NFL Legend Brett Favre blames the recent drop in NFL TV ratings on the league mixing sports and politics. He says fans don’t want to see political messages in sports.
The Hall of Famer is in agreement with U.S. President Donald Trump that the current political stance taken by the NFL is the major contributing reason for their poor ratings. President Trump has repeatedly taken shots at the league for allowing players to kneel during the national anthem. He’s also uses the low ratings for NFL and NBA slam the leagues for supporting the anti-racism movement.
Favre recently joined Trump in a Presidential Town Hall from the White House. The three-time NFL MVP agrees that fans are upset with leagues using sports to spread social justice messages. According to Favre, the poor ratings of NBA and NFL are direct results from fans not wanting their sports to have political agendas.
“The NBA and the NFL are struggling with lower ratings, as fans clearly do not want political messaging mixed with their sports,” Brett Favre said.
However the former Green Bay Packers quarterback did fire a question back at Trump.
“So how should the leagues support and promote an anti-racism position without becoming political and alienating fans?”
Meanwhile, instead of answering Favre’s question, Trump emphasizes the point that the NFL’s political stance is to blame for poor ratings. Trump says that Americans have no interest in seeing politics during games.”They’ve got enough politics with me and with everybody else.”
“I think it’s had a huge impact on sports, a huge negative impact on sports. And I think that football ought to get back to football and basketball to basketball. And let politics remain separate,” he told host Eric Bolling. Further, trump says that fans want to see players respecting the American flag by saluting, or at least standing, during the national anthem.
Viewer Count for Sunday Night Football:
- Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers Week 6: 11.4 million
- Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks Week 5: 15.1 million
- Philadelphia Eagles at San Francisco 49ers Week 4: 15.1 million
- Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints Week 3: 16.6 million
- New England Patriots at Seattle Seahawks Week 2: 17.7 million
- Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Rams Week 1: 19 million
The low viewership numbers match a reoccurring trend seen so far during the NFL season. Despite Sunday Night Football being NBC’s most-watched program each week since the start of the season, it’s not reaching the same numbers it did in 2019. NFL’s prime time games have also had to compete with the NBA Finals and the MLB World Series.