Preliminary numbers of viewers for the televised football game opener are down to a 10-year low for the NFL and NBC.
Both teams were greeted with overwhelming boos from the fans as players from the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans linked arms before kickoff.
In a decade of declining ratings, the only exception was in 2019 during the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packer opener. Thursday’s game was 16.1% below that.
Despite the score, Chiefs, 34 and Texans, 20, both teams and the NFL lost.
Sponsors are now on notice as millions of viewers, traditional supporters of football are abandoning the NFL due to the boycott in response to their racist, dividing anti-America stance.
The 16.1% dive will likely go up because Nielsen Ratings is working to adjust how they count. New ratings will not be apples-to-Apple’s comparisons to historical ratings. But it will appear to make the numbers look better.
They are trying to estimate the number of viewers who watched it from places such as bars, restaurants, and airports.
Viewers can be counted if they take an app on their mobile devices from home and use those to watch games.
“Sports are not essential,” commented Jason Seymour, of Columbus, Ohio. “I’m not allowed to protest at my job so why are they? Why can’t athletes just do their job?”
“I hate this so much. I’m a HUGE NFL fan,” posted Pablo Honey of Huntsville, Alabama. “But I’m a bigger fan of the USA, liberty, freedom and the 2nd amendment. I’m in on this boycott. They’ll tank like the NBA did. They’re already hemorrhaging money. So if they think they can afford to lose viewers, I’ll oblige. Trump 2020.”
“Hypocritical at the least – Football players getting paid millions of dollars from companies to endorse their products and from team owners when those very companies pay sweatshops in foreign countries to work .20 cents an hour,” said mother Patty Carter of Albany, New York. “Same players then tell America that we are a racist country and need to kneel for social injustices for the oppression that companies, government, society place on these people. How about playing for free, and ask those same companies and team owners to put their money where your mouth and knees preach! To the women who make those NIKE shoes, or other team apparel. The epitome of hypocrisy!”
“For the first time in years we did not buy the NFL package or participated in the football pool…or are going to any games or buying any gear!” said longtime Tampa Buccaneers fan Katherine Becker. “Sick and tired of politics ruining our sports! No place for politics in sports!
“These communist Democrats have control of the Internet, our movies, our news, our video games,” said Marlon Jennings of Pennsylvania. “These punks have either been indoctrinated playing zombie games of destruction or listening to idiot anti-America university professors for a couple of generations at least. Now they’re taking over our sports. We have to stop it now.”
Raised in San Antonio, Jack Dennis’ early experiences were as a newspaper reporter and private investigator. With a Texas State University bachelor’s degree, Jack studied journalism, education and psychology. He was the founding vice-president of Sigma Delta Chi, the Association of Professional Journalists at the University. Jack has received numerous awards, including Investigative Reporter of the Year from Rocky Mountain Press Association, David Ashworth Community Award, and Leadership in Management.
Some of the people and groups Jack has interviewed include:
Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Willie Nelson, B.B. King, George Strait, Roy Orbison, Justin Timberlake, Steven Tyler, Freddie Mercury, Kenny Rogers, Kenny Loggins, Jackson Browne, Steve Wariner, Tanya Tucker, Scotty Moore, Fats Domino, Patty Page, Tommy Roe, Emmy Lou Harris, Johnny Rivers, Charly McClain, Kinky Friedman, John McFee, Guy Allison & Patrick Simmons (Doobie Brothers) , Randy Bachman (BTO), Jim Messina, Todd Rundgren, Alvin Lee, Gary Puckett, The Ventures, Freddy Cannon, Augie Meyer, Christopher Cross, Whiskey Myers, Sha Na Na (John “Bowzer” Baumann), Flash Cadillac, Jerry Scheff, John Wilkinson, Darrell McCall, and more.
Politicians & News
George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Lady Bird Johnson, Greg Abbott, Rudolph Giuliani, Larry King, Jack Anderson, Tom Bradley, Connie Mack, and more.
Clint Eastwood, Mike Myers, Taylor Lautner, Cameron Diaz, Jerry Lewis, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews, Selena Gomez, Tippi Hedren, James Earl Jones, James Woods, Jim Nabors, Martha Raye, Rosalind Russell, June Lockhart, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Howie Mandel, Meg Ryan, Cheri Oteri, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, James Drury, Melanie Griffith, Nathan Lane, Alan Thicke, Lou Diamond Phillips, Clint Howard, Tony Sirico, Cesar Romero, Michael Berryman, Tracy Scoggins, William Windom, Warren Stevens and more.
Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Wally Schirra, Dave Scott, Gene Cernan, Walt Cunningham, Scott Carpenter, Gene Kranz (NASA Flight Director), Ed Mitchell, Richard Gordon, Bruce McCandless, Vanentina Treshkova (first woman in space, Russia), Alex Leonov (first man to walk in space, Russian), Al Worden, Dee O’Hara (nurse to astronauts) and more.
Sports: Joe Torre, Roger Staubach, Bob Hayes, Billie Jean King, Manuela Maleeva, Drew Pearson, Bob Lilly, Tim Duncan, David Robinson, George Gervin, Tony Parker, Shannon Miller, Cathy Rigby, Bruce Bowen, Wade Boggs, Fernando Valenzuela, Bernie Kosar, Dale Murphy, Jim Abbott, Dick Bartell, Mike Schmidt, Dan Pastorini and more.
May Pang, Bob Eubanks, Vernon Presley, Vester Presley, Charlie Hodge, Joe Esposito, Rick Stanley (Elvis’ step-brother, Harold Lloyd (Elvis’ first cousin), Doyle Brunson, Kara Peller, Hank Meijer, Norman Brinkler, Stanley Marcus, Jerry King, Mac King, Nathan Burton, Zach Anner, Louie Anderson, Owen Benjamin, Steve Byrne and more.
As head of Facilities for a major retailer (H-E-B Food/Drugs) for 20 years, Jack co-founded Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM) and was elected President to establish PRSM magazine. Jack is a writer, speaker, golf-concierge and happiness coach. He has researched and studied happiness for over 40 years.
Jack was a prolific writer for Examiner.com, with over 1,900 articles written in six years. His articles and stories have appeared in AXS Entertainment, The ROWDY Country Music, Memphis Flash, and numerous magazines.
He is author of “Miracles of Justice,” a true courtroom drama novel about social injustice and miracles.