Anti-police protests started by NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick were the No. 1 reason why fans stopped watching NFL games last season, according to a new survey released by J.D. Power.
Kaepernick started taking a knee during the national anthem during the pre-season and that carried over to the regular season. Some other NFL players then followed Kaepernick’s lead in not standing for the national anthem.
Currently, no NFL team has signed Kaepernick for the upcoming 2017 season.
J.D. Power stated it polled more than 9,200 people who attended a sporting event and asked them if they watched fewer games on TV and why. There were 26 percent of those fans who said the national anthem protests were the reason why they didn’t watch more games, ESPN reported.
The second most popular reason (24 percent) for tuning out was the NFL’s image with domestic abuse or with game delays, such as penalties.
The third most popular reason (20 percent) was too many commercials.
Viewership of NFL games on networks that broadcast games in 2016 was down 8 percent compared to the previous season, ESPN reported.
In January, the NFL tried to blame the drop in ratings on the presidential elections. They also blamed the player lineup. It seemed that they just didn't want to believe what we already knew.
Last season, Colin Kaepernick said he started his protest because the flag represented a country that "oppressed black people."
“There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder,” Kaepernick said.
“Let’s not forget that Kaepernick didn’t just confine himself to quietly kneeling. For a time, he relished breaking norms and inflaming fans. He wore socks depicting pigs in police hats. He showed up at a press conference in a Fidel Castro T-shirt. And through it all, sportswriters and commentators cheered him on,” French wrote. “The elite sportswriting consensus was so much in favor of Kaepernick that it became somehow ‘controversial’ to reflect the mainstream American view that kneeling was inappropriate and unpatriotic.”
Colin Kaepernick was back bashing police again in June. The Washington Times reported he posted to his Twitter account an image of a runaway slave patrol badge and a police badge with the message, “You can’t ignore your history. Always remember who they are.”