Why are NFL ratings down this season?NFL ratings are down. That's something you don't hear every day, considering how the league's cemented itself at the top of American sports. And the thing is, no one's really sure why. some people think it's because of recent player protests during the national anthem. Others point to high ratings for political coverage, including the most-watched presidential debate during the televised Monday night NFL game.
■Class discussion: Are you a football fan? Do you regularly watch NFL games? Why or why not? Why do you think football is so popular on television? Why do you think viewership is down this year? Do you think NFL ratings will bounce back? Is there any sport other than football you would rather watch on television? What would you watch on television instead of sports?