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Hours before the NFL season was set to kick-off in full on Sunday, President Trump with a side blow to the League, declining numbers of viewers for its Prime-time kick-off last Thursday, as the Philadelphia Eagles took on the Atlanta Falcons.
The spectator calls “the lowest in a decade,” Trump suggested that, if the player stood for “The Star-Spangled Banner”, then the ratings would improve.
“Wow, the NFL’s first game-ratings are way down on a really bad last year-a comparison,” Trump tweeted on Sunday morning. “The number of spectators fell by 13%, the lowest in more than a decade.”
The tweet continued: “If the players were proud of our Flag and anthem, and it’s all shown on the air, perhaps the ratings could come back? Otherwise, it’s worse!”
Wow, the NFL’s first game-ratings are way down on a really bad last year. The number of spectators fell by 13%, the lowest in more than a decade. If the players were proud of our Flag and anthem, and it’s all shown on the air, perhaps the ratings could come back? Otherwise the worse!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 9. September 2018
According to NBC, which broadcast the game between the eagles and falcons, the primetime opener drew a 13.4 overnight rating, down 8 percent from last year, the NFL kickoff game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots.
While a number of factors conspired to influence the viewers to pay a mediocre first half and a thunderstorm, delayed indicated the start by one hour – Sports Media Watch, the fact that the game was still the lowest rating night for a season opener in 10 years, if the 2008 kickoff game was moved so that it ended up in front of Senator John McCain’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention.
The low ratings and more fodder for Trump’s constant battle with the NFL about some of the players kneeling or rejection, during the national anthem.
While the players claimed that the protest — began two years ago when the former San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick a knee — the attention is on the racial inequality, police brutality and other issues, Trump called it disrespectful to the armed forces and constantly on the protests with the NFL correlated with numbers declining viewers.
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (center) takes a knee during an NFL game, the brutality of the police to protest.
(The Associated Press)
Under the valuable 18-45 demographic, Nilesen reports that the NFL did audience drop of 12 percent in the 2017 season. But this decline reflects a trend across all of the television stations, which in total, 16 percent in 2017 plunged thanks in large part to the increasing popularity of streaming services like Netflix and Hulu.
Along with the reviews, Trump also slammed the NFL for the operation of a controversial Nike commercial with Kaepernick. The commercial, which was released on Wednesday, highlights superstar athletes LeBron James, Serena Williams and others, and touches on the controversy of the NFL are protesting players.
Kaepernick recently renegotiated a multi-year contract with the sports brand to make it one of the faces of Nike’s 30th anniversary, “Just Do It” campaign, according to a person familiar with the situation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because details of the deal was not made known to the public.
The sponsorship contract between Nike and Kaepernick sparked a flurry of debates earlier in the week. It’s a trending topic on Twitter and other social networks, with some fans urging a boycott of the company’s clothing and sneakers, and even the burning and cutting the signature swoosh logos on their equipment.
Just like the NFL, whose ratings have gone WAY DOWN, Nike is getting killed with anger and boycott. I wonder if you had no idea it would be so? As far as the NFL is concerned, I think it is easy to observe difficult, and always will be, until you stand for the FLAG!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 5. September 2018
Trump on Wednesday tweeted that Nike is always “killed”, about the sponsorship contract.
“Nike is getting killed with anger and boycott,” Trump tweeted. “I wonder if you had no idea it would be so? As far as the NFL is concerned, I think it is easy to observe difficult, and always will be, until you stand for the FLAG!”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.