TickPick, an online ticket sales vendor, reported that there was a 17.9 percent drop in ticket sales this past week compared to the previous week. The vendor could not confirm whether the NFL athletes’ protests during the playing of the American national anthem were the leading factor in the decline ticket sales. Compared to last year, the drop was 10.8 percent.
President Donald Trump criticized the protests on social media and it led to protests soon after. Fans have since burned jerseys and season tickets in response to the protests.