Guys who play for the NBA have it made. They get paid tons of money to do what they love best, playing basketball.
And now it’s being ruined over politics.
People don’t watch NBA games to be lectured about politics from left-wingers, but that is what it is becoming, and fans are walking away in droves. Ratings are way down.
Sports Illustrated reports:
NBA first-round ratings drop 27 percent, 40 percent since 2017-18
While the end of the first round added a boost in viewership for the NBA playoffs, overall ratings were down from recent seasons, as relayed by sports-media reporter Bobby Burack of OutKick.
Overall, ratings for the now-concluded first round were down 27 percent from last season, per Nielsen. The league’s ratings has also dropped 40 percent from two years ago, Burack wrote.
The first round of the playoffs were an extension of the declining ratings prior to the NBA hiatus in March.
According to a report from Sports Business Daily in February, national television viewership for regular-season games nosedived 12 percent compared to 2018-19. Again, those were the league’s pre-hiatus numbers.
Why does the NBA think people watch basketball games?
Forbes has more on this:
NBA Playoff Ratings Slip As Fans Grumble That League Has Become ‘Too Political’
Some basketball fans are souring on the NBA’s support of teams and players bringing politics onto the court, tossing an assist to President Donald Trump in his attacks on the league.
“People are tired of watching the highly political @NBA. Basketball ratings are WAY down, and they won’t be coming back. I hope football and baseball are watching and learning because the same thing will be happening to them. Stand tall for our Country and our Flag!!!” Trump tweeted to his 86 million followers yesterday.
A new Harris Poll backs Trump’s critique of the NBA, with 39% of sports fans saying they are watching fewer games. And the chief reason why? Politics. The longtime polling agency surveyed nearly 2,000 people over the weekend and gave those who identified as sports fans—two-thirds of the total—ten options to choose from on why they are watching less basketball.
This is not isolated to the NBA, by the way.
2020 could end up being the year we witness the collapse of pro-sports.