Thanksgiving ratings drop for NFL

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So much for having a captive audience.

Though the quality of the games may not always be great, the NFL has enjoyed years of solid ratings on the fourth Thursday in November, because football and Thanksgiving have become inextricably intertwined. And because there’s not really anything else on TV. (Also, having a game on the television gives family members who rarely get together an excuse for avoiding any and all awkward topics that otherwise may come up if they actually, you know, interact in a meaningful way.)

Last year, two of the Thanksgiving games gave the NFL an apples-to-apples win over the 2015 Thanksgiving games, creating the impression that the ratings woes from the election season had subsided. This year, the numbers went the other way, further fueling concerns that something is wrong — and that the NFL currently is incapable of fixing it on the fly.

Peter King of TheMMQB.com reviews the numbers generated by the Thanksgiving games from 2017, in comparison to the 2016 and 2015 contests.

For the early game in Detroit, Vikings-Lions generated a rating of 11.4. That’s down 12.3 percent from last year’s Vikings-Lions game, but only 7.3 percent down from Eagles-Lions in 2015.

The Cowboys game in the late-afternoon slot drew a 12.4 this year, with the Chargers serving as the opponent. That’s 20.5-percent lower than last year’s Washington-Dallas game and a 19.0-percent drop from Panthers-Cowboys two years ago.

The nightcap on NBC, featuring the two-win Giants and an uninspiring Washington team, churned out a 9.7 rating, down 10.2 percent from last year’s sluggish Steelers-Colts game. In comparison to the Bears-Packers game from 2015, however, the drop was a dramatic 33.6 percent.

The NFL can continue to spin the numbers by pointing to reduced TV consumption or whatever else the league chooses to blame for the reality that people aren’t watching football like they did only two years ago. Or the NFL can finally accept the fact that significant adjustments are needed in order to attract more viewers — and to hold more viewers.

One of those two strategies is viable.

95 responses to “Thanksgiving ratings drop for NFL

  1. Sorry NFL, you disrespected us and you lost us! Will check back in for the 2019 season to see if your still acting like we don’t matter.

  2. Every age group is watching less tv except the oldest. The NFL is still the most popular product on TV by a mile. The reality is ratings will continue to drop across all broadcasts.

    Also, the last two games of the day being complete crap did not help.

  3. I am done with the Dolphins and the NFL till the kneeling and politics stop. I suspect these terrible games are the result of internal team chemistry. Can you imagine 1760 players, not including coaches and staff all agreeing with Trump, or kneeling, and being patriots? They, the players are all rich by my standards> Minimum salaries are between 465K$ and 700K$ stars are 1%er’s. With that in mine I suspect there are alot of differing views, I don’t think all 1760 players are Democrats….parity of values clash with team goals and we end up with horrible football!

  4. “Only” 7.3% from last year?

    Find me ANY business owner that would categorize a drop of 7.3% as “only” that much.

    The league is dropping in popularity for two reasons: (1) oversaturation, and (2) they decided that social justice was more important than giving the people what they want – a distraction from the day-to-day grind.

  5. The NFL has now lost 500 million this year. Ratings plummeting, sales of NFL merchandise down 50-70%. Half empty stadiums.

    Best quote I read: “The NFL is blaming this on everything but what the fans have clearly said it is.”

  6. They NFL has extremely weak leadership with Goodell and things are only going to get worse. I’m an NFL fan but even I can see that the NBA is a far better run entity than the NFL……even though the fans already know who is going to win the championship they still tune in to watch. For how popular the NFL is, it should be doing WAY better. People are just sick of the arrogance and entitlement of the players and the leadership.

  7. I am tired of Thanksgiving being NFC games

    What have we had 3 AFC team out of 18 in the last 3 years!

    Half of the league doesn’t get involved its a joke!

  8. I think fantasy leagues can account for some of this. Think about how often you have to root against your best interests to try to win your matchups. It gets exhausting after a while. It can take away the enjoyment of the game. Also, consider redzone watchers. They had so many viewers just 2yrs ago. A lot of folks weren’t really invested in sitting through one game opting for the possibility of constantly seeing teams in scoring position, constantly checking fantasy league stats. But, if you watch too much of that you aren’t really invested in the games that are being televised. You’re basically training yourself to not be able to sit through an entire game.

