Play Fantasy The Most Award Winning Fantasy game with real time scoring, top expert analysis, custom settings, and more. Play Now
Blog Entry

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

Posted on: May 27, 2011 9:38 am
Edited on: May 27, 2011 10:41 am
 
GoodellPosted by Josh Katzowitz

As an outside observer, it seems that hardly anybody wants the NFL to move to an 18-game schedule. With the exception of 33 people – the 32 owners, plus commissioner Roger Goodell – it comes across to me that people are cool with the 16 games.

Yet Goodell, according to the (Nashville) Tennessean, continues to use the line that fans just can’t stop shivering in anticipation of two extra games.

“We do think it is attractive to season-ticket holders. I hear that all of the time from our season-ticket holders,” Goodell said on a conference call with Titans season ticket holders. "We have not abandoned our position on that. We do think it is the right thing for the game. It improves the quality of what we do, and it improves the value for you as season-ticket holders. … We do think it is a benefit for everybody, but we want to do it the right way, and we want to do it responsibly. That includes the players’ perspective.”

Hardly anybody likes the preseason schedule and yeah, I can see why Goodell thinks it’s in the fans' best interests to give them more real games for the money they’re spending on season ticket packages.

But I just don’t get the sense the fans are all that keen on the idea (and we KNOW that the players don’t want it), mostly due to injury concerns.

Yet, Goodell just won’t stop, and it's getting laughable.

But here’s the thing, and Yahoo! Sports’ Doug Farrar points it out: Goodell has participated in 19 conference calls like this, and after reading transcripts of the talks, hardly any fan has mentioned wanting what Goodell says the fans want.

And here’s what I don’t understand. The 18-game schedule is off the table for these labor negotiations, so why is Goodell STILL talking about it? Especially when it seems somewhat clear that the fans aren’t all that interested in the idea.

Labor News
I took an unscientific Twitter poll this morning to gauge the fans’ reaction to the idea of adding two more games, and here are my results: 83.9 percent of the respondents said they like the 16-game format fine, thanks very much (psst, I guess they must not be season ticket holders, right?).

Here are a few of their responses:

From @L7Panda: “NO to an 18 game season, just like the previous polls had said, 80% of fans do NOT want an 18 game season. NO NO NO NO NO.”

From @CJ_Camisa: "Yes!!!! As a Packer fan I want even more of my players to miss time to injuries!!! They don't take enough hits!" #sissies

From @Preine_PtR: "As a Browns fan, I'm usually begging for the season to be over with by week 5."

From @manicsocratic: "18 game schedule is fine. Make it fair to the players and change regulation to 48 minutes though."

So, that seems pretty clear to me. Fans don’t want it, and season ticket-holders don’t want it. I just wish Goodell would stop pronouncing it like it’s some kind of fact.

By the way, you can check out the labor timeline and the labor issues of the day. You know, in case you need a refresher.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed.
Comments

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2011 12:07 am
 

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

Um, NO Goodell most fans DO NOT want an 18 game schedule.

The teams, schedule is PERFECT the way it is, why mess with a good thing?

If it aint broke, don't fix it and for god sakes STOP being so damned GREEDY.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: May 27, 2011 11:50 pm
 

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

Yes, we DO want an 18 game season.  Why in the world would anybody want four pre-season games that mean next to nothing? We do want an 18 game season, and for once ... give us what we want!!
Here's why:

We as fans want to see what is best for our teams. What is best for them is to use the preseason to evaluate younger talent and see if it can help them enough to warrant keeping those players on the roster. You can't do that in only training camp, you have to see guys play in your system to know.


Two, we want to watch good football. That means having players ready for the regular season from the word go. Two preseason games is not enough time to do that. What will happen is that it will become harder for teams to improve from year-to-year because the first two games will become a lesser quality as teams try to figure out what they didn't have enough time to implement in the preseason. Ask fans if they want their team learning on the fly or ready to go from the first game and 10 out of 10 will pick the latter.


Three, we recognize that there is a such thing as too much of a good thing. If your team is struggling, the season will just drag on as you wait for its merciful end. Similarly, if you've got a good team, you want to hurry up and reach the playoffs without injuries. Also, football Sundays are an event. It's a five-month commitment to getting up and watching the games each Sunday. That's the perfect length. If you do it too often, it becomes a chore rather than fun.


Basically, you aren't seeing anything other than "Two more games? Fun!" This is what Roger Goodell is hoping fans will think. However, as he is ignoring, fans are not that stupid. We know what going to 18 games really means.



Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: May 27, 2011 11:30 pm
 

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

We do????




Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: May 27, 2011 10:58 pm
 

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

Yes, we DO want an 18 game season.  Why in the world would anybody want four pre-season games that mean next to nothing? We do want an 18 game season, and for once ... give us what we want!!



Since: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: May 27, 2011 10:51 pm
 

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

No, No, No, and NO!!!!! I've already cancelled my Direct TV in protest ... shame on all of you greedy s-o-b's ...



Since: Feb 24, 2010
Posted on: May 27, 2011 10:49 pm
 

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

No, Roger.  They freaking do not want an 18-game season.  Stop with the bs already.



Since: Jul 10, 2007
Posted on: May 27, 2011 10:47 pm
 

Goodell still says fans want 18 games-He's Crazy

Goodell is simply WRONG.  If they go to 18 games, I'll never buy another ticket, and WILL JUST BE FAN OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL!



Since: Jan 13, 2008
Posted on: May 27, 2011 10:45 pm
 

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

This jackass is so out of touch as to what the fans want.  If anything, we want less games.  We want a healthy team come playoff time.  The owners, your bosses Mr. Goodell, want more games.  More games equals more money.  I am not on either side of the CBA, but this A-hole makes me want to side with the players.



Since: May 11, 2008
Posted on: May 27, 2011 10:43 pm
 

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

 I hope for the players sake they keep it at 16. The punishment these men take on a 16 game schedule is enough. Two more games and by the end of they year most teams will be playing a bunch of scrubs filling in for the starting guys on the I.R. I think for the players sake they should cut it back to a 14 game schedule but personally 16 games is perfect. Why try to reinvent the wheel?



Since: Apr 12, 2007
Posted on: May 27, 2011 10:33 pm
 

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

NO, we do NOT want an 18-game season.  We just don't want to pay full-price for pre-season games!!!  And if you can't understand that, well, now i know why the NFL is in a lock-out and losing fans.


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com