NFL Ratings Plunge Veterans Day Weekend as Millions #STANDwithVets

The numbers are in and the online movement to “Boycott the NFL” had a major impact on the Nation Football League’s television ratings over Veterans Day weekend.

Ratings for every Week 10 broadcast window declined from the same week in 2016, in some cases by over 20%. That includes 22% and 20% decreases in the all-important late Sunday afternoon and Sunday evening time slots, respectively.

According to Sports Media Watch, Sunday afternoon’s game was “the lowest for the Week 10 national window since 2003.”

Week 10’s ratings bust undoubtedly snowballed due to online grassroots efforts that rallied those incensed by the continuing National Anthem protests to #STANDwithVets over the Veterans Day weekend and avoid watching NFL games. The “Boycott the NFL” Facebook group gained over 250,000 supporters in the weeks leading up to Veterans Day.

Despite the lack of financial backing from billionaires like George Soros, this loosely organized effort to send the NFL a message evidently has a very large following. Ratings compared to last season are already down 5% and advertisers like Anheuser-Busch, DirecTV, and Papa John’s have all signaled that the controversy is affecting their businesses.

Forbes columnist Mike Ozanian believes the NFL and its sponsors need to face reality:

This will only be resolved in an economically positive way for the league when the the players stand during the anthem.

Until then, and until the league and its players stick with sports, and not politics, 2ndVote will continue to #STANDwithVets.

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  • Ed Stone

    The NFL brought this on all by themselves, what could they possibly be thinking?
    It will have to affect salaries on the players next contracts.Funny thing is I don’t miss the NFL
    like I thought I would. What on earth could they gain by being groupie’s of colin kapernik?.
    Who in their right mind would agree to building a new stadium for one of the NFL teams now?
    Yea let me pay more taxes to fund building a NFL team another stadium so they can protest in!!

    • Arsenal Gunner

      I’m surprised Goodell is still commissioner. Between this and the Tom Brady controversy, I don’t see where he’s helped the league at all. It’s amazing someone can take a multi-billion dollar tax-free business and screw it up like this.

      • Paul Brostowitz

        And Goodell thinks he deserves a 5 year 50,000,000 dollar contract extension!!!! He’s a dumbass!

        • PatriotGal

          As well as lifetime free use of a private jet. No one is “entitled” to anything, especially scum like him who is anti America, anti our military, anti our National Anthem. Let him earn that much in some foreign country and just leave us alone.

  • Geo

    Perhaps it is a result of concussions and CTE/TBI …. so many fans have played football in the past that they forgot in was Sunday. 2nd vote needs to focus on real issues rather than 2ndary, faux ones

    • Ted Crawford

      We know that you Progressives have no respect for this country, or Her traditional symbols, or for the men and women who sacrificed their body parts and lives for these “faux” issues. All I can feel for fools such as yourself is profound pity!

    • Zanza8

      Geo • a day ago
      Perhaps it is a result of concussions and CTE/TBI …. so many fans have played football in the past that they forgot in was Sunday. 2nd vote needs to focus on real issues rather than 2ndary, faux ones

      Geo, people like you are what’s wrong with this country. You honestly think that making cruel remarks about people with concussions forgetting that it’s Sunday will get people on your side. It won’t. Try a little compassion next time and show some respect for the flag and the veterans.

  • JD

    This is an organization that fines its players for wearing the wrong socks, but won’t discipline their employees – the players – for being anti-American cucks.

    But, this isn’t the first time that the NFL has adopted libtard policies. They have shown ads advocating gun control while refusing to run ads in support of the 2d amendment.

    The libtard media is just as guilty – especially ESPN – in pushing the league and its teams to adopt leftist stances or face the consequences.