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Raging Debate Over 18-Game Schedule

Posted on: June 17, 2010 1:11 pm

The NFL Players Union isn’t thrilled with the PR campaign the NFL has put forth for extending to an 18-game season. After the two sides discussed the issue Wednesday, NFL executives (namely Packers president Mark Murphy) rushed to the media and spoke glowingly about what the league is calling an “enhanced season”.

Murphy said, “Part of it is really providing more value to our fans.”

The NFLPA responded by releasing comments from Ray Lewis and Tom Brady.

“I know our fans may not like preseason games and I don’t like all of them,” said Lewis, “but swapping two preseason games for two end-of-season games — when players already play hurt — comes at a huge cost for the player and the team.”

“I’ve taken part in several postseason runs where we have played 20 games,” said Brady. “The long-term impact this game has on our bodies is well documented. Look no further than the players that came before we did. Each player today has to play three years in order to earn five years of post-career health care.”

Because the preseason is a time for young fringe players to gain experience, Murphy said the NFL may consider establishing a developmental league to make up for the lost opportunities. (The NFL’s current D-League is known as the NCAA.)

The 18-game season will be a sizzling debate in the coming months. Under the CBA, the league has the right to expand to a 22-game season (18 regular season games; four preseason games). But because Roger Goodell and owners want to shorten the low-quality preseason, the league is pushing for an 18-regular, 2-pre season game format.

Expanding the NFL regular season by two games is the equivalent of expanding the Major League Baseball season by 20 games. The financial repercussions are significant and, as Lewis and Brady iterated, so are the physical ones.

--Andy Benoit

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Since: May 24, 2007
Posted on: June 18, 2010 11:57 am

Raging Debate Over 18-Game Schedule

What I would like to see done is a study on how byes impact injuries and healthiness of players.  I wonder if they cold cut two preseason games, add one game, but add a bye to the schedule too so that players who are concerned by injuries will actually have another weekend of rest mid-season?
The problem is preseason tickets are expensive for the product.  So, reduce the price.  Maybe people will stop going to games, but if the players are serious about how they feel that the games are important for their teams, then they won't care when it may lead to a decrease in their income down the line due to loss of revenue.  

Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: June 18, 2010 3:02 am

raging debate on preseason

IF they don't want to reduce the preseason games to 2 games. The league shouldn't make preseason games a requirement to buying season tickets. Once the players salaries are reduced because noone buys these meaningless game tickets they will be all for adding 2 regular season games in lieu of meaningless preseason games. I can't even give these tickets away. And they are the same price as a regular season game. 4 tickets at $200 X 2 games for a total of $1600 is a waste.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: June 17, 2010 5:16 pm

Raging Debate Over 18-Game Schedule

I think preseason should be 3 home one away and one at a neutral site...this does a few lessens the cost for season ticket holders, who are now paying for 2-3 preaseason games where the "stars" we pay to see wont play.  Adding 1-2 regular season games holds no benifit other than revunue for the NFL.  By week 16 most playoff teams are decided...

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