America falls out of love with football: Shock study sees NFL drop below baseball in the popularity stakes for the first time in decades

  • Favorable ratings for the NFL have dropped from 57 per cent to 44 per cent from the end of August to the end of September
  • Meanwhile, the unfavorable rating for the league is the highest among any big sport – 40 per cent – according to the Winston Group survey 
  • In August and September, baseball had the highest favorable rating than any other sport at 63 and 65 per cent 
  • The National Anthem protest along with criticism from Trump has caused core fans, men aged 34-54, to turn their attention elsewhere
  • Donald Trump predicted on September 27 that the National Football League will ‘go to hell’ if they don’t listen to his demand for a ban on protests 
  • Some fans are protesting out of disgust of the protest started by Colin Kaepernick in response to police brutality against Black people, last year
  • Others are protesting because the player hasn’t been signed to a team yet 

As players, coaches and owners continue to protest during the the National Anthem, the NFL struggles to gripe with a new poll that shows that they are no longer America’s favorite sport.

Favorable ratings for the NFL have dropped from 57 percent to 44 percent from the end of August to the end of September.

Meanwhile, the unfavorable rating for the league is the highest among any big sport – 40 percent – according to the Winston Group survey.

In August and September, baseball had the highest favorable rating than any other sport at 63 and 65 percent.

While the sport was already seeing lower TV ratings accompanied vacant seating in stadiums, the accompaniment of the National Anthem protest with outlandish criticism from Trump has caused core fans, men aged 34-54, to turn their attention elsewhere.

Among those fans, the favorable rating went from 73 to 42 percent and the unfavorable rating rose from 19 to 47 percent.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4958858/Shock-study-finds-NFL-drops-baseball.html

Shock poll: NFL now least liked sport, core fans down 31%

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