At that price, fans demand blood. Okay, Hemingway I ain’t. ", Julio cried out in super-hard agreement: "Oh yes, Papa! It has allowed a team to be called the Redskins (anti-Native American sentiment). Within the last decade, we decided The Thing That Happens On Every Football Play causes violent brain injuries, and even the fanciest football helmets don't help. Or butt-patted a service employee. Thanks for connecting! History proves that NFL ratings likely take a dip during a presidential election. On top of that, the first two presidential debates went head-to-head with Monday Night Football and Sunday Night Football, respectively, which significantly cut into the viewership for both games. Giving up the thrill of watching all of a Sunday's games at once, on several screens, like an evil genius bent on total touchdown awareness. People are throwing around several theories about why there is such a sharp decline in NFL TV ratings — especially during prime-time national broadcasts. If none of that's convinced you to drop the NFL yet, I don't judge you. I'm flexible. Every society sets its own tolerance for sports brutality. Let me explain, because it's not as "touchy, feely hippie bullshit" as you think. Okay, Hemingway I ain't. In comparison to their competition, the NFL is still the king among American professional sports leagues when it comes to total viewership. Oct 20, 12:52am. The NFL has gotten away with this one for years. And aside from watching my alma mater get beat down on Saturdays, I’m not watching much college football either. I'm gonna try hard not to tweet about it. Also follow our new Pictofacts Facebook page, Sports Fans. And this is the only recourse we have left; the NFL is going to do what it wants. Nationally syndicated talk radio host Mark Levin said of the NFL and NBA on Tuesday, “I am not going to empower these people with my money and giving them ratings.” The conservative talk host’s comments were a response to what he believes are the football and basketball leagues’ support of anti-American and anti-Semitic political movements. © Copyright 2020 Endgame360 Inc. All Rights Reserved. Let me explain, because it's not as "touchy, feely hippie bullshit" as you think. And playing pro football pays millions because right now, in this era, we're good with people's kids losing their cognitive functions for our fun. He knew every play by heart, just as a salmon knows its river, or a dancer knows cool-ass dance moves. I was so used to spending my Sundays locked in on my TV set for eight hours at a time, cheering fanatically for my Saints. Yep. But the reality of the situation is that the league cannot trace this unforeseen dip in ratings to one single cause. But here's how fast society is changing: Within 11 short years, society decided that guys getting "Jacked! 1, but with each passing week that’s a “mixed bag” or worse, it gets easier to see that primacy is not permanent. I will still watch it like I have all my life because I love football. Which means giving up 20+ years of communal Bears fandom. Then the rule changes related to head injuries started Look…I get that they want to protect the players. The NFL had successfully navigated the anthem issue after seeing a viewership plunge in the 2017 season. That is waaaaaay too fast of a rate of societal change for football to remain a sport. The NFL has a history of not caring about minorities. Loading... Unsubscribe from Every Damn Day Fitness? There is nothing I'd rather do than be ... A BULL.". Oct 20, 7:34am. As this The Classical article recounts, "Jacked Up" was a highlight reel of vicious hits. Looks like I’m not watching the NFL anymore. “For the NFL, there are so many other reasons ratings will be down this year,” Lewis says. Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay publicly denounced the protests, calling it the “wrong venue” and saying, “It hasn’t been a positive thing.” While we aren’t here to share our opinion on the controversy, the NFL and their broadcast partners could easily put an end to this issue by focusing their cameras on players who kneel during the playing of the National Anthem. He knew every play by heart, just as a salmon knows its river, or a dancer knows cool-ass dance moves. We can also partially blame this on spread offenses taking the game over at the college and high school levels. Some stated the absence of Brady and Peyton was enough to get them to stop watching the games, while a healthy third of the poll said that the actions of Colin Kaepernick played a major role in their decision to not watch. Some quarterbacks — including Jared Goff, the No. I muted "NFL" on Twitter and after baseball season I'll find something