Professional football is no longer America’s favorite sport as the NFL loses popularity due to players’ continuing to protest during the National Anthem. After months of on going controversy, the devastating impact on the NFL is evident with emerging pictures on social media of stadiums with vacant seats throughout the league.
Colin Kaepernick thought he was starting a movement that would help the African-American community by kneeling during the National Anthem and all he has accomplished is destroying Americans favorite sport.
As the NFL enters its sixth week of the season, sports fans continue to notice dwindling stadium attendance and even lower television viewership. Officials had hoped Commissioner Roger Goodell’s statement denouncing players who “take a knee” before the game would soothe the anger felt by many patriotic fans.
The NFL is struggling to ease tensions with furious fans over their professional athletes’ months-long protest of the national anthem. As ratings plummet, owners and officials are beginning to bar their players from “taking a knee” before the game. Last week, just two teams –the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins- banned their athletes from “disrespecting” the anthem and the flag.
— 𝘽𝙆𝙒🤘 (@BkwHookem) October 15, 2017
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 Doom (@fistfulofdoom) October 15, 2017
Jets and Patriots yesterday. pic.twitter.com/RzkndISy6l
— Kali Gal ⭐⭐⭐ (@GoinBackToKali) October 16, 2017
Everbank after the game had started pic.twitter.com/vj9DKViX4Q
— chris timmerman (@ctimmerman35) October 17, 2017
American patriots STAND during the National Anthem.
See the empty seats? Patriots not there. pic.twitter.com/ivJXIYda31
— Stephanie (@TeresaBob) October 16, 2017