By LAMONT MANN
A topic that’s slowly gaining steam is the NFL ratings. Ratings are down for the NFL and there is not one reason but multiple reasons.
I believe the NFL ratings are the result of a perfect storm:
Tom Brady’s suspension
Peyton Manning retires
Colin Kaepernick protest
Multiple states pulling the plug on Daily Fantasy
Various viewing platforms
Believe it or not, fans like the best players in the game playing. Brady’s suspension and Peyton Manning’s retirement may be similar to Michael Jordan’s retirement. Brady will return this week so that should help.
Over the last couple of years, NFL officiating has been horrific. Lots of high profile games have been determined by bad officiating and I have heard many people say they are tired of it.
San Francisco’s QB Colin Kaepernick is the big one. I believe Kaepernick’s protesting police injustice and the traction it received throughout the NFL and sports in general across the board forced people out. Fans use sports to escape real world, they do not care to deal with real world events while they are trying to enjoy a game.
Last year, states decided to pull Daily Fantasy. Fantasy football is huge and I am willing to bet that if we get a breakdown where the ratings are depressed, they will correlate with those states that canceled daily fantasy.
This year’s presidential election has been draining. They are countless articles on election fatigue and how the election is effecting the economy negatively.
I think the NFL will be fine but a friend on Twitter reminded me what Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said a few years ago “I think the NFL is 10 years away from an implosion.”