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  • This Thanksgiving, let's give thanks to God, and the middle finger to Roger Goodell

    10/22/2016 9:57:49 PM PDT · by The Fop · 21 replies
    10/23/16 | The Fop
    I know that Thanksgiving is still a month away, but if we want to wage an effective NFL boycott, then a little community organizing is in order. Thanksgiving is the most important day of the football season for American patriots to send a message to Roger Goodell. On this day, we give thanks for the greatest country in the world.......a country that Colin Kaepernick says was never great. Kaepernick is entitled to his opinions. But by allowing Kaepernick, and other players who share his sentiments, to use NFL games as a venue to express these views, Goodell is tacitly endorsing...
  • Searching For A Fix For Football's TV Fumble

    10/21/2016 6:13:06 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 61 replies ^ | Oct 21, 2016 | Harry A. Jessell
    In this wacky, topsy-turvy biz we call television, the one constant has been the NFL. It brings in the viewers and helps bring them back for other programming. The ad dollars pile up at a predictable rate. Until this season. From the start, the NFL and its TV distributors have noticed the ratings have not been measuring up to last season. On Wednesday, Nielsen ratings cruncher Brian Wieser of Pivotal Research Group published a report that concludes that viewership among adults 18-49, live plus same day, is off 15.1%. The big question is why. And it's just not the NFL...
  • Media may deny it, but NFL boycotters are Trump supporters voting with their remotes

    10/21/2016 8:50:40 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 49 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 10/21/16 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The disrespect for America shown by some NFL players has given Donald Trump supporters a chance to “vote early” and they are taking it. Another NFL week has passed and the boycott of viewers has actually picked up steam. By one account, available data shows a 30% drop in viewership for Monday night’s game between “Somebody and Who cares?” Naturally the leftists in sports writing are telling us it’s the bland product or the movement to appliances they can’t track that are causing the steep drop in viewership and “blah blah blah;” anything but the truth. Apparently, sports writers missed...
  • Jim Irsay speaks out against protests, did he cut Antonio Cromartie over it?

    10/20/2016 3:46:11 PM PDT · by GeorgiaDawg32 · 18 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | 10/19/2016 | Yahoo Sports
    Owners have mostly been quiet about the national anthem protests staged by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and others. But Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay isn’t one to keep his opinions to himself. Irsay doesn’t like the protests. In a story about declining television ratings, Irsay told USA Today’s Jarrett Bell his feelings about Kaepernick and others. “I think it’s the wrong venue,” Irsay told USA Today. “It hasn’t been a positive thing. What we all have to be aware of as players, owners, PR people, equipment managers, is when the lights go on we are entertainment. We are...
  • Fans watching fewer NFL games cite protests as primary reason

    10/20/2016 3:32:51 AM PDT · by C19fan · 38 replies
    Yahoo ^ | October 19, 2016 | Jay Busbee
    Ratings in the NFL, while still stronger than any other challenger on the television landscape, continue to decline, and a new survey by Yahoo Sports and YouGov discerns several reasons why. In a survey of 1,136 Americans who identified themselves as NFL fans, 29 percent said they are watching fewer NFL games. (Interestingly, 27 percent said they were watching more, though that does not necessarily correlate only a 2 percent net loss.) The fans claiming they watch less of the NFL cited the following reasons: • Protests by Colin Kaepernick and others • Lack of opportunity to watch the NFL...
  • Report: Jets to bench Ryan Fitzpatrick, name Geno Smith starter

    10/19/2016 9:22:09 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    Yahoo ^ | October 19, 2016 | Eric Edholm
    Well, it appears the New York Jets are planning to make a quarterback change after all. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, head coach Todd Bowles will name Geno Smith the starting quarterback this week against the Baltimore Ravens. Ryan Fitzpatrick, who butted heads over his contract with the team all summer before signing on the eve of training camp, has been benched for ineffectiveness.
  • New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick says he is done with his 'undependable' Microsoft [tr]

    10/19/2016 6:13:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 19, 2016 | Ariel Zilber
    Technophobic mad genius football coach Bill Belichick has waved the white flag when it comes to his battle with Microsoft Surface. The New England Patriots head man told reporters on Tuesday that he will no longer use the tablet for analyzing in-game plays. 'As you probably noticed, I'm done with the tablets,' Belichick told reporters during a conference call, according to ESPN. 'I've given [the Suface] as much time as I can give them. They're just too undependable for me. I'm going to stick with pictures as several of our other coaches do as well, because there just isn't enough...

