Peter Schrager on The Mike Francesa Show.

There’s been plenty of discussion of NFL player protests, and if they (or any of the other infinite reasons) are responsible for declining NFL ratings. That debate may never end, but NFL on Fox sideline reporter and NFL Network Good Morning Football co-host Peter Schrager said player protests were definitely responsible for him getting kicked out of a cab in Indianapolis.

On WFAN’s The Mike Francesa Show Friday, Schrager was discussing the impact of those protests with Francesa, and told a story about how an Indianapolis cab driver kicked him out because the driver was so upset with the NFL over player protests. Here’s the clip, from Funhouse:

“I live in New York, you live in New York, and I also do stuff in L.A., and I sometimes think, ‘All right, here’s my worldview.’ I was in Indianapolis, doing a game in Indianapolis, and a cab driver picks me up and says ‘What do you do for a living?’ and I say ‘Well, I work in the NFL.’ And he stops the car, turns around and says ‘You can get out of the car. The NFL is dead to me. The NFL, the fact that these guys take knees, I will never watch the NFL again.’ It was the first time I had a real-life experience face-to-face with somebody who was that charged up about this issue. And I said ‘Wow, that’s crazy.’ And the more you talk to fans who aren’t on the two coasts, the more you aren’t in blue-state territory, this is a real deal and it is affecting the bottom line. And the owners are seeing this.”

While one cab driver kicking a sideline reporter out of his cab isn’t conclusive evidence about any widespread impact of player protests, Schrager’s story is interesting, and his point is well-taken. There are unquestionably plenty of people mad about protests, and that does probably have some effect on the NFL’s bottom line in everything from ratings to ticket sales to merchandise sales, whether or not it’s the main source of ratings issues. It also clearly has some negative effects on those whose work involves the NFL. Hopefully not every cabbie out there is going to take his frustration out on sideline reporters, but this one certainly did.

If Schrager sees that cab driver again and wants a ride, though, he should pose as a NHL reporter and just start listing off names of 90s and 2000s NHL goalies. “Couldn’t get Ron Tugnutt on the air this week? Tommy Salo wasn’t available? Andrew Raycroft? Corey Schwab not available? Corey Hirsch? Chris Terreri?” It would be hard for anyone to be upset about that.

[Funhouse on Twitter]

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Andrew Bucholtz is a staff writer for Awful Announcing.

  • Bscotch Bscotch

    Yeah….I’m calling bullshit on this one

    • Rico Barry

      I agree with you on this one, total BS. I actually heard him on Francesa show today. No wonder these dirt bags are becoming obsolete in how we get our legitimate sports reporting.

      • newdog301

        Legitimate sports reporting? Lol, what Richard Sherman’s twitter account?

  • PAI

    “I work in the NFL”.

    Um, no you don’t. The guy pouring Dr. Pepper in Gillette Stadium works more in the NFL than you do.

    • Waaaambulance (Judge MVP)

      his show is on NFLN, which the NFL owns

  • Raymond Chuang

    The story may be “fried bologna sandwich,” but the dislike of the NFL outside of the coastal regions is very palpable.

    • Brent Garrison

      Which is ridiculous. Goes to show you how powerful the cult of Trump is and just how dangerous they can be.

      • Raymond Chuang

        Then how come outside if a few games, overall NFL ratings are down around 15% compared to its 2015 season peak?

        • Slim Boeheim

          The product on the field is flaming hot garbage. Who wants to watch some of these teams with terrible QBs and poor line play? Nobody wants shutouts, especially something like Thursday’s game (40-0 Ravens)

          • newdog301

            I don’t understand what point you’re making. That means the Ravens were not “hot garbage” on Thursday night.

        • Matt

          18%

      • Matt

        Or Americans are not putting up with this crap. The results should have been a wake up call last November.

      • Carter_Burger67

        Explain what President Trump has to do with this…other than calling out the players for what they are.

      • greggreen29

        You still misunderstand the election.

  • TriCuriousGeorge

    That cab driver never watched an nfl game in his life.

  • souvien

    Hmm..ratings for almost all sports are down…but whose are eroding the most? That’s right, the most rootin’ tootin’ anthem standin’ “sport” of ‘em all…NASCAR!

    Maybe we’re giving too much credence to a bunch of whiny Trumpers..,

    • Matt

      NASCAR point system has hurt itself.

    • greggreen29

      You should try paying attention to how far NASCAR has changed in the last fifteen years. That’s what responsible for the decline. But you’d have to leave your leftist bubble and actually associate with Americans to do that.

  • sportsfan365

    Real reporters would validate or dismiss his story if it were worth printing in the first place. Apparently TMZ is the only place that actually investigates this stuff nowadays, everyone else is just a #me2.

  • FR€€ßANDŹ #UnsignedTroll ⛄️

    You know this story is fake, right?

  • Carter_Burger67

    “That debate may never end…”. You guys keep debating it, the rest of us who’ve turned our backs on the NFL already know why the ratings, and attendance, are down.

    • bff426

      “That debate…” Yeah, says the guy from San Francisco.

  • markvidpa

    But he doesn’t work in the NFL. He works in the media. Why would you pass

  • A Smith

    I call BS. He can’t even lie right. People in liberal bubbles think that cab drivers in the midwest are Archie Bunker. In fact they are all from Trinidad or Nigeria, just like in New York. No way there’s a cab driver who knows anything about the NFL.

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