nicer people.

By the way, the NFL league office is no longer a non-profit.  They are now a trade association.  

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A resident of Flyover Country, Cultural Limits is a rare creature in American Conservatism - committed to not just small government, Christianity and traditional social roles, but non-profits and high arts and culture. Watching politics, observing human behavior and writing are all long-time interests. In her other life, CL writes romance novels under her nom de plume, Patricia Holden (@PatriciaHoldenAuthor on Facebook), and crochets like a mad woman (designs can be found on Facebook @BohemianFlairCrochet and on Pinterest on the Bohemian Flair Crochet board). In religion, CL is Catholic; in work, the jill of all trades when it comes to fundraising software manipulation and event planning; in play, a classically trained soprano and proud citizen of Cardinal Nation, although, during hockey season, Bleeds Blue. She lives in the Mid-Mississippi River Valley with family and two cute and charming tyrants...make that toy dogs.