The NFL is in deep trouble after these ratings came in

The NFL season has officially begun.

The Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles took on the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night.

Now the ratings are in and it was very bad news for the NFL.

The NFL’s regular season TV ratings were down 10% last year from the prior year.

If the first game is any indication, that trend is continuing.

Deadline reports:

With a 13.4/5 in the metered markets, the post-midnight ending game is down 8% from last year’s kickoff of September 7, 2017. In one of the lowest season openers ratingswise and facing portions of a cable news-covered rally by a very NFL critical President Donald Trump, last night’s game is not only down from last year, but 2016, 2015 and 2014 – all of which saw successive declines.

To add more injury to that, the 2017 8:42 PM ET-starting season opener between the victorious Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots ended up with a weak 7.7/29 rating among adults 18-49 and 21.8 million viewers. That was a double digit decline from 2016 and the worst total audience an opening game had since 2009.

More fans are tuning out of NFL games.

Last year’s national anthem protests led to fans burning their old team jerseys.

And NBC, which aired the 2018 season opener, also sold airtime to Nike to run their newest Colin Kaepernick ad.

The NFL continues to side with pro-Black Lives Matter players instead of its traditional fan base.

That is proving to be a disastrous business decision.

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104 Responses

  1. Re says:

    The sad thing is now that players make big bucks they think they are smarter than the average person. Some of these fools can’t even put sentences to gather. As far as i can see they need to start acting like Americans. And if they don’t like it fire there asses.

  2. D.H. says:

    I quit watching the NFL back when krappernickle pulled his first stunt. I was already beginning to taper off of it though. Since I cut the cord I haven’t missed a day of it. I sold all of my nfl crap at a garage sale or two and made some money off of a few “fans” who still had their nose rings inserted. I realized I have far more time on my hands for doing the other things I loved to do when I was growing up… fishing, gold panning, reloading ammo, target shooting, hiking, photography, etc. The nfl can go to hell for all I care. And it looks like, with Nike at the helm it’s full speed ahead towards that destination.

  3. lou says:

    football players used to be roll models for kids. What does disrespecting our flag tell them?

  4. Ellie says:

    THIS is just YOU PEOPLE THAT DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE PROBLEM it is the PRINCIPLE of the THING, WHEN YOU DISHONOR OUR FLAG YOU ARE JUST NOT WORTH THE TIME OR EFFORT YOU DISHONOR NOT ONLY OUR COUNTRY BUT THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE OUR COUNTRY SO IT CAN BE FREE AND NOT LIKE OTHER COUNTRIES THE DIFFERENCE IS THE THEY DO HONOR THEIR FLAG. FOOL! GOD BLESS USA!

  5. Guy D says:

    I don’t know if any other owners are on the same page as Jerry Jones of the COWBOYS . He simply let his players know that although he respects freedom of speech, he will have none of this protest from anyone on his team. SO, if anyone feels the need to protest by taking a knee, come see him and he will start the process of trading said player so he can do it some place else. YEAH Jerry, YEAH Cowboys !

  6. James Day says:

    It is way past the time that the NFL penalized the players that are causing its destruction by firmly putting the blame where it belongs, which is on the players who hate or dislike our country and the emblems for which it stands. They disagree with the policies of those who protect them and all others in our country, so they just take it on themselves to hate not only our police departments, but take it out on our entire country and everything for which we stand. The protestors will soon discover how detrimental their actions are to not only those that love this country, but also those like them that hate this country. The first lesson that they should learn is for all of the protestors to be required by the NFL to pay a part of the financial losses that the NFL is experiencing, along with other organizations who are severely financially affected by the selfish wrong doings of a few players from each team. They must learn the lesson and the costs that they are forcing upon true football fans and lovers of our great country. If they cannot learn that, then they must suffer the consequences of their actions. Roger Goodell must use his authority and make everything perfectly clear to those who choose to take advantage of the league and show their disdain toward others and our country.

