NFL Blames “Over Saturation” in Ratings Drop, Canceling Thursdays?

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There is little hope left for the NFL, whose season ratings have unequivocally tanked in 2017 thanks to the politicization of the sport of American football.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has allowed his entire league to run amok over the course of the last year after second rate quarterback Colin Kaepernbick began kneeling during the National Anthem in the middle of the 2016 season.  Kaepernick claimed that he was attempting to draw attention to “racial injustice” and “police brutality”, but it has been suggested on more than one occasion that the soon-to-be-unemployed gridiron slouch was merely working up an incredibly offensive scheme to promote his own brand due to his looming forced retirement.

After witnessing the effectiveness of the hype-inducing stunt, a number of players around the NFL joined in, hoping for their own 15 minutes of fame as well.  Soon, the entire sport of football, from pee-wee leagues to the playoffs, were somehow involved in the publicity manufacturing ethos of the Kaepernick kneel.

This, predictably, changed the profitability of the league immensely.

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It is well understood that Americans don’t take kindly to anyone disrespecting our flag, our anthem, or the men and women who fought to protect either, and the NFL immediately felt the brunt of civilian anger.  The league, which foolishly believed it could transcend patriotism, did nothing to prevent these massive displays of treason, leading to massive boycotts by the fans.  Now, the NFL is in serious financial trouble.

Television executives can no longer rely on the league for steady income either, as an enormous swath of America has tuned out thanks to the pathetic publicity stunt “protests” of these overpaid man-children.  Things have gotten so bad, in fact, that the NFL may be forced to retire the very concept of Thursday night games.

“Network executives are scrambling to solve the growing problem of crashing ratings for the National Football League, by cutting games to end the perceived ‘over-saturation’ of football on TV.

“To put an end to the sliding ratings, the executives are proposing that fewer games may be the ticket to stop that ‘over-saturation,’ with one idea being to cut Thursday Night Football by a whopping ten games.

“The idea to trim Thursday Night Football from 18 games a season to only eight was first reported by Sports Business Journal and was part of a plan to reverse the ratings crash that also includes pulling games played in the U.K. back to 1 PM eastern time (6PM London time).”

Of course, the “over saturation” excuse is flimsy at best, and merely an attempt by the league to save face among investors and advertisers.  The real reason for their lack of profitability lies within their own unwillingness to fix what Americans have asked to be fixed.

There is simply no reason why the nation shouldn’t call these players out for what they are:  Attention mongering babies who wouldn’t have given a single thought to “racial injustice” if they hadn’t seen Colin Kaepernick’s 15 minutes of fame blossom into 30 at the onset of his “protest”.


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