    10/19/2016 2:13:20 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 69 replies
    WEEI Boston ^ | 10/19/16 | John Tomase
    No dynasty lasts forever. If the Holy Roman Empire could fall, so can the NFL. NFL ratings are down 11 percent from last year across the board and by double digits in prime time. Sunday night's Colts-Texans game drew just 12.9 million viewers, a 38 percent dip from last year's Patriots-Colts tilt. One game airing opposite a Presidential debate barely cracked 8 million viewers. The NFL's numbers may remain enviable to virtually everyone, but that doesn't change that they've fallen. So what's to blame? Everyone has a theory. With some help from WEEI's Mike Mutnansky, who discussed this at length...
  • NBC's 'Sunday Night Football' has lowest ratings since 2011

    10/18/2016 3:40:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 18, 2016 4:29 PM EDT | David Bauder
    NBC’s flagship Sunday Night Football game had its smallest audience in five years this week, evidence of the NFL’s new deflation issue. The game between Indianapolis and Houston reached 13.6 million viewers, removing the weekly broadcast from its usual spot at or very close to the top of the Nielsen company ratings. CBS’ Thursday night game scored slightly higher. …

    10/18/2016 1:44:58 PM PDT · by Bender2 · 59 replies ^ |
    NFL Live Thread Week 7 Thursday, Oct. 20 8:25 p.m. ET Bears at Packers Sunday, Oct. 23 1 p.m. ET Saints at Chiefs 1 p.m. ET Colts at Titans 1 p.m. ET Vikings at Eagles 1 p.m. ET Browns at Bengals 1 p.m. ET Redskins at Lions 1 p.m. ET Raiders at Jaguars 1 p.m. ET Bills at Dolphins 1 p.m. ET Ravens at Jets 4:05 p.m. ET Buccaneers at 49ers 4:05 p.m. ET Chargers at Falcons 4:25 p.m. ET Patriots at Steelers 8:30 p.m. ET Seahawks at Cardinals Monday, Oct. 24 8:30 p.m. ET Texans at Broncos Bye week:...
  • Monday Night Football Ratings Hit Record Low For Second Straight Week

    10/18/2016 10:13:00 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 72 replies ^ | October 18, 2016 12:40 PM | Matt Dolloff, NFL, Sports News
    BOSTON (CBS) — Monday Night Football in Week 5 featured two underperforming (or just-plain-bad) NFL teams and posted the lowest overnight rating since ESPN acquired the rights to broadcast the show in 2006. The Week 6 contest between the Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets, somehow, performed even worse. (snip) Of course, there is still the segment of fans who have decided to stop watching the NFL altogether in the wake of players protesting the national anthem, which many mainstream media outlets continue to curiously ignore (save for a select few from Forbes and The Sporting News). (snip)The NFL is...
  • ‘Sunday Night Football’ Ratings Fall To 5-Year Low In OT Game

    10/17/2016 10:28:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 64 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | October 18, 2016 | Dominic Patten
    Maybe it was the Los Angeles Dodgers-Chicago Cubs Game 2 of the National League Championship Series, or The Walking Dead retrospective special ahead of next week’s Season 7 debut. Or maybe it was just NFL exhaustion after the Dallas Cowboys crushed the Green Bay Packers 30-16 earlier in the day, or maybe blame The Simpsons’ annual ‘Treehouse Of Horror’ episode. Whatever it was, Sunday Night Football and NBC had a real problem last night, and it wasn’t Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.
  • Odell Beckham takes the plunge with kicking net

