The NFL has let the National Anthem protests spiral out-of-control. The story dominates the narrative. It’s led fans to burn jerseys & season tickets. It’s negatively impacted TV ratings. And it’s damaged the NFL brand.
The League is reeling, and in an effort to slow the bleeding, Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a letter to all 32 NFL teams acknowledging there is a problem. A big problem.
Goodell writes, “the current dispute over the National Anthem is threatening to erode the unifying power of our game, and is now dividing us, and our players, from many fans across the country.”
Goodell is right: fans have left the NFL over the National Anthem.
The question is, are they willing to come back if the NFL puts an end to the protests