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On 10/20/2017 9:13 AM, a425couple wrote:
> NFL Anthem Protests Hit Fox As Verizon, Networks Consider New Deals
>   Mike Ozanian , FORBES STAFF
> 
> The protests by NFL players during the National Anthem have been hurting 
> the league's television ratings since last year.
> 
> This season, as the protests have continued, the television ratings and 
> ramifications for broadcasters have worsened.
> 
> More bad news for the NFL: an analyst for Credit Suisse yesterday 
> downgraded his price and earnings per share targets for 21st Century Fox 
> in part due to NFL ratings that are coming in below market expectations.
> 
>   "We trim our 2018/19 EPS forecasts … ahead of Q1 earnings," analyst 
> Omar Sheikh wrote in a note to clients Thursday. "The key near term 
> headwinds are soft NFL ratings and the risk that the Sky transaction is 
> blocked by UK regulators."
> 
> The downgrade comes at a time when the NFL is negotiating two important 
> distribution deals that end after this season: Verizon's $250 million a 
> year streaming agreement and the $450 million a year Thursday Night 
> Football deal for games shared by CBS and NBC.
> 
> Through five weeks, the league's ratings are substantially lower this 
> season, according to Nielsen data obtained by Sporting News.:
> 
> The league's average TV audience through Week 5 of the 2017 season 
> dropped 7% vs. the same period of the 2016 season, and the average game 
> audiences are down 18% compared to the first five weeks of the 2015 
> season. The NFL's average TV audience (including Sunday afternoon, 
> Sunday night, Monday night and Thursday night games) slid to 15.156 
> million viewers through Week 5 of the 2017 season, down 7.42% from an 
> average of 16.371 million viewers through the same period of the 2016 
> season, and 18% lower from the first five weeks of the 2015 season.
> 
>   I still think the NFL will get an increase in its streaming and 
> broadcasting rights. After all, compared with other programming, the NFL 
> still scores well. But the league likely won't get as much money as it 
> would have if the trend for televison ratings were favorable.
> Follow me on Twitter @MikeOzanian
> 
> Comment on this story
> 
>
https://www.forbes.com/sites/mikeozanian/2017/10/13/nfl-anthem-prote... 
> 


In the words of the great Jerry Granville:

"NFL - means Not for Long."

Now the bell tolls for THEM!

How's it feel to get CUT by your audience, Goodell?