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Package renewals hit 90.6 percent

Updated: August 17, 2012, 3:47 PM ET
By Darren Rovell | ESPN.com

Despite four consecutive years of declining attendance, the NFL says early signs for the 2012 season are positive.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told ESPN on Friday that 90.6 percent of season-ticket holders have renewed their packages this year, surpassing last year's final renewal rate of 89.3 percent.

It's welcome news for the league's teams, whose per-game average of 64,698 fans last season was the lowest in 12 years. The decline is relative when considering that the league has ...

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