The NFL is on in a ton of homes every single Sunday. The passion, pride and energy pumped into it by fans of teams has become something that can either consume you or overwhelm you, depending on your level of love for the game. And heading into this season, that level of enthusiasm was still there. Fans were ready to see how their favorite teams would do this year and what breakout stars would emerge. The ratings usually reflect the amount of people that are viewing and engaged in the game. Well this season, those ratings are down. And of course with the ratings dip, there are plenty that have their thoughts and theories as to why. But honestly, there is a myriad of different things that are affecting the ratings. Many want to put the blame all in one place like the anthem protests, but those are the same people that don’t want to open their eyes and see all of the picture. So with that being said, here are my theories on why the NFL is dropping in ratings.
The saying “there can never be too much of a good thing” is quite interesting. It refers to things that someone loves and the undying thirst for wanting to see, have or do that one thing as much as possible. To many, the NFL is viewed that way. And every time a game is on, there are many that feel they have to watch it. Having games on Sunday and Monday night were things that many were used to. After all, the NFL has been doing that for decades at this point and many have grown up knowing that these games will be on these days during the football season. But now the NFL has decided to invade Thursday nights on a regular basis. Originally, the only Thursday night games that we saw were the Lions and the Cowboys hosting games on Thanksgiving. But after the NFL noticed the success in ratings, the NFL slowly started adding more action on Thursday nights. Now we are to the point that we have Thursday night games every week. That may not seem like a lot for some NFL die-hard fans, but that is an overload for plenty of people. And because of that, some tune into other things besides the games, looking for an alternative to watch besides football. The game can be very fun to watch, but it can also be something that can consume a ton of time. And the over saturation has caused some to be turned off by the game.
But along with the over saturation of the market, there is also some issues with the quality of play. It seems like all the prime time match-ups this year have not really been good. Those prime time spots used to be reserved for the best games of the week and now it seems like there are tons of games that have bad teams matched up against each other for the world to see. Not exactly something that peaks the interest of fans to want to tune in. Even more specifically, the Thursday night games have been some of the sloppiest games in the NFL this year. The games feature players that are not properly rested and have not had a usual week of time to prepare for the game. So naturally, there are going to be tons of penalties along with bad execution. And that type of football is something fans do not want to see and the type of football that many fans decide to turn off in favor of something else.
The NFL reached its zenith in viewership presumably because of the downfall in rankings this year so far. And honestly, they only have themselves to blame. The over saturation of the market along with the quality of play has finally caught up to them. And while they continue to figure out why it has happened, the answer has been sitting right in front of their faces. And if they want to try and garner more attention for their league, the Roger Goodell and the NFL owners need to understand that more football isn’t exactly a good thing. Maybe they figure it or maybe they don’t. Only time will tell.
The General Mike Patton is an up-and-coming writer from Nashville, TN who brings a fresh and non-biased opinion about sports. From his radio experience in Nashville to his time as a sports writer for Free’s World, the website for radio personality and former cohost of BET’s 106 and Park Free (www.freesworld.com), The General is definitely one you want to get to know in the sports world. You can catch his work on SPORTSAWAKENING.COM. Mike grew up rooting for the San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bulls and Chicago Cubs, and remains a passionate sports fan who expresses intelligent opinions. (Click on profile pic for more articles)
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