NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the recession has helped build TV audiences for NFL games.
Speaking on CBS' "60 Minutes," to be aired Sunday, Goodell says of nearly 60 million people tuning in to watch last Sunday's conference championships, "People want to feel part of a group, and right now during these difficult times, they can turn on free television and watch the greatest entertainment that's out there."
Goodell, who this week received a contract extension through March 2019, oversees a league with revenues exceeding $10 billion and with labor peace for another nine years.
Goodell expresses concern, however, "that because the experience is so great at home," it becomes more challenging to get fans to attend games.
BRONCOS HIRE DEL RIO: John Fox and Jack Del Rio are together again.
The Denver Broncos announced Friday night they had agreed to terms with Del Rio to become the club's new defensive coordinator.
Del Rio was Fox's first defensive coordinator in Carolina in 2002 before leaving after one year to coach the Jacksonville Jaguars, who fired him in November.
Del Rio is the Broncos' seventh defensive coordinator in seven seasons.
ALLEN OFFICIALLY HIRED: The Oakland Raiders have announced the hiring of new coach Dennis Allen, who will be formally introduced Monday.
Allen, the former Denver defensive coordinator, is getting a four-year contract.
New general manager Reggie McKenzie decided Tuesday to hire Allen to replace the fired Hue Jackson as head coach. The two sides finalized the details Thursday.
DOLPHINS NAME PHILBIN AS OC: Joe Philbin was once hired by Mike Sherman in Green Bay. On Friday, Philbin returned the favor.
The new coach of the Miami Dolphins hired Sherman as offensive coordinator on Friday, also adding Kevin Coyle as the team's defensive coordinator. Combined, the 57-year-old Sherman and the 56-year-old Coyle have 68 years of football coaching experience.
RAVENS KEEP COACHES: The Baltimore Ravens opted for continuity in their coaching staff, promoting linebackers coach Dean Pees to replace defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano and retaining offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.
Coach John Harbaugh also announced Friday that special-teams coordinator and assistant head coach Jerry Rosburg also will be back.