An observation with two inseparable parts:
This story has definitely touched a nerve with fans.
1. While the responses have listed a number of personal reasons for declining viewer numbers, the top reason by far is the total saturation of commercials. Commenter Benoit Messier captured this perfectly by describing the absurdity that is emphasized at the beginning with time between the coin toss to the first down of the receiving team – 15 minutes later.
2. Perhaps the inclusion of a couple of beer commercial banners in this article illustrates the irony of how football is driven by commercials.
Roger Goodel, are you listening?