    10/17/2016 6:21:47 AM PDT · by oh8eleven · 14 replies
    NY Post ^ | NY Post Sports Desk
    Odell Beckham Jr. [NY Giants] punctuated a magnificent game Sunday against the Ravens by taking one knee — no, not during the national anthem — and pantomiming a proposal to the kicking net, his old enemy.
  • Colin Kaepernick gets rough treatment from Buffalo Bills fans

    10/16/2016 3:00:17 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 53 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | October 16, 2016
    Amid loud chants of “USA! USA! USA!,” 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt for the national anthem Sunday in his continuing protest against racial oppression and police brutality. Outside the stadium, vendors sold shirts with Kaepernick’s image in the sights of a rifle scope, and fans tackled a dummy dressed up like the quarterback . Nearby, other fans protested in support of the movement .
  • Buffalo fans target Kaepernick for national anthem protest [He LOST: Big Time]

    10/16/2016 3:14:58 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 40 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | 10/16/16
    Amid loud chants of ''USA! USA! USA!,'' San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt for the national anthem Sunday in his continuing protest against racial oppression and police brutality. Outside the stadium, vendors sold shirts with Kaepernick's image in the sites of a rifle scope, and fans tackled a dummy dressed up like the quarterback . Nearby, other fans protested in support of the movement .
  • Bills fans boo Colin Kaepernick, chant 'USA' before he kneels

    10/16/2016 10:45:33 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 64 replies
    espn ^ | 10/16/2016 | Nick Wagoner
    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Before San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem of Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills, a loud chant of "USA, USA" rang out at New Era Field. ... As Kaepernick, who made his first start since week 8 of last season, led the offense on to the field, he was greeted by a loud chorus of boos from Bills fans. Those boos continued for the first couple of snaps before dissipating into cheers of encouragement for Buffalo's defense. ... Kaepernick's first drive as the starter ended in a punt. He ran for...
  • Former Jets DE Dennis Byrd killed in Oklahoma highway crash

    10/16/2016 9:25:55 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 1 replies ^ | October 16, 2016 | Rich Cimini
    Dennis Byrd, a former New York Jets defensive end whose career was cut short in 1992 because of a broken neck, was killed in a head-on vehicle collision Saturday near his home in Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol confirmed to ESPN. Byrd, 50, was pronounced dead at the scene due to massive injuries.
  • NFL ratings plunge could spell doom for traditional TV

    10/14/2016 7:34:50 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 104 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 14, 2016 | Drew Harwell and Rick Maese
    Football, America’s biggest prime-time powerhouse, has been thrust into a crisis this fall, with dwindling ratings sparking questions over whether it can remain a gold mine for television in an age when more Americans are abandoning traditional TV. Network executives have long used the National Football League’s live games as a last line of defense against the rapid growth of “cord-cutting” and on-demand viewing upending the industry. But now, the NFL is seeing its ratings tumble in the same way that the Olympics, awards shows and other live events have, falling more than 10 percent for the first five weeks...
  • Colin Kaepernick: The Flag Is Just A Piece Of Cloth

    10/14/2016 6:55:43 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 103 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | October 13, 2016 | David Hookstead
    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick believes that the flag of the United States is nothing more than simply a piece of cloth. "At the end of the day the flag is just a piece of cloth and I am not going to value a piece of cloth over people's lives. That's just not something I can do, it's not something I feel morally right doing and my character won't allow me to do that," Kaepernick told reporters.
  • Colin Kaepernick responds to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s criticism of anthem protests

    10/13/2016 1:41:35 PM PDT · by C19fan · 50 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 12, 2016 | Des Bieler
    Colin Kaepernick has not been shy about calling out major public figures. He recently described Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as “proven liars.” But when presented Wednesday with some unexpected criticism from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the 49ers quarterback actually took the relative high road while saying her comments were “disappointing.”
  • Opinion: Raiders stadium debacle is a Vegas casino heist

    10/13/2016 10:28:01 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies ^ | Oct 13, 2016 10:27 a.m. ET | Jason Notte Columnist
    Las Vegas’ legislature is about to hand $750 million in tax dollars to a casino operator and, potentially, an NFL franchise owner ****************************************************************
  • The likely leading causes of the NFL’s significant TV ratings decline

