Blowback? NFL Ticket Sales Crash 17.9% As Owners Lose Control Of Players

Tyler Durden's picture

Probably just a coincidence... or just transitory, but The online ticket reseller TickPick told The Washington Examiner that sales have dropped 17.9 percent, far more than the usual Week Three fall...

  • 17.9 percent decrease in NFL orders this week compared to the previous week.
  • Last year the drop was 10.8 percent in orders on Monday & Tuesday following Week Three games.

"We have seen a massive decrease in NFL ticket purchases this past week in comparison to years past. Week 3 seems to usually have less ticket orders than week 2, but this year ticket purchases are down more than 7 percent from this time last year," said TickPick's Jack Slingland.

"While we can't specify if this decrease is due to the president's comments, player and owner protests, play on the field, or simply the continued division of consumer's media attention, the conversation around the NFL this week has focused on the president's comments as well as the players' and owners' reaction. As viewers continue to abandon their NFL Sunday habits, both the number of ticket sales and the purchase price of tickets will drop," he told us.

And despite orders from The NFL that players will stand for the National Anthem this week, The Hill reports that at least three Miami Dolphins players (Julius Thomas, Michael Thomas, & Kenny Stills) took a knee during the playing of the national anthem Sunday.

Saints players took a knee before the anthem began, but then stood as it was played.

But as ESPN reports, NFL owners are struggling to retain control of their players...

"It certainly was my takeaway that the commissioner was looking for a way for the protests to end," DeMaurice Smith (NFL Players Association executive director) said Friday when asked about his 30-minute conversation with Goodell (NFL commissioner), while declining to offer specifics about what was discussed. Goodell declined to comment, but a league source did not dispute Smith's account.


"Knowing the league the way I know the league, they are first and foremost concerned about the impact on their business," Smith said. "That's always their first concern. I mean, who are we kidding?"


Nobody was kidding when many of the NFL's highest-profile owners, including Robert Kraft of the New England Patriots and Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys, expressed concerns last week that the optics of hundreds of players kneeling, sitting or remaining in the locker room during the playing of the national anthem had alienated many fans at a particularly perilous moment for the NFL.


TV ratings for many of this year's games have continued a slide that began last season; some league sponsors have grown skittish about the backlash; and most surveys have shown that a majority of NFL fans are turned off by the politicization of the game.

To the commissioner's suggestion that the protests should end, Smith said,

"My only response was, 'I don't have the power to tell our players what to do.' ... At the end of the day, this is a group of players who are exercising their freedom.


There is no room for me to snap my fingers and tell our players, 'It's time for you to give up a freedom.' Just the idea offends me. It's almost as if the players are being asked, 'What's it going to take for you to stop asking to be free or to be treated like an American?'"

Early on, one of the players pointedly told the assembled owners -- in particular Kraft, who this year gave his longtime friend Trump a Super Bowl 51 champions' ring -- "We know a lot of you are in with Trump. This meeting is going on because the players think that some of the people that they work for are with his overall agenda, and that's not in the players' favor."

"We can't just tell them to stop," Goodell said of the players' protests.

Many owners immediately argued otherwise.

"We need to find a way where Trump doesn't win," one said, and that meant using leverage as employers to end the protests.


Another said, "We'll get our guys in line."

Political infighting contonues to stink up the place...

Some owners were angry that Joe Lockhart, the NFL's executive vice president of communications who worked as President Bill Clinton's press secretary, had told reporters on a Monday conference call that the players' words and actions on the subjects of police brutality and racism were "what real locker room talk is."


It was a brazen shot at Trump, who was captured in a 2005 video talking, in explicit terms, about grabbing women by their vaginas but later dismissed the video's contents as "locker room banter."


Owners, many of whom had supported Trump and seven of whom had donated at least $1 million to him, felt that Lockhart had unnecessarily politicized the league's response.


One owner barked angrily at Lockhart, who declined to comment about the matter, echoing a sentiment that most of them -- especially Jones -- shared: Nobody wanted to engage in a political mud fight with the White House, even if "they were all pissed at the president," a league source said.

As ESPN concludes, by the end of their meetings, the players and owners weren't as unified as they would later publicly state, but as one owner says, "We've gotten out of crisis management and into, 'How do we do this correctly?' There was a chance that we didn't deal with it correctly -- and it had passed."

