"Sunday Night Football" ratings were down, but Trump can't take the credit

President's criticisms spark more protests at NFL games

NBC's ratings for the National Football League game between the Oakland Raiders and the Washington Redskins on Sunday night were slightly down from a popular week three match-up last season, although it was not known if this was linked to a controversy over NFL player protests during the US national anthem.

That's down eight percent from the Week 2 Sunday night matchup between Atlanta and Green Bay and down 10 percent from the NFL's Week 3 game a year ago.

The President telling those who attended a rally on Friday in Huntsville, AL that those National Football League players who kneeled in protest to the treatment of African-Americans should be fired. Almost every Oakland Raider sat on the bench as the national anthem played. Boring games, yes, but many stay away because they love our country.

"Wouldn't you love to see one of these National Football League owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a b*tch off the field right now, out, he's fired".




'NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN, ' Trump tweeted Sunday, prior to NBC's broadcast of Sunday Night Football.

During the speech he said any player who protests racism by kneeling during the national anthem is a 'son of a b****'. The issue has remained contentious this season, despite the fact that Kaepernick is a free agent. A second segment that lasted nine minutes included "Face The Nation" host John Dickerson, an interview with Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and thoughts from CBSSN's Amy Trask on "how National Football League owners should be approaching Trump's comments". It is meant to call attention to what the protesting players see as a pattern of racism against African-Americans by police, but Trump has strongly criticized the action. "It's kind of ridiculous that we're using something that signifies people that created this country, that fought for this country, and we're using this to disparage that". But it is far more likely that whatever Trump attempted to spur did not play a major factor in last night's incremental, predicable ratings drop. Seven total games on Sunday were decided by one score, one went into overtime and one ended on a game-winning 61-yard field goal.

'We will air this Unity spot in tonight's game, ' read Goodell's tweet.

Trump offered $1 billion to buy the Buffalo Bills in 2014, but was ultimately outbid by another ownership group.

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