    10/13/2016 7:44:32 AM PDT · by C19fan · 42 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 12, 2016 | Mark Maske
    The financial cornerstone of the NFL as it has grown into the nation’s most prosperous and popular sports league has been its network television deals. Pro football has been TV ratings gold, and the league’s handsome reward for that has been contracts with the networks now collectively worth an estimated $7 billion annually. So when ratings for NFL games slip, even while remaining at comparatively lofty levels, it is noteworthy. Such is the case this season, with the sport’s overall TV ratings down about 11 percent from last season.
  • Protests, politics ruining NFL; now we have Super Bowl of Suck

    10/13/2016 7:40:59 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    Sporting News ^ | October 12, 2016 | Pat Img
    The 49ers have a new starting quarterback. His name is Colin Kaepernick. He starts for a team that has lost four straight games after a Week 1 win over the NFL Rams of Los Angeles. His head coach is Chip Kelly, who is his first season in charge of the team that plays near the city by the Bay. The timing for Kaepernick to start is fitting, really. In Week 6, Time magazine's QB and his team face the Bills.
  • The moment Tom Brady abruptly ends press conference after being asked about his friend Donald Trump

    10/12/2016 2:40:46 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 49 replies ^ | 10/12/16 | Ashley Collman
    'Tom, you have kids of your own - how would you respond if your kids heard Donald Trump's version of locker room talk?' one reporter asked. Brady responded by smiling and saying 'Thank you guys, have a good day' before promptly walking off the stage.
  • NFL's 'Monday Night Football' Sets Record Low In Ratings For ESPN...

    10/12/2016 9:57:42 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 75 replies ^ | 10/12/16 | Brandon Katz
    Surveying the ratings landscape for Monday Night Football and the NFL this season, you wouldn’t be blamed for mistaking it for the barren wasteland of the Mad Max movies rather than America’s most popular sport. Back in early September, MNF posted its lowest numbers ever (8.3 rating) for a Week 2 game since ESPN acquired the rights in 2006. Then, going against the first presidential debate late last month, Monday Night Football set an all-time ratings low with barely 8 million total viewers. Now, last night’s matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Carolina Panthers has scored MNF‘s lowest...
  • Media can deny it; but NFL boycotters are Trump supporters voting with their remotes

    10/12/2016 9:36:08 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 28 replies
    vanity | Oct 12, 2016 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The disrespect for America shown by some NFL players has given Donald Trump supporters a chance to “vote early” and they are taking it. Another NFL week has past and the boycott of viewers has actually picked up steam. By one account available data shows a 30% drop in viewership for Monday night’s game between “Somebody and Who cares?” Naturally the leftists in sports writing are telling us it’s the bland product or the movement from appliances they can’t track that are causing the steep drop in viewership and “blah blah blah” anything but the truth. To keep up...
  • The NFL has a serious ratings problem

    10/12/2016 5:53:33 AM PDT · by oh8eleven · 69 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11 October 2016 | Claire Atkinson
    The NFL continues to get sacked. Monday Night Football’s Bucs-Panthers game saw ratings tumble 24 percent versus the same Week 5 game a year ago. Over the first five weeks, ratings are down more than 10 percent.
  • NFL Ratings Tanking in Wake of Leftist Moral Exhibitionism

    10/11/2016 8:08:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 78 replies
    PJ Media ^ | October 11, 2016 | Michael Walsh
    Ratings for the National Football League are off substantially this season , and of course nobody at the league has the slightest idea why. It can't be due to the ungrateful arrogance of has-been 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, or the increasing politicization of the sport by lefty sportwriters (and they're all lefties) and ESPN. No, it must be something else: The NFL has a ratings problem. The causes are many, and the leading cause is certainly up for debate. But that isn’t stopping the NFL from denying that the problem has some controversial undercurrents – or that the problem exists...
  • Vegas Stadium Deal for Raiders Passes First Hurdle

