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Weak 15: Ratings Crashing, Players Kneeling, and Fans Leaving Empty Seats In Stadiums Everywhere

Despite the NFL’s promise to spend nearly $90 million to promote “social justice” campaigns, players are still kneeling in protest against the country during the playing of the national anthems, and along with the protests, the league’s TV ratings are still cratering.

Plus, as we’ve seen all season, fans are avoiding the NFL by refusing to attend games in person as well, leaving tens of thousands of empty seats in stadiums all across the nation.

As the Cleveland Browns took on the Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland’s FirstEnergy Stadium, empty red-backed seats called out to the cameras testifying to a dearth of fans all over the facility.

Beginning of the second half. Traffic to the stadium must’ve been bad today. pic.twitter.com/7h4O1Fz5nr

— McNeil (@Reflog_18) December 17, 2017

Plenty of empty seats in Cleveland today. pic.twitter.com/WiaS5hd0Im

— Sean Grogan (@Sean_CecilWhig) December 17, 2017

What 1-28 looks like. #factoryofsadness#brownspic.twitter.com/Lf5Y520NRi

— Jay Crawford (@JaycrawfordCLE) December 17, 2017

Even MSNBC’s own Hugh Hewitt jumped to Twitter to remark on the sad state of affairs in Cleveland.

Hmmm. Lots of empty seats at #FirstEnergy. Disappointing @Browns fans.

— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) December 17, 2017

Cleveland lost in attendance and in points, taking a knee to the Ravens in a 27-10 final.

Perhaps with a bit better attendance than Cleveland, the Washington Redskins beat the Cardinals at home in FedEx Field in a 20-15 final, but Redskin fans didn’t come out in force.

Bearing in mind that it's typically a late arriving crowd…. pic.twitter.com/S02HJTP8Uk

— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) December 17, 2017

This is a better shot at kickoff. Seems to be filling in pic.twitter.com/noXBOO5WXl

— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) December 17, 2017

Late 1st quarter, not much better crowd as Redskins lead Cards 7-3 at FedEx Field #httrpic.twitter.com/IHAxAjywOE

— wayne viener (@WayneTerp) December 17, 2017

@EmptySeatsPics Redskins-Cardinals, mid 1st quarter pic.twitter.com/XoJu7SUuJf

— Chuck Rapp (@Chuckrapp73) December 17, 2017

The Philadelphia Eagles traveled to MetLife Stadium to face the New York Giants and won, beating the New Yorkers 34-29. But, not as many fans as the Giants would have liked made the trek to the stadium.

Loving being at @Giants@MLStadium#GiantsPride#GiantsNationpic.twitter.com/bBg11WTGoR

— Ian (@ebo_harvey) December 17, 2017

pic.twitter.com/Blk3N3SvLz

— Terrence Maguire (@Terry_M_Maguire) December 17, 2017

Lots of empty seats 10 mins into the game at giants stadium today… and tons of eagles fans. @EmptySeatsPicspic.twitter.com/ONXvg0ps8U

— Joseph J Pangaro (@JoePangaro) December 17, 2017

Meanwhile, the Carolina Panthers announced that this weekend’s game against the Green Bay Packers at Bank of America Stadium was a sell out. While those seats may have all been paid for, there were plenty of empty seats filling Twitter. At least the Panthers won in a 31-24 final.

Just announced a sellout. Funny looking sellout with all the empty seats. Never see that at @LambeauField#GBvsCAR@packers#GoPackGopic.twitter.com/9oxz79ZdNJ

— Kathy Anderson (@kathyanderson22) December 17, 2017

Nice View Huh ? #GBvsCARpic.twitter.com/PBn9BdH4M7

— BigHal Nunn (@BigHalNunn) December 17, 2017

Finally, at EverBank Field, the Jacksonville Jaguars swamped the Houston Texans 45-7, but photos of the stadium show a lot of empty seats.

Always great to be @EverBankField watching the @Jaguars play — especially when they are taking an #AFCSouth rival to school. #Sacksonvillepic.twitter.com/7qtHpvArIS

— Chris Hand (@chrishandjax) December 17, 2017

1st qtr in Jax. Nobody wants to sit in upper deck anymore! Team says sellout (Throat clearing). @EmptySeatsPicspic.twitter.com/CH5IV3mEmP

— Kevin Glynn (@kevpga63) December 17, 2017

#Jaguars 21 #Texans 0 bottom Q2 pic.twitter.com/gGQ1osxsCZ

— PHILL-DreamKingFilmz (@dreamkingfilmz) December 17, 2017

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