Donald Trump is so huge they're canceling MNF in NYC

Let's be honest - the NFL has become tiresome and you're not watching Monday Night Football every week anyway. But how big is Donald Trump? NY city sports bars will be showing the debate next week instead of New Orleans / Atlanta. “We haven’t had a single call about football,” said Michael Sinensky, the owner of Village Pourhouse, a downtown sports bar. “But once word got out we’re showing the debate, we booked every table.”

Like Pourhouse, e’s Bar on the Upper West Side is switching off ESPN — at least during the first presidential debate’s 9 to 10:30 p.m. time slot.

The debate is expected to reduce ratings for Monday Night Football by as much as 20 percent, according to

Some New York sports bars say they are sticking with football — because there’s less potential for violence.

“No politics at the bar,” a manager at the Upper East Side’s East End Bar & Grill said. “Last time we tried that we had too many arguments.”

Claire Atkinson adds, "In fact, the gravitational pull of the Clinton-Trump race is so strong that even rock-solid NFL ratings have seen a drop — off 12 percent in Week 2 of the season."

On Monday, the first presidential debate is expected to draw an audience of up to 110 million people. (In contrast, “Monday Night Football” is being forecast to draw just 11 million.)


[NY Post]

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