Huge TV ratings should tell owners, players something

As if you needed a reminder about the labor issue that is hanging over the NFL like a darkening cloud, the players gave it to you Thursday night with a show of unity on the field before the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints kicked off.

It’s a move that has been debated some. Should the players have opted to keep that out of the moment and let the game speak for itself? You can take either side of the issue and make a pretty good case.

What cannot be debated, however, is the immense popularity of what wasn’t exactly the most exciting game. The nation turned in to watch the game and this is further evidenced the players and owners need to realize how good they have it right now.

According to Peter King of Sports Illustrated, the overnight ratings were through the roof. The game did a 17.7 rating with a 28 share making it the highest-rated opening night NFL game ever. Per King, 28 percent of all Americans with a television on watched the game.

That right there should resonate with DeMaurice Smith, Roger Goodell and the 32 owners.

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