else to do on Sundays. And Julio fuckin' loved that shit. Ancient Romans gave a thumbs-up to (less bloody than you think) sports-murder. So, for now, we consider this the leading factor in the declining NFL TV ratings. Cracked is published by Literally Media Ltd., I'm Not Telling You To Stop Watching NFL (But You Will), 5 Celebrity Game Show Appearances That Went Off The Rails, You Have An Ugly, Noisy Radiator Because Of Pandemic, Not All Good Shows Need To Be Confined To Ten Episode Seasons, Behold, A Reminder That Jim Henson Bloopers Are Hilarious, 15 Feel-Good Stories Of 2020 To End This Wretched Year, the Hall Of Famer suicides it may or may not cause, 5 Reasons You Should Hate Professional Sports, 5 Brutal Realities Of High School Football (From A Coach), Why The NFL Hates Women - Cracked Responds, 5 Reasons the NFL's Way More Evil Than You Thought Possible. And all of the people that threaten to not watch NFL anymore. But national broadcasts, on the other hand, have absolutely tanked. So even though I’ve tried to convince myself that I can be productive during the game — checking e-mail, folding laundry, even working out — that’s still a lot of wasted time trying to not waste time. Point is, I can't watch the NFL anymore. Why did I stop watching the NFL? Blueto. heard it all before. Up!" Players now enter the NFL having never played in a pro-style offense. Up!" United States President Donald Trump has said he will not watch National Football League (NFL) or U.S. soccer team matches if players do not stand for the national anthem. I'm up for hearing some kind of argument that the value of football outweighs the human toll. It is also literally guys beating each other to death a lot of the time. Point is, I can’t watch the NFL anymore. It's a borderline criminal enterprise with a legal monopoly on U.S. pro football. It will not feel default. Julio also knew the matador might fail to stab the bull's heart, then slice the spinal cord instead. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Retired Los Angeles Dodgers announcer Vin Scully rarely talked about anything but baseball when he was up in … Boxing is a sports version of guys beating each other to death. According to the poll, there could be a number of factors. I'm telling you that the world will convince you to stop supporting football FOR me. And then there's their breast cancer "charity" scam, their atrocious treatment of cheerleaders, their chillaxed attitude about sexual assault that makes even less sense in light of their zero-tolerance policy toward weed, their unwillingness to pay a settlement toward brain-injury victims that one year of beer sponsor money pays for by a mile, and ... whatever other crap they pull between when I write this and when it's published. Believe it or not, the National Football League may actually be declining. The hits were often helmet-to-helmet, or helmet-to-neck, or helmet-to-GoodLordThatGuyIsSomebodysKid. “As a 24-year veteran, I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution. Because that's the only way society's relationship with football can go. Likewise, some offensive lineman have never gotten into a three-point stance or been taught the proper technique for in-line run blocking. But the reasons to dump it just goddamn added up. Despite some comically tiny adjustments, football has been Professional Head-Hitting for over 100 years. According to Michael Mulvihill of Fox Sports, regional broadcasts on Fox and CBS have decreased 1% and 9% respectively year over year, which isn’t terrible. The NFL does absolutely nothing for me anymore. OU Cougar. . Prior to San Francisco’s QB, Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling for the anthem beginning in 2017 the anthem was rarely shown on national telecasts. Oct 20, 2:52am. They'd make all their Trusted Experts chant "Jacked! I know football means so much to so many people, including many people I love. Manning retired last offseason, and Brady served out his four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate. And you’ll stop watching it too. But unlike the Spaniards who delegated entertainment-pain to bulls, or the Englishmen who delegated entertainment-pain to bears, we delegated our entertainment-pain to fellow citizens. Chief among them was that I didn’t like how the NFL was treating Colin Kaepernick in the wake of his nonviolent protests against police brutality and the (what appeared to me to be clear) collusion among team owners to keep him out of the league. is bad. He'd rooted for the picadores as they stabbed the bull's neck with lances, as required by the rules. reasons to stick with football. The number of penalties per NFL game (16.57) is