Extra individuals are watching the NFL on TV. Fewer individuals are watching the NFL in particular person.
In response to David Broughton and Andrew Levin of Sports activities Enterprise Day by day, the NFL averaged 66,648 attendees at residence video games in 2019. That’s the bottom common since 2004.
The Cowboys averaged 90,929, main the league for 11 straight seasons. Fifteen groups noticed a decline in attendance, led by the Jaguars (eight.7 p.c drop), Raiders (7.6 p.c) and Bengals (7.Zero p.c).
Two groups noticed a rise of greater than 5 p.c. Washington’s viewers grew by 7.three p.c (the stadium was nonetheless at lower than 80 p.c capability), and the Payments have a 6.Zero-percent soar.
A number of years in the past, the league suspended the blackout coverage, which blocked native broadcast of residence video games if all non-premium tickets weren’t bought. Regardless of efforts to enhance the in-stadium expertise, there’s no substitute for successful.
Attendance peaked in 2016, with 69,487 per sport. In 2004, 66,328 attended every sport, on common.