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10 Ways You Know The Popularity Of The NFL Is Totally Out Of Control

10 Ways You Know The Popularity Of The NFL Is Totally Out Of Control

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The NFL is considered by many to be the leading juggernaut of all leagues by the immense popularity it brings. Take a look at 10 ways you know it's getting out of control.

10. Attendance At Stadiums

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10. Attendance At Stadiums

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Football fans all across the country contribute to the popularity of the NFL by having incredible attendance across all team stadiums. With the lowest percentage of fan attendance in any NFL stadium last year at just 80 percent, the NFL always puts fans in the seats come game day. With over 17 million fans attending NFL games last season, the popularity continues to rise yearly. Throw in ticket sales and merchandise and it all adds up nicely.

9. Thursday Night Football

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9. Thursday Night Football

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With the NFL deciding to now nationally share "Thursday Night Football," it will bring in an immense amount of revenue from television ratings. Last year, over 136 million viewers tuned into NFL programming, which means billions of more money coming into the league via broadcasting rights towards the end of the week.

8. Possibility Of Adding Another Playoff Round

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8. Possibility Of Adding Another Playoff Round

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For years now there have been plenty of discussions around adding another playoff round in the postseason. With television ratings spiking for playoff football as well as practically full attendance at playoff games, it will bring much more revenue into the league. Not to mention, adding more excitement to football fans everywhere. Playoff football is so popular. It's only a matter of time before it actually gets approved.

7. Roger Goodell Leading The Charge

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7. Roger Goodell Leading The Charge

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell continues to lead the charge bringing plenty of popularity and integrity into the league. He's done very well so far and won't be done until he adds even more into the NFL. With talk of expanding playoffs, the regular season and even adding more teams into the league, he's only really just begun in making the NFL a bigger worldwide phenomenon.

6. Adding A New Team In Los Angeles

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6. Adding A New Team In Los Angeles

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The NFL knows they're missing a presence on the West Coast since they haven't had a team in Los Angeles for quite some time. Things are getting out of control since not only does the NFL want to add another team in California, there is even talk about possibly adding a new team in Europe to balance this new addition out.

5. Complete Coverage With The Worldwide Leader In Sports

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5. Complete Coverage With The Worldwide Leader In Sports

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ESPN is easily the biggest sports entity in the world and they feature a major chunk of NFL coverage all year long. Whether it's hot topics, SportsCenter, or breaking news, the NFL is immensely popular on all of ESPN's main programming. Which means popularity will continue to grow yearly.

4. The NFL Draft

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4. The NFL Draft

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Every single offseason, the NFL Draft becomes a nationwide event that brings football fans together to see what direction their favorite team is heading into. From full previews, the draft itself and all the post-draft events that come right after, fans go crazy each and every year. They can never get enough of the new talent brought in right out of college football.

3. Possibility Of Adding Two More Weeks To Regular Season

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3. Possibility Of Adding Two More Weeks To Regular Season

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The NFL is toying with the idea of adding two more weeks into the regular season and putting that into motion for 2015. The plan is to eliminate two weeks of preseason football since it's meaningless anyway and adding it into a new 18-game format. Talk about adding even more revenue with the extra games and creating even more drama towards the end of the season to sell more tickets.

2. Johnny Football Coming Soon

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2. Johnny Football Coming Soon

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Whether you love him or hate him, Johnny Manziel will be a starting quarterback eventually in the NFL. When that happens remains to be seen, but rest assured, the NFL will get some major popularity the minute he is announced to be a starter. Can you imagine all the publicity, endorsements and more the moment Johnny Football starts to do what he does best in professional football?

1. The Super Bowl

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1. The Super Bowl

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There is no bigger sporting event in the world than the Super Bowl. With over 100 million television viewers, insane amounts of revenue made from selling commercial time and the entire experience from start to finish, everyone loves the big game. From parties everywhere, the half-time show and making bets all across the world on the littlest of things, the NFL continues to bank billions every year. Talk about out of control, eh?

Luis Tirado Jr. is a New York Jets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google