actually down since last year. Some kind of Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery"-assed bullshit about how the sport's positives are worth the Hall Of Famer suicides it may or may not cause. Someone asked Mike Rowe what he thought about the ongoing controversy over many NFL players’ decision to kneel during the national anthem at games. I was…obsessed. When Michael Vick (AKA the dog-killer) played for the Philadelphia Eagles, I refused to … The NFL remains No. It's so well known, there's a Will Smith movie about it. And now, in the fight's final stage, Julio waited for the matador to finish the bull with a stab through the heart. Point is, I can't watch the NFL anymore. In your own time. I've seen it, because our website bought me & Adam Ganser tickets to see it, because over the past couple years me & Ganz covered the NFL beat for Cracked's YouTube and Facebook channels. The NFL this season will be a few years ago times ten when it comes to the national anthem protest. Let me explain, because it’s not as “touchy, feely hippie bullshit” as you think. In an election year, there’s no sticking to sports anymore, not even in the NFL. Back in 2017, I decided to give up watching NFL games for various reasons. Not watching NFL anymore A few years ago, I watched NFL players flashing gang signs on the field. It had no merits beyond viciousness. In a surprisingly short number of years, liking the NFL will not feel normal. Hits are no longer fun. As a direct result of the lack of contact during practices, coaches must change the ways they game-plan and develop players. I already heard people today saying they are not watching the NFL because of all the blowback that Drew Brees is getting. And ya know what? Referees are stealing the show. ; Some fans were angry with the league for abandoning the argument that kneeling disrespects the flag, while others felt Goodell did not go far enough and should have apologized to Colin Kaepernick by name. Why I Don't Watch The NFL Anymore Every Damn Day Fitness. He’d rooted for the picadores as they stabbed the bull’s neck with lances, […] One of the NFLPA’s big “wins” in their most recent collective bargaining agreement with the NFL was the elimination of two-a-day practice during training camp and a clause that limits the number of padded practices a team can have to 14 per season (11 must come in the first 11 weeks of the season). And yes, I know at least one of you is reading this and saying "I don't care." And you know what? And maybe some extra butt patting. I watched every single NFL game from 2003 until 2015 Every single game, every single season. Carnage I refuse to even hyperlink. Julio knew that yes, that's how actual bullfights can end in real life, for real. Subscribe to our YouTube channel and check out Why The NFL Hates Women - Cracked Responds, and watch other videos you won't see on the site! Mulvihill’s data showed that year-over-year viewership has decreased by 18% for Thursday Night Football, 19% for Sunday Night Football, and 24% for Monday Night Football. When Victorians Frowned On 'Merry Christmas': The Original 'War On Christmas', 15 Of The Most Shameful Cases Of False Reporting From The Media, 4 Weird Lessons From Disney Channel's 2000's Holiday Episodes, 15 Weird Musical Side Projects You Forgot About. No, I loved watching NFL football, and I still watched “America’s game.” I even had my own fantasy football team. It’s kind of sad to watch you folks repeat your idle threats.-says: June 11, 2020 at 11:12 am. Connect to your existing Cracked account if you have one or create a new Cracked username. The “Dirty Jobs” host did not hold back. 1 contributor to the decline in NFL viewership in 2016, according to Mulvihill’s data. James Bond May Have Been Named After ... A Church? Poll: Anthem protests biggest reason NFL viewers stopped watching The information comes from a poll of more than 9,200 people conducted by J.D. Some wide receivers look at the NFL route tree like it is a foreign language. Widely reported old problems. The movie didn't change the NFL. Giving up football also means losing the main topic of my first published humor writing, losing the valuable team-building fun of our office fantasy football league, and missing the professional football fun I had with Official World's Most Delightful Human Adam Ganser. Power A good start would be to make their referees full-time employees. Giving up Super Bowl parties. Sundays were days for meeting friends at noon EST and watching the early game then the late game then NFL … When American citizens exercise their Constitutional rights, it lets me know I did my job whether I agree with them or not,” Kevin Williams declared. The