Maybe it’s just allergies.
NBC Pro Football Talk:
The drop in TV ratings for the NFL wasn’t confined to Monday night.
With the dust settled on Week One, the NFL saw a reduction in most key apples-to-apples comparisons from 2015 to 2016.
Via Forbes, the Thursday night opener between the Panthers and Broncos drew 25.2 million, down eight percent from 2015 (Steelers-Patriots) and six percent from 2014 (Packers-Seahawks). Also, Sunday night’s game between the Patriots and Cardinals generated an audience of 23.1 million. Despite the game being decided at the last second, the audience fell by 14 percent, in comparison to last year’s Giants-Cowboys Sunday night opener.
All metrics were down with the exception of the late-afternoon Sunday game, thanks to another Week One Giants-Cowboys contest, which saw growth in ratings from 14.7 from last year’s Ravens-Broncos game to 16.9, according to SportsBusiness Daily.
The NFL still draws a live audience like no other entertainment property, but it’s noteworthy anytime the numbers drop. At a time when the NFL has its eyes on other countries because it regards the United State as saturated, maybe it’s time to focus on pumping more water into the domestic sponge and to worry less about panning for gold on foreign soil.
One week does not a trend make, but it would be wrong not to speculate. Are Americans getting disenchanted with pro football? If so, why?
I can think of some reasons. I’ve been a football fan since I was a kid, and there are a few things about today’s NFL that annoy me.
1. The “No Fun League” – This complaint goes back a few years. Players get fined for “excessive” celebrations and/or taunting opposing players.
2. The criminal element – Every year we see NFL players getting arrested for serious crimes.
3. Greed – The players and the owners all make ungodly amounts of money, which makes it more and more expensive to watch games and buy anything with a team logo on it.
4. No loyalty – Teams keep moving around the country, looking for a better deal. So do the players.
Last but not least:
5. Social Justice Warriors – People watch sports to escape all the crap of real life. First we had to sit thru lectures every week. Now we have players protesting for their pet causes.
Just play the damn games!