National anthem protests have plummeted approval ratings for the NFL, but the situation just got worse: it looks like ESPN could give Monday night football the axe, according to The Daily Caller.
There are reportedly several reasons it would make sense for the network to abandon the longstanding Monday night ritual.
First, ESPN somehow managed to ninja their way out of contractual language that requires they carry NFL games in exchange for individual subscription fees. This means that while it’s true distributors would likely lose their minds should the network drop the games, it’s nevertheless open for negotiation.
Second, the network can’t possibly ignore that ratings have been consistently on the decline since 2015. With coverage costing ESPN a whopping $15M, it could make sense to cut their losses and move on.
Quite frankly, who could be sad to see the great ESPN empire fall after everything it’s done to ostracize conservative viewers since Trump was elected last year?
A move like this one would inevitably devastate the NFL as well, which has simultaneously upset Trump supporters with the national anthem protests that have dominated headlines all season long.
And just when the organization thought the controversy had taken a turn for the better, the Houston Texans staged a massive protest on Sunday in response to team owner Bob McNair’s comments that they “can’t have the inmates running the prison.”
Here’s a tweet:
Almost every member of the Texans took a knee during the national anthem in protest of Bob McNair’s comments pic.twitter.com/IZxY28Zytk
— SB Nation (@SBNation) October 29, 2017
The NFL’s situation seems to get worse with every week.