NFL TV ratings drop nearly 10 percent again

National Football League executives looking to stop a ratings skid continued to lose more yardage during the 2016-2017 season, as television viewership fell 9.7 percent across all networks, according to Nielsen data.

An average NFL game was watched by 1.6 million fewer people compared to last year, declining overall from 16.5 million to 14.9 million, ESPN reported.

The protests began as a way to show displeasure with a country that “oppresses black people and people of color,” according to former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who started the movement but was not signed by a team this season.