    10/11/2016 7:18:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    A bill to raise hotel taxes to fund an NFL stadium for the Oakland Raiders and a convention center expansion has crossed its first hurdle in the Nevada Legislature. The Nevada Senate voted 16-5 on Tuesday to approve the measure. Democratic opponents have said they oppose putting public funds to a project backed by billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, while Republican opponents oppose raising taxes.
  • Colin Kaepernick Gets Starting Nod at Quarterback for 49ers

    10/11/2016 12:48:14 PM PDT · by C19fan · 52 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | October 11, 2016 | Brendan Weber
    San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly announced Tuesday that Colin Kaepernick has been handed the reins to take over as the team's starting quarterback. The decision comes amid the squad's four-game slump and less-than-stellar 1-4 start to the season.

    10/11/2016 10:44:34 AM PDT · by Made In The USA · 52 replies
    MITUSA | 10/11/2016 | MITUSA
    Just read that the 49rs are starting Colon Kaepernick against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. While I am a Dallas Cowboys fan living here in TX, I was once a season ticket holding Buffalo Bills fan during the Jim Kelly days back in NYS. It would bring me great pleasure to see the Bills - in their Red, White, and Blue uniforms, welcome Mr. I Hate America back to the NFL! Go BILLS!
  • NFL Live Thread Week Sic

    10/11/2016 5:30:52 AM PDT · by Bender2 · 111 replies ^ |
    NFL Live Thread Week 6 Thursday, Oct. 13 8:25 p.m. ET Broncos at Chargers Sunday, Oct. 16 1 p.m. ET 49ers at Bills 1 p.m. ET Eagles at Redskins 1 p.m. ET Browns at Titans 1 p.m. ET Ravens at Giants 1 p.m. ET Panthers at Saints 1 p.m. ET Jaguars at Bears 1 p.m. ET Rams at Lions 1 p.m. ET Steelers at Dolphins 1 p.m. ET Bengals at Patriots 4:05 p.m. ET Chiefs at Raiders 4:25 p.m. ET Falcons at Seahawks 4:25 p.m. ET Cowboys at Packers 8:30 p.m. ET Colts at Texans Monday, Oct. 17 8:30 p.m....
  • Man, these NFL national-anthem protests are “dumb and disrespectful,”

    10/10/2016 6:52:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Hot ^ | October 10, 2016 | ED MORRISEY
    Don’t think for a minute this will qualify as a “second look at” moment on the Right — but it might on the Left. With progressives cheering the NFL’s national anthem protests as yet another truth-to-power moment — and the NFL itself almost preening over its own inaction — one might have expected one of the progressive Left’s icons to fall into line with the other cheerleaders. Instead, Ruth Bader Ginsburg might have added a new dimension to her “Notorious RBG” nickname: When asked by Couric how she feels about San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and others athletes, refusing...
  • NFL Ratings Set To Drop Again In Week 5 As NFL Downplays The Problem

    10/10/2016 5:49:16 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 46 replies
    CBS ^ | 10 Oct 16 | Matt Dolloff
    The NFL has a ratings problem. The causes are many, and the leading cause is certainly up for debate. But that isn’t stopping the NFL from denying that the problem has some controversial undercurrents – or that the problem exists in the first place. Sunday Night Football between the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants drew a 10.2 overnight rating as it mostly went up against the second presidential debate, according to Sports Media Watch. It’s a steep drop from 13.1 in Week 5 of the 2015 season and the lowest overnight rating since Week 8 of the 2013...
  • NFL Blames 'Unprecedented Interest' in Election for Ratings Drop (Now Airing Free Commercials)

    10/09/2016 8:57:01 AM PDT · by brucedickinson · 86 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 10-08-2016 | Erik Williams
    The NFL said “a confluence of events” is affecting ratings, including the election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton diverting viewers to cable news outlets. ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” game on Sept. 26 between the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons aired at the same time as the first presidential debate, which drew a record-breaking 84 million viewers to the football game’s roughly 8 million. The next debate on Sunday night will go head to head with the game between the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers, and the league is expecting weak ratings.
  • The NFL is blaming its horrible ratings on the election

