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All of the NFL television partners have reason to be happy

in Steckbrief 27.08.2019 03:46
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The league showed a 5 percent increase this season as an average of 15.8 million viewers tuned into non-London games.It was a year largely devoid of off-field controversy after ratings decreased 9.7 percent last season and 8 percent in 2016.Neal Pilson L.J. Collier Jersey , the former president of CBS Sports who now runs his own sports television consulting company, said the increases are due to a number of factors which include better prime-time matchups and most of the big-market teams doing well.The biggest improvement belonged to ESPN’s “Monday Night Football,” which was up 8 percent over last season. The most-watched game was the Nov. 17 matchup between Kansas City and the Los Angeles Rams, which attracted 16.7 million viewers. The game was originally scheduled for Mexico City, but it was moved to Los Angeles due to poor field conditions at Azteca Stadium. The Rams won 54-51 in the highest-scoring game in the series’ 49-season history.“The league is finally giving ESPN a strong package of games. For many years I thought it wasn’t good, but at the beginning of the season I thought their ratings would improve because of the schedule they had,” Pilson said.The CBS Sunday afternoon package and NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” both experienced 6 percent gains. CBS averaged 16.5 million viewers, and had three of the five most-watched games. The Nov. 22 Thanksgiving Day game between Chicago and Detroit averaged 26.6 million, which was second across the league. Two games featuring the Pittsburgh Steelers — Dec. 16 vs. New England (24.6 million) and Dec. 23 at New Orleans (24 million) — also placed in the top five.CBS has the Super Bowl on Feb. 3 and is expected to have an update on ad sales next week when it holds a briefing with reporters about the network’s plans for this year’s game.NBC averaged 19.3 million viewers and had seven games that topped 20 million, compared to four last season. The Nov. 4 matchup between the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots averaged 23.7 million http://www.seahawksauthorizedshops.com/authentic-marquise-blair-jersey , and was the largest prime-time audience on any network since ABC aired the Academy Awards last March.“Thursday Night Football,” which was down at midseason on Fox, had many strong matchups in the second half and finished with a 4 percent increase, averaging 14.9 million viewers. Last season’s 10-game package, which was split between CBS and NBC, averaged 14.1 million.The Nov. 29 game between New Orleans and Dallas averaged 21.4 million and was the fourth-most watched game in prime time this season. Besides compelling late-season games, Pilson said having the package on one network for 10 straight weeks was a big benefit.Fox’s Sunday afternoon ratings were flat at midseason, but finished up 2 percent for the year, averaging 18.0 million. The Thanksgiving Day contest between Washington and Dallas was the most-watched game in the regular season with 30.5 million viewers. The Cowboys’ Dec. 2 game against the Eagles was third at 25.2 million.Even though Fox continues to mostly air NFC games and CBS has the AFC, those lines have started to blur a little more as the league has flexed games between the two networks so as to provide the best ratings. For example T.J. Hockenson Jersey , CBS had the doubleheader on Oct. 21 and its featured game was Dallas at Washington.Pilson thinks the league’s ratings momentum should carry into the playoffs, which begin Saturday. As far as a Super Bowl matchup that could deliver the best rating, Pilson favored Dallas-New England or Dallas-Kansas City. PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger cut off the question mid-sentence. The quicker to dismiss it, the better.No, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback stressed, there are no issues about running back James Conner’s ability to hold onto the ball even after Conner’s fumble late in the third quarter on Sunday in Denver swung momentum to the Broncos in what became a 24-17 loss that ended Pittsburgh’s six-game winning streak.“I’ll stop you now,” Roethlisberger said Wednesday. “There is no concern and we have all the confidence in him. We are going to ride with James because he’s our guy.”Conner took responsibility for the mistake, saying he didn’t do a good job covering up before getting hit by Denver’s Bradley Roby at the end of a 23-yard reception. The fumble was Conner’s fourth of the season, tying him with Chicago’s Tarik Cohen and Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott for most in the NFL by a non-quarterback.