Perhaps after this week's collapse in ticket sales - and potentially a few more lost advertising dollars - the owners may have some different ideas on how to control their players in their place of work.

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Arnold's picture

First down and twenty five.
Unsportsmanlike like conduct before the snap.

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

Owners are afraid the players will walkout or chimpout for all the fans to see, if they're ordered to stand.

Owners are damned if they do, damned if they don't, and that's a good thing for anyone who wants to see sportsball muted.

847328_3527's picture

STOP buying their junk; anything to do with the NFL or NBA----STOP buying it and/or watching it. Do NOT subsidize libtard mental illness and alt left hatred of you.

toady's picture

How many times do I have to say it?


5K fine for the first infraction, 10K for the next, 20K for the next, 40K for the next... etc.

Hell, you can make'em salute and do 200 pushups immediately after the anthem once the fine gets high enough!

They already fine them for wearing the wrong color socks or wearing pledge pins on their uniforms... this is just obviously the way to go... They're already habituated to it!

knukles's picture

Who said the following?


or the NFL?

"There is no room for me to snap my fingers and tell our players, 'It's time for you to give up a freedom.' Just the idea offends me. It's almost as if the players are being asked, 'What's it going to take for you to stop asking to be free or to be treated like an American?'"

Escrava Isaura's picture

The problem is not nationalism at the NFL.

It’s the inequality, stupid.


Dormouse's picture

Damn right inequality; I demand to make as much as a spoiled nigger playing a game for a living. I'm at least thrice as edumacated.

Never One Roach's picture

Odd how the media is now distracted from encouragnig tearing down American statues, and now focuses on this alt left craziness.

Trump has them dancing like idiots and I love it!

Giant Meteor's picture

In fairness, so many dog whistles now in play it's damn near impossible to keep em all straight ..

But I believe we've covered most of the bases today  ..

Let's break for dinner !

Billy the Poet's picture

If you voted for Trump you voted for a populist.

This is what populism looks like. I love it.

The alternative is this:


I need some muscle over here


Homeless Black Woman Defend's Donald Trumps Star on Walk of Fame



Black mob attacks driver. Driver under arrest for leaving scene

HopefulCynical's picture

Inequality arises when those of excellence are allowed to succeed on its own merits, and the mediocrity cannot match their performance.

Absent the Marxist redistribution of wealth, this is a self-correcting problem: mediocrity can afford less offspring, is underrepresented in future generations, and the aptitude of the entire society increases over time as a result. Marxism subsidizes mediocrity and forces excellence to foot the bill. THIS IS ON PURPOSE.

Socialism is how mediocre DNA fights back against excellence, from the perspective of the masses. For the globalist moneychangers, it's how they keep the rabble from challenging their stranglehold on the economy and society.

And the fact is, absent muscle mass, height and hand/eye coordination, 80%+ of all pro athletes would be working minimum wage jobs. Sportsball is their ONLY skill-set. Where does that leave their non-sportsball friends and family?

"Helicopter rides" (so to speak). It really is the only way this bullshit ends without a total systemic collapse.

Kidbuck's picture

Your premise is flawed. It ain't about affording offspring. It's about choosing to have more offspring or choosing to exercise self control. Pretty sure poor families have more kids than rich families.

Mr. Ed's picture

Oh yeah Escrava... I see what you mean! The NFL meatheads feel like they don't deserve to be so far above others financially. And to allay this feeling of unworthiness, they engage in PC window-dressing (or window kneeing) like a bunch of over-paid jerks (which they are!)

Good insight.

IH8OBAMA's picture

Down 17% that's all?  Sales should be down at least 50%.  Just say NO people.


undertow1141's picture

It should be more your right, but sales for week 4 are down 28% in 2 years. For a business that spells "Doomed".

El Oregonian's picture

Put an NFL fork in 'em. They're done...

Escrava Isaura's picture

The secret is to tax them at 99 percent then they’ll be making as much as you.

How is that for edumacate?

Not bad, right?


FatTony7915726's picture

Niggs gonna be niggin', keep taking a knee black bitches!  We's gonna stop payin' fo ur monkey jumpin' acrobatics niggers!!!

BuddyEffed's picture

Anyone in favor of replacing the national anthem at sports events with the Macarena?

undertow1141's picture

Interseting opinion from a Portuguese mongrol.

buttmint's picture

...send the chimps back to Liberia!

