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during Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.

Does a drop in Super Bowl viewership indicate the NFL has peaked on TV?

For only the second time in 11 years, viewership numbers for the Super Bowl dropped in 2016. Not a lot, but even the 2.1 percent decline from Super Bowl 49 to Super Bowl 50 is enough to cause some to wonder if America’s most famous and popular sporting event has finally peaked when it comes […]

during Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.

Ranking Denver’s potential opponents for the 2016 season opener

Schedule-wise, the only thing we do know about the 2016 NFL regular season is that the  Denver Broncos will host the prime-time opener on NBC on Thursday, Sept. 8. And we know that there are eight potential opponents for Denver that night. Here’s how we rank those opponents from most to least appealing: 1. Carolina Panthers: […]

SAN JOSE, CA - FEBRUARY 01:  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers addresses the media at Super Bowl Opening Night Fueled by Gatorade at SAP Center on February 1, 2016 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Super Bowl media coverage is way over the top; will it ever change?

“You know what’s confusing? How can I reword questions I’ve been asked so many times? Golly. Nothing pretty much has changed since I’ve seen you guys 24 hours ago. I had an unbelievable sleep, but yet I’m up here again. It’s cool. It’s like I don’t know how you want to say it. I sound […]

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 13:  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers listens to the fans cheer during the final seconds of a win against the Atlanta Falcons at Bank of America Stadium on December 13, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers won 38-0.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

The things we said about Cam Newton five years ago

Cam Newton is about to be named MVP and is a strong favorite to earn the same award in Super Bowl 50. But not long ago, a lot of folks were doubting the uniquely-talented quarterback. Just a small collection of things said about Newton leading up to the 2011 NFL draft… “I just don’t know […]

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 3: Head football coach Rex Ryan watches the action during the second quarter of the preseason game against the Detroit Lions on September 3, 2015 at Ford Field Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Ranking the NFL teams eligible for Hard Knocks next year

While it’s not entirely clear if any team that has been featured on HBO’s Hard Knocks was forced to do so, the NFL does have the ability to pick a team in the event that nobody volunteers. If you don’t have a new head coach, if you haven’t been to the playoffs in the last […]

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 13:   Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys calls out during play against the New York Giants in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium on September 13, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Are the Dallas Cowboys the biggest draw in sports?

The Dallas Cowboys have not been very good this season, but that hasn’t stopped the nation’s most buzzed-about NFL football team from hogging the sports television spotlight. Through the first 12 weeks of the season, the Cowboys played five games in exclusive, nationally-televised time slots. And despite the fact Dallas’ season was circling the drain […]

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Concussion Movie Review: A complex, humanity-driven tale of the crisis facing the NFL

Awful Announcing had a chance to get an early look at the much-hyped and inevitably controversial Concussion, a so-called biographical sports thriller starring Will Smith which will be released by Columbia Pictures on Christmas Day. Five thoughts: [Warning: Spoilers] 1. The film doesn’t bash football as much as some might be expecting This type of film — a buzz-worthy […]

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Somehow, some way, the NFL keeps destroying television ratings

When it comes to the NFL on network television, everyone continues to wait for the other shoe to drop. Attention spans are declining, sports media is as saturated as ever and we continue to see a rise in alternative methods for the consumption of live sports. Logically, in an age of cord-cutting and illegal streaming […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 01: Le'Veon Bell #26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs the ball during the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field on October 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Week 8 NFL game watchability rankings

Ed Note: The Game Watchability Rankings appear every week at This Given Sunday. Week 8 in the NFL is here, and you might be entering the weekend with your own preferences regarding which games to focus on, and which to place on the backburner. Most of you have your favorites and fantasy players to track. […]

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Week 2 NFL game watchability rankings

Ed Note: The following appears courtesy This Given Sunday. Week 2 in the NFL is here, and you might be entering the weekend with your own preferences regarding which games to focus on, and which to place on the backburner. Most of you have your favorites and fantasy players to track. But in case you’re […]

PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 27:  Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks addresses the media at Super Bowl XLIX Media Day Fueled by Gatorade inside U.S. Airways Center on January 27, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The NFL has found a way to create yet another prime-time event

In the television world, whatever the NFL touches turns to gold. It’s why the league and its network have made prime-time events out of the draft, the opening of free agency and the release of a schedule that is already basically in place months prior. And now, with the Super Bowl taking place on the […]

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08:  A general view of the draft stage after the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on May 8, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Running against stiff competition, Day 2 and 3 NFL draft ratings take a hit

With the Johnny Manziel effect no longer in play this year, ESPN’s ratings for Round 1 of the NFL draft Thursday night sunk a little compared to in 2014. Overall, though, it still marked the second highest combined total viewership for the opening round. But it became evident as the draft dragged on over the course […]

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NFL Network NFL Draft Round 1 Report Card

The NFL draft is one of the biggest television events of the year, sports or non-sports. The funny part about that, of course, is that no game is played. It’s all about anticipation and suspense and the almighty future, which is why it enables both ESPN and NFL Network to get their creative juices flowing […]

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