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NFL Attendance Continues To Plummet As Empty Seat Epidemic Enters Week 15

As the NFL copes with a ratings slump and ESPN slashes $80 million in salaries after losing 15,000 subscribers a day in October, another major issue facing the league continued to play out in week 15 – terrible attendance.

While many blame the kneeing epidemic of unpatriotic players refusing to stand for the National Anthem – which started in the summer 2016 pre-season by former San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, others point to a boring season, cord cutters and broke millennials staying home.

Either way, it’s ugly. Since most NFL attendance figures are based on “tickets distributed” as opposed to actual turnstile count, and most NFL ticket sales are to season-ticket holders, it’s nearly impossible to tell how many people are simply choosing not to attend games for which they’ve already bought tickets. Except, pictures don’t lie…

MetLife Stadium was a ghost town at the end of the first quarter, and “1/2 full” as the Philadelphia Eagles and NY Giants headed into the 4th quarter:

The Arizona Cardinals vs. Washington Redskins at FedEx Field was ROUGH:

San Francisco 49ers vs. Tennessee Titans at Levi Stadium: 

30 minutes before kickoff:

15 minutes after kickoff – NBC Bay Area web producer Sara Bueno tweeted “Most fans I’ve seen at a #49ers game in a very very long time”

The Ravens vs. Browns game was also a hot mess of empty seats:

Kickoff

Beginning of the second quarter:

The Green Bay Packers vs. Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium was cricket-city:

Now imagine how attendance would be if the country was covered in snow!?

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10 comments

  1. sarcrilege

    Bend a knee and put a fork in it.

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  2. Uglyflint

    Great game with New England – Pittsburgh. Prolly did pretty good on the tv side (CBS). Poor NBC can’t catch a break with the shit games they’ve had on prime time.

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  3. ironbird

    Hard to call this mindfuck. The King is dead! Long live the King! Or some shit.

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  4. Cricket

    If the NFL fails, it will be like opening the doors of a super max prison – not good. Dirty dozen times 100.

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  5. sarcrilege

    @cricket, have you been radicalized recently?

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  6. moonshot

    It will fail gradually I think. Salaries will start dropping, teams will start selling for reduced prices. The tipping point will probably be blamed on how horrible concussions are and the only humane thing to do is put and end to it. A lot of money to bleed out of the system before then though.

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  7. Cricket

    @sarcrilege – not recently.

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  8. kdogg1787

    Wait for cleveland @ chicago on Christmas Eve. I imagine theres more people at the stadium right now on a monday afternoon than there will be Sunday

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  9. nyjag

    If cleveland can get past their string of shitty seasons and put together a decent team, the fans will return. I’ve donated a small fortune for season tix to the Jags since 1995 and have painfully endured the past 10 years of early 1st round draft picks. Winning solves everything, including filling a stadium.

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  10. anecdotal

    Good article.
    This shows the true state of the economy.

    Those who don’t read the paper (follow mainstream news) are uninformed;
    those who read the paper, are misinformed.
    Mark Twain

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