  9. Football has got boring. Too many stoppages / reviews / flags and oh yes we have the idiots kneeling.

    I would be for no reviews and cutting back the rule book to make the games flow better.

  10. Only one of those 3 games was any good for starters. Also, if the league limited Thursday football to opening night & thanksgiving, the games would have much ratings; you know, like the good ol’ days when games on Thursday got us excited to watch football

  11. Everyone wants to blame this on everything except for what it really is. The product stinks. I know a lot of people who watch less and none of them could really care about the anthem protests. The product on the field the worse I have ever seen and it is because these teams can’t practice. Half the league are dumpster fires so you can put on 3 games in a day and have good football. Get over yourself on the political views and look at the real issue here, the NFL is boring to watch.

  12. Yep because kneeling is the only problem the nfl has right? The little snowflakes who say they aren’t watching because of kneeling sure do complain a lot on articles about the NFL. People aren’t watching because the NFL hit its peak and is leveling out. Not to mention they can’t officiate a game consistently. The technology of the 21st and they can’t even implement their own stupid rules correctly. The NFL will be fine and still a huge ratings machine for years still, just not as huge as it used to be. We like to blame it on kneeling during a song but that is a miniscule part of a much bigger reality.

  13. Packers play………it goes up. Vikings play…….it drops. They could’ve fixed this when choosing the teams.

  14. It’s funny how the league tries to add parity but it’s the same teams winning all the time. The referees are what has ruined it for me. I could see how taking a knee would offend the patriotic American fans but out of all the sports I watch, NFL has the worst referees by a country mile.

  15. Perfect timing for the announcement of a $870 million Goodell extension. You realize you need to actually make money in order to pay him, right?

  16. When are they going to admit the penalty injustice against the Seahawks? Ref blows his flag on a phantom pick before receiver catches pass and stares 10 feet away as Lockett is having his facemask ripped off by the sideline. It’s obvious and pathetic.

  17. There probably has been a drop in viewership. It has nothing to do with protests. It has nothing to do with CTE. It doesn’t even have anything to do with the quality of games, except for the number of people that watch an individual game. Its simply because the level of popularity the NFL had reached could not be sustained.

    The only “problem” the nfl has is that, as wildly popular as it is, there is a ceiling.

  18. A few thoughts. Do the ratings include those who stream the game? If not, then it’s a little skewed. Be that as it may, three games is too many. I personally enjoy a move on thanksgiving night over a third football game. I think the NFL’s ongoing investigation into why ratings are dropping is misguided. If you want to know why people aren’t watching go directly the fans. How about Mr. Goodell and company hosting town hall like meetings in the NFL cities and hearing directly from fans or former fans as to why they’re not watching as much or if they are watching a different way? In other words, rather than hide out in New York and try to figure it out, go directly to the source and talk to people. It might actually rebuild a little good will with the fans which I think is a reason why ratings are dropping.

  19. Ratings are going down because players care about social justice? Umm, when is social injustice ok? The problem with most Americans is it actually takes something of that magnitude to get people to say, “Hey something is wrong.” Unfortunately a lot of the American people, along with the President claim to not see a problem and are taking it the wrong way and in my opinion any changes that happen might be temporary, but not long lasting like the players want. So all the money in the world won’t help people change, people are who they are whether it’s unfortunate or not that’s what it is.

  20. There are a multitude of reasons people are not watching. I cannot speak for them, but I can say I’ve just gotten bored with it. I started watching the Vikings/Lions game and it seemed like there was a penalty on every big play. You see something exciting, then it gets taken away. I ended up shutting it off.

  21. Lowlife nebula , I actually tend to agree with you. All the ratings do is make rich people richer, so they worry now when they might be losing 2 or 3 million dollars off a billion dollar business. Stop the presses!

  22. The league is dropping in popularity for two reasons: (1) oversaturation, and (2) they decided that social justice was more important than giving the people what they want – a distraction from the day-to-day grind.
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    I couldn’t possibly care less about the social justice warriors and their causes.

