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Execs Optimistic On NFL Ratings For Week 3 After Trump Comments

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 09 / 24 / 17

TV execs are cautiously optimistic that the NFL’s TV ratings will be up this weekend following President Trump’s remarks based in part on the attention that is been placed on the games from the remarks and the debate that followed. It is always a folly to predict TV ratings, but some bro...

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