Many fans are pointing to the NFLs ratings being down; though rating have not been readily published since Trump has attacked the players for kneeling in protest during the anthem they have seen a 4% dip.
Through week seven, the NFL is down 5% overall from the same point last year. That's a troubling drop for the biggest ratings powerhouse on TV, but it seems less dire when you consider that the four major networks are down an average 8% in prime time.
NBC is down 4%, CBS is down 6%, ABC is down 11%, and Fox's prime time viewership dropped 20% through the first month of the new TV season, according to Nielsen data. And those numbers are down despite the inclusion of live sporting events, which usually bring in big audiences.
So anti-kneeling advocates would be correct in stating that the NFL is suffering but so is the rest of Primetime TV.
When's the last anyone's watched a TV in real-time that wasn't a sporting event?