By now you know that the NFL is in complete disarray.
Players continue to kneel during the National Anthem and fans are boycotting in record numbers.
And now we’re learning that the NFL’s ratings are so bad that they had to do something completely unprecedented.
Fans are leaving the NFL in the dust and not looking back. At this point it might not even be reversible due to the consistently proven lack of leadership coming from of the league.
All they had to do was force these players to stand or let them go.
As a result, stadium attendance is abysmal and TV ratings are on the slide.
Advertisers and TV networks are subsequently losing revenue in record numbers.
And Goodell just made one move that shows just how bad it’s become.
“After an entire season spent battling anthem protests, collapsing ratings, and other political controversy; on the final scheduled prime time game of the year, the NFL has decided to say: No Mas.
The NFL has decided to cancel the Week 17 edition of Sunday Night Football.
The league announced on Twitter:
— Michael Signora (@NFLfootballinfo) December 25, 2017
While the league says that their decision to cancel the game is based on being “fair” to the fans. By ensuring that all games with playoff implications are played at the same time. There are other, more substantive reasons for the NFL to reschedule.
As CNN reports, the last time the NFL held a SNF game on New Year’s Eve, it did not go well.
“The last time the NFL held a Sunday night football game on New Year’s Eve was in 2006, when the Chicago Bears hosted the Green Bay Packers.
It was quarterback Brett Favre’s last game with the Packers (and widely expected to be his last game ever).
Still, only 13.4 million people watched that game, about a quarter fewer than the average Sunday Night Football game that season.”
Not only did that game tank in what was thought to be Brett Favre’s final appearance, that was back when the NFL’s ratings were good.
Imagine how badly a New Year’s Eve SNF game would do in 2017, with no Brett Favre and terrible ratings?
To put in perspective how bad the ratings have been for NBC’s SNF, the Christmas Eve edition of SNF, tied a 6-year low in the ratings. The week before that, saw a 35% percent ratings drop from the previous year.
With that kind of “momentum,” it’s easy to understand why NBC would want to save itself from what would have been a massive ratings embarrassment.”
Sure, this Sunday just so happens to be New Years Eve. But it didn’t stop them from having Sunday Night Football on Christmas Eve—or Monday Night Football on Christmas Day.
Clearly there is more to the story here than the NFL is willing to admit.