At some point, it will be news when President Trump does not tweet about the NFL or sports in general. But he got back on that horse Tuesday morning, once again bringing up the NFL’s television ratings plus the events that preceded Monday night’s football game between the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones locked arms and knelt with his players before the playing of the national anthem, with everyone standing for the playing of the song.
It’s unclear how Trump has acquired minute-by-minute ratings for NFL broadcasts, and while early Week 3 ratings again declined from the same time frame in 2016, it should be noted that ratings for the networks’ pregame shows showed big increases, as viewers tuned in to see how everyone was reacting to Trump’s statements bashing the NFL on Saturday.
UPDATE TUESDAY 9:10 A.M. EDT: After ratings from Monday night’s game came in, it turns out ratings for the Sunday-Monday NFL games were up 3 percent from last year’s Week 3. So says Fox Sports Vice President Michael Mulvihill, who keeps close tabs on such things.
And then one more later Tuesday.
The four missives on Tuesday morning put Trump at 22 sports-related tweets since Saturday morning, when he said Stephen Curry and the NBA champion Golden State Warriors were no longer welcome to celebrate their achievement at the White House. Here’s a breakdown of his 37 total tweets since then (as of around 8 a.m. EDT Tuesday):
Sports, whether it be the NFL, the Warriors, NASCAR or the Pittsburgh Penguins’ upcoming visit to the White House (I’m including anything about the national anthem): 22
The deepening humanitarian crisis in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico: 4 (one of these tweets was about how Puerto Rico already owes Wall Street billions of dollars)
John McCain bashing: 2
The vote in Alabama: 2
Recognition of first lady Melania Trump: 1
Mention of apparently erroneous report about Iran test-firing a ballistic missile: 1
North Korea taunting: 1
Latest doomed attempt at Obamacare repeal: 1
Updated travel ban: 1
Nebulous tweets about the “beautiful” White House and Monday’s “important meetings”: 1
Salute to “Fox and Friends” report on Otto Warmbier, who was tortured by North Korea: 1