    • Popeye74 says:

      Folks, I have absolutely no sympathy whatever with these “kneelers”! Yes, they have a right to do it and I spent many years in military services to ensure that they could exercise their right although I most strongly disagree with them. They will ultimately rue the day they started this unpatriotic nonsense. Let ‘em figuratively cut their own throats! THEY LOSE….And so does ESPN, et al!

      I don’t know about most folks anymore, but I’m one old Navy veteran who served from the Cuban missile crisis till 2 yrs after the fall of Saigon and I’m proud to tell you that when I sang all 4 stanzas of the Star Spangled Banner with my 11 yr old great granddaughter 2 nights ago, I still got tears in my eyes and a frog in my throat as we sang that beautiful anthem! My little gal asked me, “Grandpa…are you crying?” “Yes, I am, Baby!” “But, WHY Grandpa?” she pressed on. “Because of good old-fashioned patriotic pride and love of my country that Banner represents,” I replied.

      May God bless and protect America! Surely, He saved the best for last!

      • Bob Lehr says:

        God Bless you my brother … & it is fair to say that both The nfl & Niki are suffering from…. COLIN CANCER…
        I stand for The FLAG & KNEEL for THE CROSS…. 👍🙏🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

      • DH says:

        Popeye74, Like you I can’t sing the national anthem without getting teared up and getting that frog in my throat. I served in the Army from ’72-75 and law enforcement from ’76-’16. I was born the youngest of five boys and my father was a WWII Alamo Scout primarily serving in New Guinea. He retired from the army in 1962 but his patriotism never waned. Nor will mine! Thank you for your service and thank you for your continued patriotism. I’m there with you!

  7. Tim Thompson says:

    The NFL under Roger Goodell is in shambles. His feeble attempt to control this obvious calamity is lukewarm at best and at worst he’s a total coward. Talk about being overpaid, he received an increase in pay to somewhere in the area of 45 million dollars a year, wow, that’s almost unbelievable talk about the players unbelievable pay to take the knee. The only way we will have any defense against these obvious overpaid thugs who diss our country, our flag, our American heritage is to stop watching the games, stop going to the games and lastly start supporting European Football which is now on TV. 90 minutes with only 15 minutes of halftime, it’s a winner. Go Spurs!

    • T-pac says:

      GOODELL OR WHATEVER HIS NAME IS HAS BLOWN EVERY DECISION HE HAS EVER HAD TO MAKE. Like the Ray Rice etc he should have stepped in and suspended his and the Jack ASs CRAPERNICK IMMEDIATELY instead of kissing their rear ends so his salary raise would go through. Jerry Jones of the COWBOYS disagreed with the whole thing and got overruled
      I HOPE THE NFL CRASHES AND BURNS

  8. Art Ward, Jr. says:

    The NFL seems to be lost! The Not For Long league is facing some tough issues … they have got to get back to playing football, and stop whining about so much other stuff. America is rapidly finding other and better things to do, than to watch politically pure and correct NFL Football! The stakes are huge for everybody!

    Will the NFL figure it all out or will they just go away like so many other great institutions after they got caught up in chasing political correctness and social nonsense?

  9. Robert Higginbotham says:

    Nike executives and whoever can up with the despicable ad should be forced to spend time at Arlington National Cemetery of they want to see sacrifice. Promoting Kaepernick, who sacrificed NOTHING, denigrates every man and woman buried there.

  10. Lee Cross says:

    I will certainly not buy any Nike products or attend any NFL games. Their protests should take the form of improving the communities that breed anger and discontent for whatever reason. Lee

  11. Laverne Shimanek says:

    When major league football doesn’t respect of support the military, law enforcement of the constitution I don’t want anything to do with them

  12. Fuelinjected says:

    Hey Doc,
    You forgot stock market up 8,000 points or more. Jobless rate 3.9%. Afro/Amer. rate lowest ever. Economy and Manufacturing jobs coming back etc etc. Belittles Alies to make them pay their fair share in NATO . I guess a little or a whole lotsa WHININ I can put up with.

