A new poll on favorable ratings of top professional and college sports shows National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell, who has allowed radical former player Colin Kaepernick to become the face of his sport, has a major problem.
In the wake of a growing number of players protesting the national anthem after President Donald Trump drew attention to the issue, a Winston Group survey shows the NFL has fallen from its perch as America’s favorite sport to the least liked, with EVERY fan category seeing a drop in support.
With fans by the thousands turning the game off and NFL owners yet to sign a new contract with Goodell, the shocking poll results add to the speculation that Goodell’s future as commissioner may be in question.
In the course of one month — from the end of August to the end of September — the favorable ratings for the NFL have dropped from 57 percent to 44 percent, according to The Washington Examiner. Even more troubling, the league now has the highest unfavorable rating – 40 percent – of ANY big sport.
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The Winston Poll from the Washington-based Winston Group found that the attitude of those fans went from an August rating of 73 percent favorable and 19 percent unfavorable to 42 percent favorable and 47 percent unfavorable, a remarkable turn against the sport.
According to the poll analysis, “more critically for the NFL, the fall off in favorables occurred among important audiences. Among males, NFL favorables fell 23 percent, going from 68 percent to 45 percent. In looking at a more specific audience, males 34-54, NFL favorables fell 31 percent, going from 73 percent to 42 percent. Among this group the NFL has a surprising negative image, as it went from +54 percent in August to -5 percent in September.”
Of all the bad news reflected in the Winston Group survey, the worst would be that the NFL’s core fan base, men 34-54, are turning away from the sport.
Thursday’s game between the New England Patriots and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers may be an early indication that Goodell is getting the message, as every player stood during the national anthem.
All of which adds to the notion that despite a poor choice of words, President Trump was right all along.
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