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As Anthem Protests Continue on Thanksgiving Weekend, the Seats Tell the Whole Story

The national anthem protests in the NFL faded away a little bit.

But the fans continue to boycott along with the players.

And this week, another player came into focus during the game.

The New York Giants defensive end Oliver Olivier Vernon took a knee during the national anthem on Thanksgiving while a master sergeant in the U.S. army sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.” He was the only player to take a knee and it was very offensive towards the master sergeant.

According to our source, IJR, despite all the controversy, the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodellallowed for the protests to continue. The ratings have fallen and it might cost them a loss of $500 million.

Vernon explained why he chose to take a knee during the anthem:

“What it would take for me to stand is if people can understand what the whole message is behind it. That would actually help a whole lot, but everybody doesn’t see things that way and tries to distort what the message was from the beginning, which is basically social injustice on African-Americans and police brutality.”

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Here’s the percentage of NFL’s favorable and unfavorable ratings:

  • From the end of August through the end of September, the NFL’s favorable rating has dropped nearly 25 percent — 57 percent to 44 percent.
  • The league’s 40 percent unfavorable rating is the highest of any major sport.
  • Favorability among core fans fell from 73 percent to 42 percent.
  • Unfavorable ratings among core fans rose from 19 percent to 47 percent.

“More critically for the NFL, the fall off in favorables occurred among important audiences. Among males, NFL favorables fell 23 percent, going from 68 percent to 45 percent.

In looking at a more specific audience, males 34-54, NFL favorables fell 31 percent, going from 73 percent to 42 percent. Among this group the NFL has a surprising negative image, as it went from +54 percent in August to -5 percent in September,” according to the Winston Groupsurvey analysis.

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