The NFL’s war on its own fans is going about as well for them as Grenada vs. the USA. A Morning Consult daily tracking poll found that three weeks ago, about 60% of both Democrats and Republicans viewed the NFL favorably. Now, after the ramping up of player protests during the National Anthem, Democrats’ attitudes remain the same; but among Trump voters (you know, the working class folks who are supposedly the NFL’s core fan demographic), more than 60% now hold an unfavorable view, a plunge of over 30 points in three weeks.
That erosion of fan support could be seen on TV this weekend in the seas of empty stadium seats that are making NFL games look like a convention of Harvey Weinstein supporters.
As if the Cleveland Browns didn’t have enough problems, the empty seats led to another embarrassing moment that proved easy fodder for jokers for Twitter. Wonder how many seat numbers they had to keep drawing for this raffle before they finally found a seat that had someone sitting in it?