Failing NFL Ratings Slump Continues
Matt Vespa  | November 26, 2017

Well, who would have thought that putting out a bad product and spitting on the American flag would be bad for ratings. The National Football League has seen its week eleven ratings and they’re not good: one million fewer viewers from last year. The NY Post reported that the ongoing battle between Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been the center of NFL coverage. Goodell has put up insane contract demands of a $50 million salary, along with free flights, and health care for his family—for life. This coming from a man who has failed miserably to handle the national anthem protests that has engulfed the league in controversy:

The TV audience for NFL games steepened its slide in Week 11, losing 1 million viewers versus last year’s season-to-date average.

The 6.3 percent slump — worsening from comparable declines of 5.6 to 5.7 percent during the previous three weeks — plagued a week whose off-the-field drama made gridiron tackling seem almost tame by comparison.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones remained the major distraction by continuing to battle with fellow team owners and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Jones brought even more tension to Week 11 when video footage surfaced late last week of the football tycoon making a racially charged remark at a 2013 wedding party.

President Donald Trump added to the off-field antics with a tweet calling for the suspension of the Oakland Raiders’ Marshawn Lynch for not standing for the national anthem during a game played in Mexico City.

Most thought Donald Trump picked a cultural battle he couldn't win when he trashed NFL players who took a knee during the Star-Spangled Banner back in September. Well, that just wasn’t the case, as the overwhelming majority thought taking a knee during the anthem was unpatriotic and disrespectful. Also, former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, not Trump, fired the first salvo. Kaepernick spent Thanksgiving celebrating “Unthanksgiving” at Alcatraz.   

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