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Even the NFL draft draws big TV ratings, so why is the league doomed?
Even the NFL draft draws big TV ratings, so why is the league doomed?

Are you ready for some football? Well, apparently, a lot of Americans are, so much so that they tuned in Thursday night in record-breaking numbers just to watch the NFL draft its latest crop of behemoth warriors. If sports in general is king on TV these days, the NFL is King Midas: Everything it touches turns to money. Just how golden? Well, pitted against actual, ahem, games (the NBA and NHL playoffs) in the ratings, the televised NFL draft sacked its rivals like a blitzing linebacker. As NFL Network PR guy Brian McCarthy tweeted: “record-setting ratings coming in for 1st round of #nfldraft. combined 8.64 prelim rating, up 50% from ’13.” And from that other...

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