If you still don’t believe in the notion that the NFL is purely built for the television consumer, you might now.
SportsBusiness Daily editor Austin Karp released some attendance numbers on Wednesday. It’s been a rough year for teams trying to get their fans off their couches and into the stadium on Sunday’s.
(Karp later corrected his tweet by noting it’s the lowest average since 2010, not 2011)
After the national anthem/kneeling controversy put a dent on the NFL’s TV ratings in 2017, the league rebounded in 2018.
The 5% drop-off in 2017 is still a really bad look for the league, however.
It didn’t have to be this way if Roger Goodell hadn’t let the kneeling controversy drag on.
Protesting during games = bad for business. Plain and simple.