It appears that the mass boycott of the NFL in defense of Colin Kaepernick is actually making an impact.
Prominent activist Shaun King initiated the boycott with a tweet, which received the most retweets of any post pertaining to the NFL during the first week’s Sunday games, according to the Herald Times Reporter.
The official Twitter account, @TheNFLBoycott, has already garnered a strong audience with more than 30,000 followers and counting who are demanding that the NFL right its wrongs in blackballing Kaepernick for his national anthem protest.
According to the Herald Times Reporter, ratings for the opening week of the NFL regular season were down 13 percent from just one season ago.
While other elements — such as the recent natural disasters that have left many Americans displaced and entire U.S. cities and communities destroyed — are likely factors that contributed to this drop, it is evident that the boycott also plays a role.
Case in point: College football ratings were reportedly up from the same period last year, despite all the same turmoil in the nation.
The alleged mistreatment of Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett by Las Vegas police officers may also have strengthened the boycott as Bennett's open letter detailing the ordeal went viral. In his letter, he mentioned his participation in the national anthem protest and used his own experience as an example of why the demonstration is necessary.
Kaepernick has a strong support base among fellow professional athletes as well as regular civilians. There's even a Change.org petition circulating which seeks to obtain 1 million signatures to boycott the league and all of its sponsors until Kaepernick is signed to a team.
It is clear that this issue isn't going away any time soon, and the NFL is feeling the public's wrath for their failure to recognize and support a player who is trying to incite change for the better.
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