Here's What's Happening To NFL Because of National Anthem Protests

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September 30, 2017Sep 30, 2017

Reports claim that NFL tickets orders are on the decline in the midst of the controversy over the national anthem. 

CBS News reports that TickPick slumped almost 18 percent this week compared with the prior week, their steepest decline since 2014 when ticket sales plunged 31 percent. TicketCity sales are down 16 percent from a year ago. TickPick’s sales increased slightly this month, but by the smallest margin since 2015. Indeed, the sales data of these vendors reflects something very important about the NFL: fans are angry about the two hundred plus players who have refused to stand during the national anthem. And in response, many fans are refusing to buy tickets.

There are people who are saying that this is my form of entertainment and I don't want politics in my entertainment," said TickPick co-CEO Brett Goldberg, according to CBS News.

A poll recently conducted found that most Americans do not like the national anthem protests. Although there seems to be a clear divide between Republicans and Democrats regarding whether they are acceptable, the majority of Americans are on the side of President Trump in the squirmish between him and the NFL.

And it is even more clear that the majority of NFL viewers do not approve of the NFL protests. To the contrary, they are siding with President Trump, believing that the protests are disrespectful to both the flag and the nation. 

Throughout the week, the National Football League (NFL) has been in the midst of a major controversy as hundreds of players protest during the national anthem. Rather than standing during the national anthem with their hands covering their hearts, many players have opted to drop onto one knee.

The protests first began with former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2016 to condemn police brutality and racial inequality. But almost overnight, after Trump made some controversial remarks over the weekend, the protests became a statement against President Trump. Trump has long been upset about the NFL protests, believing that they are disrespectful to both the flag and the troops. But it wasn't until Saturday that Trump finally said something in a rally, and it quickly captured headlines.  

On Thursday, the President of the United States remarked that NFL coaches are "afraid" of their players, and are hence unwilling to do anything about the controversial protests. 

“I have so many friends that are owners,” Trump told Fox News in an interview broadcast Thursday. “They’re in a box. I mean I’ve spoken to a couple of them. They say we are in a situation where we have to do something.”

“I think they’re afraid of their players, you want to know the truth. And I think it’s disgraceful,” he continued.

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