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NFL Teams May Claim Games Are Sold Out, But Empty Seats Are Becoming The Norm
Published November 14, 2013
MAJORITY RULE: In Seattle, Larry Stone wrote under the header, "Despite All Its Warts, NFL Still Appeals To The Vast Majority." It "seems like nothing can cut into the runaway popularity of the sport, and goodness knows, that perception is being put to a severe test." The NFL "has two secret weapons ensuring its ongoing popularity -- betting and fantasy." They both "exist in baseball and other sports, of course, but nowhere near to the extent of pro football." Those two elements "ensure an ardent interest in even the most seemingly trivial games." However, that is "not to say the NFL will stay blessed forever," as the concussion issue, "in particular, is one that poses a grave threat to its ongoing place in the sports hierarchy" (SEATTLE TIMES, 11/12).