This year's NFL off-season has been plagued with incidents, from the Lucky Whitehead debacle to the Ezekiel Elliott investigation, the league has been having difficulties staying out of torment.
Another nail was hammered into the coffin today following the release of a J.D. Power survey in which 9,200 people were interrogated as to whether they tuned into fewer games last season, and why.
As per ESPN's Darren Rovell, the national anthem protests, led by Colin Kaepernick, and the league's off-the-field issues with domestic violence are the two main reasons as to why NFL fans watched fewer games last season.
Rovell believes that this may help explain why NFL game viewership on networks that broadcast games was down an average of eight percent for the 2016 regular season when compared to the previous year.
The NFL did not respond when requested to comment
Source: ESPN · Photo Credit: Keystone Press Agency