NFL Death Spiral – 20% Drop In Viewers, Loss of Over $1 BILLION Revenue
As Roger Goodell, Jerry Jones, and the NFL engage in an ugly internal fight over the future leadership of the NFL, TV partners at CBS, ESPN, Fox and NBC are staring at their own internal conflicts — namely a substantial decline in NFL ratings that is on pace to cost the four networks up to $500 million in lost revenue.
Already several hundred million in lost revenue has been booked in 2017 and it has the league’s top executives and television partners scrambling to figure out what went wrong.
How did a league that was setting ratings records in 2015 suddenly see its audience fall by nearly 20% just two years later, and how did they somehow manage to let over a billion dollars in revenue slip through their fingers for the sake of a bunch of protesting ingrates?
The National Football League is slowly coming to terms with their disastrous 2017 season, realizing several owners, former players and critics by the millions that said the protests should have been squashed when they began.
The numbers don’t lie, the NFL should have crushed the protests like a bug under the heel of a Navy SEAL.
According to sports website ‘Outkick the Coverage,’ television networks and the NFL have already lost “several hundred million in lost revenue” so far this season, and if the trend continues will lose upwards of $500 million by the Super Bowl.
“There is agreement that the NFL needs to find a resolution to the protests, but the most alarming thing for the league and its TV partners is simply eliminating the protest won’t return the NFL to its ratings golden era, just two short years past,” writes Outkick. “There’s a significant belief that the league’s TV partners, who are facing up to $500 million in losses this year, need a fundamental restructuring of TV windows to avoid losing even more money in the years ahead.”
The shocking predictions come as the NFL continues to struggle with internal fighting between team owners and Commissioner Roger Goodell over how to right-the-ship following months of player protests during the national anthem.
President Trump foisted the issue of professional athlete’s “taking a knee” to the national spotlight earlier this year, when he called for a total boycott of the NFL until league officials and team owners officially ban players from making political statements during the performance of the national anthem.
A fan had this plan so the NFL could begin redeeming themselves.
So, what does the NFL need to do to redeem themselves?
This is the short list, and I’m certain you’ll think of other things that could be added to the list, but this is what I believe are the basics they need to do in order to regain fan trust and loyalty.
1: Fire Roger Goodell immediately. Fans hate him, and they hate what he’s done to the NFL. He’s turned a rough and tumble sport that reveled in its necessary violence into a politically-correct, pansy shadow of its former self. Goodell has to go, and the sooner the better. Someone like Mike Ditka would be much better, but whomever it may be is going to have to be a hard-nosed son of a bitch that won’t bend to snowflake’s demands.
2: The new NFL Commissioner needs to issue a sincere apology to the fans for the protests. That is a must. We the fans deserve it for being abused by the league with this protest nonsense. We are the customer, and the customer is always right.
3: All players will stand for the national anthem, and any non-football related behavior on the field can result in banishment from the league.
4: Institute a zero-tolerance policy for felonious criminal behavior by players. Literally ZERO tolerance. Get a felony, kiss your career goodbye upon conviction.
Here’s how that could work. Any player currently in the league, just to be fair, can be grandfathered in until their contract is up. Upon completion of the contract, they are banned from playing in the league. Put clauses in the rules, and in player contracts that are very clear. ANY felonious criminal behavior, or actions that are detrimental to the league will result in voluntary termination of the player’s contract and banishment for life from the league. Any guaranteed money will be pro-rated to the point of when the felony was committed.
I believe that if these policies are strictly enforced, the NFL stands a reasonable chance, with time, to regain their fan base, and as an added bonus, no one will be calling the league the National Felons League.
Everyone wins. Fans get to watch the game they love, players are held accountable, and America doesn’t get disrespected.
What do you think?
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
November 27th, 2017
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