NBC Sports Says Super Bowl Advertisers Weren’t Scared Off By This Season’s NFL Protests

Last year's overtime game didn’t lead to a surge in inventory deals

NFL advertisers threatened to pull their ads earlier this season over coverage of the national anthem protests. Getty Images

This year’s 10 percent decline in NFL ratings didn’t keep advertisers from paying more money than ever before—north of $5 million—for a Super Bowl ad. And while some NFL advertisers expressed concern over coverage of national anthem protests during the regular season, their anxiety didn’t spill over into Super Bowl ad sales.

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