league promotes breast cancer awareness, yet they donate just $11.25 out of every $100 in pink merchandise sales to the American Cancer Society — remember the NFL has projected revenues north of $13 billion in 2016 — when they can easily afford to donate 100% of their net proceeds to the fight against cancer. Thanks in large part to the polarizing presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Sunday viewing of cable news channels (CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC) have gone up 79% since this time last year. Here are seven reasons why nobody (relatively speaking) is watching the NFL anymore. And I still watched the sport while knowing that stuff. Increase in cable news viewing on NFL Sundays: 1.1mill, Average decrease for FOX/CBS Sunday games: 900k, — Michael Mulvihill (@mulvihill79) October 25, 2016. In your own time. What's American society's tolerance for sports brutality? Since football and boxing both erode human brains, writers and players have linked the two ever since we realized that. Outrage over more than a dozen high-profile NFL domestic violence cases happening after the Rice case hasn't cost the NFL a cent. ... NFL fans will not tolerate watching multimillionaires dishonor the flag. I’m Not Telling You To Stop Watching NFL (But You Will) Original Author: Alex Schmidt “Julio wished the bullfight would last forever. Recently, these college-educated ex players sued because of damage to their brains. We don’t really buy this as a reason for the dip in NFL TV ratings, but some truly believe it has caused people to lose interest in watching pro football. Because that’s the only way society’s relationship with football can go. To be in the center of that ring? Injuries around the league are up, and teams that used to thrive on their physicality (especially on the offensive and defensive lines) are forced to dramatically alter their philosophies. I say you've made that very clear, Mr. President. Studies have shown there’s 11 minutes of action in a game that takes three hours. The NFL shifted its stance on kneeling during the national anthem when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted the league was wrong to discourage players from peacefully protesting. And I hate to tell you that. But I see a future where you'll do an NFL-y thing, and people will react like you lit a cigarette inside a restaurant. In your own time. Basically all of these awful problems are old problems. Copyright © 2005-2020. I’m not going to go out of my way to watch football anymore, but I’m also not going to be a fanatic about it. Sometimes the hosts performed an imagined inner monologue of the hit's victim. And you'll stop watching it too. "That is your dream, my son, is it not? You're saying "Being a cultural throwback slash gross weirdo is WHO I AM." Citizens who damage each other from childhood if they want a shot at (borderline imaginary) NFL millions. But the reality of the situation is that the league cannot trace this unforeseen dip in ratings to one single cause. And I remember the hell out of the "Jacked Up" segment ESPN did on their national pre-Monday Night Football telecast EVERY WEEK in the mid-2000s. For the first time in well over a decade, arguably the two greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game were nowhere to be found. in time with every replayed hit. The NFL is the only sport and league that I follow anymore. However, the aforementioned staggering numbers make it clear that the NFL isn’t the invincible force many thought it was. There are a lot of theories about … Or plunked down a bet on a dogfight. 1. Here are seven reasons why nobody (relatively speaking) is watching the NFL anymore. Julio's father clapped his son on the shoulder. But in terms of pass protection, the … Well it's always been pretty damn high. However, any avid fan will tell you that the sport has undoubtedly become over-officiated. Or miss the heart, screw up the spine-slice, and keep hacking at the bull with more swords until it died a bloody mess. Then Julio played high school bull, got a full bull scholarship to Spain A&M, and bulled in the pros till that killed him. The only problem with that argument is ... every aspect of the NFL. Wide receivers are constantly being bailed out by ticky-tack holding, illegal contact, and pass interference calls; offensive drives are regularly being stalled thanks to holding penalties that are far enough away from the ball that they have no direct impact on the play; and the penalties for excessive celebration are fun-killing and flat-out ridiculous. So I'm not going to purposely watch any NFL games anymore. 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