Fans didn’t stay away from watching the NFL after all.

Followers didn’t avoid watching the NFL in spite of everything.
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You needed to be there – 2016, 2017, and 2018, I imply.

In a time through which Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid had been main a rising motion that led to gamers, coaches, and even some workforce homeowners taking a knee within the title of racism and police brutality – followers ran to social media and screamed from the stands about how they might eternally shun/boycott the NFL due to the gamers’ demonstration or because of how Kaepernick and Reid had been being blackballed.

It was all a lie.

In response to Sports activities Enterprise Journal, NFL video games made up 75 of the 100 most-watched TV applications final yr, as no different professional sports activities league in America cracked the highest 100.

The Tremendous Bowl, NFC Championship Recreation, AFC Championship Recreation, Raiders/Cowboys on Thanksgiving, and Buccaneers/Saints NFC divisional sport made up the High 5 most-watched applications of 2021. The opposite sports activities broadcasts that made the High 100 had been 11 occasions from the Summer season Olympics, seven faculty soccer video games, and two faculty basketball video games. The NBA, MLB, and NHL didn’t get invitations.

A lot for that “scores dip” that Kaepernick brought about.

“We did analysis and it was comparatively proprietary analysis, to be trustworthy with you,” CBS Sports activities chairman Sean McManus mentioned in 2017 in regards to the impact that kneeling had on scores. “However I believe when you take a look at a few of the explanation why NFL viewership was down final yr, [kneeling] is a purpose that’s talked about by a good quantity of viewers. It’s one thing they don’t discover enticing or they don’t discover compelling in protection of the soccer sport. How huge an element it was? I don’t actually know. Nevertheless it was one of many components that I believe maybe led to the slight lower in scores final yr.”

However but, McManus was good sufficient to know that the “causes” why some weren’t tuning in wouldn’t final.

“Hear, I do suppose the scores will come again. However it’s a must to take a look at this comparatively talking: The NFL scores are nonetheless by far and away essentially the most enticing property in all of tv by an enormous margin. The actual fact the scores had been down marginally are of concern, however no one is panicking and saying that the NFL is slipping by way of its reputation or by way of its dominance, comparatively talking to what else is on tv.”

Soccer is as American as racism and voter suppression. It’s why watching the Tremendous Bowl is the one factor that this nation does in unison. And when a sport has a grip like that on a rustic, persons are going to at all times tune in regardless of if gamers are kneeling or standing for a racist music earlier than kickoff.

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