Roger Goodell Vanished. Football Reappeared. And NFL Ratings Rose.


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ATLANTA—Something has been missing from the NFL’s great comeback season of 2018: Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Goodell has always been a magnet for attention during his 13 seasons as commissioner, never more so than in the troubled 2017 season, when the NFL’s place at the center of U.S. culture was thrust into tumult. President Donald Trumpregularly skewered the country’s richest sports league for allowing player protests during the national anthem. Ratings, for the second straight season, were down. At the center of it all…

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