As television ratings for NFL games have remain depressed this season, mainstream media outlets, as well as the NFL itself, have gone way out of their way to proffer reasons for the backslide that are alternatives to that which appears to be the most obvious: fan distaste for the national anthem protests by players.
With each passing day, however, it appears more likely to conclude that the anthem protests are at the root of this season’s diminished viewership.
According to the results of a Seton Hall Sports Poll released on Thursday and reported by ABC News, 56 percent of the respondents attributed the drop in ratings to the protests.
The director of the poll, Rick Gentile, seemed impressed that fan objection to the protests holds so much sway, saying, “It is somewhat remarkable that the impact of the national anthem protest seems to hold, given that the action occurs pregame and isn't even televised.”
Note to Gentile: Progressive social narratives expressed in the form of overt disloyalty to the United States, even if they “occur pregame” and aren’t “even televised,” are going to be seen as profoundly odious by most Americans. Patriotism is not only not a dirty word to them, but is a value that remains held in the highest esteem by practically all of us.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large