NFL ratings have been a bloodbath thus far this year with primetime games like MNF seeing the steepest declines. With that in mind, ESPN’s Sean McDonough didn’t pull any punches in connecting last night’s snoozefest penalty-laden blowout to declining ratings.
McDonough certainly has a point. It can be hard to watch if there’s a flag every play. Having referees call illegal contact plays in the secondary every play certainly doesn’t help in terms of having a flow to the game. That said, officiating is certainly not the only issue the NFL is facing in regard to the sagging ratings.
You have to imagine the NFL wasn’t happy to hear McDonough not only call out poor officiating, but also call attention to the poor ratings. While there has been a mixed reaction to McDonough’s new role calling MNF, I’m sure fans will appreciate that he’s candid and not a league mouthpiece.