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Published January 7, 1998
The NFL announced that paid attendance for the '97 regular season was the second-highest total in NFL history. Fans purchased 14,966,294 tickets to the NFL's 240 regular- season games in '97, representing paid attendance at 90% capacity. This total was topped only by the 15,043,562 paid attendance record set in '95. The league increased paid attendance 353,877 from last season. The average regular- season attendance in '97 was 62,360, compared to 60,885 in '96, an increase of nearly 1,500 per game (NFL). For final AFC regular-season attendance, see (#29). LABOR GAINS? On CNBC's "The Edge," Barbara Monaco reported on the NFL's effort to extend its CBA with the NFLPA, and the impact that may have on its new TV deals: "The strategy for guaranteed labor peace is one that some analysts say could bring the NFL an extra $60 million increase in its TV contracts." SportsCorp.'s Marc Ganis: "[They're talking about] not just doing a four-year [TV] deal, but also adding two three-year options, potentially making it a ten-year deal. That raises the stakes for the networks to get in now." Pilson Communications' Neal Pilson: "To project seven years out creates some extraordinary financial risks, and I don't know if the networks are prepared to do that" ("The Edge," 1/6). TOP FIVE NFL REGULAR-SEASON ATTENDANCES YEAR ATTENDANCE GAMES AVERAGE 1995 15,043,562 240 62,682 1997 14,966,294 240 62,360 1996 14,612,417 240 60,885 1994 14,030,435 224 62,636 1993 13,966,843 224 62,352