James Murdoch Blames Too Many Games on Too Many Nights for Declining NFL Ratings

The 21st Century Fox CEO also said Bill O’Reilly’s $32 million settlement ‘was news to me’

Thursday Night Football games, like last week's Kansas City Chiefs-Oakland Raiders matchup, could be helping to drive down NFL ratings. Getty Images

Forget the controversy over National Anthem protests, politics or the quality of NFL matchups. NFL ratings have declined over the past two years because of the “overproliferation” of games, particularly as the league expanded Thursday Night Football, said 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch.

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