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Trump takes credit for NFL ratings drop, blames Kaepernick, too

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The conclusion of the election apparently will make the NFL’s ratings great again. Sort of.

Presidential candidate Donald Trump, at a Sunday rally in Colorado, offered two theories for the league’s struggles to get people to enjoy pro football games on TV in the same numbers they did a year ago.

“The NFL is way down in their ratings. And you know why? Two reasons. Number one is this politics they’re finding is a much rougher game than football and more exciting, and this — honestly we’ve taken a lot of people away from the NFL. And the other reason is [Colin] Kaepernick.”

The election likely isn’t hurting the NFL’s ratings significantly, because the election isn’t affecting college football ratings. As to the national anthem protests, it’s hard to separate those who claim they’re not watching as a way to voice displeasure with the protests from those who actually aren’t watching for that reason.

Whatever the reasons, the NFL has the resources and the incentive to identify them, and to pursue measures aimed at pumping the numbers up.

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54 Responses to “Trump takes credit for NFL ratings drop, blames Kaepernick, too”
  1. theageofquarrel says: Oct 30, 2016 8:25 PM

    What a clown shoe

  2. dickebyrd says: Oct 30, 2016 8:28 PM

    Go Trump. Close it out now buddy. You got this thing!

  3. unbiased8383 says: Oct 30, 2016 8:29 PM

    Trump loves him some Trump

  4. joetoronto says: Oct 30, 2016 8:29 PM

    He’s the next President, deal with it.

  5. therealraider says: Oct 30, 2016 8:31 PM

    lets see.. The league claims its because of the political season and the fans claim its because of the protests. It seems the Donald is right.

  6. lanman11 says: Oct 30, 2016 8:31 PM

    Once again, he’s right on message, but his delivery is not politically correct. Meh. So what.

  7. bonitalocal says: Oct 30, 2016 8:31 PM

    I’d pay big money to watch Goodell and Trump in a knife fight over ratings.

  8. niners816 says: Oct 30, 2016 8:31 PM

    But you’re not going to report on that fraud Hilary? The more you talk about Trump, the more ppl vote for him. Can’t wait until he’s the next president!

  9. Dennis Allen's Outgoing Persona says: Oct 30, 2016 8:32 PM

    I’ve been a diehard fan since I was a kid. This year is just different, the game is boring. I will admit that I’ve also turned off games with I’ve seen players taking a knee. But I think the real problem is the game isn’t as fun as it used to be. Goodell really has taken his toll on the cash cow. I’ve been watching waaaay less this year than I normally would.

  10. coltsreign says: Oct 30, 2016 8:33 PM

    Keep the politics away from this site. Right now it’s very divisive. Football unites people.

  11. coltluger says: Oct 30, 2016 8:35 PM

    Worst candidate ever.

  12. greenlargo says: Oct 30, 2016 8:37 PM

    bonitalocal says:
    Oct 30, 2016 8:31 PM
    I’d pay big money to watch Goodell and Trump in a knife fight over ratings.

    ———————–

    Really Goodell and just about anyone.

  13. bspurloc says: Oct 30, 2016 8:37 PM

    .
    The Donald only cares about The Donald.
    Big money from donors to increase his own wealth.
    After he loses he keeps raking in the dough with TrumpTV, where they will just repeat everything fox says.

  14. ts1960 says: Oct 30, 2016 8:38 PM

    The carnival barker barks some more.

  15. boknowsvt says: Oct 30, 2016 8:39 PM

    Trump thought he was talking about the USFL.

  16. ampats says: Oct 30, 2016 8:39 PM

    True,

    Kaepernick can continue his protest in the Arena League next year.

    Our new President Donald J, Trump will be welcoming Tom Brady and the New England Patriots SB 51 Champions to the White House in 2017

  17. q1ller says: Oct 30, 2016 8:39 PM

    Trump may be the only person alive with a bigger ego than Ham Newton. I don’t know how anyone could vote for the lying windbag.

  18. ilovemyravens says: Oct 30, 2016 8:40 PM

    If this guy truly becomes president, then this country really is screwed…

  19. johnjackguy says: Oct 30, 2016 8:40 PM

    Ratings are down for many reasons, ADD ONE MORE: Get the fans to invest nearly FOUR hours in the Washington-Cincinnati game and then cut the feed. I hate the NFL right now.

