The NFL has had a hard time over the past couple of months, as hundreds of players have protested during the national anthem, leading the league to become one of the most divisive brands in the entire country. Ratings have plummeted as a result, but NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has decided to allow the protests to continue.
Now, Veterans Day is approaching, and the topic is making headlines yet again. However, the NFL made an announcement stating it would not be changing its policy despite tremendous pushback.
One Facebook page named Boycott The NFL has over 200,000 followers and created a video asking viewers to boycott on Veterans Day weekend. The video has received over 10 million views and over 670,000 shares.
One of the page's posts stated:
We will be not be watching or listening to NFL games on November 12th in solidarity with veterans around the country, as football players have continued to disrespect the national anthem, the American flag, and everything our nation stands for.
Meanwhile, one NFL player has taken a different approach to the day. Alejandro Villanueva, the only player to appear and stand for the national anthem on his team several weeks ago, gave each one of his teammates an Army patch to place on their helmet for their game on Sunday.
Because of all the national anthem controversy, broadcasters have chosen to stop showing the anthem altogether in an attempt to avoid the drama and save their ratings.