The National Football League is feeling the heat and numbers are backing it up.
Since President Trump declared team owners should fire players who take a knee to protest the national anthem, ticket sales have been plummeting as fans are making their voices heard.
Sales have dropped 17.9 percent this week compared to last week, according to online ticket reseller TickPick, the Washington Examiner reported. Orders following Week Three games in 2016 only dropped 10.8 percent.
“We have seen a massive decrease in NFL ticket purchases this past week in comparison to years past. Week 3 seems to usually have less ticket orders than week 2, but this year ticket purchases are down more than 7 percent from this time last year,” TickPick’s Jack Slingland told the Examiner.
NFL ticket sales plummet 17.9%. Leftists picked another losing battle. Huge tactical error. https://t.co/iDy7Lp5nBI
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) September 29, 2017
“While we can’t specify if this decrease is due to the president’s comments, player and owner protests, play on the field, or simply the continued division of consumer’s media attention, the conversation around the NFL this week has focused on the president’s comments as well as the players’ and owners’ reaction,” Slinland said.
“As viewers continue to abandon their NFL Sunday habits, both the number of ticket sales and the purchase price of tickets will drop,” he added.
— That Greek Guy! (@DesignGreek) September 29, 2017
NFL players and coaches took a knee at many of their games Sunday following Trump’s call for team owners to “Get that son of a b**** off the field right now!” when facing anyone who was disrespecting the American flag. Fans have not been supportive of the millionaire players complaining about oppression and have responded, with some extreme cases of even burning their NFL gear.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 27, 2017
StubHub, the online ticket exchange owned by eBay, began advertising a 10 percent discount on NFL tickets.
A national poll on Tuesday revealed that 64 percent of those surveyed agree with the president and want to see players stand and be respectful during the playing of the national anthem. And the numbers are reflected in viewing habits of Americans as 51 percent said they have watched less football this year compared to the past and 69 percent blaming that on players for using the NFL as a stage for their political views.
Protests during the national anthem are keeping half of Americans from watching their favorite teams play, with 60 percent of those polled saying players should find a more appropriate place to protest.
Over a year ago WE launched a boycott of the NFL, people mocked us, they aren’t laughing, anymore.https://t.co/iPGEGEI7DL
— Mike Cernovich ?? (@Cernovich) September 28, 2017
“Americans are very clear on this issue: they do not support political protests during the national anthem,” Titus Bond, Director of Remington Research Group, said. “On top of that, due to the protests, Americans are watching less football and that trend will continue as long as the protests do.”
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