The NFL is reeling.
Anti-American players are driving away fans.
But you will be speechless when you see just how things are going from bad to worse.
The latest NFL ratings are a fiasco.
The Monday night matchup between the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs was down nine percent from the week before and nearly matched a season low rating.
“With a 7.2 in metered market results, last night’s MNF was down 9% from last week’s Philadelphia Eagles’ 34-24 triumph over the Washington Redskins.
While not the season low of the October 16 battle between the Tennessee Titans and the Indianapolis Colts, last night’s Chiefs vs. Broncos match-up is very close to the previous MNF season low of the October 9 Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears games.
A pairing that can’t be comfortable for a league that is struggling to get ratings traction halfway through the current season as internal disputes swirl, plus political controversy and the feeling that too many games are cannibalizing the audience.”
Low ratings due to the anti-American and racists black power protests are having another effect on the league.
ESPN may get out of the football business altogether once their contract is up.
Clay Travis reports on Outkickthecoverage.com:
“This is the biggest contract to watch in sports, will ESPN bend to economic reality or will Disney let the worldwide leader in sports spend money it doesn’t have?”
Now we have our potential first answer to these questions from the man, Jim Miller, who literally wrote the book on ESPN. It appears the worldwide leader in sports is now aware that there are many tech companies likely to be able to bid much more for Monday Night Football than they can.
“First, quietly, ESPN has been able to pull off a dramatic judo move in recent agreements with its affiliates, one whose importance cannot be overstated: There is no longer specific contract language that requires the cable giant to have NFL games in order to earn its lofty (and industry-envied) subscriber fees, currently more than $7 per household. This means the network would not face automatic decreases in that vital artery of its dual revenue stream. Sure, distributors would be aghast, demanding to negotiate lower fees probably immediately, but the point is, there would be negotiations, enabling ESPN to do everything it could to keep those numbers as high as possible.”
It’s important to note what is going on here — Miller is sourcing specific language in ESPN’s cable and satellite contracts. That suggests incredibly high level sources, probably the highest possible level sources.
Effectively ESPN is tossing up a trial balloon letting Wall Street know they probably can’t afford to keep Monday Night Football rights past 2021 when its current deal expires, but they’re trying to make it seem as if this is their decision and it’s a good thing for the company.
And they’re simultaneously letting Wall Street know that their business won’t completely collapse without the NFL either because, how convenient, their executives are geniuses who negotiated language that protected them in case they couldn’t afford the NFL.”
The anthem protests are killing the NFL.
Stadiums are empty.
Ratings are down.
And now the league may lose one of its partners rather than have them pay billions for a devalued product millions of Americans see as a platform for hating America.