by Kevin Skiver
According to a recent survey from J.D. Power, national anthem protests that originated with Colin Kaepernick led a list of reasons people tuned out of NFL games last season. The poll consisted of 9,200 people who attended a football, basketball or hockey game, and were asked if they tuned into fewer games and why.
Per the poll, 26 percent of viewers cited the protests as the reason. Coming in second, 24 percent of those surveyed said that it was because of the league’s off-field image issues such as domestic abuse and general game delays such as penalties. Twenty percent said that it was due to excessive commercials, and 16 percent said they tuned out due to the presidential election.