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Thank You From Roger Goodell

To the most passionate and dedicated fans in the world, we thank you.

We hope you enjoyed the 2013 regular season that many view as one of the greatest in NFL history. Now we look ahead to the playoffs that start this weekend and culminate in a historic Super Bowl XLVIII in New York-New Jersey.

The 2013 season brought us incredible athleticism, extraordinary teamwork, intense and unpredictable competition, and unparalleled community interest and support. Last Sunday’s dramatic finish to the playoff races was an incredible day of excitement. Once again, we have new teams in the playoffs – 5 of the 12 were not there last year (Carolina, Kansas City, New Orleans, Philadelphia and San Diego) – and, for the 11th straight year, teams that went from last to first in their divisions (Carolina, Philadelphia). The competition on the field has never been better.

On behalf of the NFL’s players, coaches and staff, we are grateful for your support and dedication. By any measure, football is more popular than ever. You are engaging with and enjoying the NFL in unprecedented numbers – from the stadium and television to mobile, fantasy and more. There has never been a better time to be an NFL fan. We also know we have to earn your loyalty every day, and we will work as hard as we can to do that.

While we take pride in the positive role that football at all levels plays in the lives of so many, we are also focused on the future of this game we love. Part of our responsibility is to embrace our challenges and continuously ask ourselves how we can improve the game and fan experience.

We have never been more optimistic about football and its future. We are doing the work that needs to be done. There is always more to do and we take nothing for granted.

The newest chapter in the history of football will be written over the next month. It will bring back memories of other champions and near-champions as we celebrate all those who have been part of football. The game is special. All of us, whether we played, coached, or simply follow the game, recognize the value of football. It is our responsibility to take good care of the game and make it better.

Enjoy the playoffs and have a great 2014.

Thank you,

Roger Goodell

NFL Games Top Ratings In 29 Markets

Locally, NFL games topped the ratings in 29 NFL markets last week (Dec. 16-22).  Following is the list of the NFL markets where football was the top-rated program for the week: 

Week of 12/16-22  

 

HH

HH

RTG

Market Game

Date

RTG

SHR

Rank

New Orleans Saints at Panthers 12/22/2013 47.7 71

1

Milwaukee Steelers at Packers 12/22/2013 44.7 67

1

Pittsburgh Steelers at Packers 12/22/2013 44.1 63

1

Seattle Cardinals at Seahawks 12/22/2013 41.8 74

1

Kansas City Colts at Chiefs 12/22/2013 40.0 62

1

Denver Broncos at Texans 12/22/2013 38.0 74

1

Baltimore Patriots at Ravens 12/22/2013 36.0 57

1

Boston Patriots at Ravens 12/22/2013 35.9 60

1

Indianapolis Colts at Chiefs 12/22/2013 35.5 60

1

Charlotte Saints at Panthers 12/22/2013 34.1 62

1

Cincinnati Vikings at Bengals 12/22/2013 31.3 55

1

Philadelphia Bears at Eagles 12/22/2013 30.3 46

1

Detroit Giants at Lions 12/22/2013 29.7 51

1

Chicago Bears at Eagles 12/22/2013 27.5 43

1

San Diego Raiders at Chargers/Steelers at Packers 12/22/2013 26.0 56

1

Cleveland Browns at Jets 12/22/2013 25.9 49

1

Washington, DC Cowboys at Redskins 12/22/2013 25.9 51

1

Dallas Cowboys at Redskins 12/22/2013 24.3 53

1

Minneapolis Vikings at Bengals 12/22/2013 24.2 50

1

Phoenix Cardinals at Seahawks 12/22/2013 22.8 43

1

Nashville Titans at Jaguars 12/22/2013 20.8 37

1

Houston Broncos at Texans 12/22/2013 19.4 43

1

St. Louis Buccaneers at Rams 12/22/2013 19.3 39

1

Jacksonville Titans at Jaguars 12/22/2013 18.3 38

1

Miami Dolphins at Bills 12/22/2013 15.8 36

1

Tampa Buccaneers at Rams 12/22/2013 15.6 32

1

Atlanta Saints at Panthers 12/22/2013 13.7 27

1

San Fran-Oakland Colts at Chiefs 12/22/2013 12.1 34

1

New York Browns at Jets 12/22/2013 11.5 28

1

Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company

RECORD LOW BLACKOUTS IN 2013

The National Football League established a record-low number of blackouts with only two games not televised this season in the local market of a home team, it was announced today. There were no blackouts in 15 of 17 weekends, also a record.

The previous record low was set in 2006 when seven games were blacked out. In 2006 13 of 17 weekends experienced no blackouts, a record until this year.

All NFL games are carried on free, over-the-air television in the city of the visiting team and, if it is sold out 72 hours in advance of kickoff, in the city where the game is played.  The NFL remains the only sports league that presents all regular-season and postseason games on free, over-the-air television.

A look at the percentage of games televised in local home markets and the number of local blackouts over the past 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years:

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20 NFL Games Top 25 Million Viewers In 2013

NFL Game Ranks as Week’s Most-Watched Show for 15th Consecutive Week

NFL Games 30 of the 31 Most-Watched TV Shows This Fall

 Games Top Local Ratings in all 30 NFL Markets

Twenty NFL game telecasts this season have been watched by 25 million viewers – more than double the total for the full 2012 season (eight).

The FOX national telecast (mostly Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys) was the most-watched show on TV last week topping all sports and entertainment competition with 27.8 million viewers.  An NFL game has topped the viewership charts in all 15 weeks this season.