They can play for the Liberian Nigsters! Good luck getting paid!

A bunch of spoiled douchebags proving their helmet concussions are very real!

cheka's picture

more black power fisting addition to the kneeling, other crap.  white hate operation still in full swing

boycott nfl

boycott nba

boycott espn

drstrangelove73's picture

Yeah thanks for the mother Jones piece,just what is needed-NOT.
I'll say this though-you are totally predictable.And yes I logged in to down vote you

Bay of Pigs's picture

He's one those "automatic junks" for me.

A complete fucking retard.

FixItAgainTony's picture

But he is so amazingly consistent, NEVER out of character.

SDShack's picture

Goddam right! We need more affirmative action and quotas! Why the hell are there 70% black players in the NFL when they only represent 13% of the population? Same with the NBA? How is that FAIR!? White sports players are being discriminated against! They should demand reparations because White Sports Lives Matter!

buzzkillb's picture

I was told the black NFL players are not oppressed, but they are fighting for the black man who is oppressed. None of the arguments make any sense.

SDShack's picture

Yeah, I've heard that idiotic circular logic too. See my post below about the solution the Dallas Police Chief is offering to the NoFansLeague players to help the oppressed black man...

sun tzu's picture

You mean how entertainers make millions while almost everyone else struggles?

shovelhead's picture


Mother Jones...Was the Daily Worker out on strike again?

kbohip's picture

Fuck Off with your stupid Mother Jones shit!

Chaos_Theory's picture

So hire them regardless of qualifications, and pay double the market rate.  

Whatta's picture

anyone else see the rich irony

Rich white owners talking about keeping their black boys working out in the field? #ModernSlavery

KennyW's picture

When all the people are equal it's called communism.

RichardParker's picture

MJ link is somewhat misleading about millionaire's tax rates.

Hardly anyone actually paid the 66.4% or 55.3% rates back in the day due to the loopholes that were available back then.

Effective tax rate for top earners was much lower back then.


SWRichmond's picture

If the blacks and hispanics want to build a movement based on anger, and foment anger in the cities, and then burn the cities to the ground, why exactly do I care?  Someone explain to me how the cities becoming ungovernable directly and negatively impacts me?  What do we need the cities for exactly?

I am happy about this, and no, I am not kidding.  I don't have to lift a finger and I get to see my enemy in pain.  Moar please!

toady's picture

Exactly... I'm just waiting for .gov to try to force people to truck food into a rioting inner city shithole.

"Let'em fucking starve!"


auricle's picture

The NFL doesn't seem to have any issue with taking away patrons second and fourth ammendment rights.

flaunt's picture

I'll never, ever forget when (((they))) destroyed the Baseball career of Atlanta Braves player John Rocker because he made some offhand remarks about the poor quality of the average New Yorker he saw while visiting there.  Same sorts of scumbags are encouraging these NFL players to act like Marxist shitstains.  Or should I say Shitsteins?

SybilDefense's picture

I went to college with Goodell.  He was a wannabe and a pussy then and he is a pussy now. He always wanted to be friends with the football jocks but never made it, so he was forced to join the fraternity next door just to be close to his meat friends.  He should be the waterboy, not the commish.  Pussy!  There, I said it.  He dreams of taking to his knees in front of the players.

BabaLooey's picture

50k fine 1st time offesne

5 game suspension/game checks going to veterans aid on the 2nd offense

Life time ban 3rd offense

Get some TEEFUS in dat shit

vato poco's picture

completely agree, but the correct word be "teefusses". 'get some TEEFUSSES in dat shit'

carry on

SybilDefense's picture

Ax me, I be a Dentist.  It's teefs

Max Cynical's picture

“The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem. During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.”

Pages A62-63, NFL League Rulebook

SDShack's picture

I saw some quotes from one "oppressed" millionaire player this week (can't remember which team) bitching about how Krapperknee isn't even a 3rd stringer on a team, and that has him worried that other players could be cut. He then went on to bitch about how could he support his family if that happened, but of course he was 100% in support of kneeling. After almost 50 years, I am 100% boycotting the NoFansLeague because of this blatant race baiting and "oppression" hypocricy while they spit in the face of all the fans. The best response is from the Dallas Police Chief who told these hypocrites to quit the NFL and he will hire them as a cop to patrol the ghetto streets so they can fix what they are protesting.