  13. patricia haslam says:

    if these bleeding hearts are so concerned about black men being killed why do they not contribute some of their millons to neighborhoods who produce poverty and joblesnesss and where out of 100 percent of black killings. 80 percent are committed by black men. perhaps better education and more job opportunities would provide distractions from drugs and gangs and make black lives matter.

  14. Ray Miller says:

    “F” the NFL and everyone in it, or connected to it.

  15. Stubby says:

    These overpaid, whining pre-madonnas get away with disrespecting our flag, or Nation, the brave members of our armed forces and the brave men and women who put their lives on the line every day to protect our rights domestically. What do you suppose would happen if someone in the armed forces were to take a knee instead of saluting thee flag during the National Anthem? I’ll tell you exactly what would happen. They would be court marshaled, spend time in the brig and be dishonorably discharged. That means they would lose their job. Maybe the NFL players who take a knee should lose their jobs. The players say they are exercising their right to free speech,. Well what happened to the right to free speech for hard working, taxpaying gun owners in this country? Something is wrong with this picture. I for one will no longer watch football, buy any Nike products or purchase any other product supporting the NFL.

  16. Linda says:

    I stopped watching when they let that animal abuserMichael Vic back in to play. He tortured those dogs and the nfl had the audacity to rehire him. Nike and the nfl can go screw themselves

    • T-pac says:

      ABSOLUTELY!!!!!
      I forgot about the DOG 🐶 KILLER what and F’n disgrace he should have been banned for Life and had to repay his team for all the up front signing bonus they all get

  17. MATT says:

    These guys aren’t heroes. They wouldn’t fight for our country. All they do is complain and drag in their millions. I fought for our ideas,honor,and preservation of our American way of life and for 197 dollars a month total. To Hell with the NFL.

  18. Denver fan says:

    OMG!!! The GREAT Denver Broncos defense is really swarming the Seattle Seahawks! It is a beautiful day in Colorado, with short sleeves and . . . what? A great return by the Broncos, to the 40 yard line – – got to go, this is just too much F U N!!! Oh by the way, they have this G R E A T feature called a “D.V.R. where one can RECORD the game and just skip by the early ceremonies – – I know it may be SOOOOOOO complicated for some of you – – – so have a young relative explain the technology.

    • FEDUP365 says:

      WGAF, maybe you can figure that out.

    • D Ross says:

      No need, Bronco fan! Haven’t watched in two years and won’t watch until they get rid of protesters.

      • Bill Morgan says:

        I myself am very disappointed in the NFL. I have been a fan since the 60’s and now, especially the last few years. The NFL is filled with over paid spoiled brats. They are not loyal to the team and or fans who ultimately pay their salaries. The game is not fun to watch anymore and for the kneeling thing during the National Anthem, that is totally unexceptable in my book. I stand proud for the Anthem as well as do all I know.bi can understand protesting, but at work is not the place to do it. So until things get straighten out, I will no longer watch football.

  19. Rickie says:

    Maybe the NFL is better off without you. If this is the level of fan you are, getting upset over one small thing and “throwing out the baby with the bathwater” — maybe you weren’t great fans. For me, I will sit back and watch my favorite team, root them on and still have a great time as I had before.

    • Linda says:

      Then you are an unpatriotic jackass

    • John Nelson says:

      Ya Rickie and you never put your your life on The line for this and others nations freedoms, or stood beside a comrade when he was killed in combat and burried under that flag. That not only goes for Military, but law enforcement also. They are the ones that protect your sorry axx. Kapernick is all about using race, it is not the number of blacks that get killed by police, check out the FBI stats, more whites are killed than blacks by law enforcement.
      Kapernick is just using his platform to make racial statements nothing more, and if the NFL supports him, they are just as guilty.
      Don’t give me this not a good fan, was fan of the Vikings since they came into inception, knew several of them personally in the earlier days, held season tickets for 22 years, same with Dolphins season tickets 13 years.
      Difference between you and me; I have respect for my nation, and those who have died for it, that is not so much to ask from these over paid cry babies on the field! And I put this Nation above the NFL! Proud Veteran Korea, Vietnam, U.S.Army Special Forces.

