by Sierra Marlee | December 27, 2017 2:27 am
The National Football League has decided to cancel the last “Sunday Night Football” game of the season, in a move that will undoubtedly leave conservative Americans jumping with joy. They didn’t announce which teams would be playing and decided that because it wouldn’t have any playoff implications for either one or both teams, they decided to simply not schedule the game.
Would this kind of game be too straining on their wallet, or did they decide that not enough people would tune in and decided to simply scrap it altogether?
Another problem with the airing in question is that it would take place around New Year’s Day, which would pull in an even smaller audience than usual. With their recent dip in ratings, it’s unlikely that they wanted something so pitiful on their record.
“We felt that both from a competitive standpoint and from a fan perspective, the most fair thing to do is to schedule all Week 17 games in either the 1 p.m. or 4:25 p.m. windows,” said Howard Katz, NFL broadcast chief.
The most recent time that a New Year’s Day game was played was in 2006, when Brett Favre played his last game with the Green Bay Packers against the Chicago Bears. Despite the fact that this was a high-profile and highly anticipated game, it only drew in 13.4 million viewers which – at the time – was a quarter of the usual audience.
Given that the anthem protests have driven down the normal ratings of NFL games, it’s not a surprise that they have made this decision. It has been a really hard year for them all around and hopefully they can get their act together in 2018 and bring themselves back. I know a great number of people who felt that they were forced to give up their favorite pastime because of the disrespect being shown not only to the flag, but to our country as a whole.
I would love to be able to support teams again (though I’m a filthy casual who only watches the Super Bowl because my state doesn’t have an NFL team and I don’t care about the sport all that much), but I feel like I have to choose between America and football and let’s be honest, NFL teams don’t go to war when the country is in danger, so the choice is clear.
Maybe 2018 will be the year that this country returns to normal. I won’t put any money on it, but I’ll hope anyway.
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