The NFL has been the most popular sport in America for a very long time. That is why, its athletes are able to earn a fortune thanks to their salaries and endorsement deals. NFL stars are often seen driving the latest luxury cars and purchasing the most lavish of properties. Since the attention they get from their games make a big impact on how much they earn, what happens to them if their sport loses its audience?
How Big Is the NFL?
The NFL is not just like any other sport and it is said that it really makes the most money out of any professional sport in the world. Their sponsorship revenue reaches billions. A lot of college guys aim to be able to play professionally since being part of the highest-grossing sport can really be a huge blessing and it can help someone with being set for life.
Even if the NFL welcomes a lot of money each year, many of its players are still jealous of the guys from the NBA, mostly because apparently, they get bigger salaries than them. This might be because the NBA roster is smaller than the NFL so more money is distributed.
Here Is What’s Happening To The NFL
There are numerous sports that are being broadcast on television whose statistics and success are directly linked with people’s interest and curiosity. The NFL used to be America’s favorite sport, but it seems like this is not the case anymore. The sport used to get ratings that would reach up to 50-70%, but this year, it has dropped down to 40-44%. These low ratings were really unfavorable since broadcasts of the sport used to be viewed by more than 16 million people.
Another huge factor that contributed to the lower ratings was the fact that NFL players would kneel or sit down during the National Anthem as a sign of protest. It is said that they have a big issue with the new criminal justice reform and the police brutality in America. Some players have even argued about why should they stand up and honor the National Anthem for a country who likes to tyrannize people of color.
What Donald Trump Has To Say About it
These protests kept damaging the reputation of the NFL and led to more and more games having empty seats. Even U.S. President, Donald Trump, said that the sport will just go down in flames if they don’t stop with their protests. Trump said that the owners of the NFL should fire those players who are protesting and not showing pride and respect for their country. He remained very outspoken regarding the issue and said that they are really “ruining the game”.
Of course, Donald Trump didn’t just voice out his opinions, he took them to his very active twitter account as well. Here are some tweets the President has shared with the public:
The President really seems very serious about everything happening with the NFL. Props to him because he actually has a point. All this protesting the players are doing does not do any good to their jobs. It even seems like that they’re focused so much on protesting and getting their word out that they are not scared to get fired. Ratings of the NFL have reached an all-time low and who knows how much these ratings can drop.
The drop in the number of viewers the sport gets is not good for the NFL business. The sport might even lose millions and millions of viewers per week. The future of the sport is in danger, that is why, both the players and owners should start reevaluating the decisions they make regarding these protests.
At the end of the day, no one can deny the message behind these protests, however, is protesting really worth it if a big amount of money is lost in the business? Things are way different from how it used to be so these players should think twice before doing something that might put their career at risk. We wonder what jobs will they decide to take if their career in the NFL comes to an end.