NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is fine with the current state of the NFL, and dismisses any talk that the league is in trouble with fans over the National Anthem protests.
Despite deceased attendance, lower TV ratings, and a boycott against NFL sponsors, Goodell insists the league is still strong. Even as team owners openly admit that the anthem protests are pushing fans away, and even after an attempt by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to keep the NFL from extending his employment contract as commissioner, Roger Goodell remains defiant that all is good in the NFL.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell defended the league despite a drop in television ratings by saying that NFL games accounted for 20 of the 30 highest-rated shows in 2017.
“We always want ratings to go up, but we’re 37 of the top 50 shows, which is higher than ever,” Goodell told a small group of reporters shortly before the Jacksonville Jaguars’ home playoff game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. “We’re likely to be the No. 1 show on Fox — excuse me on all of television, the Fox Sunday afternoon game. Sunday night, prime time is for the seventh year in a row the No. 1 show. Thursday night football is No. 2.
NFL television ratings fell 9.7 percent during the 2017 regular season, according to numbers registered by Nielsen. A typical game was watched by 1.6 million fewer people this season as compared to last season.
“I think dominance of the NFL in television is still very clear.”
According to numbers registered by Nielsen, NFL television ratings fell 9.7 percent during the 2017 regular season. That followed the 2016 season in which ratings fell 8 percent. Per the Nielsen numbers, a typical game was watched by 1.6 million fewer people in 2017 than in 2016.
“We always want to figure out how to expand our audiences, and that’s why we’re doing things with Verizon, we’re doing things … with Amazon,” Goodell said. “Those types of things are how we’re reaching more consumers and that’s a transition and that’s something that we’re putting a lot of focus on.”