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Goodell says recession has helped NFL

January 28, 2012

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— NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says the recession has helped build TV audiences for NFL games.

Speaking on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” to be aired Sunday, Goodell says the nearly 60 million people tuning in to watch last Sunday’s conference championships show that.

“People want to feel part of a group, feel like they’re connected, and right now during these difficult times, they can turn on free television and watch the greatest entertainment that’s out there,” Goodell says. “They can forget their worries.for just a few hours.”

Goodell also expresses his concern about getting fans to come to the stadium rather than watching at home.

“Our biggest challenge going forward is how do we get people to come to our stadiums, because the experience is so great at home,” he says. “When you turn on (a football game), you want to see a full stadium.”

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