Nosediving NFL Ratings Could Hurt TV Networks



I talked to yet ANOTHER former NFL fan yesterday at the pizza shop. He had a Broncos shirt on and the kid behind the register was giving a bit of a ribbing. I was sitting off to the side and gave the kid a little ribbing back as he said he was a Pittsburgh fan but didn’t know Terry Bradshaw.

I smiled and told the kid I was just kidding and said something to the effect of  “I didn’t even know anyone was still watching the NFL anymore.”

Then the guy in the Broncos shirt looked at me and goes, “Oh I don’t watch the NFL anymore. Not anymore. This shirt was clean in my closet. It’s the only reason I wore it today.”

So yet another anti-NFL anecdote.

Hey, anecdotes aren’t evidence but they can be good indications of what is really going on in society. At least that’s been my experience.


All the king’s horses and all the king’s men, couldn’t make the National Football League right again.

As of Week 6, NFL television ratings are down 7.5 percent year over year, and some—including the president—are blaming it on the sideline protests during the playing of the national anthem, which have been going on for over a year now.

And those failings could soon be felt by the networks who have paid billions to air games, reports CBS News. “Probably it’s a little early to use the word ‘worry,’ but at this point I think it’s something that deserves close attention,” Tuna Amobi, an analyst with CFRA who follows the media sector, told CBS News. “To have now two consecutive years of declines in NFL ratings—that is something that begs a lot of questions … and could have significant financial implications for the ratings.”

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