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Ratings for the NFL Hall of Fame Game and induction ceremony, crashed to lows not seen since 1998.
According to Pro Football Talk via Austin Karp of Sports Business Journal:

Thursday night’s Hall of Fame game between the Bears and Ravens register 6.78 million viewers. That’s a 17.8-percent decline from last year’s Cowboys-Cardinals game, and the smallest broadcast audience since 1998, when 6.3 million watched the Buccaneers and the Steelers.

The total audience for Saturday night’s enshrinement ceremony, simulcast on ESPN and NFL Network, dropped from 1.18 million to 1.17 million. While the difference is negligible, the 2018 class should have driven more eyes and ears.

Granted, the Cowboys will always draw a larger audience than teams like the Ravens and Bears. However, that doesn’t explain a nearly 18% drop in ratings. Also concerning is that ratings for the ceremony were down, despite the fact that popular players who have become media personalities, like Randy Moss, Ray Lewis, and Brian Urlacher, were among those getting inducted.

While Hall of Fame weekend ratings probably shouldn’t be viewed as an indicator of future television numbers, the fact that the NFL’s trend of dismal TV numbers is continuing, should definitely be of concern.

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  1. Donald

    August 10, 2018 at 12:12 am

    Those kneeling black guys have killed their golden goose not only for themselves but for future athletes as well. The NFL will never recover!

  2. Tom

    August 10, 2018 at 12:15 am

    This is only the beginning. Goodells NFL can expect even more significant drops in ratings all season long. Before too long they’ll be giving away free tickets and begging people to attend games. The NFL will be on life support soon…VERY SOON. I hope the Trump Administration doesn’t bail them out.

  3. Bill

    August 10, 2018 at 12:20 am

    Did I miss it or was the National Anthem even played before the game..once the game started I changed channels

  4. Richard Green

    August 10, 2018 at 12:36 am

    I am boycotting the spineless NFL and crybaby kneelers. I watched reruns of The Beverly Hillbillies.

  5. Eddie

    August 10, 2018 at 12:56 am

    Screw the NFL (National Freak League) I do not intend to EVER watch another game with these Communist sympathizers ! You stupid bunch of spear chunkers can kiss my rosy red Patriotic ass !

  6. Rocky

    August 10, 2018 at 1:17 am

    The NFL owners, managers and most of the overpaid players have shown their true colors and they are NOT red, white and blue ! I’m finished with all of them and I never liked basketball !

  7. Gordon Massengale

    August 10, 2018 at 1:21 am

    Keep on Kneeling . . . Your Cash Flow Will Be Reeling

  8. Joseph A Midona

    August 10, 2018 at 3:17 am

    The NFL is DEAD TO ME !!!!!!!!!!!

  9. DJ

    August 10, 2018 at 5:50 am

    Excuse me NFL.
    It is illegal to play it in my house.
    I lost too many brothers to have the NFL piss on there graves!

  10. Louis Galmarini

    August 10, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    The ‘Not For Long’ League are in for some tough times, secondary to unfathomable, piss-poor marketing/management of the current situation. Roger’s a pussy and doesn’t have the guts to make a stand for the flag. He’d rather cower to the ni**ers!

  11. Karen

    August 10, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    This is what happens when you bring politics into ANY business! You SHOULD have just played FOOTBALL, [email protected]$$e$!!

  12. Pat

    August 10, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    I would fire them and go after the guys that want to play football! Roger 40 million for what you are a disgrace leave my state you spineless worm, no take that back worms are better than you! And for for the asseipes who raise their fists you are a disgrace to the human race. You had all summer to do something don’t complain about it now!

  13. Susan

    August 10, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    Should have just played football instead you ruined it by injecting politics into it now fans are leaving in droves due to the temper tantrums thrown by the multi millionaires disrespecting our country and flag!! And just slapping the fans in the face you know the ones who used to pay to come and see a game! But not anymore we have had enough of the BS with the players laying down on the field acting out like children! Go ahead we are DONE!

  14. dostaboy

    August 11, 2018 at 3:29 am

    We won’t be watching ANY NFL games until this anthem stupidity ends, and Goodell is gone.

  15. harry

    August 11, 2018 at 9:53 am

    did not watch and will not watch anything with the NFL again. Done with them for good.

  16. Tony Taylor

    August 12, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Should have listened to the ones with the money. If they don’t like you they won’t pay you. It’s really just that simple.

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