      SFC Nelson
      Up

    • Linda says:

      This is no small thing. You can support these Overpaid jackasses and will be laughing at what an idiot you are all the way to the bank

    • Bob Lehr says:

      I agree with Linda .. You are not A real AMERICAN PATRIOT…. your a real self centered idiot …. with no Respect for Our Great American Flag & our National Anthem… so many of or Great American hero’s have given the Ultimate Sacrifice for your loud mouth… 👍🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

    • Bob Lehr says:

      I agree with Linda .. mouth… 👍🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  20. M B says:

    they forgot who really supports the sports…we the people…well, NIKES and the NFL are really going to feel the KARMA …in the pocketbooks…Maybe they need to be chained to a 9-5 job that pays $12.00/HR….customer speaks the loudest…they forgot the customer!!!!

  21. cc says:

    New Balance is a much better shoe anyway

  22. JAMES360 says:

    I LOVE COMPETITION, AND I LOVE PEOPLE TRYING AS HARD AS THEY CAN. IT’S INSPIRING
    BUT THE NFL AND THE NBA ARE TOO CRITICAL OF OUR COUNTRY, SO –NO!

  23. Nick Lappa says:

    Will not watch a bunch of ghetto rats disrespect this country. I hope owners lose millions of dollars.

  24. N says:

    ‪Expose, boycott, prosecute all these deep state treasonous NAZI commie liberal demoncrats post-haste,Patriots! Drain the rat infested swamp President Trump! Vote Republican in Nov to save the country from NAZI Commie Demoncrat rule. No McCains, please!‬

  25. Robert Collins says:

    I haven’t watched NFL football since the Pittsburgh Steelers. My Home team, gave a Q.B. position to the dog abuser, michael vic. Now support for anti Americans! The pgh steelers can kiss my White American ASS! If that sounds RACEIST – – – I don’t like being called a HONKEY! but I don’t see anybody in the government crying because my feelings are hurt! Grow up ASSHOLES, it is what it is! OBAMA drove more wedges between the races, than anybody. But the Libs think he’s god. I see TV commercials showing how abused blacks are! We Kiss their asses at every turn and they want more and more. Enough is Enough. get off your dead asses and work for it. Unless you’re over 200 – years old you Were Not a slave. so stop crying about it!!!!!

  26. Emily says:

    Bye bye nike…Bye bye nfl…. gonna, buy some new tennies, but NO nike’s..!! Then spend some true quality time with my family….teaching them some respect for our true service men and women in true uniforms….!! We’ll play our own patriotic games with each other…!! NO nfl crap..!

  27. Donis Stango says:

    Spoiled rotten are these players.
    So much wealth and arrogance.
    The.most UNGRATEFUL MORONS.
    I will be watching college teams and forgetting the NFL!!!

  28. ConsultantInAction says:

    It’s pretty clear to me; Divisiveness, in this Country’s is becoming much worse. On one side, we have, what I consider to be a group of Pampered, Overpaid, Athletes, that are more of the Problem, than the Solution. We have Gangsta, Players, that not only Promote Violence, in our inner cities, but anywhere Football is revered. First we see NIKE, Price their Products, to a point where, Lives of Young Black Males are lost almost daily. More importantly; Where’s NIKE, Colin Kapernick or for that matter, where are the Leaders of the Black Community. … ?

