Al Michaels Blames Donald Trump And Anthem Protests For NFL Ratings Decline
Legendary broadcaster Al Michaels thinks Donald Trump and national anthem protests are the reason the NFL’s ratings have taken such a hit.
Philly.com reported the following from an interview with Michaels:
“Once the president made those remarks in Alabama, at that particular point it was like throwing a match into a gas tank,” Michaels said. “During the off-season, both sides just have to sit down and figure out a way to make this a situation where it doesn’t overwhelm the conversation about the NFL.”
Michaels cited players’ protests against racial injustice during the national anthem as one of a myriad reasons ratings might be down.
Trump’s comments Michaels is referring to were said during a rally in Huntsville, Alabama. The President told the crowd, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!'” Massive protests across the league followed his comments.
There’s obviously a variety of reasons why NFL ratings are in sort of a free fall right now. Viewership is down 7.5 percent from a year ago across the league, and there doesn’t seem to be a quick turnaround on the horizon.
It’s important not to overlook the fact that some people are simply cord-cutting, but there are others who have absolutely stopped watching because of the protests. I hear from these people all the time. People want to tune in to watch football. They don’t tune in so they can be lectured by millionaire athletes about oppression.
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