2018: NFL Declares “No Mas” and Joins Trump
January is not the time of year for the NFL to have empty seats.
The teams close out the regular season, and fans usually position to get those coveted tickets to watch their team fight for to get to the Super Bowl.
In 2018, not so much. As Pacific Pundit pointed out, Week 17 for the NFL doesn’t bode well:
Mercifully, the NFL regular season of 2017 comes to an end. As the NFL thug league prepares for the playoffs and more disrespect for millionaire players, today was the last day for most NFL thugs to disrespect the national anthem, flag and country. Didn’t look like many people were too interested in watching though as stadiums housing these NFL thugs were nearly empty and TV ratings continue to take a dump. The NFL and media will likely use the excuse about the bitter cold weather in the Midwest and east, but we know that’s pure BS.
Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens:
Next we have the NY Giants.
And they can’t blame attendance on the revelers bringing in New Years’, as those numbers were dramatically down.
I’m told the Philadelphia Eagles have one of the best records in football. But look at their stadium.
And they were playing their arch nemesis, the Dallas Cowboys.
Some blame the arctic chill for empty seats.
Of course, many fans found the temperature excuse less than convincing because attendance has been dismal all year and this weekend, chill or no, there were still a lot of empty NFL seats for a Week 17 in a Winter month that everyone should just assume might be cold. Hardy fans have turned out in worse in years past, after all.
But, check out this game between two California teams, where weather certainly wasn’t a factor.
The NFL didn’t fare much better on TV.
The NFL has canceled the final Sunday night football game of the season. Don’t worry, no one was going to watch anyway. As CNN pointed out,
Next Sunday’s game had two disadvantages: The games all had a likelihood of being dull by the time Sunday night rolled around. And this coming Sunday is New Year’s Eve, a day when historically few Americans watch television.
The last time the NFL held a Sunday night football game on New Year’s Eve was in 2006, when the Chicago Bears hosted the Green Bay Packers. It was expected to be quarterback Brett Favre’s last game with the Packers (and widely expected to be his last game ever). Still, only 13.4 million people watched that game, about a quarter fewer than the average Sunday Night Football game that season.
The NFL has Colin Kaepernick to thank for this, as well as an NFL management team caught up in circa 2016 political correctness.
As Deadline rightfully explains the plight of the NFL:
In this final weekend of the 2017 regular season for the National Football League, we should remember those words as we head into the post-season. For no matter how the hoopla of the playoffs and the Super Bowl may disguise it, the league is in trouble, based on its track record of negativity for the season.
TV ratings are down, sponsors and advertisers are worried, player concerns are largely unmollified, and attendance in many cities is spotty. The NFL is a league that relies on ever-increasing numbers and television ratings for its momentum. No matter how they dress up the situation, every key indicator of fan interest – which is the true driver of the league – has an arrow pointing down.
The core fans are getting older and angrier; youth leagues are losing players over concussion and CTE concerns, and younger adults don’t care to spend time watching a four-hour game; sports rights acquisitions may produce less revenue in the future as the audience diminishes; and the players who make up the league can’t even be induced with a $100 million donation to their causes to stop angering their base with national anthem protests.
For the NFL to have resigned NFL Commission Roger Goddell says it all.
As former NFL coach Bill Parcell’s said of losing teams being better than their records appear:
“You are what your record says you are.”
And the NFL’s records says, “We suck!”
In short, the Kaepernick Effect dominated the 2017 NFL regular season. And the impact will be felt into the playoffs.
NFL in 2017 will be remembered for being about social justice and not the meritocracy of America’s sport.