The NFL and broadcast networks, worried about a significant decline in TV ratings, blame the presidential election and social media.
The league fails to recognize the real reason: bad games. The NFL is a swamp of mediocre teams, grinding play and disruptive penalties.
The college game, with its spread offenses, colorful coaches and variety of strong programs, surges with excitement the pros lack. The NFL's dreary pre game shows pale in comparison with ESPN's College Game Day, packed with humor, pathos and old-school sprit and punctuated by the weekly TV spectacle of Lee Corso's predictions.
The NFL's Super Bowl will remain TV's ratings behemoth, and the playoffs bring a jolt. Average regular season games are unwatchable.