Does The NFL Have Pneumonia?

NFL: AFC Wild Card Playoff-Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens

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!


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78 Responses to Does The NFL Have Pneumonia?

  1. DandyTIger says:

    Just because

  2. SHV says:

    San Diego needs to vote no on the new stadium taxes and next year, Congress needs to repeal the 1961 law that gives NFL anti-trust exemption.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I’m a free speech advocate, but if a non-profit wants to go political, let them pay the taxes. Simple, eh?

    • kanaughty says:

      Especially since san diego was offered money from nfl (and the LA developers) to move right? Instead they want tax payer money. Seems like a no brainer, take the corporation’s money.

  3. mothy67 says:

    ESPN has become unwatchable.

    • SHV says:

      ESPN is SJW all channels, all programs, all the time!!! One quick look today and Stephen A. Smith was telling co-host something about “you people” (Whites) basically can’t judge Black NFL players behavior, etc., etc. I didn’t keep it on long enough to here what etc.,etc. was.

    • blowme0bama says:

      ESPN has been unwatchable.

      The NFL is about to be turned off.

  4. Venus says:

    I’ll tell you why: Roger Goodell is a piece of shit who has RUINED the NFL with his pettiness and pussy-ness.
    Fuck him.

    • jeffhas says:

      Here is the winner… as usual.

      I’m not watching this year. I throw a Super Bowl party every year – except this year, planning something else, anything else – I’ll have a hemorrhoid party before I help the NFL.

      … Everyone I know that watches football regularly is out this season… They will figure it out around week 3 or 4…. But I will have already filled my calendar with something else.

      Kaeperfuck is reason #1 – you let get player dictate the game?

      Goodell has been bad for the game. I am asking my congressman every year from now on to revoke their monopoly.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I hear ya. I’ve lost interest in College Football the past several years because they’re just NFL farm teams. (I’m in the hometown of Michael Vick and Percy Harvin) Suck and suckier. This b.s. with the anthem and the NFL today, turn off.

        Thanks Obama.

    • kanaughty says:

      I hate some of the really subjective rules like the inzome celebration rule and the catch rule, that catch rule is a POS. A catch is a catch, but the nfl has complicated it so that teams are sometimes losing games because of that subjectivity. Who cares if they’ve been figetting trying to control catch the ball, as long as in the end it is in their hAnds and hasn’t touched the ground, that should be a catch.

  5. Via Don Surber:

    A wealthy private equity investor told former Secretary of State Colin Powell that Hillary Clinton ‘HATES’ President Obama in newly leaked emails between the two men that were leaked by D.C. Leaks and obtained by The Intercept.

    Jeffrey Leeds wrote to Powell in one email which was posted on Twitter by Lee Fang that all Clinton wants is to win the upcoming election, and that she might not win in the end.
    He then went on to say: ‘It’s the one prize she wants. She has everything else. And she HATES the President (‘that man’ as the Clintons call him) kicked her a** in 2008. She can’t believe it or accept it.’

    In another March 2015 email exchange between the two the men talk about Clinton’s health, with Leeds stating that Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse informed him that ‘she could barely climb the podium steps’ when the two gave a speech at the same event a few months prior.

    • jennifer lyn says:

      Hillary Clinton told a group of her followers after she won Pennsylvania (way back when I still was a Dem) that Obama was the most dangerous man in America. Bitch. She sold out her country for a measly Sec. of State position. I still remember. They don’t just hate him they HAAAAAAAATE him and rightfully so. He didn’t do a damn thing but be born blackish my god he just went in their and stole her presidency. Funny thing is she doesn’t see the irony that she was beaten by black and is very mad about it but wants us to settle for second best too. Here is the bottom line about affirmative action: there is a fucking big difference between equal playing field and just giving them the point. There is NOTHING even related to justice about giving them the point. Got to earn it people. I laugh sometimes to myself that Hillary got beat by a stupid black man with a good speaking voice my god the irony of it all. On a bad day she trumps him by a good 100 IQ points.

      • lateblum says:

        I agree with everything BUT the “good speaking voice” part. I’ve been muting him since before he ran for POTUS the first time.

      • blowme0bama says:

        Eh… He’s probably around 115 +/- 5. I figure she’s around 135 or so.

      • Island Girl says:

        I clearly remember seeing one of his first national speeches and truly only listened because he was “from Hawaii”. That’s it, other wise I never heard of him and fervently wish I never had. Fake phony blowhard evil go away little barry.

        • kanaughty says:

          If he actually was still speaking pigeon, maybe then and only then would i believe he was ever a true hawaiian and cared about hawaii and also maybe i would have liked him. Since then he’s used the excuse that he grew up in hawaai to take all these expensive tax payer funded trips there instead of using camp david. While slowing down their traffic. And not even going to the other islands (maybe i’d understand it being more of a vacation if he went to old school hawaii tropical kauai) just the really overpoulated one, oahu. The only reason i visit that island is because my family is there. If they weren’t then i’d vacation in real hawaii, kauai.

    • blowme0bama says:

      Well, she’s got good judgment wrt Obama.

  6. I will watch Dr. Oz tomorrow, but I don’t expect to learn anything new.

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  9. Mt.Laurel says:

    O/T – I guess someone at NASA did not get the message about their new role and is still monitoring the Rover.

  10. DeniseVB says:

    My favorite thing about Gab, I can change my header/profile every 15minutes. I’m keeping this one until after the election 🙂

  11. SHV says:

    ” He lived his life in an 80 year old man’s body.”
    Briefings of the real state of Kennedy’s health led to passing and States ratifying the 25 amendment in record time. The combination of adrenal insufficiency and chronic back pain made him a medical disaster. Chronic narcotics, barbiturates, amphetamines just to keep him going. Up until Hillary, I thought there would never be another physical disaster like JFK running for President; wrong again, she is much worse.

  12. 1539days says:

    Football has also been getting a bad reputation for years, so it’s not as popular with the younger generation. And the SJWs would never *think* of watching football.

  13. DeniseVB says:

    I think I stole this from our mcnorman on the Gab, so funny….so eye bleach….

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    Kelly Ann Conway is awesome:

  16. 1539days says:

    Best election ever.

  17. mothy67 says:

    Review on Amazon about the Stronger Together book

    I’d write a bad review but I don’t want to die in a car crash or commit suicide by shooting myself in the head twice

  18. Venus says:

    lol — fucking idiots.

    • lateblum says:

      My democrat “federal congress person”, Jan Schakowsky, was against EVERYTHING that GWBush proposed. Now, she supports EVERYTHING proposes day BHO despite its exact similarity to everything she opposed 8,10,12 years earlier under Bush. She had nothing to say when I confronted her about that. Nothing.
      I stopped supporting/voting for any democrat after the May 31, 2008 dem rules committee debacle. It didn’t stop me from challenging Schakowsky about her cynical voting record.

  19. taw46 says:

    I am always blown away by the size of these crowds.

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