Report: NFL Losing Its Core Audience

‘Fundamental questions about football’s future that have been building for years…’

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(Breitbart) The National Football League is quickly losing its core audience marking a shift that could bring an end to the sport’s dominance, a new poll finds.

The WSJ/NBC poll found several things that should worry the NFL both for its near and long-term future.

For instance, in the short-term, fans are paying less attention than ever to the NFL.

But, more worrisome, in the long-term, parents are increasingly discouraging their children from playing football over concerns over the sport’s safety.


The latter would tend to create fewer football fans into the future.

The effect does not seem to be localized, either.

Fan interest in the NFL has dropped across the various demographics, including in the crucial growth demo of young males, according to the Wall Street Journal.

“The drop in interest spans age groups and the political spectrum—painting the picture of a sport that isn’t just experiencing a momentary dip, but a battle against fundamental questions about football’s future that have been building for years,” the Journal wrote.


On the heels of a contentious season, fans seem to have become fatigued by the NFL on a myriad of levels:

The problems are taking a heavy toll. Adults who report following the NFL closely have dropped 9% since 2014, the poll finds. More alarming for the league, however, is the makeup of the people moving away from the NFL in large numbers: Just 51% of men aged 18 to 49 say they follow the NFL closely, down from 75% four years ago…Original Source