Over the past few months, hundreds of NFL players have taken a knee during the national anthem to protest against President Donald Trump and against racial inequality. Americans have in turn caused NFL television ratings to plummet, as they would rather turn off their TVs than watch the American flag be disrespected.
The Daily Caller reported that in an unprecedented move, the NFL has canceled the telecast of a game this Sunday due to fears that it would get historically low ratings. It was announced yesterday that the final “Sunday Night Football” game of the season has been canceled.
The NFL had not yet announced which two teams would be playing each other on Sunday, but they cancelled the game because they were afraid that nobody would watch anyway. Fans will instead be able to watch seven games at kick-off at 1 p.m. eastern Sunday and a total of 9 games starting at 4:25 p.m. eastern time.
“We felt that both from a competitive standpoint and from a fan perspective, the most fair thing to do is to schedule all Week 17 games in either the 1 p.m. or 4:25 p.m. windows,” NFL broadcast chief Howard Katz said in a statement.
This comes after NFL ratings have plummeted this season as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has allowed the anthem protests to continue. The NFL has lost about $500 million in TV advertising dollars alone, not counting ticket sales, merchandising losses and the potential of an additional billion dollars lost in tax subsidies.
Now, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has had enough, and he’s taking action.
Freedom Daily reported that this past week, President Donald Trump slammed both the NFL and Goodell for continuing to disrespect the American flag.
“Can you believe that the disrespect for our Country, our Flag, our Anthem continues without penalty to the players. The Commissioner has lost control of the hemorrhaging league. Players are the boss!’” Trump wrote.
Can you believe that the disrespect for our Country, our Flag, our Anthem continues without penalty to the players. The Commissioner has lost control of the hemorrhaging league. Players are the boss! https://t.co/udXP5MR8BC
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2017
Jones, who was one of the first owners to say that his team would not be participating in the anthem protests, said that he “appreciates” what Trump has to say about the anthem protests.
“I certainly think that the thing he is addressing is certainly a part of how we want to make our game better,” Jones said. “There’s no question because of our visibility, our substantiveness, that we are looked to for social responsibility as well. This is all part of what I’ve been talking about with the commissioner, and certainly I appreciate not only the president, but I want everybody to be a fan of the Dallas Cowboys.”
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