“It’s correctable,” Conner said. “It’s not something that’s going to be a problem for me.”It can’t be if the Steelers (7-3-1) want to lock down their fifth straight playoff appearance. Pittsburgh righted its season by relying heavily on Conner after falling into a 1-2-1 hole. He averaged 172.3 yards from scrimmage during a four-game stretch from Oct. 7-Nov. 4 Jahlani Tavai Jersey , a surge that earned him AFC offensive player of the month honors for October and made the absence of two-time All-Pro Le’Veon Bell a non-issue.Those numbers have taken a steep drop since Conner left a blowout of Carolina on Nov. 8 with a concussion. He had just 15 touches in a comeback win over Jacksonville on Nov. 18, a number that would have crept up to 16 if he hadn’t let a pass go through his hands on Pittsburgh’s final drive that would have been a walk-in touchdown. That drop became moot when the Steelers found a way to win anyway.Facing the NFL’s 27th-ranked run defense last Sunday in Denver, the Steelers opted to have Roethlisberger throw 58 times. Conner finished with 17 touches against the Broncos and just one after the fumble, a 1-yard run on second-and-goal from the Denver 3 with 1:53 left. Roethlisberger faked a handoff to Conner on the next play and threw a game-ending pick in the end zone.Conner shrugged when asked about his drop in opportunities in recent weeks. The former college star at Pittsburgh understands he’s just a second-year player who has hardly earned the right to start making demands.“(Offensive coordinator) Randy (Fichtner) has a game plan,” Conner said. “We talk about it in the hotel before the game and that’s just what it is. I’m in no position. It doesn’t matter what I like. My job is just to go out there and execute. When I don’t run the ball, I try to help the tackles and be involved in the pass game and do my job.”Maybe, but the guys blocking for Conner wouldn’t mind it if they saw his No. 30 coming up behind them at the line of scrimmage with a head of steam.“We got to get him the ball, get him back heated up again, getting him some runs he feels comfortable with, get him more involved in the game plan Will Harris Jersey ,” center Maurkice Pouncey said. “Obviously whenever he was doing things, he looked really, really good out there.”Conner isn’t worried about getting run down in his first full season as a starter, or developing a reputation as a chronic fumbler. He coughed it up seven times in 689 career touches at Pitt. His four this season have come on 235 touches, not particularly alarming save for the timing.He let one drop in the fourth quarter in Cleveland in Week 1, which set the stage for a comeback that allowed the Browns to rally from a 14-point deficit and force a tie. He caught a break in Week 5 against Atlanta when the ball squirted free and rolled out of bounds as he tried to break a tackle inside the Falcons 10. In a rematch with Cleveland on Oct. 28, the Browns were up 6-0 when Conner fumbled at the Pittsburgh 27. Fullback Roosevelt Nix fell on it and Pittsburgh — feeding Conner regularly on a day he ran for 146 yards and two scores — got it together in time to win going away.Steelers coach Mike Tomlin doesn’t think Conner needs to change the way he runs, but Tomlin also knows the Los Angeles Chargers (8-3) will test that theory when they visit Heinz Field on Sunday.“When you got some tape with some balls on the ground that people use that as motivation, I know we do,” Tomlin said.Conner will use it as motivation even as he continues to adjust to the idea that for the first time in his football life Austin Bryant Jersey , he’s not the focal point of the offense.“You play the same teams over and over again, so you have to switch it up,” Conner said. “That’s just the way life goes.”NOTES: WR Eli Rogers practiced Wednesday for the first time since tearing the ACL in his right knee in a playoff loss to Jacksonville in January. Pittsburgh has a three-week window before it has to decide whether it will activate Rogers. … RT Marcus Gilbert (knee), S Morgan Burnett (back), LB Bud Dupree (pectoral) and TE Vance McDonald (hip) did not practice. … DE Stephon Tuitt (elbow) was limited while TE Xavier Grimble (concussion) was a full participant.

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