(National Sentinel)Â Poor Sports: Increasing, NFL fans — many nowÂ former NFL fans — are making their displeasure about all the players protesting the National Anthem and the flag known: They are voting with their wallets and their time.
As theÂ Washington Times reports:
An analysis released Friday by CNBC found that ticket prices during the first three games of the 2017 season enjoyed a 20-40 percent increase over last year, but then skidded in Week 4 and actually dropped by 2 percent in Week 5.
The timing coincides with the uproar following President Trumpâ€™s criticism of the protests on Sept. 22, which prompted nearly 200 players to sit or take a knee during the national anthem in the Sept. 24-25 games in Week 3.
â€œAfter the presidentâ€™s comments and NFL player reactions, Week 4 saw only a 5 percent increase, and now weâ€™re seeing an outright decline. So thatâ€™s a bad direction,â€ said CNBCâ€™s Eric Chemi.
Teams (and owners) may be finally getting the message that millionaire players complaining about being maltreated — by police and the country in general — isn’t resonating with the fan base.
During the Week 5 opener on Thursday night, the Times noted that local reporters aid not a single player sat or knelt during the playing of the anthem, which wasÂ not aired byÂ CBS Sports.
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