The crystal ball peering into the NFL’s future doesn’t look promising.
Television ratings have been declining ever since players started taking a knee for the National Anthem, and now, according to recent photographs, fans aren’t going to the games either.
Pictures taken inside San Francisco’s Levi Stadium, where Colin Kaepernick’s anthem protest began, show a near empty stadium for Thursday night’s game that pitted the San Francisco 49ers against the Los Angeles Rams.
Thursday night football. Time for kickoff. pic.twitter.com/SinMLDH6AD
— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) September 22, 2017
Judging by the photos it appeared to be have more empty seats than fans.
— Empty Seats Galore (@EmptySeatsPics) September 22, 2017
— LatestSportsNews (@breaksportnew) September 22, 2017
Photos Show SHOCKING NUMBER OF EMPTY SEATS For Jets-49ers Game At Levi’s Stadium –
— American Lookout (@amlookout) December 12, 2016
Meanwhile Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett is giving the black power symbol to fans after making tackles.
— Cynthia Jackson (@Cyn_Jacksonn) September 18, 2017
As Daily Caller reported, the stands filled in a little bit more near halftime, but appeared to remain mostly empty.
— Colin Resch (@colinresch) September 22, 2017
According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, 63,500 tickets were sold for the event, but it appears thousands of those fans had better stuff to do.
The angry, anti-American stance by many players is not going unnoticed by Americans, and if the NFL wants to save its sport it better correct it.
It’s a shame what democrats have done to football.
— john palomino (@johnpalomino) September 22, 2017
This is the clear result of The People’s outrage at the @NFL not firing all players disrespecting this country. And we are not done yet..
— Eric Barnes (@antiecm) September 22, 2017
— Les Deplorables (@LuvVolatility) September 22, 2017
‘Political Statements’ At Sporting Events& ‘Political Commentary’ On Sports Channels Have Ruined Football. I Used 2B A Fan, Stopped Last Yr.
— Imperio Populi (@saksivas_) September 22, 2017
Keep kneeling #NFL players SCHMUCKS and football will be a thing of the past. No football equals NO MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACTS
— 🇺🇸 Trump 🇺🇸 💖 (@BarbAnn_PA) September 22, 2017
Hey @nfl If your employees do nothing but complain about their customers, what do you expect?
— Jim McBride (@BeisbolJim) September 22, 2017
Yes. Keep protesting to half filled stadiums & falling ratings. @NFL
— Jim ♌️ (@J_mebear) September 22, 2017
those cute pig socks demeaning the Police sure look lonely when no fans are in the seats.
— Han Fastolfe (@R_Daneel_0livaw) September 22, 2017
h/t: Daily Caller.
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