NFL Ratings Slide Doesn't Mean We've Reached Peak Football

As professional and college games saturate the market, and millennials cut the cord, some drop-off should be expected. But the league is still in far better shape than its rivals.

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Television ratings for the National Football League were down by about 11 percent through the first six weeks of this season. There have been several theories as to why, including the presidential race, the Cubs' run to the World Series, cord-cutting by millennials and players protesting the National Anthem. But many sports and media analysts say the problems run deeper than just this fall:  that we are witnessing a tipping point in NFL popularity.

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