    Let’s be Realistic, Kapernick’s not about Saving Lives in the Black Neighborhoods, hell no! What he is about; Kapernick’s about Hate, Destruction and Lawlessness. Let’s be Realistic, there is most certainly an issue with Law Enforcement and Parity in Prosecution, but it’s do much deeper than what Kapernick’s belief. It is about a Win at all Cost, and the cost is the Rights of the Accused. Prosecutors and Over Zealous Police Officials, that will stoop to Rigging Evidence, Hiding Evidence, that would acquit an accused. And Yes, a Disproportionate number of Minorities are convicted, but wait: Black Crime, in Black Neighborhoods, is Disproportionate. In the areas affected; Blacks commit more crimes, thus, are more often than not, Convicted and Sentenced to Prison. Where is Kapernick ? if in fact, he believes in what he claims; then why isn’t he on Rahm Emanuel’s Door Step, Raising Hell . … ?
    C’mon K get it right, or let it go!!! After all, Black AMERICA, is watching, and so far, all you’ve done, is Alienate and Polarize your Movement. To the Point, many Americans, have nothing but Disdain for you and why ? If you are, as you say, about OPPRESSION; Then, how about Really Doing Some Good. … ? Get your Ass into those WAR ZONES . … . Chicago, Baltimore, East L.A. What Now Fool . … ? So many Whites, want to be on your side, but give us a Good Reason . … . Begin to Focus on the Real Cause, it’s not the American Flag, or the National Anthem, after all, if you were elsewhere, you Damn sure wouldn’t have signed a MultiMillion Dollar Contract, that affords you a Venue to create the mess you have. Get It Right, go after some of the Real Problems . … . Prosecutoral Misconduct, and Over Zealous Police Officers, that should’ve never been Policemen. THIS IS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE. … . Damn K., modify your actions, go after those that are deserving, not all of Law Enforcement, just those that need to be Weeded Out . … . As for NIKE, They are Exploiting this, and you fell right into the Trap. … .

  29. Dennis says:

    NFL: No F—-ing Leadership! A cross section of anti-Americans, anti-country, anti-respect. They say they are pro-life but their own kill their pregnant wives/girlfriends, beat their wives/girlfriends. NFL consists of liars, stealers, felons, drug users, you name it. NFL owners exploit these “DEPLORABLES” to line their own pockets with “filthy lucre”. To associate with the NFL through watching them and buying tickets to their games, is to show your approval and acceptance of all the BAD they portray. AgIn, NFL: No F—-ing Leadership!

  30. Lauren Salamone says:

    The wages of sin is death. RIP NFL!!

  31. Jeff says:

    What’s the NFL?

  32. BILLY miller says:

    I am done with the NFL, these black boys are not worthy, the NFL is a bunch of idiots.

  33. Raymond says:

    Regardless of the ratings.The stadiums still pack in the fans.Just take a brief look at a football games,and see all the people from wall to wall.So someone is giving fake polls.Or the polls are just talking about the TV ratings.And not the actual attendence at the games.Because the crowds at the stadiums are painting a different picture.But I for one,do not watch any pro football,or pro basketball anymore.Because as you know,pro basketball is pulling the same stunt now..Poor black people just have not got a chance anymore to make big money in America..Wah !Wah!

    • Lynn Edwards says:

      Ticket sales are just part of the equation, the big bucks is from advertising dollars and endorsements for the players. Their seven figure paydays will become a thing of the past if this trend continues. Obviously they are too short sighted to see that they are shooting themselves in the foot. Stupid is as stupid does…Mrs. Gump!

  34. Frank W Brown says:

    Best thing I heard all day was a new logo for nike “Just Blew it!”They’ll have NONE of my money EVER!!!

  35. dENISE says:

    Football is going to die because they hate America. A game where we enjoyed on a day off. Away from politics until Kapp. He destroyed the game. Bye Bye football

  36. Bob says:

    Let the idiot protesters go to Africa to play Football. Then see how much money they will make. And good ridance.

  37. Charles Geis iv says:

    Ive been a diehard saints fan my entire life. Myself and many people i know refuse to watch nfl games until this ignorance is resolved! I will miss it but for now we are done!!

  38. STAND OR BANKRUPTCY IT’S IN YOUR COURT FOR BETTER OR WORSE!!!!?

  39. sams2cents says:

    I agree I will not be watching the NFL this year, just like I didn’t watch them last year. I am totally done with these shameful players. Men and women have died for our flag. I will honor them by not watching the NFL games and I won’t watch the NFL going forward even if they change their stance and decide to stand for our flag.

