NFL Ticket Sales Diving on Player’s “taking a knee” Protest
NFL ticket sales are falling at this weekend, as controversy over football players kneeling during the national anthem continues, according to 2 of the country’s largest ticket marketplaces.
Sales at TicketCity have plunged by 31%,while TickPick noted sales are down 17.9% from last week, they has risen slightly this month by the smallest margin noted since Y 2015.
The sales are for tickets being sold in the secondary market instead of through NFL teams themselves, but show that teams are facing heavy pressure over their anthem protests and US President Donald Trump’s complaints about players who refuse to stand while the anthem is being played.
TV ratings are also down by 11%so far this season, and fans want a boycott of the NFL’s corporate partners that include: McDonalds (NYSE:MCD), Pepsi (NYSE:PEP), A-B (NYSE:BUD), Visa (NYSE:V), and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT).
TickPick co-CEO Brett Goldberg said that people are saying that they do not want politics involved in their football, which they consider entertainment.
According to a CBS News poll, Fans do not agree with the players protests.
The ticket resale site StubHub is offering a 10% discount on NFL, NBA and NHL tickets.
President Trump is driving the national anthem charge saying that he would fire a “son of a b—-” for kneeling during our national anthem.
President Trump rescinded an invitation for Golden State Warriors player Stephen Curry to visit the White House with his championship team, after the NBA standout said he was uneasy about making the trip.
Since then, some NFL team owners have stood in solidarity with their teams to lock arms in solidarity with their players.
Notably, of the 1400+ NFL players just 15% have joined the protest initiated by now out of work quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who started the sidelines protests.
And the NBA’s Commissioner noticed all owners, players, coaches and other team members the NBA’s Rule is to stand for the national anthem, no exceptions.
Have a terrific weekend.
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