On Saturday, former Democratic Rep. Donna Edwards of Maryland issued a tweet in which she expressed hope that all NFL players would disrespect the U.S. flag by kneeling during the national anthem, The Hill reported.
Additionally, she called President Trump a “white supremacist who squats in our White House” in her tweet.
— Donna F. Edwards (@DonnaFEdwards) September 23, 2017
According to The Hill:
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b—- off the field right now,'” Trump said, adding, “‘He is fired.'”
“When people like yourselves turn on television and you see those people taking the knee when they are playing our great national anthem – the only thing you could do better is if you see it, even if it’s one player, leave the stadium,” Trump added Friday. “I guarantee things will stop.”
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell responded to Trump’s remarks on Saturday, calling them “divisive” and saying they show a “lack of respect” for the league and its players.
Edwards’ tweet didn’t sit too well with many:
.And my TV will remain tuned to anything but the NFL if the pampered multi-millionaires continue to disrespect flag and anthem. #BoycottNFL
— El Jefe del Covfefe (@jefedelcovfefe) September 23, 2017
Stay out of football ma'am. And the players should stay out of politics. When they collide @NFL will lose
— Andy (@AndrewManley1) September 23, 2017
And it seems the NFL is losing. According to the a New York Post report which cited Nielsen data, ratings dipped considerably across the first two weeks of this season:
As the NFL kicks off Week 3 with “Thursday Night Football,” team owners, TV networks and Madison Avenue are hoping it can turn around an early-season ratings dip.
Ratings in Weeks 1 and 2 were down 12 and 15 percent, respectively, according to Nielsen.
To be sure, saturation TV coverage of Hurricane Irma sapped some eyeballs from football during the first week of play.
Still, nine of the 13 NFL windows in the season-to-date posted viewership declines, Sports Media Watch reported.
“Week 2 might have still been disrupted by carryover impacts from the hurricanes that hit Houston and Florida,” UBS analyst Doug Mitchelson offered by way of explanation.
Jefferies analyst John Janedis drilled down further and estimated a 10 percent ratings drop for the season would cost game-carrying networks — CBS, ESPN, Fox and NBC — $200 million in lost operating income.
And while the hurricanes may have played a small role, ESPN said the protests by players like Kaepernick are the number one reason for the drop in viewership:
National anthem protests were the top reason that NFL fans watched fewer games last season, according to a new survey released by J.D. Power.
The pollster said it asked more than 9,200 people who attended either one football, basketball or hockey game whether they tuned into fewer games and why. 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.
— Lisa Ann (@mymagickisses) September 23, 2017
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