Then you get to the comments. One after another, cogent, thoughtful comments clearly stating the exact reason that life long NFL fans have turned off the TV, dropped their cable subscription, and moved on. Here's a sample:
*I will not watch a single NFL game until the protests during the national anthem end. Period. So, NFL fix the problem of the whiny, rich, spoiled kids throwing a tantrum or your ratings will continue to slide. I cancelled ESPN. I watch sports for fun and news for politics. Get out of politics or your ratings will continue to slide.
*There will be no NFL at my house until the employment of players that disrespect our flag and anthem is terminated.
*As long as the NFL buries it's head in the sand and refuses to address the political nature of the "protests" and that these over privileged, narcissistic, over paid whiners offend the majority of the US, viewership will continue to tumble - Never to returnAnd so on
The counter-argument that the players are Americans too and they have a right to protest has some traction with me. As a libertarian, I think they do have a right to protest. Whether they can exercise that right while they are being paid is a matter they have to work out with their employers. But even if I am convinced they have a right to protest on the field, there is no argument that will convince me I have to pay for the privilege of watching them do it.