Sure it’s just a couple of thousand people missing from one of the largest stadiums in the country. But is this a sign that Washington Redskins fans are fed up with the product?
Officially, attendance at home games had fallen from 87,780 at the home opener to 79,572 at last week’s loss to Kansas City. Unofficially, many fans have reported a no-show rate that would suggest the falloff has been even greater.
There are other signs that as some Washingtonians stand by their floundering team, which is 2-4 in regular-season play, others are standing a little farther downwind. Nielsen ratings show that the average TV viewership of game broadcasts for the first six weeks of this season has dropped by about 120,000 households from the same period last year.
And the national market for burgundy and gold jerseys, banners and hats has plummeted, down 47 percent in the past month compared with the same period last year, according to sales data.
Now here’s where it gets real; how long will it be before intelligent fans start boycotting the sponsors and corporate partners of Redskins football?
Now THAT would be a revolt.