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"NBA sends a memo to all 30 teams instructing players
to stand for the US national anthem or face disciplinary action"
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Shock poll: NFL now least liked sport, core fans down 31%
by Paul Bedard | Oct 7, 2017
Over just one month of player, coach, and owner protests of the flag and
National Anthem, the National Football League has gone from America's sport to
the least liked of top professional and college sports, according to a new
From the end of August to the end of September, the favorable ratings for the
NFL have dropped from 57 percent to 44 percent, and it has the highest
unfavorable rating – 40 percent – of any big sport, according to the Winston
Group survey provided exclusively to Secrets.
Worse for football, which was already seeing lower TV ratings and empty
stadium seats, the month of protests and complaints about them from President
Trump drove core fans, men 34-54, away, the most significant indicator that NFL
brass aren't in touch with their base.
The Winston Poll from the Washington-based Winston Group found that the
attitude of those fans went from an August rating of 73 percent favorable and
19 percent unfavorable to 42 percent favorable and 47 percent unfavorable, a
remarkable turn against the sport.
According to the poll analysis, "more critically for the NFL, the fall off in
favorables occurred among important audiences. Among males, NFL favorables fell
23 percent, going from 68 percent to 45 percent. In looking at a more specific
audience, males 34-54, NFL favorables fell 31 percent, going from 73 percent to
42 percent. Among this group the NFL has a surprising negative image, as it
went from +54 percent in August to -5 percent in September."
Brain trauma is scary, but the NFL is as popular as ever. The people
Football’s head trauma epidemic is affecting the NFL, but in ways that
could unpredictably affect the sport’s heretofore bulletproof business
Concussions, like the infamous collision between Cincinnati’s Vontaze
Burfict and Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown during a January 2006 playoff
game, have not undercut the NFL’s popularity. Photograph: John
Friday 4 August 2017 05.15 EDT
Like training camp stories on the upside of undrafted rookies, the
reports of the NFL’s death are greatly exaggerated. When the latest
study with sobering findings on the sport’s impact to its participants
brains hit last week, revealing that 110 of 111 brains of former NFL
players were found to have CTE, the result was the now-standard
concussion news cycle punditry proclaiming that the NFL could face
extinction in the not-so-distant future.
That argument was only bolstered two days later when Baltimore Ravens
offensive lineman (and MIT PhD candidate) John Urschel abruptly
retired from football at age 26, adding to the trend of NFL players
deciding to step away from the sport early in their careers.
Yet while Urschel and others are choosing to walk away, fans are not.
Philadelphia’s open practice on Sunday – we’re talking about practice
– drew 23,000 people; that afternoon’s Phillies-Braves game got
The very same day the Broncos drew their biggest training camp crowd
in team history. And this is the support for two teams that didn’t
even make the playoffs last year.
For all the talk last season about the NFL’s declining TV numbers,
they ended up being only a small percentage off of all-time highs. The
numbers actually trended up as the season went on, aided by Tom
Brady’s return from suspension, overall league play improving from an
ugly start and the distraction of the presidential election ending
mid-season, culminating in more than 117m people watching the Patriots
and Falcons in the Super Bowl.
The American public is choosing to keep football as the nation’s No1
sport and it’s not because the average person simply doesn’t know
about CTE yet. Dr Bennet Omalu first found the condition in the brains
of deceased players in 2005. That was 12 years ago. Will Smith’s
Concussion movie came out two years ago. You’re almost as likely to
hear about CTE on SportsCenter as you are about TEs and TDs. Yet 117
million still watched the Super Bowl and 23,000 chose to spend their
afternoon seeing the 7-9 Eagles play two-hand touch.
It seems most fans have decided that if the players know the health
risks and are choosing to take the field, then they’re fine with
cheering them on. If modern society is still okay with the likes of
Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor wailing away on each other’s
skulls for 12 rounds (or one round, depending on your opinion of
McGregor’s chances), then a sport in which every hit is not a head
shot can’t be on the way out anytime soon. And those who feel
America’s sense of compassion will lead to the demise of football?
They must not have spent much time observing America of late. If
there’s a debate in the country about whether the poor should have
access to health care, how many Americans have genuine concern about
the long-term health of football players being paid millions? Probably
not enough to make a noticeable dent in ratings. If people don’t want
their tax money to help cover the medical costs of others, they sure
aren’t going to give up their beloved Sunday entertainment because
some people who make 50 times their income might be getting hurt.
But if fewer people are playing the sport, and more who are playing
choose to retire early, the league will have a growing issue over
quality of play. The league-wide trend to replace experienced veterans
with younger, cheaper players has already impacted the product on the
field, especially early in the season when younger players are still
getting up to speed. Ratings will respond negatively to bad football,
as they did early last season. The NFL needs bodies, as awful – yet no
less true – as that sounds in the context of a discussion of CTE. To
keep the number of youth players from dipping further, the NFL will
keep endorsing safety initiatives like Heads Up Football and tweaking
rules on things like helmet-to-helmet contact and kick returns. All of
it has very limited impact on the actual safety of the sport – tackle
football is inherently violent and the promised violence is why many
people watch – but those types of changes around the edges have PR
But the biggest change that we could see soon in football is one that
could very much benefit players. Not their brains, though. Their bank
accounts. Giants superstar receiver Odell Beckham said last week that
he would like to see NFL players earn the same as their NBA
“You watch people in the NBA, and it’s crazy what they get. There are
people in the NFL who deserve that,” he said to Uninterrupted. “I just
want to be at the forefront, help push the league, the game that way,
because I feel like the players deserve it.”
Ignoring the impossible economics of Beckham’s statements – NFL teams
with 53 players on a roster will never pay the same as NBA teams that
have just 15 on payroll – NFL team owners may soon find it in their
best interests to pay players much more money than they’re making
today. Maybe even guaranteed money finally. Urschel, a backup lineman,
made $600,000 last year. Would the league be able to prevent others
like him from retiring early if they were making $2m a year? Would a
player of Calvin Johnson’s status step away from the game if he was
pulling in $20m a season instead of $12m? The owners might just figure
that paying out a little more in the next CBA will allow them to keep
their sport supplied with high-level athletes so they can continue
raking in massive profits far into the future.
It’s a cynical approach to dealing with a serious problem, sure, but
that means it’s almost guaranteed to be what Roger Goodell’s NFL does.
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