Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
October 30th, 2017
As the NFL’s tv ratings continue to drop, ticket sales dwindling, stadiums sitting half-empty, former fans burning jerseys, and millions of fans boycotting the NFL until the racist national anthem protests end, a massive tremor shook the NFL.
ESPN executives are giving serious thought to dumping what was once a shining star on their schedule, Monday Night Football. When players began disrespecting the national anthem, angry fans decided to put on a protest of their own, and quite simply, stopped watching football.
While most have said they will not watch again until the anthem kneeling ends, many have said they’re done with the NFL, and social media is bustling with people talking about what they’re doing in the time they’d have been watching the NFL.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, sagging viewership and dismal ratings are forcing television network’s to re-think their approach to the National Football League, with executives considering reducing ‘Thursday Night Football’ to just ten games and dropping ‘Monday Night Football’ altogether.
“ESPN has been able to pull off a dramatic judo move in recent agreements with its affiliates, one whose importance cannot be overstated: There is no longer specific contract language that requires the cable giant to have NFL games in order to earn its lofty (and industry-envied) subscriber fees, currently more than $7 per household. This means the network would not face automatic decreases in that vital artery of its dual revenue stream,” writes the author.
“Sure, distributors would be aghast, demanding to negotiate lower fees probably immediately, but the point is, there would be negotiations, enabling ESPN to do everything it could to keep those numbers as high as possible,” the article adds.
The NFL has yet to do what it will take to ease tensions with fans brimming with fury over their players’ months-long protest of the national anthem. Many fans have said they would rather watch replacement players if there were a strike over mandatory standing during the national anthem.
As ratings continue to freefall, owners and officials are beginning to bar their players from “taking a knee” before the game, and a growing group of owners are moving directly against Roger Goodell.
As sure as the sun shall rise, there will be more drama in the NFL tomorrow. Stay tuned!
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