NFL Commish Says Economy Helping TV Numbers, Hurting Ticket Sales


NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says the ailing economy (some call it a recession) I call it a depression, has helped build television audiences for NFL games. Speaking on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” to be aired tonight at 7 ET, Goodell says the record near 60 million people watching last Sunday’s conference championships show that.

Now imagine those numbers if Tim Tebow had been present. Certainly, the lockout has affected the game at the gate, but on tv it’s thriving. Yes, the economy is the driving factor, but people vote with their feet, and the cheaper option of watching it at home on tv (where the food and beer is also much cheaper) seems like the better option for most right now.

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