The NFL continues to suffer backlash as a result of players taking a knee during the national anthem. Breitbart.com reported that “stadiums could be seen with thousands of empty seats at kickoff, and, in some cases in the middle of the game.” Adding insult to injury, the Cleveland Browns gave a prize away — to an empty seat.
According to Breitbart:
The NFL likely hoped for a return to normalcy for Week 6, especially after Commissioner Goodell’s call to “move past the anthem controversy,” and address the issue in detail at league meetings on Tuesday. Instead, what the NFL got was a return to what has become the “new normal” in the age of anthem protests: empty seats.
Throughout the league, stadiums could be seen with thousands of empty seats at kickoff, and, in some cases in the middle of the game.
— 𝓑𝓻𝓪𝓭𝓵𝓮𝔂 𝓦𝓲𝓵𝓼𝓸𝓷🤘 (@brad_gohornsbkw) October 15, 2017
Note, that the Jets played New England on Sunday, meaning there should have been a big crowd for that game. The Texans, Atlanta, and Baltimore are also very relevant teams with relatively loyal fan bases. Yet, thousands upon thousands of fans no-showed or didn’t buy tickets for those games.
You know who isn't winning? The NFL. This was kickoff time in Jacksonville. Look at those empty seats! pic.twitter.com/fd7CwOuHk4
— Fistful of Government Shutdowns (@fistfulofdoom) October 15, 2017
Breitbart notes that Jacksonville has “never really packed the house. Yet, even by Jaguars standards, that’s empty. The fact that those same levels of emptiness can be seen at other stadiums throughout the league, means that the fan backlash against the NFL has now turned everyone into Jacksonville.”
— The Weekly Opine (@theweeklyopine) October 22, 2017
— Timothy Riethmiller (@thetimdeluxe) October 22, 2017
— Empty Seats Galore (@EmptySeatsPics) October 22, 2017
And if that’s not enough:
Browns just randomly selected an empty seat to win a prize
— Nick Virzi (@INVIRZIBLE) October 22, 2017
The Gateway Pundit said:
It is not known what the prize was, but whatever it was, it’s quite sad the team has resorted to keeping fans happy at FirstEnergy stadium with giveaways. What’s even more sad is that the seat was empty. Several NFL stadiums are nearly empty post kick-off as the National Anthem controversy rolls into week 7. The Cleveland Browns are playing at home against the Tennessee Titans. Plenty of seats went unfilled.
Will Roger Goodell and team owners get a clue? Based on what we’ve seen so far, probably not.
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