Oversampling College Students, Underestimating NFL decline

, Malcolm A. Kline, 4 Comments

A recent Cato Institute poll shows Republicans, at least those surveyed by the libertarian think tank, and average voters are at odds with each other on the NFL controversy.

“Sixty-five percent of Republicans say that NFL players who refuse to stand for the National Anthem should be fired,” Cato pollster Emily Ekins said on Sept. 28 in a First Amendment conference at the Libertarian think tank. “This is wildly out of step with what most Americans think.”

“Sixty-one percent say that players should not be fired for refusing to stand.” Yet, the Cato survey oversampled college students.

Moreover, the Cato poll missed the hit to the NFL’s gate. Fox News host Sean Hannity has been gleefully posting the steep decline in NFL ticket sales ever since football players started taking a knee en masse, although the league is doing its level best to spin the damage.

“This week, they’ve seen a 21.8 percent decrease in sales compared to before Week 4, but that was pretty much in line from the kind of decrease they’ve seen in recent seasons, which have been more than 30 percent lower in two of the past three years,” Kevin Spain reported in USA Today last week.

TV ratings show a similar decline. “Four weeks into the current NFL season television ratings are down nearly 10 percent overall compared to the first four weeks of last season,” Daniel Roberts reported on yahoo Finance. “Sunday’s games in Week 4, according to Nielsen, had the smallest audience of any season so far: an average 14.2 million viewers.”

There may have been at least one notable exception– the Thursday Night game between the New England Patriots and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “During Thursday night’s game, the players and coaches first held a moment of silence to honor the victims who were killed in the Las Vegas massacre Sunday night, before all the Buccaneers and Patriots players stood for the national anthem,” Katie Jerkovich reported in The Daily Caller the next day.

 

4 Responses

  1. Louis "Skip" Sander

    October 8, 2017 9:58 pm

    On NFL Decline: I think people are finally getting tired of negroes and their ways. We don’t hate them. We are just tired of them. That was expressed to me at a recent Navy vets’ reunion, and a bunch of us discussed it. We are tired of their protests, tired of their sportsmanship, tired of their loud and filthy music, tired of their beating up on their women, tired of their criminality, tired of their ignorant, illiterate lingo, tired of their faux sensitivity, tired of their general stupidity. Fuck them, and fuck the mules they rode in on.

  2. allen_the_meany

    October 9, 2017 12:31 am

    I grew up in a family that is Mexican and Anglo. We never talked about black people negatively or positively. I was an army brat so I have lived all over the country. The first time I heard the word “Nigger” was in Chicago, where everyone is a racist.

    The only time I heard anything racist – while growing up – it came form the mouths of black and brown people. As a soldier traveling around the world I discovered that the more brown, yellow, black – or other than white one was, the greater the tendency of resentment and racism. While in college in the 1980s, these mantras of institutional racism were fomenting by so-called feminist scholars and brown and black so-called scholars in their journals and mandatory books, but didn’t catch on, because there were enough of us who grew up with decency and common-sense.

    Now that academia and the government agencies are trying everything they can to make everything uncommon, we are stuck with a society of morons being led by puppeteers like the idiots running this site. Shame on you faux revolutionaries.

    Your 19th century Marxist ideas have failed – despite murdering 200 million and enslaving 1 billion in the 20th century.

    There is nothing new under the sun.

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