Colin Kaepernick has angered so many that they would rather not watch the NFL at all. ESPN published the results of a new J.D. Power poll as to why viewers are tuning out of NFL games – and the number one reason should not be a surprise to anyone.
At the beginning of the 2016-2017 NFL season, the San Francisco 49ers second-string QB gained national attention for blatantly disrespecting the American flag to protest injustice that he himself never experienced. Thinking he is a modern day MLK, Kaeperniick decided to take a knee during the national anthem prior to each game allowing people around the globe to see just how ignorant he is. In addition, Kaepernick has worn clothing that is extremely disrespectful to police officers, as well as a shirt with communist dictator Fidel Castro on the front. Kaepernick, who lost 10 of his 11 starts last season, was able to recruit some notable players to join his bogus anti-American cause as well – Kenny Stills, Mike Evans, and Malcom Jenkins to name a few.
The poll interviewed more than 9,200 fans who have attended either a football, hockey, or basketball game in the past few years. The interviewees were asked if they watch fewer, the same, or more games than past seasons and their reasons for it. The largest portion, twenty-six percent, agreed that the national anthem protests led by Colin Kaepernick were the main reason they tuned out.
The second major reason is the NFL’s off the field issues – in particular domestic abuse. Other minor reasons included game delays (too many penalties) and excessive advertisements and commercials. J.D. Power also reported that of the 9,200 people they surveyed, only around 12% watched viewer games than last season. 88% or so said they watched just as much or more NFL games than previous seasons.
ESPN, one of the first to report the findings of this study, has also struggled with its ratings. As of March 2017 ESPN had plans to cut $100 million in wages, according to Jeff Reynolds of PJ Media. Most of these salaries are to come from high-profile employees such as top journalists and notable announcers.
In November 2016, ESPN lost over 600,000 subscribers, its worst month ever. ESPN has historically been a workhorse performer, one of the most successful cable channels of all time. Driven by live events, previously unavailable sports updates, an offbeat delivery, and compelling content, ESPN reached must-watch status and stayed there for a couple of decades. At the height of their popularity, in 2011, ESPN was available in over 100 million homes. A few years ago, however, the tide began to ebb. As of December 2016, that number had dropped to 88.4 million — a steady, inexorable decline
There are multiple reasons as to why ESPN is a declining network besides the fact that less people are watching the NFL – traditionally the biggest sports market. Another reason is their support for Colin Kaepernick and other controversial left-wing movements. Viewers have complained they used to come to the network for Sports, but “feel they are watching another MSNBC.”
Luckily for the NFL and its viewers, Kaepernick remains unemployed.