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Washington Redskins running back Chris Thompson carries the ball during the second half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Landover Md. Sunday Sept. 24 2017

NFL Sunday night ratings down amid kneeling protest

Snagging a 9.3 metered-market result and the best ratings of the season so far, last night's MNF was a thankful ratings touchdown for a league that has been losing ground in that metric so far this season and all of past year.

A 9.3 rating on Monday Night Football during the Dallas Cowboys-Arizona Cardinals game was a 63 percent increase from last year's New Orleans Saints-Atlanta Falcons primetime game.

The network's decision to show the national anthem ahead of games no doubt played into that massive increase, with viewers tuning in to see how teams would react to President Donald Trump's remarks about players who kneel during the anthem. Boring games yes, but many stay away because they love country.

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Trump continued his attacks on the National Football League into Tuesday morning, writing that National Football League ratings are "way down except before game starts, when people tune in to see whether or not our country will be disrespected". "He's fired, '" Trump told a crowd in Alabama on Friday night.

During the speech he said any player who protests racism by kneeling during the national anthem is a 'son of a b****'. One woman said the bigger issue is police brutality and inequality for minorities in America.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who donated money to Trump's campaign, said he was "deeply disappointed" in the president on Sunday.

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Several NFL owners and league commissioner Roger Goodell responded to Trump's speech and tweets on Sunday. "It's kind of ridiculous that we're using something that signifies people that created this country, that fought for this country, and we're using this to disparage that". 'There is no better example than the wonderful response from our clubs and players to the awful natural disasters we've experienced over the last month. Seven total games on Sunday were decided by one score, one went into overtime and one ended on a game-winning 61-yard field goal.

Next week's ratings will be even more closely watched, since conservative groups and Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity have called for people angered by the protests to boycott this weekend's games.

'We will air this Unity spot in tonight's game, ' read Goodell's tweet. Or the games are getting slower with replays.

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