Throughout the last few months, President Donald Trump has voiced strong criticisms toward the NFL. Much of which has aimed toward the league’s willingness to allow players to kneel during the national anthem. It has all guided Trump to make another harsh warning toward the NFL.
Donald Trump disgruntled by NFL players kneeling
In the last few years, Donald Trump has voiced much disdain toward kneeling during the national anthem.
It has centered on the belief that’s it an action that it’s disrespecting the American flag and the military. It’s a stance that Trump has stuck firm to despite the message being clear that the sole reason behind it is to bring attention to the country’s social injustices.
Many of the players in other leagues outside the NFL have used their elevated platforms to voice a desire for social change. However, the notion that Trump continues to maintain is that kneeling is disrespectful. It has guided the president toward publicly bashing the league on several occasions for allowing its players to kneel.
Trump went that route again on social media by pointing toward the dropped ratings as further evidence for that strong stance.
Donald Trump bashes NFL ratings again
In the last couple of weeks, President Donald Trump has been quite vocal over social regarding the sports world. Much of which has come with his ire toward players kneeling during the national anthem.
It has seen him go on the offensive with his remark, especially against the NFL, stating that the league’s TV ratings would drop because of that. It was the case on Sunday morning as he bashed the NFL again, voicing that the ratings would continue to decline because of their willingness to let players kneel.
Trump’s tweet referenced a report showing that the TV ratings were down in many of the markets across the league for Week 1 action compared to last season. The NFL did experience a jump for their Thursday night’s Week 2 action between the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns, which had 7.2 million viewership, which was up three percent from last year.
However, the league did experience down ratings with some of their primetime games in Week 1, including the Week 1 matchup between the LA Rams and Dallas Cowboys. Trump continues to strongly correlate the declined ratings to kneeling during the national anthem.
Likely, other factors such as no fans in attendance for nearly all the games are playing a significant role. In Trump’s eyes, the dropped ratings proving his stance right.
NFL will continue to support their players
In the months heading into the 2020 season, the NFL held the expectations that there would be a hit financially. That went far beyond the inability to fill stadiums due to the coronavirus.
It has seen the TV rating take a hit to begin the campaign, which has attributed to many different factors. Among them is those who disagree with players kneeling during the national anthem. A sizable chunk of NFL fans does hold a similar stance to how President Donald Trump feels about kneeling, but that is only a portion.
At the same time, the NFL isn’t going to waver in their support of their players, who want to use the league’s platform to bring forth social change. They have moved ahead by using their influence toward bringing more attention to the situation. Yes, the NFL will take a hit in the pocket for backing their players, but it’s a step forward toward helping create social change.