By: Will Burchfield
It's no secret that the NFL's popularity has taken a hit. Through seven weeks of the 2016 season, television ratings have dipped by 29 percent. There are a number of forces behind this decline, from the presidential election to national anthem protests to over-officiating.
On top of that, the NFL has seemed to bumble investigation after investigation concerning important social issues, most notably domestic violence. Former New York Giants kicker Josh Brown's case was just the latest example.
According to Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports, fans are becoming fed up.
"I think there's a certain amount of NFL fatigue from people who think that (the League) gets things wrong. They think that they got the Josh Brown thing wrong and many other things," King told the Jamie and Stoney show on 97.1 The Ticket on Tuesday morning.
Much of the fans' frustration falls at the feet of commissioner Roger Goodell, whose public image continues to deteriorate. In King's mind, this may ultimately cost Goodell his job.
"It's going to be interesting to see, quite honestly, if Roger Goodell survives past the next few years," King said. "There's such a negative public impression of Goodell right now and you wonder if the owners - as much as they stand by him - are going to want the image of their game every time it's brought up to say, 'Goodell's a bleepity-bleep,' as I think so many fans do and so many in the public do."
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