Trump Takes On NFL: Every Pregame Dedicates Time To President's Comments

Trump Takes On NFL: Every Pregame Dedicates Time To President's Comments

"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".

In metered market numbers, the primetime match-up between the 27-10 winning Washington Redskins and the Oakland Raiders snared an 11.6/20. A year ago overall viewership for football declined around 8 percent compared with the previous season. And Fox Sports also saw ratings drop for afternoon games so far this year, falling 16% Sunday in comparison to the same time last year. It's an 8% dip from the early numbers of last week's game, Atlanta's 34-23 win over Green Bay.

CBS' pregame show, "The NFL Today", was up 33% compared to previous year, and scored its best overnight rating since 2010.

CBS, Fox, and NBC all aired the national anthem during their NFL coverage and it was also shown during Verizon's stream of the Baltimore-Jacksonville game from London.

Overnight ratings can give a glimpse of which way viewership is going, but don't always tell the whole story.

Darren Sproles has torn ACL on top of broken arm, report says
With both surgeries, Sproles' season is likely over. "Surgery on arm today, knee later", Schefter tweets. Sproles took a handoff from Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz at the 13:40 mark in the second quarter.

Generally speaking, the National Football League had been suffering from a ratings decline long before former-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee last season.

Trump and others have professed that the NFL's ratings are down due to players kneeling, sitting or raising their fist during the national anthem.

At some games Sunday, players kneeled in large numbers during the anthem and were critical of Trump's comments. A close football game would have resulted in more viewers watching.

Experts generally expect Monday Night Football to buoy the overall week higher thanks to the Dallas Cowboys.

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