New Panthers Owner Believes Legal Sports Gambling Will Actually Drive NFL Ratings DOWN

Jena Greene | Reporter

Hedge fund mogul and Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper held his first introductory press conference at the Bank of America Stadium on Tuesday, and some of his comments shocked the sports world.

Tepper, who’s now the second richest NFL owner behind Seahawks owner Paul Allen, tackled NFL ratings head-on in the meeting. (RELATED: It’s Disingenuous To Say Trump Is Wrong On Ratings)

“TV has been fractionalized, so to speak. There’s a lot of different media, so you’re talking about TV ratings. But when you add up all the different social media — Apple, Amazon — I don’t think football is being affected any more or less than anything else,” he said. “I also think this thing that we talked about before called gambling — it’s going to make ratings go down. I just have a feeling about that.”

I get that David Tepper is worth $11 billion and is supposed to be a reasonably smart guy, but this is a dumb take. Like, bizarrely stupid. Even if you don’t think the national anthem has anything to do with NFL ratings, you still have to at least acknowledge the fact that ratings are declining. (RELATED: NFL Popularity Plummets In New Poll, Especially Among Republicans)

There are a lot of things causing the NFL’s popularity to plummet. Legalized gambling is not one of them. If anything, it’s going to drive interest. It’ll put more eyeballs on the screen. Americans hold two things near and dear in this life: a good football game and throwing our money at sensationalized nonsense. Put those two things together, and you’ve got yourself the perfect storm.

David Tepper may be new to the whole NFL thing, but he’s about to get a crash course in some great American traditions.

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