KARMA: National Anthem Protests Are Costing the NFL Viewership- It’s Working!

James Olson, a Sports Illustrated subscriber since fourth grade, watches action-packed NFL games on TV to escape the hell that is the endless round of political bickering playing out on other channels. Shouldn’t we all be doing this?

But with more national anthem protests cropping up, he feels like politics has taken over his favorite sport, too. So he’s tuning out.

“I want to say to these guys ‘If you weren’t playing in the NFL, you would be working at McDonalds. I think people have had it,” said, Olson, a Birmingham, Mich., resident.

He’s not alone.

The NFL opener, a Super Bowl rematch between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers, brought 25.2 million viewers — which is an astonishing number of eyeballs. “For comparison, The Walking Dead averages around 14 million live viewers as TV’s most-watched show,” Forbes wrote.

But that’s down 8 percent from 2015 and 6 percent from 2014. Sunday’s numbers, Forbes added, were down 13 percent from last year.

“This also marked the lowest overnight season-opening rating in seven years,” Forbes found.

There’s a trend here…and it’s not favoring the NFL. These teams and players have felt invisible since high school. not anymore. The disrespect from players we loved has crossed the line.

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