The NFL made huge headlines all weekend as whole teams began kneeling during the national anthem, which many viewers and sports fans, including President Trump, found disrespectful. The president wrote on Twitter about the protests in a series of tweets:
Well, it looks like the president was on to something, as NFL ticket sales have plunged 17% since the protests, according to the Washington Examiner.
According to TickPick’s Jack Slingland, there’s usually a slight decline in ticket sales after the third week of games, but this year’s sales have taken a particularly steep decline:
“We have seen a massive decrease in NFL ticket purchases this past week in comparison to years past. Week 3 seems to usually have less ticket orders than week 2, but this year ticket purchases are down more than 7 percent from this time last year.”
“While we can’t specify if this decrease is due to the president’s comments, player and owner protests, play on the field, or simply the continued division of consumer’s media attention, the conversation around the NFL this week has focused on the president’s comments as well as the players’ and owners’ reaction. As viewers continue to abandon their NFL Sunday habits, both the number of ticket sales and the purchase price of tickets will drop.”
7% is certainly a substantial decrease in ticket sales over last year. It is hard to figure out how much attributed to the national anthem protests, but it’s safe to say that President Trump was probably right in that quite a few people were turned off from buying more tickets.
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