    And its up to ME how much I CHOOSE to follow NFL programming.

    .. I’m watching less beacuse the product stinks.

  23. RegisHawk says:
    November 27, 2017 at 9:41 am

    You keep insisting on putting crap teams like the Cowboys on, people are gonna stop watching.
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    If you read the article you would’ve noticed that the Cowboys game had the highest rating of the three. Yes, the Cowboys are have a bad season, but they still are a better draw than most winning teams.

  24. Relocation of the Carson city Chokers caused 99% of San Diegans to turn off the NFL. Don’t see bolt stickers, shirts, hats anymore. No gear in local stores. And if we watch, it is hate watching, or just go do something fun with our Sundays.

  25. Since Goodell was exposed (finally) as a cheater at the start of 2016, when he doubled down on the lies with Brady, all of the ratings started to tumble.

    As you can see, barely anyone is kneeling anymore, and the ratings are still crashing down.

    And, the owners want to extend this guy. LOL

    No corruption here, folks!

  26. Lance Dale says:
    November 27, 2017 at 10:41 am
    There are a multitude of reasons people are not watching. I cannot speak for them, but I can say I’ve just gotten bored with it. I started watching the Vikings/Lions game and it seemed like there was a penalty on every big play. You see something exciting, then it gets taken away. I ended up shutting it off.

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    That is still part of Goodell’s cheating. His direction of manipulating games with flags and made up penalties, along with ignoring such obvious penalties, to keep games close and get the team trailing back into it, to appease all advertisers, has failed.

    Outside of the NBA doing stuff like this, where it’s a bit easier to hide with the subjectivity of a foul or two late in a game to try to swing the game, the NFL has gone way overboard with the attempted “manipulation” of the outcomes.

    People are sick of all the baggage tied to watching a game and a season. Hence, the ratings drop.

    Whether it’s his cheating in the offseason with faux scandals, cheating by using the refs to manipulate how games go, some players kneeling, etc, etc, it’s a combination of issues.

  27. What’s wrong with football today? The idiots who said years ago we need more scoring. That meant new rules to encourage a passing league. Well, you got it! A typical pass play can bring holding on the O, holding on the D (and automatic 1st down), PI offense, PI defense, roughing the passer, grounding, illegal man downfield, pick plays, personal fouls for illegal hits, etc……I personally hold my breath every time my favorite team stops the opposing O on a 3rd down pass play. Just waiting for that D holding call on the other side of the field for an automatic 1st down. Not to mention the NFL has allowed Off. lineman and DB’s to become so grabby that it’s a judgement call whether they want to flag it or not. Too many rules.

  28. cosmicconvoy says:
    November 27, 2017 at 10:06 am
    In general, people grew sick of the same dominant teams.

    Flag happy refs blowing calls and ruining the sport is the latest turnoff.

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    So, you want Goodell to make up more faux scandals against NE to try to steal picks to weaken them?

  29. I am shocked, I say, shocked!!! They had better make sure Goodell gets that generous contract, for the great job he is doing….Owners are clueless, except for Jerry Jones, no matter his reasons. He said months ago, the Anthem protests were NOT good for the NFL. However, the NFL doesn’t listen to the fans.

  30. Iknowitall says:
    November 27, 2017 at 9:39 am
    The silent majority is sick of the leagues stance on protesting ingrates.

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    Calling the protesters “ingrates” shows that you, in fact, do not “knowitall”.

  31. …once you lose fans it TAKES YEARS to get them back IF they come back. It looks like the older generation , myself icluded in that bunch has had it with all the NFL shenananigans and poor quality of football & rule manipulations.

  32. I’ve been a Sunday ticket subscriber for about 15 years. The last few years I’ve gotten it “free” just by asking DirecTV. So, you’d think I’d be relishing in the free football, but I find I watch even less of it. I’m a Cowboys fan and this year hasn’t been good but last year was. Yet, I find I’m just less interested in it all.

    I could care less about the kneeling controversy. Yeah, Zeke getting suspended sucks, but it is what it is. The legalized and choreographed end-zone “celebrations” are typically idiotic but I don’t get worked up over it. I’ve accepted that no one knows what a catch is. The eighty year old refs still can’t see the broad-side of a barn or run more than 5 yards.

