“It is nearly unheard of to have a commissioner of a national sports league be this divisive. Asking for $50 million dollars at a time when his approval is less than 50 percent among self-identified hard core fans is pretty striking. The data shows the league clearly has a lot of work to do to rebuild its relationship with the country and its most loyal fans.”
– Mark Penn, chairman of The Harris Poll, discussing how a majority of voters disapprove of how NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has handled player protests during the national anthem, in his company’s recent poll.
According to data from The Harris Poll, 60 percent disapprove of Goodell’s handling of the matter of players “taking a knee” during the national anthem. Fifty-five percent say he has handled the issue in a way that made both sides unhappy.