National anthem protests, not domestic violence were the top reason that NFL fans watched fewer games last season, according to a new survey released by J.D. Power
The pollster asked more than 9,200 people who attended either one football, basketball or hockey game whether they tuned into fewer games and why.
Here are the results:
Twenty-six percent of those who watched fewer games last season said that national anthem protests, some of which were led by Colin Kaepernick, were the reason.
After that, 24 percent of those surveyed who said they watched fewer games said they did so either because of the league’s off-the-field image issues with domestic violence or with game delays, including penalties.
One in five (20 percent) listed excessive commercials and advertising as a reason, something the NFL is seeking to address by moving around traditional ad blocks.
Sixteen percent said it was because of their interest being replaced by the 2016 presidential election coverage.
Five percent said they watched fewer games because they got rid of cable.
J.D. Power also noted that 12 percent of fans it surveyed said they watched fewer NFL games last season with 27 percent of people saying they watched more and 62 percent saying they watched just as mochas they had the season before.
NFL ratings were down an average 8 percent for the 2016 regular season compared to previous season. Before the election, on November 8th, games for the first nine weeks were down 14 percent compared to 2015. The final eight weeks of the season saw only a 1 percent drop compared to weeks 10-17 of 2015.
This is all very odd, Colin Kaepernick’s repeated time after time after time that his protest about the social injustices that do exists in this country. In no way was Colin Kaepernick disrespecting the military but rather trying to start a conversation.
Since then, Kaepernick became a free agent, and remains a free agent. But that has not stopped Kaepernick from his charity work. He’s been one of the best role models for kids throughout this country with his countless donations and hours spent doing charity.