    I guess I just don’t even care enough to get fired up over it anymore.

    I would chalk it up to death by a thousand cuts. Those are the hardest problems to fix.

  33. I LOVE the Redzone, no political bs, no commercials, no play reviews that go on forever, how can you hate on that?

  34. suncawy says:
    November 27, 2017 at 11:09 am
    This is on Goodell, shouldn’t have suspended Elliott with little to zero evidence.

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    Or Brady.

    The cheating must stop from 345 Park Ave.

  35. somatg3 says:

    November 27, 2017 at 9:52 am

    They NFL has extremely weak leadership with Goodell and things are only going to get worse. I’m an NFL fan but even I can see that the NBA is a far better run entity than the NFL……even though the fans already know who is going to win the championship they still tune in to watch. For how popular the NFL is, it should be doing WAY better. People are just sick of the arrogance and entitlement of the players and the leadership.
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    The NBA gets terrible ratings until around the conference finals. NBA executives would be doing somersaults if they could get the same ratings that the NFL is in a panic over.

  36. I was too busy pouring glass after glass of wine down my throat to worry about watching any of those games.

  37. God job Goodell. And you want $50 million/yr? You did nothing early on about the protests. You’ve allowed this Dumb ‘RELOCATION’ scheme a.k.a. BAILOUT ON NFL FANS go on when existing stadiums should be updated. The Charger fiasco has only a trickle of Charger fans in the stands. L-a-L-a-LAND is a place for only one team and it ain’t the Chargers.

  38. mgrudem says:
    November 27, 2017 at 11:10 am
    The elite 1% is still out-of-touch with the remaining 99% of us.

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    And, that’s also reflective of our society in general. Since 2007, when the middle class started to be destroyed, and the poor got even more poor, with the wealthy becoming even more wealthy, the NFL is a symbol of that.

    Wealthy people are simply detached from reality in general. As far as their concerned, selling a few boats and maybe a 2nd home and not losing much, was the most sacrifice they had to make during the Great Recession.

  39. Could it be you that you can’t get excited about touchdowns, completions, turnovers, or big hits anymore. Because you have to wait 5 minutes to see if it was a touchdown, completed pass, or a turnover. When us here sitting at home can see it was or wasn’t in 10 seconds they still take 5 minutes to determine what is so clear. Then on big hits you have to wait around for the 10 second late flag it all depends on how the receiver reacts on ground. If he jumps up quick no flag. But if he clinched his fist and there’s there then it’s a penalty. Then not to mention half the big runs or passes are called back by holding. Then the ex player announcers all say I didn’t see that hold there. If that’s a hold I wouldn’t have played in the league very long. And then my most hated rule of all that was designed to control the game and keep them close or help the outcome. Is the defensive holding automatic first down. How many times have you seen this phantom call on a 3 and 20 when the qb gets instant pressure and has to fling it out of bounds. But wait on the other side of the field that he was t looking a cb touched a wr. Automatic first down. It should be just a 5 yard penalty. Cause they most of the time happen within 5 yards of the Line of scrimmage. If it happens down field it pass interference spot foul. Problem solved

  40. vancouversportsbro says:
    November 27, 2017 at 10:23 am
    … I could see how taking a knee would offend the patriotic American fans but out of all the sports I watch, NFL has the worst referees by a country mile.

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    You must not watch much pro basketball. Almost every game is manipulated to make sure that the score is close enough to be interesting. Don’t want fans tuning out and missing all the advertisements during the barrage of time-outs in the 4th quarter.

  41. where are all those people saying they don’t think people have stopped watching the NFL?? As we said before when we started our own protest of the NFL, it would not happen in one week, but it will happen…it HAS!! HUGE double digit drops in ratings…for Thanksgiving day no less? NFL will continue to drop until they start listening and respecting what FANS want instead of deciding what THEY think the fans want!

