NFL opening weekend fumbles as Americans look elsewhere for entertainment

Football is back, that’s undeniable, but do Americans actually care?

At one time in the not-so-distant past, it appeared as though the NFL was set to surpass even baseball as America’s pastime.  The condensed schedule, hard-hitting action, and constant opportunities for commercial breaks made the NFL a dream for a vast array of sports fans and corporations.  But then something peculiar happened:  The National Football League got “woke”.

Thanks to Colin Kaepernick’s anthem-kneeling protests and the league’s unwillingness to address the anger of their fans regarding it, NFL profits plummeted.  Seats went empty, TV ratings cratered…it was an unadulterated nightmare for the entire league.

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Now, with Kaepernick out of the picture, and with plenty of offseason drama curiously spiking just as the first weekend of games was set to kickoff, many believed a resurgence could be in order.

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Spoiler alert:  This was not the case.

At EverBank Field, the Jacksonville Jaguars also found a horde of empty seats when the lost big to the Kansas City Chiefs 40-26:

And this wasn’t just the case in Jacksonville, either.

The issue here seems like a simple one.  Fans turn to sports to escape the rigors of the rest of the world.  They come, not looking for life lessons or politics, but for the complete and utter opposite of that:  Honest competition based solely on athletic and mental acuity.

Colin Kaepernick may no longer be on the sidelines in the NFL, but the stain he left there has many Americans tuning out.

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