If the NFL was in panic mode after the lousy ratings during the regular season, they must now be apoplectic . The ratings for the first playoff games are in and they ain’t pretty. Compared to last year, all four game’s ratings dropped by double digits. With the Super Bowl coming up, they may have trouble getting advertisers to py the same big money they did a couple of years ago.
Wild Card Weekend Overnights Roundup:
TEN-KC: 14.7 HH -11% YOY vs. 16.6 (OAK-HOU)
ATL-LAR: 14.9 HH -10% YOY vs. 16.5 (DET-SEA)
BUF-JAX: 17.2 HH -10% YOY vs. 19.2 (MIA-PIT)
CAR-NO: 20.4 HH -21% YOY vs. 25.9 (NYG-GB)
— Anthony Crupi (@crupicrupicrupi) January 8, 2018
It could get worse real fast. Premiere matchups could make or break the playoffs this year. Suppose the Jaguars beat the Steelers. That would make the AFC championship game New England versus Jacksonville. That would be much worse than a NE versus Steelers, which would probably draw a much bigger following.
2. Here are your Divisional Round playoff lines:
And here’s where the Super Bowl odds stand today:
2. Speaking of odds, after Oprah Winfrey’s speech at the Golden Globes last night, she’s a major player on offshore sites offering lines on the 2020 Presidential Election:
Kamala Harris +1050
Bernie Sanders +1250
Elizabeth Warren +1350
Oprah Winfrey +1500
The Rock +3000
Mark Cuban +4500
Gregg Popovich +10000
Michael Jordan +15000
Vince McMahon +20000
Perhaps by next season the league will have new rules on the national anthem. Nah.