National anthem protests aren’t the only thing killing NFL ratings

Why are NFL ratings fading back? Because they’re getting blitzed from all sides.
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As the league heads into the final week of its regular season, TV viewership has tumbled 9 percent from a year ago, leaving the cumulative audience for the NFL’s 103 national telecasts through Week 16 down by more than 150 million viewers.
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Video games are likewise stealing away youth from traditional sports, stats show. Nearly two-thirds of US households have at Connor Hellebuyck Womens Jersey least one person who plays three or more hours of video games a week, according to the Entertainment Software Association. A 2017 report by the group puts the average age of these gamers at 35.

Two years ago, an MLB survey found that playing a sport between the ages of 12 and 17 was more important to becoming a fan than watching or attending a game.

As MLB commissioner Rob Manfred summarized the results in a Wall Street Journal interview: The biggest predictor of fan avidity as an adult is whether you played the game.

Doug Pederson, also in his second year with the Eagles, not only embraces the idea of using analytics to make decisions, he talks to members of the team’s analytics department during games, according to ESPN.

When the Eagles were down 3-0 to the Falcons last week, they faced a fourth-and-goal at the 1-yard line. A conservative coach would have taken the three points to tie the game. Pederson’s staff clearly gave him the green light, because the Eagles went for it and scored their only touchdown in a 15-10 victory.

A lot of teams 锟斤拷 ours is one 锟斤拷 where it’s all [decided] is in the offseason, done with mathematics, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie told the website. It’s not based on any form of instinct. If it’s going to be 50/50, 48/52, then a coach is going to have their instinctual predilection, right? But what we found is, there’s been so many decisions over time that are too conservative for the odds of maximizing your chance to win at the opportunity.

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