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BUSTED: TV Networks hoped to save ratings by refusing to show Anthem this week

The networks' plans to stop the boycott are backfiring BIG TIME!


Major television networks — like ESPN and CBS — are starting to feel the financial pain caused by the nationwide boycott of the NFL season.  Ratings are way down, and networks are trying to do everything they can to stop fans from flipping the channel.  But the stunt they tried to pull during the most recent week of games is backfiring on them BIG TIME.

Michael McCarthy of SportingNews called out the Big 3 networks for refusing to show the National Anthem being played before the games at all.  By refusing to show the Anthem, they aren’t forced to show the protests — and they hope that if fan’s don’t see players disrespecting the flag they’ll stay tuned-in.

McCarthy writes:

“Protests? What protests?

There were virtually no live shots of NFL players sitting, kneeling or standing Sunday during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” much less footage of fans booing players.

Instead, CBS, Fox and NBC chose to stay in commercial breaks during the pregame presentation of the flag and anthem. Once they returned from commercial, network play-by-play announcers and analysts paid little or no attention to what players did on the field.

ESPN planned to follow a similar playbook for Monday night’s telecast of Colts-Titans, sources say.

The TV networks traditionally don’t show the anthem except before the Super Bowl and other special occasions. But given news interest about which players were standing and which were kneeling, the networks changed their policies this season.”

This stunt seems to have backfired on the networks big time, as fans say it’s a cop-out and won’t change their season-long boycott.

Through Week 5, the NFL TV numbers were down 7.2 percent, according to Nielsen data. That drop came on top of a 7 percent downturn last season. Through Week 5 of the 2017 season, NFL games averaged 15.2 million viewers, according to Nielsen. That’s down 7.42 percent from an average of 16.371 million viewers through the same period of the 2016 season, and 18 percent down from the average of 18.438 million viewers through the first five weeks of the 2015 season.


  1. Did you really think not showing the Anthem would appease us. You were so wrong you only enraged us even more. Nothing you do at this point will help your ratings. we the people you pissed off will determine your future, which is looking a little bleak right now.

  2. They are still over privileged, over paid, disrespectful men who need to quit disrespecting our country and our veterans who fought as well as every American who is inforcing our laws!! Just because they don’t show it on tv doesn’t change what they are doing. My father saw his best friends face get blown off in Vietnam and when the soldiers came back people yelled baby killers and spit in their faces. My dad never killed baies and went through hell fighting. It is a huge sacrifice for our country. Soldier’s today are still over in Iraq and Afghanistan figjting. Police officers everday putting themselves at risk to keep people safe. We are not going to watch these men play a game. They want to help their cause build community centers in low income neiborhoods with computers and a staff to help with homework and help them to get to college. Get the youth a great sports program full of positive roll models and give money to the schools so they can get up to date school books and give out scholarships! You want change then pay it forward but do not disrespect men and women who are sacrificing their time with their families and being away at times where their children are being born, missing holidays and graduations. Men and women who fight and are dedicated to this country to keep it free. You don’t like something then make a change by donating your time. Americans are not stupid. It doesn’t matter if you air their ignorance. As for my house we will not watch and we will not spend money with any company that supports this. If it’s on their tv we leave. Just waiting on the day the NFL gets rid of all the disrespectful players and coaches and starts with new Americans who know respect for our country. Maybe recruit soldiers who have fought for our country. Just a thought!

  3. DeAnn. Thank your Dad for me. I too was spat upon at Boston (Logan Airport back in 1966. We fought for these crybabies to shoe their disrespect to us but more importantly our kids and grandkids. I do not care if they protest whatever it may be but don’t do it in public when we are respecting our flag and country. That’s what’s wrong. NFL will be loosing many fans because of this. Instead of them thanking us veterans they thank these losers.


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