After seeing its television ratings drop for the second consecutive season, the NFL received more bad news on Friday as a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll showed that the league's core audience is rapidly losing interest.
Among adults, the number of those who followed the sport closely dropped nine percent since 2014, according to The Wall Street Journal. What's worse, only 51 percent of men between 18 and 49 say they follow the NFL closely, which is down from 75 percent only four years ago.
'If I'm the NFL I'm freaking out about that a little bit,' Republican pollster Micah Roberts told the Journal. 'They are the very core of the football-viewing audience. If they're retreating, then who's left?'