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Schmuck: Unlikely postseason could be just the thing to pull the NFL back from the brink

Schmuck: Unlikely postseason could be just the thing to pull the NFL back from the brink

In case you haven’t noticed, the NFL has been battling a rather serious public relations problem for the past few years.

There was the concussion thing and the domestic abuse scandal and years of crappy “Thursday Night Football” games and, of course, the national anthem controversy, all of which combined to create a level of cynicism among pro sports fans not seen since Major League Baseball tried to destroy itself back in the mid-1990s.

The impact of that widespread disenchantment on both attendance and the all-important network ratings defied the efforts of some of the best marketing minds in the world, leaving room to wonder whether anyone could lead the NFL out of this...

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