Report: The NFL and its TV partners are on track to lose $500 million this year alone as ratings plunge
Just two years ago, the NFL was an unstoppable force with record viewership and revenue. But now, the league is in a major decline. The full effect that the last two seasons have had on the league are now being realized.
What’s going on?
It all began in preseason 2016 when then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the national anthem to protest police brutality and systemic racism in the U.S. There were protests and some ratings decline because of the kneeling protests, but by the end of the season, the controversy had smoothed over.
But then President Donald Trump inserted himself into the controversy early in the 2017 season, which caused more players to kneel and more Americans to boycott the league. This led to decreased ticket sales, decreased viewership, decreased popularity and finally, decreased revenue.
According to OutKick the Coverage, the league and its TV partners — CBS, Fox Sports, ESPN and NBC — have already lost hundreds of millions of dollars this season. Ratings have dropped overall by 20 percent since 2015, the site reported. But it gets even worse: the TV partners are on track to lose $500 million this year alone.
Article by: Chris Enloe Weekend Editor TheBlaze.com
Goodell Letter To NFL Owners: "The current dispute over the National Anthem is threatening to erode the unifying power of our game..."
To: Chief Executives/ Club Presidents
From: Commissioner Goodell
Date: October 10, 2017
Re: Fall Meeting/National Anthem
We live in a country that can feel very divided. Sports, and especially the NFL, brings people together and lets them set aside those divisions, at least for a few hours. The current dispute over the National Anthem is threatening to erode the unifying power of our game, and is now dividing us, and our players, from many fans across the country.
I’m very proud of our players and owners who have done the hard work over the past year to listen, understand and attempt to address the underlying issues within their communities. At our September committee meetings, we heard directly from several players about why these issues are so important to them and how we can support their work. And last week, we met with the leadership of the NFLPA and more players to advance the dialogue.
Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem. It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us. We also care deeply about our players and respect their opinions and concerns about critical social issues. The controversy over the Anthem is a barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues. We need to move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with our players.
Building on many discussions with clubs and players, we have worked to develop a plan that we will review with you at next week’s League meeting. This would include such elements as an in-season platform to promote the work of our players on these core issues, and that will help to promote positive change in our country. We want to ensure that any work at the League level is consistent with the work that each club is doing in its own community, and that we dedicate a platform that can enable these initiatives to succeed. Additionally, we will continue the unprecedented dialogue with our players.
I expect and look forward to a full and open discussion of these issues when we meet next week in New York. Everyone involved in the game needs to come together on a path forward to continue to be a force for good within our communities, protect the game, and preserve our relationship with fans throughout the country. The NFL is at its best when we ourselves are unified. In that spirit, let’s resolve that next week we will meet this challenge in a unified and positive way.
ARE YOU READY FOR SOME COLLEGE FOOTBALL?
The Calloway Football Network has you covered. Here is the college football TV schedule for Saturday, September 2nd.
The BIG one tonight is the #1 Alabama Crimson Tide verse #3 Florida State Seminoles at 8:00PM on ABC in Atlanta, Ga at the Chick-fil-la kickoff.
Akron @ Penn State – 12:00 on ABC
Ball State @ Illinois - 12:00 on BTN
Bowling Green @ Michigan Sate – 12:00 on ESPNU
Ken State @ Clemson – 12:00 on ESPN
Maryland @ Texas – 12:00 on Fox Sports 1
Missouri State @ Missouri – 12:00 on SEC Network
Wyoming @ Iowa – 12:00 on BTN
California @ North Carolina – 12:20 on ACC Network
Bethune Cookman @ Miami – 12:30 on FSU Affiliates
Portland State @ Oregon State – 2:00 on PAC12 Network
NC State vs South Carolina (Charlotte, NC) – 3:00 on ESPN
Florida vs Michigan (Arlington, TX) – 3:30 on ABC
Nevada @ Northwestern – 3:30 on BTN
Temple @ Notre Dame – 3:30 on NBC
UTEP @ Oklahoma – 3:30 on Fox
Troy @ Boise – 3:45 on ESPNU
Charleston Southern @ Mississippi State – 4:00 on SEC Network
Eastern Washington @ Texas Tech 4:00 on FSU Affiliates
Kentucky @ Southern Miss – 4:00 on CBS Sports Network
Western Michigan @ USC – 5:15 on Pac12 Network
Appalachian State @ Georgia – 6:15 on ESPN / WatchESPN
Central Arkansas @ Kansas State – 7:00 ESPN3
Liberty @ Baylor – 7:00 on Fox Sports 2
SEMO @ Kansas – 7:00 on ESPN3
Butler @ Illinois State – 7:30 on ESPN3
Georgia Southern @ Auburn – 7:30 on SEC Network
Louisville vs Purdue (Indianapolis, IN) – 7:30 on Fox
South Alabama @ Ole Miss – 7:30 ESPNU / WatchESPN
Alabama vs Florida State (Atlanta, GA) – 8:00 on ABC
Arkansas State @ Nebraska – 8:00PM on BTN
Jacksonville State @ TCU – 8:00PM on FSU Affiliates
Vanderbilt @ Middle Tennessee – 8:00PM on CBS Sports Network
Southern Utah @ Oregon – 8:15PM on PAC12 Network
BYU vs LSU (New Orleans, LA) – 9:30PM ESPN
Montana State @ Washington State – 10:30PM on Fox Sports 1
Northern Arizona @ Arizona – 11:00PM PAC12 Network
ESPN’s Marty Smith joins Alabama strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochren, who shares how he and Nick Saban collaborate to keep the team energized and motivated.
