Consumers cutting the cable and people angered by players kneeling during the national anthem have hit N-F-L ratings hard. Viewership dropped eight percent during the 2016 season and another nine percent last year. That is why the National Football League is giving free access to its games on the internet. The league wants to expand its online audience. No longer do you have to sign in with a cable or satellite subscription. Based on the most recent broadcast contracts, the league is rolling in the money. Profits were up almost 900-million dollars last season. That could change in a couple of years when the next broadcast contract is negotiated.