    10/08/2016 11:15:06 AM PDT · by PROCON · 42 replies ^ | Oct. 7, 2016 | NATHAN MCALONE
    The NFL is blaming its horrible TV ratings on the election, according to a leaked memo to team owners obtained by the Wall Street Journal. Every single one of the NFL's primetime offerings (Sunday, Monday, and Thursday Night Football) is down double-digits, according to Sports Illustrated. Overall, NFL viewership is down 11% this year. The NFL wrote that the drop in primetime was likely because of "unprecedented interest in the Presidential election." The letter went on to reference the 2000 election as another period of time when NFL ratings went down.The NFL is not the only one to make the...
  • NFL Blames 'Confluence of Events' for Ratings Declines

    10/08/2016 5:23:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 48 replies
    Dow Jones Business News ^ | October 7, 2016 | Staff
    The National Football League has sent a memo to team owners seeking to ease concerns about the ratings decline that has hit football this fall. Through the first four weeks of the season, NFL viewership has declined 11%, and among the crucial adults 18-49 demographic that advertisers covet, ratings are down 12%.

    10/06/2016 5:46:26 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 20 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/06/16 | Col. Bill Connor
    I refuse to watch any NFL games while Kaepernick and other players continue to disrespect the flag. Symbols do matter –deeply to me – and this great nation God gave us matters Pres. Theodore Roosevelt once said, “There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag.” Indeed. But with the start of the 2016 National Football League (NFL) season, Americans have become witness to a shockingly disgraceful – and in some quarters, mimicked – display...
  • Fewer NFL Viewers Force TV Networks to Give Away Ads [Bloomberg Link Only]

    10/06/2016 12:46:13 PM PDT · by C19fan · 58 replies
    Bloomberg [link only] ^ | October 6, 2016 | Gerry Smith and Lucas Shaw
  • Roger Goodell Feels a Great Disturbance in the Force, Er, Profits

    10/06/2016 7:16:27 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 42 replies
    National Review ^ | October 6, 2016 | by JIM GERAGHTY
    Everyone associated with the National Football Leagues has to be worried about this. One of the current parlor games playing out in sports media executive suites is why the NFL’s television ratings have dramatically fallen through the first four weeks of the season.... it’s oversimplifying it to say Colin Kaepernick and kneeling NFL players are driving way football fans. But it’s a factor, and maybe the biggest factor. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that nearly one-third (32%) of American adults say they are less likely to watch an NFL game because of the growing number...
  • Redskins star corner Josh Norman fined for interception celebration

    10/06/2016 8:54:54 AM PDT · by detective · 51 replies
    MSN News ^ | October 5, 2016 | Nunzio Ingrassia
    A 15-yard penalty apparently wasn't enough punishment for Josh Norman's bow-and-arrow celebration, so the NFL decided to fine the Washington Redskins star cornerback $10,000 on Wednesday. Norman, who was fined last week for his hit on Giants wideout Sterling Shepard, said he will appeal his latest punishment, which was doled out after he celebrated his fourth-quarter interception in Sunday's win over the Browns.
  • Ratings Fumble for NFL Surprises Networks, Advertisers

    10/06/2016 8:31:32 AM PDT · by C19fan · 70 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Ocotber 6, 2016 | Joe Flint
    The NFL has been sacked for a loss. Once considered immune to the audience erosion plaguing the television industry, ratings for the National Football League have tumbled through the first four weeks of the season. TV networks have bet heavily on sports in general, and the NFL in particular, because of the must-see value of their content. While more viewers are watching commercial-free streaming services like Netflix or recording shows on DVRs and skipping the ads, sports is still primarily watched live, making it valuable to advertisers.
  • Doug Baldwin says some NFL owners squelch national anthem protests

