NFL Poll Numbers Continue Their Fall Off a Cliff

 

I know I have been hammering the NFL a lot lately, but why not? They deserve every negative word. We warned them on Twitter to wake up and smell the coffee, and they chose the path of destruction for themselves. I feel nothing for them.

Now we have a new poll out that shows that they may not be able to recover. NFL Football is now the least-liked sport. Shock Poll: NFL Now Least Liked Sport, Core Fans Down 31%

You can click the link, which says stuff like this:

Over just one month of player, coach, and owner protests of the flag and National Anthem, the National Football League has gone from America’s sport to the least liked of top professional and college sports, according to a new poll.

From the end of August to the end of September, the favorable ratings for the NFL have dropped from 57 percent to 44 percent, and it has the highest unfavorable rating – 40 percent – of any big sport, according to the Winston Group survey.

But what really matters are the numbers, and here they are:

August Winston Poll

MLB – 61 percent favorable to 13 percent unfavorable.

NFL – 57 percent favorable to 23 percent unfavorable.

College football – 53 percent favorable to 16 percent unfavorable.

College basketball – 48 percent favorable to 17 percent unfavorable.

NBA – 47 percent unfavorable to 23 percent unfavorable.

September Winston Poll

MLB – 63 percent favorable to 16 percent unfavorable.

College football – 51 percent favorable to 21 percent unfavorable.

NBA – 46 percent favorable to 28 percent unfavorable.

College basketball – 45 percent favorable to 25 percent unfavorable.

NFL – 44 percent favorable to 40 percent unfavorable.

So there you go. Americans are serious about the importance of our police officers, and we can clearly see that a few out-of-control cops at random events do not imply a nationwide racist police force. The NFL players want you to think that Michael Brown was murdered in cold blood by a racist cop, solely because of the color of his skin. This is the “unity” the NFL keeps talking about, and it obviously insults the intelligence of most Americans when these players and owners ignore our National Anthem because of this supposed “unity” with this thought.

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  1. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge
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    We have canceled our NFL plans, subscriptions and have no intention of going back.  Odd how once you stop watching you realize how much effort, resources you were wasting that are better spent elsewhere.

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  2. Rodin Member
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    @Rodin

    Don’t waste your time watching the NFL. Go to the gun range instead!

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  3. JcTPatriot Inactive
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    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):
    We have canceled our NFL plans, subscriptions and have no intention of going back. Odd how once you stop watching you realize how much effort, resources you were wasting that are better spent elsewhere.

    Yeah, my Sunday tomorrow is full, and it doesn’t include a minute of NFL in it!

    Same thing happened to me with the MLB strike. I’ve never gone back to baseball, and I don’t miss it. I grew up an “Astros Buddy” and went to the Astrodome a lot, so this year will be a great test because they might make the World Series.

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  4. skipsul Inactive
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    @skipsul

    And yet I bet Goodell continues his stranglehold on the running of the league until the owners finally evict him in a Michael Eisner type coup.

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  5. ModEcon Inactive
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    @ModEcon

    Glorious, despite enjoying football on occasion, I can’t think of a better sport to be done with. Perhaps we will stop giving concussions and brain damage to kids on school/donation/taxpayer’s money.

    Who knows, perhaps some more sports leagues will go on strike and then we can stop with the whole tax payer stadium subsidies as well. Wouldn’t that be nice.

    If you can’t tell, I am not hot on how big pro sports are. But then again, I like esports more, don’t watch TV, so perhaps I am not the one to ask about this :)

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  6. Kozak Member
    Kozak
    @Kozak

    Well, if the Packers stop being Social Justice Warriors and go back to being a football team, all I ask is they shut up on the field, I’ll go back to being a fan.  But if the team continues with the  official linked arms BS or kneeling, I have to stay away.

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  7. The Whether Man Inactive
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    I’m skeptical of any attempts to write the NFL’s obituary yet.  It’s still the most watched program on TV, individual game ratings this year have varied wildly depending on the matchup (i.e. many more people turned in on Thursday night to see the Patriots than did to see Green Bay-Chicago the week before. Shocker), and the ratings issues can’t be taken in a bubble – all broadcast TV ratings are down this year, including for other returning TV shows as more and more people shift the ways in which they watch television. Ticket sales reports vary based on who is doing the reporting.  Conservative sites all say that live game ticket sales are way down, but resale sites and the actual attendance numbers don’t show much variance yet from previous years.

    So it’s hard to say, really, how much the protests will impact the NFL long term.

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  8. JcTPatriot Inactive
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    The Whether Man (View Comment):
    I’m skeptical of any attempts to write the NFL’s obituary yet. It’s still the most watched program on TV, individual game ratings this year have varied wildly depending on the matchup (i.e. many more people turned in on Thursday night to see the Patriots than did to see Green Bay-Chicago the week before. Shocker), and the ratings issues can’t be taken in a bubble – all broadcast TV ratings are down this year, including for other returning TV shows as more and more people shift the ways in which they watch television. Ticket sales reports vary based on who is doing the reporting. Conservative sites all say that live game ticket sales are way down, but resale sites and the actual attendance numbers don’t show much variance yet from previous years.

    So it’s hard to say, really, how much the protests will impact the NFL long term.

