How much does this weekend's protests hurt the NFL?

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    How much does this weekend's protests hurt the NFL?

    Their product is being called boring through the first few weeks. The increase in protests are causing a negative backlash on social media. Their ratings are suffering. How big of a problem does the NFL have here?
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    Does anyone know anybody personally that isn't watching the NFL because guys are kneeling? I don't.

    I personally don't care if players stand, kneel, hang out in the lockerroom. I just care if my fantasy players beat their projections.

    NFL ratings being down has more to do with the Red Zone, Cord Cutters, and people's teams being bad.

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    Play is bad, my team stinks, looking for another way to spend my Sundays. These protests will be just enough to do so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJAlltheWay24 View Post
    Does anyone know anybody personally that isn't watching the NFL because guys are kneeling? I don't.

    I personally don't care if players stand, kneel, hang out in the lockerroom. I just care if my fantasy players beat their projections.

    NFL ratings being down has more to do with the Red Zone, Cord Cutters, and people's teams being bad.
    This. I know of quite a few people that have complained about it. Ask them if they're going to quit watching and they look at me like I've got two heads.

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    I actually watched most of a non-Vikings NFL regular season game for the first time in a while yesterday. I'm not sure exactly why I sat through all of Pakers/Bengals since I could've written that story before it even started, but it was a good game.

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    RE: Ratings.

    Ratings are down from record highs. The NFL is still far away the most watched TV programming each week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bugatti View Post
    RE: Ratings.

    Ratings are down from record highs. The NFL is still far away the most watched TV programming each week.
    Ratings will continue to sink as long as the NFL has become an ESPN subsidiary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJAlltheWay24 View Post
    Does anyone know anybody personally that isn't watching the NFL because guys are kneeling? I don't.

    I personally don't care if players stand, kneel, hang out in the lockerroom. I just care if my fantasy players beat their projections.

    NFL ratings being down has more to do with the Red Zone, Cord Cutters, and people's teams being bad.
    Before it was just a player or two. This weekend it was an organized movement against the flag. I disagree with you, it will have an effect. We already saw a hero emerge in Chicago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Anthony View Post
    Before it was just a player or two. This weekend it was an organized movement against the flag. I disagree with you, it will have an effect. We already saw a hero emerge in Chicago.
    Do you personally know someone that isn't watching NFL games anymore, specifically because of the protests?

    Not because they are annoyed with Mike Brown, Marvin Lewis, and Andy Dalton, but specifically because players in the NFL are kneeling (none of which are Bengals from what I understand).

    And I agree about the Offensive Lineman for Pittsburgh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJAlltheWay24 View Post
    Do you personally know someone that isn't watching NFL games anymore, specifically because of the protests?

    Not because they are annoyed with Mike Brown, Marvin Lewis, and Andy Dalton, but specifically because players in the NFL are kneeling (none of which are Bengals from what I understand).

    And I agree about the Offensive Lineman for Pittsburgh.
    Well just me. I am scaling back but it’s for many reasons. Getting older, better things to do, suffering Bengals fan. And I am one of the most pro military people you will ever speak with.

    I will just try to enjoy my college football Saturday’s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Anthony View Post
    Before it was just a player or two. This weekend it was an organized movement against the flag. I disagree with you, it will have an effect. We already saw a hero emerge in Chicago.
    It was more an organized movement to show unity against a blowhard that attacked the entire league than it was against the flag. Either way, it's not going to hurt ratings in the slightest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJAlltheWay24 View Post
    Does anyone know anybody personally that isn't watching the NFL because guys are kneeling? I don't.

    I personally don't care if players stand, kneel, hang out in the lockerroom. I just care if my fantasy players beat their projections.

    NFL ratings being down has more to do with the Red Zone, Cord Cutters, and people's teams being bad.
    My Facebook feed had multiple people bashing the NFL and more than a few who said that they done with the NFL, they were going out on Sundays, and watching or playing golf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManOfTroy View Post
    My Facebook feed had multiple people bashing the NFL and more than a few who said that they done with the NFL, they were going out on Sundays, and watching or playing golf.
    I just wonder if they'd feel the same if the Bengals were sitting at 3-0 (assuming they are Bengals fans).

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    I think as die-hard sports fans we tend to think that way (I think most people posting in here would qualify). You fail to realize that there are a lot of fans who don't have to live and die with their team or their fantasy stats. To think that the NFL has not turned away fans in the last year is crazy. Yesterday probably added to those numbers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJAlltheWay24 View Post
    I just wonder if they'd feel the same if the Bengals were sitting at 3-0 (assuming they are Bengals fans).
    The ones that I can remember were a mix of Bengal fans and non-Bengal fans and they were from all over the country.

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