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Don’t expect NFL’s regular-season TV decline to carry over to Super Bowl LI

Don’t expect NFL’s regular-season TV decline to carry over to Super Bowl LI

In case you haven't heard, the National Football League has been facing the harsh reality that it might not be able to take its audience for granted anymore. So, at the very least, you probably won't have to worry about Wednesday Night Football anytime soon.

The league's regular-season television ratings were down 8 percent this past season and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledged during his annual pre-Super Bowl news conference Wednesday that the league is considering ways to tighten up TV broadcasts and make the on-field product more exciting.

There has been speculation that the softening economic outlook might continue to nibble at the sport's golden goose, since...

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