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Is it time to boot the Lions out of Thanksgiving slot? Here’s why TV execs say that’s not a good idea.

They’re the NFL’s only winless team this season. They’re one of four teams never to reach the Super Bowl. The last time they won a playoff game, “Roseanne” was America’s most-watched sitcom and Michael Jackson’s “Black or White” topped the pop charts.

The Detroit Lions have been so inept for so long that it begs the question: Why does the NFL insist on force-feeding them to a national audience each Thanksgiving instead of replacing them with a bigger draw? Why can’t the league find a more compelling matchup to kick off Thursday’s holiday tripleheader than the wretched Lions hosting the nearly as woeful Chicago Bears?