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Fumbling Major League Sports Ratings Tumbling Like a Dominos

No matter how many ways the media and major league press releases want to spin it, the facts are clear.

Their games aren’t about winning or losing anymore. They’re about lecturing regular Americans about why we’re all terrible people.

Millions of their former viewers continue to walk away from major league sports for selling out to political interests and social engineering.

Each week seems worse than the previous, like dominos collapsing onto the next.

Monday Night Football dropped down to 8.65 million viewers — its second smallest audience of the season so far with Green Bay Packers’  beating  the Atlanta Falcons.

Pro Bull Riders Tour seems to be the only major sports going up in ratings. They averaged 1.81 million viewers last Sunday — up 22% in ratings and 18% in viewership from the previous NFL-adjacent window two weeks earlier.

Sunday’s Season 32 premiere of “The Simpsons” was up 122% in TV ratings from the Fox animated series.

 Harris Polling now says 39% of sports fans are watching fewer games. The found that 38% felt they watched less because the “league has become too political,” while 19% cited the NBA’s association with China.

 TV ratings for game one of the NBA Finals were absolutely atrocious when the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Miami Heat to open the series.
Their Wednesday night game only averaged 7.41 million viewers on ABC, the lowest rated and least-watched NBA Finals game on record (dates back to 1988). The previous low was 8.06 million for Game 3 of the 2003 NBA Finals.

Viewership is down 45% from game one of the 2019 NBA Finals.

Friday’s game two of the NBA Finals set a new low for television audience – breaking the previous low set just two days earlier by game one. By game three, NBA Finals spiraled down to only 4.08 million.  

NBA conference finals averaged approximately 4.18 million viewers, down 35% from last year (6.42M) and the smallest audience for the round since at least 2007.

Last Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series playoff race from Las Vegas averaged 1.97 million viewers on NBCSN, marking the lowest rating and viewership in the young history of the race (debuted in 2018).

Ratings fell 19% and viewership 17% from last year (2.38M) and 10% and 8% respectively from ’18 (2.14M).

Monday’s Stanley Cup Final Game 6 (Lightning-Stars) had 2.88 million viewers on NBC (2.95M including streaming), marking the highest rated and most-watched game of the series, but the lowest rated and least-watched Cup clincher in at least two decades.

Major League Baseball on FOX (Braves-Mets or White Sox-Reds) had 1.28 million viewers last Saturday night.

WNBA regular season averaged 205,000 viewers across ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC (37 telecasts), down 16% from last year (246K).

Thursday Night Football (Broncos-Jets) had 5.41 million viewers on NFL Network. It was the least-watched primetime NFL game in four years — since a Saturday Jets-Dolphins game on NFL Network in 2016 (4.39M). The previous low was 5.43 million for Dolphins-Jaguars the previous week.
 

“Pulling in 12.22 million viewers in the early metrics and 3.5 in the ratings between 7 -11 PM ET, last night’s big NFL game was down 17% in audience and 25% in the demo from the early numbers of last week’s SNF official season debut,” Deadline Hollywood reported.

Like a drug lord depends on addicts, or a pimp relies on “Johns,” the NFL, NBA, and MLB are bending over for the dollars of China, Globalists, multi-billionaires and interests all hellbent to turning Americans into sports junkies for their profits.

The opening day of the French Open had almost 480,000 viewers on the NBC broadcast network, down 57% in ratings and 55% in viewership from day one last year, when it had 1.07 million watching.

The Sunday Night Football game between the Cowboys and the Rams, suffered a 28% drop in ratings.

ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio gave a warning to the National Football League.

“It makes much more sense to focus on expanding to countries with governments that properly respect the rights of its people,” Florio said. “But the NFL has 1.4 billion reasons to continue to be tempted to find a way to cultivate more and more fans in China, even if the transaction includes eventually forfeiting a slice of its soul.”

On September 11, 2020, Gallup Polls released some bad news to the American sports industry. Among U.S. adults less than 30 percent see the sports industry positively, compared to 40 percent reporting a negative image. This is a shocking 30 percent decline from a year ago.

Many former NBA players have lucrative deals with Chinese companies.

The NBA currently has about 200 employees working in China at their Beijing and Shanghai offices. Games are streamed live and Chinese media cover all the league’s biggest events such as All-Star weekend and the NBA Finals. The league has played preseason games there for years, has three NBA academies in the country and current players go there every offseason to promote their brand.

Chinese state television and Tencent, a major media partner with ESPN and the NBA in China, has a streaming deal that is worth $1.5 billion total over the next four years.

The Chinese-NBA connection is so bad even Sports Illustrated’s Rohan Nadkarni wrote last October that “the NBA should move to end the relationship, as opposed to widening the scope of its moral sacrifices.”

 Even the International Olympic Committe’s decision to grant Beijing the honor of hosting the Winter Olympic Games in 2022 are coming into question.

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