Roger Goodell on NFL TV ratings slump: ‘We don’t think we’ve lost viewers’

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Commissioner declines recommendation that anthem demonstration has actually turned individuals off and firmly insists the league is healthy

Roger Goodell , the NFL commissioner, stayed bold on Tuesday about the health of the league, regardless of a TELEVISION scores depression that has actually seen viewership plunge 11% in the very first 6 weeks of the season.

Goodell spoke at the NFL owners satisfying in Houston and appeared to acknowledge that scores had actually been frustrating, prior to firmly insisting: We do not believe weve lost audiences.

Sunday nights Colts-Texans video game drew simply 12.9 million audiences, a 38% drop from week 6 in 2015, making it the least-watched Sunday Night Football video game because 2011. Every live telecasted Sunday night video game is down by contrast with in 2015, inning accordance with Nielsen, and Monday nights Jets-Cardinals video game drew simply 8.4 million audiences, a drop from ins 2015 Giants-Eagles video game the very same week.

The governmental disputes, Colin Kaepernicks nationwide anthem demonstration, a decrease in quality of play , and a string of uninviting match-ups have actually been mooted as factors for individuals switching off, however Goodell was not able to identify a single determining aspect for the downturn.

Goodell stated: I do not believe there is a single factor for it. We take a look at all those elements. Everybody has theories. we likewise understand that 2 primetime video games that saw our most significant decline went directly up versus 2 really substantial disputes.

Another among our primetime video games was on Thursday night on NFL Network, rather than a network broadcast, which will constantly get a lower ranking. There are a great deal of elements to be thought about. We do not make reasons. We attempt to take a look at whats triggering it and make modifications.

Goodell flat out disagreed with the recommendation that the anthem demonstration , which has actually seen various NFL gamers choose not to mean the Star-Spangled Banner, was a consider the leagues decreasing viewership. We do not believe thats an element and neither do our network partners, he stated.

Goodell continued: We do not believe weve lost audiences. You have to look a little much deeper than that when you look at rankings. Its audiences, however likewise for how long theyre engaging for. A great deal of times, individuals will leave a video game for whatever factor.

The commissioner likewise spoke on the Raiders prospective moving to Las Vegas , where momentum is constructing after Nevada guv Brian Sandoval signed into law a costs on Monday that clears another obstacle in the building and construction of a $1.9 bn mega-stadium simply off the strip.

It was helpful, it was accurate, Goodell stated. Theres still a good deal of details that we have to collect with regard to the scenarios we see in Las Vegas in the chances as well as the obstacles. Those are the important things well take a look at through the committee and report back to them perhaps as early as December, however most likely behind that.

But he warned versus any choice being made quickly. There is still a lot of info we need to collect, he stated.

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