The NFL Is Taking Sports Bars Down With It

By Joey Skladany |
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Are you ready for some football? If the NFL's latest ratings are any indication, then no, you are not. 

Despite being the most-watched program on television, Sunday Night football has experienced a drastic decline in viewership this year. 12-19 percent weekly, in fact, which is an alarming and significant drop from 2015's average of nearly 20 million viewers across the networks. (We blame Tom Brady and Donald Trump.)

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According to a report from Marketplace, nearly 10 percent of business for sports bars comes from NFL games. This means your favorite local establishment may be taking a significant hit this quarter. 

Buffalo Wild Wings is one of the first major restaurants to announce a two percent decline in sales, which does not bode well for small business owners who lack the same marketing budgets as BWW. 

Americans really need to take a step back and remember that pizza, beer and wings don't require professional sporting events to taste delicious. A team's success comes and goes, but fried food and alcohol are forever loyal.

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