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NFL looks beyond U.S. borders to grow game

NFL looks beyond U.S. borders to grow game

The NFL has enjoyed unprecedented growth during the last quarter century, both in popularity and franchise values, making it the envy of every other professional sports league. As the recent dip in television numbers suggest, however, no enterprise is bulletproof and ominous clouds can quickly cluster.

A hallmark of Roger Goodell’s decade as commissioner has been his desire to keep the league moving forward, to make envelope-pushing changes to grow the game, whether it’s turning the scouting combine into a televised event, spreading the draft over three days and putting the first round in prime time, or clearing the way for a team to return to Los...

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