  20. j0esixpack says: Oct 30, 2016 8:46 PM

    One need look no further than corrupt owners employing a corrupt commissioner who tries to force parity and thus ratings by framing the best player on the best team

    Sure, Roger’s motivation might have been to give another AFC team a shot – as Brady clogs up the Super Bowl every other year

    However if you’re John Mara, your players get mandatory domestic violence 6 game suspensions reduced to just one

    NFL fans now know that 345 Park Avenue isn’t just trying to fix NIH concussion research – it’s also trying to fix the outcome of the NFL season

  21. wolfgangvomframps says: Oct 30, 2016 8:49 PM

    Crazy right wingers do seem to the ones abandoning the NFL.

    Trump, for once, is right.

  22. Dennis Allen's Outgoing Persona says: Oct 30, 2016 8:53 PM

    Correct The Record is active in the comment section thats for sure.

  23. wolfgangvomframps says: Oct 30, 2016 8:53 PM

    The irony of this is entertaining; Trump fans, who believe America is not great, are mad as hell because a black man believes that America is not great.

  24. saltineamerican says: Oct 30, 2016 8:53 PM

    It doesn’t help ratings when you have an exciting,close game in London this morning that goes into overtime. They show 2 overtime plays then cut away to the Arizona Cardinals/Ravens game. Dope move on their part.

  25. maust1013 says: Oct 30, 2016 8:54 PM

    bspurloc says:
    Oct 30, 2016 8:37 PM
    The Donald only cares about The Donald.
    Big money from donors to increase his own wealth.
    After he loses he keeps raking in the dough with TrumpTV, where they will just repeat everything fox says.
    ================

    I am no trump supporter but you just made a case for him not against him. He was rich long before he entered the political arena. The Clintons made their money FROM politics, think about that for a minute. No matter which one of them wins we all lose.

  26. youknowiknowitall says: Oct 30, 2016 8:55 PM

    I’ve watched significantly less NFL this year. My only reason? NFL HQ is corrupt. I have zero faith that the game is on the up-and-up.

  27. peytonsneck18 says: Oct 30, 2016 8:58 PM

    This guy is the biggest clown out there and folks want him as prez, please stop it!!!

  28. purplepassion1961 says: Oct 30, 2016 8:58 PM

    Trump’s a crazy, ignorant butthead and I’m mad he keeps trying to contaminate the sport of football with his idiotic opinions. If he gets to be president we’ll be the laughingstock of the world

  29. bebopa says: Oct 30, 2016 8:58 PM

    Trump living in his own private world, hopefully after Nov.8 th he will remain and that world and night be going to the White House.

  30. pastabelly says: Oct 30, 2016 9:01 PM

    10 more days and he’s no longer relevant.

  31. dsh97 says: Oct 30, 2016 9:05 PM

    Viewers arent’ watching, for two reasons

    1. Goodell is an Ass.
    2. People have pulled the plug on cable.

    But mostly because Goodell is an Ass.

    “Goodell is a crook.”
    – James Harrison

  32. Slapshot says: Oct 30, 2016 9:08 PM

    In 9 days, Hillary will be Prez-elect and the NFL ratings will rise once again. Life is good.

  33. patriot420blog says: Oct 30, 2016 9:08 PM

    killary belongs in jail

  34. commitment2excrement says: Oct 30, 2016 9:13 PM

    Kap is a bigger American than Trump ever will be.

  35. greenlargo says: Oct 30, 2016 9:14 PM

    j0esixpack says:
    Oct 30, 2016 8:46 PM
    One need look no further than corrupt owners employing a corrupt commissioner who tries to force parity and thus ratings by framing the best player on the best team

    Sure, Roger’s motivation might have been to give another AFC team a shot – as Brady clogs up the Super Bowl every other year
    ———————–

    But you know what? In the end all that really amounted to was Brady watching his team go 3-1 while relaxing on a beach in southern Italy with a supermodel before going right back to destroying every team in front of him. And the beat goes ooonnnnnnn, and the beat goes on.

