You needed to be there – 2016, 2017, and 2018, I imply.
In a time by which Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid had been main a rising motion that led to gamers, coaches, and even some staff homeowners taking a knee within the title of racism and police brutality – followers ran to social media and screamed from the stands about how they’d eternally shun/boycott the NFL due to the gamers’ demonstration or as a consequence of how Kaepernick and Reid had been being blackballed.
It was all a lie.
In response to Sports activities Enterprise Journal, NFL video games made up 75 of the 100 most-watched TV packages final 12 months, as no different professional sports activities league in America cracked the highest 100.
The Tremendous Bowl, NFC Championship Recreation, AFC Championship Recreation, Raiders/Cowboys on Thanksgiving, and Buccaneers/Saints NFC divisional recreation made up the High 5 most-watched packages of 2021. The opposite sports activities broadcasts that made the High 100 had been 11 occasions from the Summer season Olympics, seven school soccer video games, and two school basketball video games. The NBA, MLB, and NHL didn’t get invitations.
A lot for that “scores dip” that Kaepernick triggered.
“We did analysis and it was comparatively proprietary analysis, to be sincere with you,” CBS Sports activities chairman Sean McManus mentioned in 2017 concerning the impact that kneeling had on scores. “However I believe should you have a look at a few of the explanation why NFL viewership was down final 12 months, [kneeling] is a cause that’s talked about by a good quantity of viewers. It’s one thing they don’t discover engaging or they don’t discover compelling in protection of the soccer recreation. How large an element it was? I don’t actually know. Nevertheless it was one of many elements that I believe maybe led to the slight lower in scores final 12 months.”
However but, McManus was sensible sufficient to know that the “causes” why some weren’t tuning in wouldn’t final.
“Pay attention, I do assume the scores will come again. However you must have a look at this comparatively talking: The NFL scores are nonetheless by far and away essentially the most engaging property in all of tv by an enormous margin. The very fact the scores had been down marginally are of concern, however no person is panicking and saying that the NFL is slipping by way of its recognition or by way of its dominance, comparatively chatting with what else is on tv.”
Soccer is as American as racism and voter suppression. It’s why watching the Tremendous Bowl is the one factor that this nation does in unison. And when a sport has a grip like that on a rustic, persons are going to all the time tune in irrespective of if gamers are kneeling or standing for a racist track earlier than kickoff.