    I agree, it is tough to determine right now, especially attendance. The protests didn’t start on week 1, and I would think most people with a couple hundred dollars worth of tickets in their hand would not want to throw them away, no matter how angry they might be. They might also give them (or sell them) to someone who isn’t as angry. The Cowboys have probably been sold out since last year, so trying to judge ticket sales right now is impossible.

    I appreciate that chart, though. I’ve been wondering if that information is available. Thanks!

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  9. Addiction Is A Choice Member
    Addiction Is A Choice
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    Hey, Las Vegas, are you really sure this is a good time to be pursuing an NFL franchise? Do you really think it’s a good idea to buy into a league that may not even be around in 10 years?

    It would be funny watching a town full of “sharps” getting played for suckers if taxpayers weren’t on the hook for the damn thing.

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  10. Kozak Member
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    JcTPatriot (View Comment):
    I agree, it is tough to determine right now, especially attendance. The protests didn’t start on week 1,

    Yeah they did. In fact they were happening all through the preseason.  That’s what prompted Trumps reaction, which the league then magnified the protests, infuriating many fans like myself.

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  11. JcTPatriot Inactive
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    Kozak (View Comment):

    JcTPatriot (View Comment):
    I agree, it is tough to determine right now, especially attendance. The protests didn’t start on week 1,

    Yeah they did. In fact they were happening all through the preseason. That’s what prompted Trumps reaction, which the league then magnified the protests, infuriating many fans like myself.

    Yes, I was angry, too, but I didn’t dump the NFL until Jerry Jones took a knee, and that was Monday, September 25th – Week 3. I think all fan protests, for purposes of comparison, should start on Tuesday September 26.

    Today is Week 5, and look at all the damage that we have done  already. It will only get worse if they continue. Most of us consider the “linking arms” to be the same as taking a knee – disrespect to America. While many of us will never go back to the NFL, I am sure there are many who will, if the players and owners will just stop the disrespect.

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  12. Kozak Member
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    JcTPatriot (View Comment):
    While many of us will never go back to the NFL, I am sure there are many who will, if the players and owners will just stop the disrespect.

    All I ask is they take their protests off the field.   Looks like Kaepernick has buckled.

    Will Stand for Work

    More winning….

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  13. Mike LaRoche Inactive
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    I love how Mike Pence walked out of the Colts-49ers game today after the players took a knee. Good for him.

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  14. JcTPatriot Inactive
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    Mike LaRoche (View Comment):
    I love how Mike Pence walked out of the Colts-49ers game today after the players took a knee. Good for him.

    I am thinking about Posting that, Mike. After he left, he tweeted his reasons for walking out, and they are crystal-clear. Disrespectful players.

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  15. Aaron Miller Member
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    If sour reviews necessarily translated into lack of revenue, Microsoft and AT&T would have been dead years ago.

    Your previous post, about declining viewership, was more poignant.

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  16. JcTPatriot Inactive
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    Kozak (View Comment):

    JcTPatriot (View Comment):
    While many of us will never go back to the NFL, I am sure there are many who will, if the players and owners will just stop the disrespect.

    All I ask is they take their protests off the field. Looks like Kaepernick has buckled.

    Will Stand for Work

    More winning….

    Nessa, his Islamic handler, just tweeted that he did NOT say that. CBS Fake News!

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  17. blood thirsty neocon Inactive
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    Kozak (View Comment):

    JcTPatriot (View Comment):
    While many of us will never go back to the NFL, I am sure there are many who will, if the players and owners will just stop the disrespect.

    All I ask is they take their protests off the field. Looks like Kaepernick has buckled.

    Will Stand for Work

    More winning….

    That’s grammatically incorrect. You should have used the conditional counterfactual:  “He would stand for the anthem if he still played in the NFL.”

     

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  18. Stad Coolidge
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    JcTPatriot: Americans are serious about the importance of our police officers, and we can clearly see that a few out-of-control cops at random events do not imply a nationwide racist police force.

    It amazes me that the league and the owners are blind to this.  Failure to impose discipline on their players is seen by many as tacit approval of their disrespect for our country.

    My interest in watching the NFL has dropped off dramatically.  So far, I’ve turned off every game if I see even one player not standing.  I’ll probably watch the playoffs and the Super Bowl, but this may be my last year.  It will be interesting to see what the post-season ratings are.

    I’ve always liked college football a heckuva lot better anyway, and I get my sports fix on Saturdays . . .

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  19. Rodin Member
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    Stad (View Comment):
    It amazes me that the league and the owners are blind to this. Failure to impose discipline on their players is seen by many as tacit approval of their disrespect for our country.  [emphasis added]

    How the NFL corporate leadership and owners cannot see it, is what is amazing to me. If you credit their reasoning, why do their published policies call for players to stand respectfully during the playing of the national anthem? What meaning would protest have, if not for the abrogation of that policy?

    If the NFL and owners truly believed that first amendment rights, even of unpopular (thus disruptive) “speech”, trumped their policies, remove all the policies regarding on field conduct. They do not, they are cowardly, they just want to avoid being the latest targets of BLM. Thank God they are being paid by the military so real men and women take the field for a few minutes at games.

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