  42. Isaiah Webster III says:
    November 27, 2017 at 10:30 am

    I’ll say this: If all the people who claim to hate the NFL and have lost interest would just GO AWAY and stop commenting on NFL articles, I would certainly be a more engaged fan!
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    Isaiah, here is a hint…double digit ratings drop on Thanksgiving means people who claim to hate the nfl and lost interest HAVE gone away….doesn’t mean we can’t come here and remind you all that we have gone away and rub it in how bad the nfl sucks!

  43. fjw2 says:
    November 27, 2017 at 11:48 am
    vancouversportsbro says:
    November 27, 2017 at 10:23 am
    … I could see how taking a knee would offend the patriotic American fans but out of all the sports I watch, NFL has the worst referees by a country mile.

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    You must not watch much pro basketball. Almost every game is manipulated to make sure that the score is close enough to be interesting. Don’t want fans tuning out and missing all the advertisements during the barrage of time-outs in the 4th quarter.

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    The only problem is, this approach is WORSE in the NFL since the nature of the sport is physical and there are MORE subjective style calls like PI, Holding, etc, etc, etc.

    The NBA and MLB can manipulate mainly by tightening or loosening how they call fouls or call balls and strikes, so it’s hard to prove.

    This is why they don’t want replay on PI. If they showed us every faux PI call, they’d be calling out their own cheating.

  44. PFT’s Most Moderated says: November 27, 2017 at 11:04 am
    Iknowitall says: November 27, 2017 at 9:39 am
    The silent majority is sick of the leagues stance on protesting ingrates.

    Calling the protesters “ingrates” shows that you, in fact, do not “knowitall”.
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    What would you call them.. Spoiled? 1%ers? Unworldly? Unappreciative? Mis-guided?
    Ingrate seems pretty appropriate.

  45. My Vietnam vet father told me on Thanksgiving that he will not watch the NFL ever again. Later that day I asked my neighbor (Iraq vet) if he was going to watch football. Nope, he replied, because of the kneeling. Said he was done with the NFL and watched college football instead.

    Small sample size, but if you extrapolate that out across the US it clearly adds up.

  46. Why would Cowboys fans watch? Goodell has personally put the dagger in the Cowboys season. What is the stat, something like 38 quarters since a Cowboys opponent has been called for holding? Goodell has golden stamped the refs to put the Cowboys out early.

  47. lowesislander says:November 27, 2017 at 12:13 pm
    My Vietnam vet father told me on Thanksgiving that he will not watch the NFL ever again. Later that day I asked my neighbor (Iraq vet) if he was going to watch football. Nope, he replied, because of the kneeling. Said he was done with the NFL and watched college football instead.

    Small sample size, but if you extrapolate that out across the US it clearly adds up.
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    I’ll add to your sample size.. Every NFL fan over say 40-45 I’ve talked to says the same thing.. That’s a big long-term problem for any business.

  48. Makes sense… people are tuning out over these rich crybabies kneeling over fake outrage. Great Job idiots.

  49. zippernecksays says:

    What would you call them.. Spoiled? 1%ers? Unworldly? Unappreciative? Mis-guided?
    Ingrate seems pretty appropriate.

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    Actually, I’d call them “activists” as they are trying to elicit change. Unfortunately too many people are hung up on the perceived ‘offense’ to the American flag and servicemen/women, and are totally missing the point of their actions.

  50. RE: Why would Cowboys fans watch? Goodell has personally put the dagger in the Cowboys season. What is the stat, something like 38 quarters since a Cowboys opponent has been called for holding? Goodell has golden stamped the refs to put the Cowboys out early?
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    Funny you mention that. During the Thanksgiving game, Jason Witten got body slammed after the whistle had clearly blown 3 times. The ref, who was 5 feet away and staring right at it, didn’t call a thing and ran right by Witten.

    I remember thinking, “that’s mafia style right there.”

  51. How to fix the league

    1. Get rid of the practice restrictions. We now have years of data showing that it is not reducing injuries, in fact there seems to be more than ever. All it has done is lower the quality of play big time.

    2. No more automatic replays. Coaches get 3 challenges. That’s it. And let them challenge anything they want aside from a whistle blowing a play dead. Why not challenge a pass interference or a holding call? It’s the coach’s dime.

