Why fans are losing interest in football

Five reasons from Zachary Abate at the Federalist:

2. Commercials, Commercials Everywhere.

The NFL has always tried to milk every last penny of ad revenue out of games, but there seems to be an advertising overkill this season. This especially affects the younger generation in America, which has already shown a propensity for moving away from commercial-laden cable and toward online streaming and other sources that minimize advertisements or allow advertisements to be more easily skipped.

If you’re a diehard NFL fan and it’s the only sport you watch, take a break and watch some hockey, baseball, basketball, or soccer. It’s crazy, right? You actually get to see a game played.More.

Reality check: The hijacking of football by SJWs is probably more of an outcome of loss of interest than a driver of it. SJWs are an opportunistic infection: If the sport were healthier, pride in sportsmanship would rule and the competition would be for top spots, not virtue awards. One can always do virtue on one’s own time, once one has become a household name for achievements, not mere protests. But that’s only true if the market is healthy.

See also: Do thousands of empty seats at NFL games matter?

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  • kkruger71

    I don’t think picking a fight with Trump is likely the smartest move for a sport like football to make. Looking at the demographics and geographical location of the stereotypicaI football fan I would think there is a ton of overlap between football fans and Trump supporters. Unlike say the Dixie Chicks picking the fight with Bush I don’t see them getting a huge (even temporary) bump of non-traditional fans showing any support at least financially. I sincerely hope there is enough blow-back against these athletes that it is a real noticable loss to team and league revenues.

    • David Murrell

      The entire NFL establishment appears to support mocking the national anthem.

  • Malcolm Y

    I dropped the ghetto rat league a while ago.

  • bargogx1

    11 minutes. 11 freakin’ minutes! That is just insane!

    • terrence22

      Insane but true – there is ONLY ELEVEN MINUTES of actual NFL football “game” – it really is nothing but a format for advertising.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Empty seats are mostly sold. Corporate sales are blocks and blocks of tickets that aren’t used.

    • But the corporations will not continue to buy those seats if fans are bored and alienated. There is nothing in it for them.

      • Hard Little Machine

        It’s a financial transaction to them they don’t care if they’re ever used or not

        • No but, wait! Corporate largesse is intended to ultimately make money for the company. That includes being seen to support what fans like. If football faces falling fanship, signified by falling attendance, newer bean counters are going to be asking what’s the payoff for us? That may be when NFL enters Time Magazine’s world.

          • Hard Little Machine

            Maybe, but the tax code is what it is.

          • Then tax reform will kill the pigskin. Put simply: It’s not a growth industry any more.

  • mauser 98

    ………..the good ol’ boys

    ‘no drivers, crew or other team members participated in a protest during the national anthem to start the NASCAR Cup series ‘

    ‘When asked if a protester at Richard Petty Motorsports would be fired, he said, “You’re right.”

    ‘Richard Childress, Dale Earnhardt’s team owner “It’ll get you a ride on a Greyhound bus.”

    https://apnews.com/dc7ba43160d049eca3a0460d093ad8e1

  • DMB

    NBA players are just as Anti America as many of the NFL players are however they are using a different tactic since the NBA requires its players to stand for the national anthem. Both the NBA & NFL have a disproportional large amount of black players with many of them with deep sympathies with radical left wing groups such as Black Lives Matter. Now take the NHL which has the most amount of non American born players followed by MLB and there is no issue with their athletes protesting the American National Anthem.
    http://thelab.bleacherreport.com/nba-anthem-protests-social-justice-activism/

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  • Hard Little Machine

    At the other extreme people are losing interest in 4 hr baseball games

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  • Raymond Hietapakka

    ..since they’re already on their knees, they should start doing some bobbing for that AMERICAN paycheque…

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  • Brett_McS

    Here’s a job for illegal aliens: Seat warmers for near-empty stadiums.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The article referenced is a year old. I suppose you could excuse players whose brains are damaged from knocking heads every week, but the owners and the commissioner don’t have that excuse for flipping the bird at consumers of spectator sports upon which their revenues depend. Maybe maintaining labor peace is a higher priority to them, but losing their fan base is worse.

  • Drunk by Noon ✓

    Almost everyone is dancing around the real reason.
    I’m not support a league or a sport filled with people that hate me for my skin color or hate my country for not giving them enough of my money or freedom while demanding that I celebrate their degeneracy.
    Like Hollywood, they will never see a dime for me for any reason.