    The reason is if they stand now it is to defend their income and not love of country. I will be watching college football!

  40. Bob Pemble says:

    This will teach NFL COMMISIONER, THAT Blives Matter do not buy Tickets. He should have stoped it from day one.

  41. Duke says:

    Don’t worry players, There is plenty of garbage truck jobs available.

  42. Wilber Williams says:

    The leaders and Owners are stupid to put up with this crap from the players.I am not allowed to protest at my job why should they be allowed to do so???I hope Nike goes belly up for supporting the dead beat.If they want to protest show them the door and send them home without a pay check.Replace anyone who can’t respect our country. This goes to all the people coming into our country,love it or get the h-ll out.

  43. john Brown says:

    The leaders and Owners are stupid to put up with this crap from the players.I am not allowed to protest at my job why should they be allowed to do so???I hope Nike goes belly up for supporting the dead beat.If they want to protest show them the door and send them home without a pay check.Replace anyone who can’t respect our country. This goes to all the people coming into our country,love it or get the h-ll out.

  44. Art Ward, Jr. says:

    The NFL cannot stand success! What really matters in the NFL is good old football … nobody I know in the world, cares about how the NFL is connected to social causes, political stuff, religion, and current events. The very best thing that the NFL can do is to cleanse itself of their tendency to wander off into political conversations and traps! All that stuff will do is ruin the once great NFL Football League. Guys … Play Ball!

  45. doug says:

    the NFL doesnt care about anyone but themselves and money. 1 hour of playing and 2 hours of money.
    my wife, brother, nefew, and sister are all military. iam a retired police officer. first time colin kneeled i turned the nfl off and refuse to watch any football again. i hope the nfl goes broke.

  46. Will NOT WATCH THIS YEAR, MOST ALL FANS want to watch football , not politics , get enough of that every night, why can the players do their crap on their own time some where else ?

  47. Vickie Hemb says:

    I think it’s in poor taste that you live in our country and you don’t want to salute the flag standing up we represent our country but you guys are acting like jerks I won’t watch anymore football thanks to that

  48. Thomas Goss says:

    SCREW the NFL and ALL those who support it.

  49. David Miksad says:

    Rather watch golf.

  50. John King says:

    OK . . . this is what happens when some group bases their group on LIES . . . speaking of lie that the Ferguson shooting was murder! He DID NOT have his hands up . . . which was a proved lie from other witnesses! The only person to say his hands were up was HIS PUCKING FRIEND . . . and yes, his friends would lie for him!!!

  51. John King says:

    This is what happens when some group bases their group on LIES . . . speaking of lie that the Ferguson shooting was murder! He DID NOT have his hands up . . . which was a proved lie from other witnesses! The only person to say his hands were up was HIS PUCKING FRIEND . . . and yes, his friends would lie for him!!!

  52. napacfo says:

    Nike and the NFL circling the drain together… what a pleasant thought… now if they can just make K disappear along with them… one can only hope…
    Like bowling or hockey, they won’t be gone entirely, but let’s hope they won’t consume so any people’s weekends in the future… time better spent elsewhere…another time vampire we can do without…

    • Bruce Eden says:

      Agreed. Football and other sports are a distraction to keep us away from keeping our eye on the politicians and the crap they are pulling in D.C. and throughout the country. Once people wake up from the TV sports opiate and start seeing what they’re purported representatives are doing to them, there will be a major shake-up in this country.

    • deerflyguy says:

      “K” has a fine future ahead of him – stocking shelves at Walmart on the night shift!

    • Mikey says:

      You, me, and the other fans – excuse me, former fans – will have the pleasure of flushing them down.

    • russell remmert says:

      yes indeed let the scum go down the drain

  53. Let the dumbos kneel in an empty stadium with their fist in the air and empty pockets, who gives a s–t!!! Half of them can’t spell their names and the other half haven’t got the brains to realize what they’re doing to the game that pays their ignorant azzes the outrageous salaries to play a game!!!