    3. Re-assess how refs are graded. Don’t give them high marks for calling that borderline hold that was away from the ball and had no impact on the play. Mark them down for that. Give high marks to the refs who understand when NOT to make a ticky tack call.

    4. Get rid of helmet radios. The game is getting too technical. Too specialized.

  52. So many reasons to not watch NFL on any given day. I come here to read about it, try to catch scores and top stories of the actual games. Even that has become hard to do without seeing some political nonsense.

  53. Protests, sloppy teams, officiating is terrible and did anyone mention the commercials every 6 minutes. I loved football and now I have to turn it off most of the time. Hard to watch.

  54. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. If no one know what a penalty is people will stop watching. If you mess with the rules and enforcement of those rules its only a matter of time until fans start leaving in droves. PI is PI, Holding is holding. If a QB stares down a receiver and throws an incomplete and then a flag comes in from the other side of the field. Defensive pass interference on the guy not involved in the play. People turn their TV’s off. Fix the rules and the refs so every game is called the same! in 10 years the league will be gone or a shell of its former self.

  55. Lions Vikings was a Division game but with no superstars…. Dallas Chargers was missing a star on suspension and 2 good teams… just like the final game…. Put back rivalries and the better teams and get rid of all the other Thursday games instead of opening week… Do better

  56. I’ve only watched a few games this year and its not because of the anthem protests. I’ve just lost interest. I still like to check in here and see what’s going but as far as watching the games, I would rather stay home with the family.

  57. To put it simply I always knew each week what big game was on at what time plus whenever the Pats played. Now, all I know is when the Pats are playing and I couldnt’t care less..now SEC and other college football I watch every chance I can.

  58. PFT’s Most Moderated says: November 27, 2017 at 1:16 pm
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    Actually, I’d call them “activists” as they are trying to elicit change. Unfortunately too many people are hung up on the perceived ‘offense’ to the American flag and servicemen/women, and are totally missing the point of their actions.
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    Everyone living tries to elicit change.. There were two big mistakes.. a) was Goodell’s for not keeping the NFL apolitical, and b)was the misguided players who believed that kneeling for the anthem would elicit any other response than what they got. There’s just no other way to perceive this action other than disrespectful when delivered during the anthem..

    Many are proud to be “hung up” about respecting the symbols of America and Americans, both past and present. We realize that it’s country first, then way down the list is this kids game. Most who’ve been around appreciate it, it’s too bad for the others.

  59. Let’s all sit down and have a REALITY CHECK. Right or wrong, whichever side you are on the truth is plain and simple. The league has lost support because the players are being DISRESPECTFUL to the Country. Don’t sugar coat it, a dose of truth is exactly what the good doctor ordered. Even if you don’t love the country and have issues with perceived Social injustice…have some love for the fans who do appreciate those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for you. Go to your room and think about it, then you can come to the adult table for dinner.

  60. Let’s all sit down and have a REALITY CHECK. Right or wrong, whichever side you are on the truth is plain and simple. The league has lost support because the players are being DISRESPECTFUL to the Country. Don’t sugar coat it, a dose of truth is exactly what the good doctor ordered. Even if you don’t love the country and have issues with perceived Social injustice…have some love for the fans who do appreciate those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for you. So stop the silly over-saturation/bad team/whining. Case closed now fix it.

  61. Greedy, greedy billionaires, shaking all of us down! They priced out working class fans from going to live football games, completely screwed up the concussion issue, lock out players and even refs (!), put two football teams in a city that has never cared about football, oversaturated the TV market, pay serially incompetent Goodell 45 mil a year, it never ends! Horrible. I’d rather be a college fan than give any of my money to those morons

  62. I am watching a lot less. Greedy owners , kneelers, flags, commercials, over instauration, there are many reasons ratings are down. I love to bash the kneelers but they are not the only problem.

  63. The celebrations are absolutely ridiculous and embarrassing… They are like 8 year old children. That’s just one more reason!

  64. apparently the ‘silent majority’is either still watching games when they claim not to, or they are not the majority they claim to be, otherwise viewership would be down a MINIMUM of 50%.

    I know math is a difficult subject for some, but c’mon.

