Still, the Hawks' gain from a 0.52 rating in 2016-17 was at least a move in the right direction. Their local ratings fell 53% amid a 24-58 season in 2017-18. The Hawks were 29-53 this season.
Across the league, local ratings declined an average of 4% this season, according to the study, which included 28 of the 30 teams. Data was not available for Toronto and Memphis.
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TODAY’S LEADOFF LINKS
> One of the hottest topics of the Braves' season — and offseason — has involved a player not on the team: Craig Kimbrel. If the Braves are going to sign him, they need to do it now, Mark Bradley writes.
> As we mentioned yesterday, look who's hitting home runs again. Adam Duvall kept his streak going Monday, homering in a fifth consecutive game for the Braves' Triple-A Gwinnett farm team.
> The grade is in from D. Orlando Ledbetter on the Falcons' draft. He gives it a C-minus. Read why here.
> While in town Monday, former Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino answered questions from the AJC's Doug Roberson. See the Q&A here.
> Fourteen former Georgia high school players were selected in last week's NFL Draft, more than last year (12) but sharply fewer than in 2017 (29) and 2015 (a record 30). See Todd Holcomb's report here.