However, college football’s playoff ratings have soared.
“[T]he college football playoff surged despite airing only on cable and featuring only Southern teams while the NFL tanked despite games being available for free on ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox,” Outkick’s Clay Travis wrote.
“The NFL’s 13% collapse in ratings follows a 2017 football season that saw NFL ratings decline 9.7% and this year’s fall comes on the heels of another 8% ratings decline from the 2016 football season.”
But, most of these same concerns apply to college football, too, yet its playoff ratings have surged.
As with college football, ratings for the NBA also soared for the 2017 season, so it isn’t sports in general that fans are abandoning.