Anthem protests top reason fans watched fewer NFL games

Anthem protests top reason fans watched fewer NFL games

[Ed. – First Amendment cuts both ways.]

Player protests of the National Anthem – such as when quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee in protest – are the number one reason sports fans watched fewer National Football League (NFL) games, a new survey shows.

J.D. Power and Associates asked sports fans if they watched fewer NFL games last year – and, if so, why. Of those who tuned in less, here’s why they cut back on watching NFL games:

  • National Anthem Protests: 26%
  • NFL’s off-field image or game delays: 24%
  • Too many commercials/advertisements: 20%
  • Distracted by 2016 presidential race coverage: 16%
  • Cancelled cable subscription: 5%

One in six fans (16%) said they cut back on watching NFL games in order to focus on the 2016 presidential election coverage.

ESPN.com reports that viewership did, indeed, decline significantly more before the election than it did in the weeks following it, averaging an eight percent decline from last year. …

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