An item at SportingNews.com advises the National Football League not to overlook the rising number of NFL fans who have signed out over the persistent anti-American protests indulged by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players.
Sporting News writer Michael McCarthy, in his December 13th article, features fans who have grown sick and tired of the anti-Americanism invading their national pastime.
One 46-year-old elementary school teacher and now former football fan told McCarthy, “This has left such a bad taste in my mouth. I don’t know if I can ever forgive them to tell you the truth. I don’t know if I’ll get the opportunity to find out. But it’s not looking good. They may have lost a fan for life.”
McCarthy proceeds to concentrate on a Twitter hashtag campaign NFL fans use to vent their indignation over the protests plaguing their entertainment.
“Using the hashtag #BoycottNFL, a small-but-vocal group of NFL fans have lodged their own protest against Kaepernick’s protest by refusing to watch game telecasts,” McCarthy wrote
McCarthy proceeds to emphasize that the NFL has seen a double-digit decline in ratings over the numbers seen in 2015, a fall that “has puzzled the league,” McCarthy writes. The sportswriter prompts readers that NFL TV executives and officials have constantly rejected the idea that Kaepernick’s anti-American protests play any role in the ratings crash.
However, McCarthy cautions that this predilection to write off fans who resist the protests is possibly a big mistake.
“All along,”, fans have found themselves “mystified by why the NFL (which clamped down on the Cowboys for trying to honor slain police officers in Dallas) passively allowed Kaepernick to hijack its name,” and use the NFL as a program to condemn the country, police, our troops, first responders, and everything the U.S.A. stands for, McCarthy wrote.
McCarthy says portentously that these fans are voting with their TV clickers and their wallets.
Certainly, a survey of NFL fans reveals that several believe the league’s TV ratings have plunged due to the now-ubiquitous, anti-American national anthem protests occurring every week across the league.
A recent Seton Hall Sports Poll realized that fully 56 percent of respondents felt that ratings dropped due to the relentless protests against the country conducted by players during the anthem.
Additionally, a Rasmussen poll in October found that 32 percent of adults surveyed said that they have ceased watching NFL football due to the protests while only a measly 13 percent said they were more likely to watch because of the anthem protests.
Together with the survey, fans have their say on Twitter using the #BoycottNFL hashtag:
— Mike and Cris (@mikeandcris) December 4, 2016
— Dave (@Dave_Els) December 4, 2016
I refuse to watch The NFL. I find kneeling during the National Anthem offensive so I am exercising my right to #BoycottNFL
— Claudette Vandiver (@cvbama1) December 14, 2016
— Natalie Faulk (@NatalieFaulk) December 11, 2016
— GAB-Kekapukainohea (@Kekapukainohea) December 10, 2016