  65. The NFL needs new leadership. Period. There are too many issues and nobody in the NFL is listening to the fans. First, I respect the players rights who choose to kneel. My father is a Vietnam vet and he told me as hard as it is for him to see Players kneeling during the anthem, he is proud that he fought for their right to do so. That said, why is the NFL political at all? It shouldn’t be. Good leadership would have taken the time to understand why players were protesting and help develop a different method for those players to get their message across. Whether it be a congressional panel or town hall meetings. Anything but allowing the NFL to become a political stage. Should never have happened. The players have a voice and nobody can take that from them. But help them use that voice in a more productive way away from the field. Second, over saturation is real. This is the NFL not World Football League. Games are to be played in the US. You want international games, give them preseason games like the NFL used to in the 70’s and early 80’s. Also stop with the Thursday games already. There should be 2 Thursday games a year. Dallas and Detroit games on Thanksgiving. That’s it. You want to start the season on Thursday. Ok. I can see that too. But no more. Third, address the officiating. It’s been bad and seems to only get worse. Nobody knows what a catch is. Figure it out and leave it the hell alone and call it the same way every time. Fourth, quit screwing with everything. We don’t need every touchdown reviewed. That is what coaches challenges are for. Same with turnovers. And for the love of god, back the hell up on kickoffs. You want to change kickoffs to make them safer, then implement the targeting rule that has been on the books for 50+ years in college. And quit screwing with the Probowl and Draft. Probowl should be in Hawaii. The week after the Super Bowl. AFC versus NFC. How about taking a little bit of the SuperBowl TV money and giving the winning team some extra juice. Give the players some real incentive to come and to actually compete while there. Lastly, the commissioner is not god. He has WAY too much power when it comes to player/team discipline. Create a board of 7, 9 or 11 ex-NFL executives and retired players to panel a discipline committee. Let them be the ones to dish out suspensions, team fines, loss of draft picks, etc. Majority rules. The NFL is turning into the National Lawyer League. Nobody likes lawyers. Not even lawyers.

    These are just a few quick and easy fixes that would address most of the issues people have with the NFL right now without disrespecting the fans, taking away any players rights, and putting a focus on the quality of the product on the field. Goodell has lost his grasp of the product, the respect of the players and many owners, and pretty much the majority of the fans. New leadership will bring new ideas. Hopefully some of those new ideas will embrace what made the NFL what it was just a couple of years ago.

  66. Lions Vikings was a Division game but with no superstars…. Dallas Chargers was missing a star on suspension and 2 good teams… just like the final game…. Put back rivalries and the better teams and get rid of all the other Thursday games instead of opening week… Do better

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    No Superstars huh? lol. Adam Theilen is 3rd in receiving yards. Stefon Diggs is one of the best receivers. How is he not a star? Everson Griffin is tied for most sacks in the league. Xavier Rhodes is one of the best shutdown corners. Matt Stafford is one of the best QB’s in the league. Slay is one of the best corners in the league, Golden Tate is one of the best slot receivers of the game. The Game was plenty entertaining. Maybe you don’t like the teams, but there are plenty of superstars.

  67. stellarperformance says:

    November 27, 2017 at 10:23 am

    Packers play………it goes up. Vikings play…….it drops. They could’ve fixed this when choosing the teams.

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    Nobody wants to watch the Packers this year. Vikings are way more fun of a team to watch.

  68. silvernblacksabbath says:
    November 29, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    The celebrations are absolutely ridiculous and embarrassing… They are like 8 year old children.
    )))))
    I agree but the media loves commenting on them saying how great they are.Stop talking about them and maybe it will stop. T.O. and Chad killed the whole thing. If I don’t see another I am good.

  69. Those players who protest are bringing the entire NFL to it’s knee’s. Don’t kneel for the National Anthem and then when I’m offended tell me I don’t get it. I DO / YOU DON’T.

  70. Get rid of Goodell to show the fans the NFL is serious in improving its image.
    The NFL messed up the kneeling fiasco and their spineless giving into the players are a slap in the face to the majority of American viewers.
    These morons in the NFL office and many team owners, have skewered the golden goose,

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