High profile sports broadcaster Al Michaels is blaming the steep decline in NFL ratings on President Donald Trump, yet another sign that the league and its mouthpieces have become politicized to the point where patriotic Americans are tuning out.
Michaels heads up the Sunday night broadcast team, a longtime veteran who partnered with John Madden for years when Monday Night Football was still the league’s flagship product. The ratings for both nights have been down since the league embraced the racial grievance protests and national anthem protests with this week’s MNF broadcast cratering to post the fourth lowest ratings since 2006.
Pay no mind to the fact that the NFL has been losing viewers ever since it botched the handling of the Colin Kaepernick kneeling thanks to neither liberal San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York or Commissioner Roger Goodell hitting the militant with a suspension that would have nipped everything in the bud instead of allowed it to fester and then erupt this year.
Nope, it’s all Trump’s fault and now even Michaels is onboard with the league’s propaganda.
In an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer, Michaels blasts Trump for “throwing a match into a gas tank” when he condemned the kneelers during a rally in Alabama back in September. Goodell quickly attacked Trump and put his seal of approval on hundreds of black players who protested on only the third weekend of the season.
The NFL has been unable to put out the dumpster fire ever since.
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The drama and draw of an Eagles-Cowboys matchup comes at a key time for Michaels and his NBC Sports crew. So far this season, ratings for Sunday Night Football are down 8 percent compared to last year, according to Sports Business Daily’s Austin Karp. Despite the decline, Sunday Night Football remains the most-watched program in primetime.
“It’s number one and it’s getting bashed because the ratings are down,” Michaels said. “Two or three years ago, the ratings were so spectacular that there had to be a little bit of a diminishment at some point.”
Michaels cited players’ protests against racial injustice during the national anthem as one of a myriad reasons ratings might be down. His comments echo remarks made by NBCUniversal advertising executive Linda Yaccarino, who noted earlier this month that she thinks the protests have affected the ratings. Yaccarino also said “a list of advertisers” have made it clear they’ll pull out of Sunday Night Football if the broadcast continues to cover protests.
Michaels said it felt like tension over the protests was starting cooling down, until President Trump weighed in during a September rally in Huntsville, Ala., where he called on NFL owners to fire players who decided to protest while the national anthem was being played.
“Once the president made those remarks in Alabama, at that particular point it was like throwing a match into a gas tank,” Michaels said. “During the off-season, both sides just have to sit down and figure out a way to make this a situation where it doesn’t overwhelm the conversation about the NFL.”
The conservative Michaels used to have something of a spine but after being forced to apologize for a Harvey Weinstein joke several weeks ago, he is now like a housebroken pet.
The denial that the players themselves as well as the league that has embraced their worship of a backup quarterback who hates cops, loves Fidel Castro and has nothing but contempt for the same country that allowed him to make millions of dollars for playing a game are responsible for the ratings drop continues.
Like with the media and the rest of the left, the NFL has found Trump to be a convenient scapegoat for the problems that they themselves have created.