National-anthem protests top list of reasons NFL fans tuned out last season

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July 30, 2017

KapernickIt turns out those blaming Colin Kaepernick for last season’s decline in NFL viewership have a point: A newly released study found that the national-anthem protests were the main reason disenchanted sports fans tuned out.

The J.D. Power Fan Experience Survey, which polled 9,200 sports buffs, showed that of those who watched less coverage, 26 percent cited players who took a knee instead of standing for the anthem, a protest spurred by then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Kaepernick.

After the protests, 24 percent named game delays for their drop in interest, while another 24 percent pointed to “off field image problems with domestic violence.”

Those reasons were followed by “excessive commercials and advertising” at 20 percent; coverage of presidential election at 16 percent, and “cord-cutting,” or cancelling TV or cable subscriptions, at 5 percent.

NFL viewership dropped last year by 8 percent from the previous season, which coincided with some players opting to take a knee instead of stand during the pre-game playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” in a protest against police shootings of black men.

  • Richard Frick

    This is the biggest line of bull that has ever been perpetrated on the American Public. These overpaid crybabies should be banned from television and the playing field.

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  • mudguy1

    I blame the networks in part for showing the protesters. When they quit showing the protesters that run out on the playing field for the most part it stopped. All those who took the knee during the Anthem all they wanted was the publicity of it. The more it was on TV the more times they did it.

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