agreed......it's tough to watch games these days unless your team is playing. I just refuse to sit through 3.5 hours of penalties and commercials anymore. Has nothing to do with the personalities of the players. How many people not bears and packers fans made it to halftime last night? I know I didn't.I don't buy it. The on field product is why the ratings have dipped. Games are too long, penalties, injuries, etc is what's wrong with the NFL. Maybe some people are turned off by the "look at me" personalities, and maybe some are turned off by the kneeling protests but I can't imagine those people being a majority. Plus, the NY Post is a crap newspaper/site/media outlet.
The ratings for an NFL game still dwarf everything else on TV.Of all the reasons ratings are dropping (and there are plenty) this is pretty low on the list.
And I wish people would stop pointing to streaming/cord cutting as the immediate response. Other sports ratings have remained relatively stable (or even increased) through peak cord cutting and the NFL was *growing* year to year until just now, where a heavy retraction occurred. That isn't solely the result of people getting rid of cable packages or streaming games, Certainly it may play some role, but if you actually pay attention to what people are saying they're tuning out for more tangible reasons (games too long, bad officiating, bad on-field product, oversaturation, etc.) The NFL has a problem. I know true believers don't want to acknowledge it, but it does.
This and the increased scoring, lack of defense and hitting are all part of it as well. I used to love defensive battles, those were some of the best games. Now, a defensive battle has more to do with bad offensive play than good defense. The past few seasons there have been 1-2 really good defenses, a couple average defense and a bunch of bad defenses. In the 90's there were a handful of really good defenses, a handful of good defenses, a bunch of average defenses then about 5 that were just flat out bad.Games are boring unless it's your team playing.
The average game contains 20 commercial breaks, with about 100 ads. I think penalties are up around 14 per game as well - and then add challenges and replays. It's mind numbing.
I can just watch my fantasy app and see the highlights later.