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The legacy of Colin Kaepernick is hanging over the NFL like a dark cloud. During the 2016 NFL season, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Kaepernick became the subject of national outrage after he started kneeling during the national anthem to protest supposed police violence against black Americans. While Kaepernick is not playing in the 2017 season, he has left his mark on the NFL — and the 49ers.

The San Francisco 49ers faced off against the Los Angeles Rams Thursday night for their third game of the season. However, by kickoff, there were more empty seats than fans at Levi’s Stadium, as many fans continue to boycott the NFL over the protests sparked by Kaepernick. Multiple fans shared pictures on Twitter documenting the low attendance. Less than half of the seats were filled by game start.

According to SFGate, ticket sales for Thursday night’s game hit rock bottom. Ticket reseller, Stubhub, was selling tickets for Thursday night’s game for only $14, around the same price of a hotdog and a beer at the recently-built Levi stadium. The cheapest tickets were originally priced at $85.

Ticket search engine, TicketIQ, listed a slightly higher average price. “The current get-in price of $17 is the Niners’ cheapest game this season with an average asking price of $88 — also the cheapest of the season,” Explained Ralph Garcia, public relations spokesperson for TicketIQ.

“The average ticket price across all remaining home games for them is $179,” he continued. He added that the average list price of a ticket has declined 32 percent since 2014. Yet, Thursday was the 49ers “cheapest home game since the move to Levi’s.”

Since Colin Kaepernick launched his protest last year, the NFL has struggled to court viewers. A study released by J.D. Power and Associates last year suggests that about 30 percent of the fans who stopped watching football did so because of the national anthem protests, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

NFL started to see a dip in ratings last year, but concerns were brushed aside. The dip in ratings was blamed the 2016 presidential election, and was expected to return to normal this season.

Now, three weeks into the regular season, it appears that ratings and in-game attendance are unlikely to recover. Fewer people are watching the NFL today than there has been in years, perhaps decades.

The NFL was optimistic heading into the 2017 season after making a number of changes, such as reducing the number of commercial breaks, and allowing players to celebrate touchdowns with end zone dances, however, according to Guggenheim Securities expert, Michael Morris, “Early results do not support this optimism.”

“Continued declines in NFL ratings again this season will likely place further downward pressure on media stocks,” Morris said, adding that, “the NFL is an indicator of overall primetime programming ratings performance.”

At a rally in Alabama Friday night, President Trump compounded the NFL’s woes by encouraging football fans to boycott games if players keep protesting the national anthem. “When you see it, leave the stadium. I guarantee you it will end,” the president said, but it seems that many football fans have already got the message.

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13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. flukeZ

    September 24, 2017 at 5:18 am

    BRAVO NFL fans! We need to show these Pitiful NFL
    protesters we do not need to fill their pockets anymore for
    “”DISRESPECTING the USA FLAG/ANTHEM !””

  2. T.JONES

    September 24, 2017 at 5:35 am

    KICK THEIR BLACK ASSES OFF THE TEAM OR CUT THE BIG BUCKS OUT ..THEY HAVE A LOT OF NERVE SHOWING DISRESPECT TO THIS COUNTRY AND FLAG AND BEING WAY OVER PAID..WHILE BRAVE MEN FOUGHT TO GIVE THEM FREEDOM TO PLAY THEIR STUPID GAME MAKING MILLIONS SOME GAVE THEIR LIFE AND SOME PARTS OF THEIR BODIES..JUST SO THESE ASS HOLES WOULD BE SAFE HERE IN A GREAT COUNTRY.ALL THESE IDIOT KNEELERS SHOULD HAVE TO LIVE ONE DAY IN PLACE OF THE BRAVE MEN.. NOT HERE IN THIS COUNTRY BUT OVER WHERE THE TALIBAN KILLERS ARE..THEY MAKE ME SICK WITH THEIR DUMB ASS MENTALITY..THEY LOW LIFES….

  3. Old Goat 34

    September 24, 2017 at 6:20 am

    We need to boycott all these priveledged assholes who don’t respect our country our flag and our anthem so many Brave Americans have given their lives to protect.If they don’t like our ways they can go back to Africa or whereever else their ancestry is and live and play sports there and that includes all the White guys they came from someplace else than America at one time.

