Ratings for the NFL this year haven’t exactly rebounded from last season’s 8% dip through the first several weeks of the season.
While the audience size has continued on a downward trend, there has been one bright spot: Streaming. While it makes up less than 5% of the audience for NFL games, the number of people streaming games has seen a roughly 25% gain over the same time period last season, according to information provided to USA TODAY Sports by NBC, Fox, CBS and ESPN.
Look, we all want the players to stand, but as far as I’m concerned, because they want to stand as opposed to me having to tell them that, John Mara, a co-owner of the Giants, said. Mara said there was some conversation about changing league rules, which say players should stand for the anthem, but he said the policy is not going to change.
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Authentic Mens Matt Prater Jersey Mara was one of about a half-dozen owners who spoke to reporters after the meetings ended. Mara, the Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank and the San Francisco 49ers co-owner Jed York said the owners were trying to move past the controversy, which has prompted fans to turn in season tickets, burn football jerseys and fly a plane over a stadium with a banner calling for a boycott of the N.F.L.
The owners said that while they knew some fans were unhappy with the protests — which began more than a year ago as a way to highlight issues affecting black Americans — it was important for them to listen to their players and the reasons they have been protesting.