Dallas controlled the clock for 34:55 on the back of a strong performance from Ezekiel Elliott, who finished with 116 yards. And the only turnover was Prescott’s interception, but it was a costly one.
The Cowboys were hit with a questionable penalty early in the third quarter for roughing Rodgers that got the Packers out of a bind. The 15 yards gave the Packers offense some room to breathe, and it kicked off a scoring drive that started the Packers’ turnaround.
A panel of three judges overturned an emergency injunction that had been granted to Elliott by Judge Amos Mazzant at the district court level. That injunction kept Elliott on the field and put his suspension on hold until the court case was complete.
It has been given observer status by the Global Association of International Sports Federation (GAISF) – meaning it is provisionally recognised as a sport.
Citing the potential impact of decreasing ratings on advertising revenues, investment bank Credit Suisse lowered its projections on Fox and CBS stocks within the last week.
The viewership numbers the Post reports do not include Monday night’s Colts-Titans game, but that telecast won’t help. According to SportsBusiness Daily (link requires subscription), the game drew a 6.1 overnight Nielsen rating, the third-lowest MNF overnight since ESPN started broadcasting the show in 2006. The all-time low overnight for MNF on ESPN is 5.7 for last year’s Falcons-Saints Week 3 game, which competed for viewers against the first Trump-Clinton debate.
While some will blame national anthem protests or the declining quality of the product, there are countless factors that can affect television viewership of sports. Whatever the reasons, though, the ratings trend is one the league and its television partners want to figure out soon.