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01-05-2013, 01:41 PM
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Originally Posted by RogerRoeper View Post
You honestly think that's the reason? They've been getting massive tv deals for a very long time.

It's just a great sport to gamble on, and it's short season makes every game so important.
I don't think it's the only reason; the NFL’s popularity over the past 30 years cannot be ignored, but it's a factor. The reality is the NFL was headed in the wrong direction in the mid 1980's leading up to the player strike of 1987. NFL teams were reporting losses and a lot of NFL franchises were struggling despite the sport’s popularity. The players fought for and received free agency, the NFL adopted a salary cap, and the league has never been healthier. People like to pretend like the cap and free agency had nothing with the NFL’s success because the league is wildly popular in the US. The reality is the league was hurting, the cap helped offset player free agency, and the league is now more profitable than ever.

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