  4. Brenda Crawford

    September 24, 2017 at 11:14 am

    DOES IT EVEN MAKE ANY SENSE TO PROTEST AGAINST THE POLICE AT FOOTBALL GAMES? WHY NOT PROTEST IN FRONT OF THE POLICE STATIONS…..I’VE HEARD SO MUCH NEGATIVE ABOUT MOST SPORTS PLAYERS THAT I DON’T WATCH ANY OF IT ANYMORE…DRUGS, RAPE , VIOLENCE…..I’M JUST NOT INTO SUPPORTING ANY OF IT EVEN ON TV……I DO HOPE THEY CATCH ON….THY’RE NO LONGER GOOD EXAMPLES FOR OUR YOUNGER GENERATIONS AND SWE SURE DON’T NEED THEM TO GROW UP LIKE WHAT WE’RE SEEING TODAY….

    • mary l Diaz

      September 24, 2017 at 3:09 pm

      I agree they are not role models at all if you look at some their records for doing drugs beating their girlfriends or wives and lots of other crimes.Don’t understand how they are role models except that they can play football.

  5. Georgie

    September 24, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    I don’t watch any pro sports any longer. As a Veteran I can’t respect anyone or team who disrespects my country, the flag and brothers and sisters in arms. I refuse to spend my hard earned money making these crybabies and their owners richer. So far I in my opinion I haven’t missed a thing.

  6. William A Jones

    September 24, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    When they start respecting the flag and go back to smash mouth football not throwing flag’s on bad ass hit’s, lol go back to the leather helmet day’s. People love watching people get creamed. They’re suppose to be the modern day version of Gladiator’s. They get paid the big buck’s to entertain us and if they get hurt they have the money to live off. There’s a lot of people who have better skills at what they do and smarter that don’t get paid millions. Bring back the day’s when you could cream the QB

  7. paulette

    September 24, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    THEY ARE WAY OVER RATED,OVER PAID AND THEY’RE PROFESSION HAS GONE TO THEY’RE HEADS,PEACEFUL PROTEST IS ONE THING BUT LEAVE IT OUT OF THE GAME,THIS IS AN INSULT TO ALL THOSE SERVING AND ALL THOSE WHO GAVE THEY’RE LIVES FOR THEM TO BECOME MILLIONAIRES AND PROTEST,IM SO DONE WITH IT.

  8. Leona

    September 24, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    The games will be boycotted until they come to their senses and stop protesting our anthem for their own cause! Fans are the ones that pay for their lively hood and this has been unfair to them! Tickets are not cheap so we should have a say in our investment!

  9. Bill-B

    September 24, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Protesting the police? The Military? How about protest the riots or the Cop Killers? How about protesting the biggest murdering group of Blacks through Planned Parenthood, as they murder thousands of innocent babies every day. How about protesting something that matters instead of how picked on the Black race feel they are? Their protest are for the wrong reasons. They aren’t getting anybody, to want to hear their message. They are just making a much larger race division. Nobody, but other Black hear their message of these spoiled, unappreciative, over paid, degenerates.

  10. Jance Hawkins

    September 24, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    It’s time for everyone to boycott the NFL games and go study a new language or go hiking in the desert. Find something really nice to do on Sunday afternoons instead of watching a bunch of really stupid guys protesting our wonderful Country. Most of them cannot put a sentence together or write a paragraph using perfect or near-perfect grammar. They do not love America and what it stands for. Many of them are violence-prone and go into bars armed. What is going on, folks? This is not the America I grew up in. Simply STOP watching them and don’t go to their games.

  11. Herb

    September 25, 2017 at 12:33 am

    I am sick and tired of these Satan worshipping players and pitiful actors in hollyweird that are simply trying promote that [evil is good and good is bad]…I will never attend or watch an NFL or NBA game again…I am also boycotting the movie industry as well…along with any business entity such as Starbucks, which I will never purchase again…I will make my own coffee…Thank you very much…
    Its’ time to should sides and I choose Jesus and our Heavenly Father every time…GOD bless America and I am black so I don’t want to hear this mess about these so called unprivileged athletes…Why haven’t they been protesting when Obama, Bush, and Clinton were in office…Why now???
    This is nothing but the deep state/Globalist agenda sending their puppets out to do their dirty work yet again and there will be a special place in Hell for all of them…

  12. Herb

    September 25, 2017 at 12:40 am

    Americans died for that Flag and our Country!!! Now these wimpy girlie men disrespect it!! Like the President said they should be fired!!

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