  54. Mike H says:

    Nike Why buy that brand.Its not even made in USA…Move to China and stay there.

  55. Jan13 says:

    Use to enjoy a game once in awhile, not anymore. Along with the kneeling etc, too many ads (why does it take 3 hrs for a 1 hour game?) Found myself channel surfing and as a result other programs that interested me more.
    Bye bye NFL (Not For Long), was fun while it lasted.

  56. Jude says:

    Will never watch another NFL game nor buy another product by Nike for me or anyone in my family. These companies that want to jump on the political bandwagon like the NFL players and their owners, etc are just going to be the big losers. Americans are sick of all of this B.S. People that do not like America and think everyone is so mistreated, go somewhere else better to your liking. Good luck.

  57. NavyDoc says:

    DONE..

  58. FedUp says:

    If I want to watch a bunch of disrespectful thugs, I will just watch them be arrested on Live PD!

  59. M says:

    I still feel betrayed by the NFL. They have cheated me and millions of people from being able to watch pro football. It looks like they misjudged and thought all the fans would give up and come back when instead, more fans are leaving. Too bad NFL, you
    blew it!

    • TIM says:

      YOU ARE RIGHT NFL LEADERSHIP COULD HAVE STOP THIS WHEN IT STARTED BUT DID NOT . NO RESPECT FOR AMERICA

    • Dr. J.D. says:

      They have not cheated anyone – – most of these posts say they have CHOSEN not to watch the NFL. You are the ones who have chosen to get upset at this, no one has forced you to stop watching, and no one has refused for you to sit in paid for seats. That is your right to choose, just like it is the right of some athletes (not all of them) to “take a knee.” Freedom of expression results – – don’t ACT like such VICTIMS. You could choose to watch all the athletes that have not changed a thing and are standing for the anthem

      One thing I dislike considerably, is a president like Trump who is a CONSTANT WHINER. The guy is rich, has spent 1/3 of his days staying at a Trump property, and 25% of his days playing golf, and all you hear from him, outside of his bragging about himself, is “someone wrote an anonymous op-ed about me,” or “someone wrote a book that criticized me,” the libel laws should be improved, “I can’t trust anyone but my kids,” “the MSMedia does not report ALL the good things I think I do in my head” – – what a spoiled s**t he is.

      • gibsg00 says:

        We don’t feell like victims.We feel like Americans that won;t support these pampered pups.Drive the rating down the crapper.Then the ex players can kneel down cleaning the floor at Burger King

      • M says:

        Dr J.D./Diane, YADA. YADA. YADA
        BLAH. BLAH. BLAH

        You are so sweet, sewer maggot!
        🙂 😉 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

      • Fuelinjected says:

        Hey Doc,
        You forgot stock market up 8,000 points or more. Jobless rate 3.9%. Afro/Amer. rate lowest ever. Economy and Manufacturing jobs coming back etc etc. Belittles Alies to make them pay their fair share in NATO . I guess a little or a whole lotsa WHININ I can put up with.

  60. John Paskey says:

    I was raised with the game, I played the game in grammar school, high school and a flag league after college. I was a 17 year season ticket holder of the Chicago Bears. I love the game and loved the league but not what it has become. Does Jerry Springer ring a bell??? I’ll spend more time with God, family, and Nascar. Oh by the way this is my 3rd year of boycotting the NFL (because of the disrespect of our Military and Police) and until the leadership grows some fortitude I may not EVER watch again.

  61. Charlotte says:

    Good, I am glad to hear this. I do not watch anymore since the kneeling started.

  62. Susan Sehorn says:

    RIP
    PITTSBURGH STEELERS
    9/24/17
    –Ex Steeler Fan–

  63. Ellie says:

    I would watch football for hours on Sunday and watch football on Mondays Thursday HAPPY TO SAY NO MORE I have more time to my self NOW I go shopping, spend time with family and do more things now. NFL AND NIKE ARE OVER ! GOD BLESS USA! GOD PRESIDENT TRUMP!

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