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.

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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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