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AP Picks NFL’s Anthem Antics As Top 2017 Sports Story — But Not Empty Seats, Lower TV Ratings

Posted on 31 December 2017

<p>On Christmas Day, perhaps to minimize its exposure, the Associated Press published <a href="https://apnews.com/168339a7b62e43b5a74a5ca0b631132c/A-list-of-the-top-sports-stories-of-2017">its top ten sports stories of the year</a>. Readers will not be at all surprised that "NFL players kneeling during the national anthem" as a result of President Donald Trump's "feud with the NFL" was "the runaway winner ... in balloting by AP members and editors." Predictably, the AP didn't mention the lower attendance and lower TV ratings which have resulted from the players' ill-advised protests.</p>