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Race lawsuit brings NFL reckoning before Super Bowl kickoff

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The Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams are set to face off on Sunday in the most-watched annual television event in the United States – the National Football League’s (NFL) 56th Super Bowl. But a continuing saga about the league’s hiring practices – and dismal diversity in its highest ranks of coaches and managers – has forced NFL officials and teams to face an uncomfortable reckoning amid the media glow of the season’s most prominent – and profitable – spectacle, which is expected to attract 117 million viewers.