  36. orivar says: Oct 30, 2016 9:14 PM

    Trump really loves making things about him. He has a history of doing it, like when Travolta’s son died.

  37. JSpicoli says: Oct 30, 2016 9:18 PM

    Whatever he says, he is going to win by a landslide.

  38. ptisme says: Oct 30, 2016 9:20 PM

    The Donald is correct again…. On both accounts….

  39. stoptrippn says: Oct 30, 2016 9:21 PM

    Trump we do not want your racist bigoted comments or view of anything.

  40. scandiman says: Oct 30, 2016 9:33 PM

    I think I read a email that Hillary was gonna win in a landslide, so what difference at this point does it make?

  41. jkossrt says: Oct 30, 2016 9:40 PM

    Of course he does. Trump thinks everything revolves around him. He’s only running for office or one reason – Donald Trump. He just wants more publicity so he can get his TV network off the ground. He really doesn’t care about winning. Why else would he do and say such moronic things. It’s a real shame to deprive the American public of a genuine sincere candidate for the highest office in the land.

  42. vottorific says: Oct 30, 2016 9:42 PM

    Trump is not in touch with America. Most born with a silver spoon are not.

  43. FoozieGrooler says: Oct 30, 2016 9:58 PM

    Trump is already creating jobs everywhere he goes.
    Every time he holds a rally burglaries increase in all of the local trailer parks.

  44. Shinnbone says: Oct 30, 2016 10:04 PM

    Mr. President

  45. Shinnbone says: Oct 30, 2016 10:05 PM

    You know what Trump calls the team from Washington, DC?

    Yup, he calls the The REDSKINS!

  46. j0esixpack says: Oct 30, 2016 10:07 PM

    Attention – America

    You don’t give the nuclear codes to a guy we all know can’t even be trusted on Twitter

    You just don’t

  47. rootpain says: Oct 30, 2016 10:26 PM

    saltineamerican says:
    Oct 30, 2016 8:53 PM
    It doesn’t help ratings when you have an exciting,close game in London this morning that goes into overtime. They show 2 overtime plays then cut away to the Arizona Cardinals/Ravens game. Dope move on their part.
    =========================
    Pretty interesting, isn’t it? The NFL is fighting to get fans to watch their product at all but especially to generate interest in England. And the first time they get a game that would hold anyone’s interest at all, they cut away. Why? Because they already counted you. As far as they are concerned, you didn’t matter any more because a lot more money is generated from from the ads in the Cardinals/Ravens game than the game in England.
    Show me the money!

  48. thingamajig says: Oct 30, 2016 11:14 PM

    Trump is a con man. If he wasn’t born rich he’d be selling used cars somewhere.

  49. patfanken says: Oct 30, 2016 11:21 PM

    Of COURSE he took credit for something he didn’t deserve. That’s what he does. That’s what he ALWAYS does. Nothing has changed for the last 30 years.

    He’s declared victory for things like the USFL, when he was fined Millions for racial discrimination in his RE dealings, when he lost hundreds of millions in Atlantic City, Trump Jet, Trump University, etc etc etc. When he was asked about all the vendors he’s stiffed over the years. Those hard working subcontractors from the middle class he portends to represent. You know what he replied? “That’s because I’m a smart businessman”.

    So I guess his plan is to create all these new jobs, and then not pay them for their work. THAT is what’s consistent for Donald Trump.

    God help us if he’s elected. He won’t be the worst president we’ve elected. He’ll be the last one.

  50. bsizemore68 says: Oct 31, 2016 12:12 AM

    I’m with all the people who see Donald for what he is. I miss Faith Hill on Sunday night football.Bill

  51. ogawdwhereami says: Oct 31, 2016 2:03 AM

    All you commenters that think Trump is going to win… are in for a big heavy dose of reality quite soon. He really doesn’t have a chance.

  52. rcali says: Oct 31, 2016 10:02 AM

    I heard from the media that Hillary is up 25 points! Hmmm, I’ve got 650K new reasons not to be so sure.

  53. grumpyoleman says: Oct 31, 2016 12:50 PM

    Trump is an idiot and so are those wanting him to represent our country.

  54. OG FOOL says: Nov 1, 2016 10:47 AM

    Nah….

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