For the season, NFL games rank as 30 of the 31 most-watched TV shows since Labor Day. Following are the most-watched programs this fall:


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NFL Homegating Turns Houses into Team Headquarters

         NFL Launches NFL Homegating Mobile App

Courtyard By Marriott To Host NFL Homegating Parties

PrintAs friends and family gather around for football and food this holiday season, the NFL is kicking off its NFL Homegating campaign giving fans more ways to get closer to the game and celebrate their teams.

The NFL is launching the inaugural NFL Homegating Mobile App with exclusive recipes, featured products and team-customization to help fans homegate like a pro.  The App contains recipes from MARC PAYERO, Executive Chef, Restaurant Associates – at the NFL League Office, as well as tips on how to create a fun and authentic NFL Homegate. The NFL Homegating Mobile App is now available on iTunes and is compatible with iOS and android devices.

SI AdThis season, the NFL and Courtyard by Marriott, the Official Hotel Sponsor of the NFL, are hosting NFL Homegating parties which will showcase how NFL Homegating products can elevate and enhance the look of any game day party. Fans will learn how to throw a great Homegate as well as get inspired for their next game day party. These NFL Homegating parties are taking place throughout the season at Courtyard by Marriott hotels in Kansas City (11/17) and Pittsburgh (11/24),  Charlotte (12/8) and Seattle (12/15) giving fans opportunities to come together and homegate when their team is on the road.

Fans looking for creative ways to show their team pride during their homegate can find a variety of products on NFLShop.com/Homegating, including Gametime Bowls and hand painted wine glasses by Boelter, ceramic chips & dip trays by Memory Company, glass pitchers by Great American Products, icon cutting boards by Picnic Time, crock pots by Rawlings, Ceramic Mugs by Hunter Manufacturing and Wine Bottle Shoe Holders by Evergreen Enterprises, among others.


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NFL Games Rank As Week’s Two Most-Watched Shows

NFL Games 1-2 on Cable

 Games Top Local Ratings in 28 of 30 NFL Markets

NFL games were the two most-watched shows on TV last week (Dec. 2-8) with the FOX national telecast (mostly Seattle Seahawks-San Francisco 49ers) topping all sports and entertainment competition with 27.6 million viewers followed by NBC’s Sunday Night Football (Carolina Panthers-New Orleans Saints) with 19.1 million viewers.

An NFL game has topped the viewership charts in all 14 weeks this season.

NFL games were also 1-2 on cable for the week.  The New Orleans Saints-Seattle Seahawks Week 14 ESPN Monday Night Football game ranked as the most-watched cable program in the past week, followed by NFL Network’s Houston Texans-Jacksonville Jaguars Thursday Night Football game.


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NFL Tops on TV Thanksgiving Weekend

CBS’s Raiders-Cowboys Thanksgiving Day Game Most-Watched Show of Fall TV Season

 Games Rank as Three Most-Watched Shows of Week 

 Highest Avg. Thanksgiving Day Viewership Since 1998

The Thanksgiving tradition of family, food and football continued this past weekend as fans tuned into NFL games in huge numbers.

The CBS Thanksgiving game (Raiders-Cowboys) was watched by an average of 31.7 million viewers topping all programs for the week (Nov. 25- Dec. 1) and ranking as the most-watched show of the fall TV season.

The FOX Thanksgiving game (Packers-Lions) was the second most-watched show of the week with an average of 28.3 million viewers.

The CBS Sunday national telecast (mostly Broncos-Chiefs) was the third most-watched show of the week with an average of 28.1 million viewers.  NFL programming accounted for eight of the top 10 shows of the week.

NBC’s Steelers-Ravens Thanksgiving night game was the week’s most-watched primetime show averaging 21.1 million viewers and NBC’s Sunday Night Football (Giants-Redskins) drew an average of 17.7 million viewers.

The three-game Thanksgiving Day average of 27.2 million viewers is the highest Thanksgiving Day average since 1998 (29.7 million for Steelers-Lions and Vikings-Cowboys).


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Fifteen NFL Games Top 25 Million Viewers In 2013

NFL Games Two Most-Watched Shows of the Week

Games Top Local Ratings in 28 of 30 NFL Markets

Fifteen NFL game telecasts this season have been watched by more than 25 million viewers – nearly doubling the total for the full 2012 season (eight).

NFL games were the two most-watched shows on TV last week (Nov. 18-24) with the FOX national telecast (Dallas Cowboys-New York Giants) topping all sports and entertainment competition with 27.9 million viewers followed by the NBC’s Sunday Night Football (Denver Broncos-New England Patriots) drawing 26.5 million viewers. This marks the 12th time in 12 weeks that an NFL game has topped the viewership charts.

For the season, NFL games rank as the 24 most-watched TV shows since Labor Day. Following are the most-watched programs this fall: 
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NFL Games Rank As Week’s Two Most-Watched Shows

NBC’s Chiefs-Broncos Most-Watched Primetime Show of Fall TV Season 

Games Top Local Ratings in 28 of 30 NFL Markets

NFL games were the two most-watched shows on TV last week (Nov. 11-17) with NBC’s Sunday Night Football (Kansas City Chiefs-Denver Broncos) topping all sports and entertainment competition with 26.947 million viewers followed by the FOX national telecast (mostly San Francisco 49ers-New Orleans Saints) drawing 26.940 million viewers. NBC’s Chiefs-Broncos game also ranks as the most-watched primetime show of the fall TV season. This marks the 11th time in 11 weeks that an NFL game has topped the viewership charts.

The New England Patriots-Carolina Panthers Week 11 ESPN Monday Night Football game averaged 15.8 million viewers to rank as the most-watched cable program in the past week.

For the season, NFL games rank as the 22 most-watched TV shows since Labor Day, up from 17 at this point last season. Following are the most-watched programs this fall:


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