Scouting combine produces record TV numbers

It probably will not come up in Washington during discussions between the owners and players, but it’s worth noting once again that the NFL is as popular as ever.

The latest bit of evidence comes from last month’s Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Record television numbers were set as 6.6 million viewers tuned in to some portion of NFL Network’s coverage of the event. That represents a 27 percent increase over last year. It’s a 78 percent increase over 2007.

The event is one of the better ones for the NFL Network, which has struggled at times to produce the kind of ratings numbers the league wants. Still, when the NFL can do so well at a time when college basketball, the NBA and the NHL should be humming, it’s impressive. The American public doesn’t care how the labor matter is resolved, it does want its football though. Apparently year-round.

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