Cochren is one of the best in the business. He keeps Alabama players focused, motivated and physically ready to perform at the top of their game. In this short interview from ESPN & ESPN.com he talks about how he collaborates with Coach Saban making sure the message Coach Saban wants delivered is delivered.
Cochern’s energy and “JUICE” as he calls it is critical to their success. He says “coaches must bring the juice first”.
Alabama gets the season underway this Saturday night at 8:00pm from the new $1.5 Billion replacement for the Ga Dome at Atlanta’s Mercedes Benz Stadium verse Florida State. A big-time season opener that will most likely determine who will be playing on January 8th.
You can watch the game on ABC or steaming on WatchESPN
Video courtesy of ESPN.com
Roger Goodell negotiating a contract extension with the NFL extending his contract through the 2024 season.
According to sources the NFL and Roger Goodell are close to agreeing to a contract extension through 2024. Goodell is currently signed through 2019 so this would be a five-year extension.
Labor unrest is likely when the current CBA agreement expires after the 2020 season and negotiations start between the player’s union and the league owners. This means Goodell will be presiding over the negotiations again for the owners.
Not sure of the salary parameters but there are some owners that would like to see him make less money. Tax records show Goodell made more than $150 million in salary and bonuses in his first eight years as NFL commissioner. In 2014-2015 records show he made $34 million. Not sure what this new deal will be.
Coach Saban and the Crimson Tide took notice of a young man by the name of Jarrett Bell who attended Alabama’s football came this summer.
Bell a 6-foot-5, 285-pound offensive lineman from Norco High School in California. Bell impressed lineman coach Brent Key and of course Coach Saban when he traveled across the country to participate the Tide’s summer camp.
Prior to Mondays commitment to Alabama Bell was relatively an unknown. He did not have a lot of offers or a high ranking with only 2 stars from 247Sports composite. This was mainly because he played on the defensive side of the ball but this summer decided focus on becoming an offensive lineman and went out and dominated at the Alabama camp and was also named the offensive lineman MVP at Southern California’s camp this summer.
A bet he shoots up the ranking services charts now. Going into his senior season this fall Bell’s has some impressive numbers in the weight room, max bench press is 365 pounds, squat is 525 pounds, and his power cleans 315 pounds.
Bell is the Alabama’s 10th commitment in the 2018 class and the third in the past week along with 4-star linebacker Cameron Latu and 3-star athlete Slade Bolden. The Tide keep on rolling.
Watch Jarrett Bell Cool Commitment Video:
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin is looking to help VICIS, the Seattle-based technology company poised to have its helmet make an impact in the NFL, change and perhaps save the game of football.
Baldwin invested in the company and is promoting it as well, telling CBS Sports Radio that he has an 11-year-old cousin that wants to play football and that the child’s mother is among those who has inquired about VICIS’ helmet at a time when she is concerned about injury risk.
Other NFL players are also very much interested in the VICIS ZERO1 helmet after it ranked first out of 33 helmet models in laboratory testing conducted by biomechanical experts from the league and NFLPA that determined which of them best reduced head impact severity under conditions simulating concussion-causing impacts in NFL games.
The ZERO1 has yet to be used in NFL games, but Cincinnati Bengals offensive lineman Eric Winston, who is the NFLPA executive committee president, is among those who tried the VICIS helmet in offseason workouts.
VICIS has images of players from 19 NFL teams wearing the helmet this offseason. Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley told the Kansas City Star that he along with an estimated 10 to 15 players including quarterback Alex Smith are expected to test the helmet during training camp.
For Baldwin, he is committed to using the ZERO1. “I’ve been wearing it in OTAs, and I will be wearing it this season during the football season,” Baldwin said.
The ZERO1 is unlike the typical football helmet that has a hard exterior shell and instead has an outer LODE Shell that deforms to absorb impact like a car bumper and then can return to form before the next impact. The helmet has a columnar layer designed to absorb impacts from any direction and buckle.
“Football is a violent, collision sport, and we need the protection that can mitigate that,” Baldwin told SiriusXM NFL Radio. “And so this helmet is definitely taking that approach. It’s not just another piece of football equipment. The team there at VICIS, they’ve looked at it as a medical device. They’ve approached it from a medical standpoint, a medical point of view. And that’s been vitally important to the reason why I’ve been so excited it is because I know it’s going to be safer for not only myself, but for future players and for the game.”
Conley told the Kansas City Star that the look of the helmet was “pretty good” even as it is noticeably larger than the average helmet.
A Stanford graduate, Baldwin told Fox 5 NY that the main thing he wanted to relay to VICIS was that it didn’t make a helmet so “drastically different” that players would not be willing to test it. “I saw this as an opportunity, as an opportunity not only to get in with a company that’s doing something drastically different in our arena, but also to be able to get myself in a safer piece of equipment,” Baldwin told the station.
“I have that confidence with a piece of technology that I know is safer for me. To me, it’s going to save the game.”
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Diamond is responsible for SportTechie’s editorial vision and execution. Before joining SportTechie in August 2016, he worked as the Golden State Warriors beat writer for the Bay Area News Group and covered both their NBA championship and 73-win seasons. He previously covered Michigan State for MLive.com, college basketball for ESPN.com and the Los Angeles Dodgers for The Press-Enterprise. He lives in New York City and is a native of San Francisco
$7.8Billion in shared revenue for 2016/2017 NFL season. The 32 NFL teams split the $7.8 Billion take depositing a cool $244 million per team. That number was up 10 percent over the previous season. This was verified when the Green Bay Packers released their financial information. The Packers are publicly owned therefore they are required to share their books.