When it comes to the future of the NFL, the NFL is in a bubble
The NFL has long been the most visible, prominent sport in the United States, and the league is still largely the one that matters to people.
But that’s about to change.
As more of the country starts to embrace sports that are not primarily focused on the entertainment or the entertainment value, the league could face an existential crisis.
Sports fans are a diverse group, and some of them, like me, are interested in both sports and politics.
But sports fans also have their political leanings, and sports fans are increasingly polarized.
That is the conclusion of a new study from the Pew Research Center, which found that nearly four-in-ten Americans have an unfavorable opinion of the National Football League.
That’s a significant increase from two-thirds who had an unfavorable view in 2015, and a much higher percentage than the 10-percentage-point drop in unfavorable ratings among the general public.
In fact, the number of Americans who have an unfavorably opinion of NFL football has increased significantly in the last decade, according to the study.
A new poll released Wednesday by NBC News and the University of Maryland showed that a third of the public believes the NFL’s owners should be fired.
This could spell trouble for the league as it tries to attract new fans.
The survey found that 52 percent of Americans, including 43 percent of Republicans, believe the owners should not be allowed to retain their ownership rights in the league.
Forty-one percent of Democrats, 48 percent of independents, and 46 percent of non-college educated voters think owners should remain in charge.
A third of voters said they are less likely to attend a game in the future because of the owners’ ownership of the league, according the NBC/University of Maryland poll.
“Major league sports are not just the main event in the American calendar, they are a critical way that Americans consume and communicate with one another and have the ability to influence the direction of the nation,” said Dan Schoenfeld, the senior vice president of sports at Pew Research.
“They are an important source of entertainment for millions of Americans and the NFL has a major role to play in supporting that.”
The NFL is facing its own challenge of attracting new fans to the sport.
While the league continues to enjoy an enormous ratings advantage over other major sports, it has been underperforming for several years.
The league is currently struggling to attract younger viewers to the game.
In 2017, NBC Sports reported that viewership for the regular season NFL game averaged a little more than 8 million viewers, down slightly from 10 million in 2016.
However, that decline was primarily driven by an increase in viewers between the ages of 18 and 34.
Meanwhile, the ratings for the All-Star Game in 2018 were down 19 percent, to 9.3 million viewers.
That game featured the Super Bowl LI championship between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks.
Last year, the All Star Game was the highest-rated sporting event on cable TV in the history of the Nielsen ratings system.
The 2017 Super Bowl saw viewership reach 10 million viewers in total, according for the Nielsen data.
The 2018 Super Bowl also attracted the most ratings for any sporting event in Nielsen history, as well as the highest viewership ever on cable television.
The average viewership for NFL games averaged nearly 12 million viewers on average over the course of the 2017 and 2018 seasons.
That compares with the 7.5 million viewers average for the 2017-18 season, according Nielsen data released in October.
But the 2018 Super Sunday game drew just a quarter of the audience it had in 2017.
In 2018, there were approximately 4.1 million viewers for the Super Sunday show.
That was down from 4.5 billion viewers for Super Bowl XLIX.
The 2019 NFL season has been marred by controversy.
Following the death of Colts quarterback Andrew Luck in late December, fans took to social media to voice their displeasure at the NFL and the decision to let him go.
The issue of fans disrespecting the game of football is a serious one.
Many of the players who were arrested during the protests against President Donald Trump have faced allegations of racial discrimination.
The NFL’s response has been to have players kneel during the national anthem, with many saying they do not feel comfortable doing so.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has said the league will continue to support its players during the anthem and other social protests.
The number of people who watch the league’s games on TV is expected to grow to more than 18 million in 2021, according ESPN.
The study also found that while the average person ages 18 to 34 watches about four hours of NFL content per week, those who watch for more than four hours each week watch a little over a quarter as much NFL content.
A majority of people 18 to 29 watched about half as much of NFL programming in 2021 as in 2016, according data from Nielsen.
But in 2021 alone, more people were watching more than half of the games.
The popularity of online video and social media have given many people a