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Poll reveals NFL ratings fell over national anthem protests

Sporting News logo Sporting News 27/07/2017 Gabrielle McMillen

A recent poll by J.D. Power revealed that the dip in NFL ratings last season was largely due to players kneeling during the national anthem, the Associated Press reported.

According to the survey, 9,200 people who went to either a football, basketball or hockey game were asked if they watched fewer games broadcasted and to give their reasoning.

Twenty six percent of people who tuned out of watching football said it was because players knelt during the anthem.

Eric Reid, Colin Kaepernick © (Getty Images) Eric Reid, Colin Kaepernick

Another 24 percent of people said they didn't watch as many games because of domestic violence incidents involving players or because of game delays.

Sixteen percent said the presidential election replaced their NFL interest, and 5 percent said they got rid of cable.

It's worth noting only 12 percent of those surveyed said they stopped watching NFL coverage, which equates to roughly 1,100 people.

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