NFL Blames ‘Unprecedented Interest’ in Election for Ratings Drop

  • League sees no evidence that player protests affect viewership
  • Sunday night game likely to be affected by debate, NFL says

The Arizona Cardinals face off against the San Francisco 49ers during a game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, on Oct. 6, 2016.

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The National Football League is seeking to ease concerns about a sharp drop in TV ratings during the first month of the season, citing “unprecedented interest” in the presidential election as one of several reasons viewership is down.

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