    10/06/2016 6:54:52 AM PDT · by Kazan · 61 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 6, 2016 | Cindy Boren
    Doug Baldwin, the Seattle Seahawks wide receiver who led the team’s quest to find a unified way to protest police brutality against minorities, claimed that some owners “have taken a stand and told players to do certain things, which I think is egregious” in an interview with HBO’s Bill Simmons. NFL ownership is overwhelmingly white; more than half the players in the league are black. Increasingly over the last few years, players have sought to express themselves, especially after police shootings of unarmed black men. The national-anthem protests, though, take place during the highly visible pregame ceremonies. “There’s been owners...
  • Shock poll: A third of NFL TV viewers boycotting games because of Colin Kaepernick-led protests

    10/06/2016 6:16:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 86 replies
    Sporting News ^ | October 5, 2016 | Michael McCarthy
    It's the Kaepernick Effect, stupid. The alarming fall in NFL TV ratings this season is partly because of fan anger over on-field protests by Colin Kaepernick and other players of the American flag/national anthem, according to pollster Rasmussen Reports.
  • NFL Boycotts, Kaepernick Backlash Becoming Major Factor As NFL Ratings Drop Yet Again In Week 4

    10/06/2016 1:59:35 AM PDT · by EliRoom8 · 110 replies
    CBS Boston ^ | Matt Dolloff
    However, one factor that appears to be making a large dent in the ratings and continuing to grow is the backlash resulting from the 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick sitting or kneeling during the national anthem in protest of police brutality against African-Americans. A percentage of fans are now boycotting the NFL in reaction to Kaepernick’s protests and/or the lack of discipline from the league offices resulting from them. It’s likely that a sizable chunk of the rating decline is due to fans swiftly and decisively responding to Kaepernick’s growing protests by turning the games off entirely
  • NFL Straw Poll: 21 Of 21 White Players Plan To Vote For Trump

    10/05/2016 11:50:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Real GM ^ | October 5, 2016 | Mike Freeman, Bleacher Report
    The issue of Donald Trump's candidacy for the White House has been discussed in NFL locker rooms. Some players say there have been low-level confrontations while others say friendships have ended. Here is a straw poll of 43 NFL players on how they plan on voting in the election: •20 of 22 black NFL players plan to vote for Hillary Clinton. •2 of 22 black NFL players plan to vote for Donald J. Trump. •21 of 21 white NFL players plan to vote for Trump. “A lot of black players believe saying the first black president isn’t really American is...
  • USAA Position on sponsoring the NFL

    10/04/2016 11:27:09 PM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 21 replies
    USAA ^ | September 26 / 10:52 AM | Vanity
    Here is the official response I got from USAA on their NFL sponsorship: Thank you for your response. USAA is proud to serve as the Official Military Appreciation Sponsor of the NFL, and our sponsorship is a reflection of our mission and commitment to serving the military community. We have no plans to end our role as the Official Military Appreciation Sponsor of the NFL. The NFL provides a great platform through which we can raise awareness about and appreciation for America's military and their families. We are proud to work with great players like Army veteran and Pittsburg Steeler...
  • NFL's 'Monday Night Football' Keeps Dropping In Ratings

    10/04/2016 9:42:31 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 90 replies
    Forbes ^ | Oct 4, 2016 | Brandon Katz
    There’s no denying that the numerous #BoycottNFL online campaigns and fan outrage aimed at the National Anthem protests in the NFL have taken a toll in terms of viewership... now the league is on pace for its lowest ratings in years... Overall, MNF‘s (Monday Night Football's) ratings are down a whopping 19% this year
  • Poll: Will you boycott the NFL games on Sunday?

    10/04/2016 4:54:27 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 90 replies ^ | 4 Oct 2016
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  • Colin Kaepernick bringing dialogue and low NFL ratings

    10/04/2016 12:02:30 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 56 replies ^ | Oct 4, 2016, 2:46 PM
    The latest of the Colin Kaepernick effect was felt across the football landscape this weekend. Beginning with high school football games, to members of the East Carolina Marching Band refusing to play the National Anthem, the “Kaepernick effect” is far reaching and exposing layers to our national season of discontent and discourse. It’s also having an effect on perennial ratings darling, the National Football League. #BoycottNFL is working, and media watchers, ad people, and the folks at are beginning to talk about a trend likely not to change anytime soon. Regardless of your personal views or your politics, the...