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18-game season remains massive sticking point

Posted on: March 4, 2011 1:59 pm
Edited on: March 4, 2011 2:07 pm
The players and NFL have agreed to a seven-day extension of talks. That's the good news.

Now, the bad news. The prospect of an 18-game season remains a massive, if not the biggest, sticking point in the talks between the union and the players, a source with the knowledge of the negotiations told

The owners are insisting on an 18-game season and the players, at least for now, simply won't agree to it, the source explained. The owners want an 18-game season to begin next year.

Players are concerned about the health issues and have even brought up the disease called Chronic Traumatic Encephalapothy, or CTE, during negotations. CTE is degenerative brain disorder linked to numerous concussions and head trauma. Recently, Chicago safety Dave Duerson commited suicide and agreed to donate his brain to be studied.

Duerson's name has also been discussed during talks, the source stated.

It seems the financial differences -- and they remain massive -- might be easier to fix (might) than the 18-game season issue.

Category: NFL
Tags: Labor

Since: Mar 28, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2011 9:42 pm

18-game season remains massive sticking point

Now, I am not a fan of Roger Godell, but I think the 18 game schedule is the best thing he has suggested.  We are a nation of complainers, we don't like preseason, but someone come up with a simple solution and we rebuke it.  Also, since the merger, it has always been 20 games it was 6 preseason and 14 regular season.  Now it is 4 preseason and 16 regular season.  I jut do not see why you cant have 2 preseason and 18 regular season games.  BTW, the staters play sometimes late into the 3rd quarter of the 3rd preseaon game anyway so it only really adding one game.  2 bye weeks that is 20 meaningful weeks plus the playoffs.  I am and all in for that!

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2011 9:08 pm

18-game season remains massive sticking point

Valkyrie. With all due respect...That is a retarded solution to what is a no brainer. Here is the easy and right one. DON'T PLAY 18 GAMES!!!! Guy's like Ed Reed, Polamaleu, Bob Sanders can't play a full season anymore and they are not exactly old farts. The 3 of them might have combined to play a full season last year, and You and some Turds out there believe that 18 games is better than 16 because we don't want to see useless games. Well they may be useless to some, except the actual player's that need to earn a roster spot instead of being the last cut on only 2 game tapes in the preseason. Why is it you think the player's play preseason anyway? To make money or to prepare for the season? I am fine with no football if it gets me and my favorite player's and their teams extra years of productive football together instead of having shorter careers for an extra 2 useless games a year. Since we're on the subject of retarded solutions. Why don't we put the owner's on the field through mini camps, OTA's, pre-season games then 16 regular season games, then if your lucky some more playoff games. Not to mention all the practices in between all those games. So what's an extra 2 games. They are replaceable right. Just like parts. If anyone ever even notices these "littles things" like you need to play 4 season's in the NFL to qualify for long-term health and medical for yourself. So unless you haven't been watching football very long you should know that the average NFL career is ONLY 3.5 years. This is according to the NFLPA itself. So what's 2 more. It's gives the player's a lesser chance at hiiting that important point in their careers, not only for the starting QB's...but the backup linebacker's and linemen who take the real beatings.

Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2011 8:44 pm

18-game season remains massive sticking point

That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard in my life.

Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2011 8:13 pm

18-game season remains massive sticking point

If playing 18 games is so important to owners, why didn't they bring it up 20 years ago???  And why does Roger Goddell keep saying that having 4 pre-season games is a major fan displeaser???

As long as I get my 16 regular season games, I could care less if they have 8, 10, or 12 pre-season games.  It really doesn't matter.  Those are practice games for the coaches to evaluate talent.  They don't bother me at all!

Since: Dec 24, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2011 5:48 pm

18-game season remains massive sticking point

There will be no Football next season. Noway that they are going to play an 18 game season. The players will never never go for it.

Since: Nov 10, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2011 4:59 pm

18-game season remains massive sticking point

If an 18- game season is adopted I would at lest like to see a limit of 16 games that any individual player could play. If the owners really want an extra 2 games put a premium on depth and make them rest everyone at least for 2 games- Win/Win for owners and players and everyone but the fans about whom neither side cares anyway.

Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2011 4:39 pm

18-game season remains massive sticking point

Me personally, I would prefer to keep the same number of games...the season is too long as it is. Now we are going to have more injuries and games in sub zero temps and the superbowl at the end of February...yeah, we'd love to see that in New York or Cleveland where the Browns, Jets and Giants play...come on guys, what about the fans? The fans don't need to see anymore football...I don't hear anyone talking about the fans.

All I hear about are money hungry players and owners...not that I'm not for the players, but let's face it, there are millions of unemployed people out there...people who can't make their rent or house payments. People who are barely above the poverty living day to day trying top feed their families. What does that say about our society and culture?

Football is a nice to have, but I would trade football if there were a ton more jobs with people who can make a living. Wouldn't you? And I love football...

Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2011 12:30 pm

18-game season remains massive sticking point

I probably won't be watching any NFL next season if it goes to 18 games. The NFL is starting to suck anyway.

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2011 11:58 am

18-game season remains massive sticking point

Everyone should realize the potential perils of playing professional football.  It is a part of the large salaries.  It is the reason for the league providing long term player care.  For players to use this as their primary objection to an 18 game season, it seems weak.  If anything, there is more strategy to the long play, more opportunity to use more of the large active roster.

As fans, the four pre-season games feel like an eternity.  We'd support two, and as season ticket holders, we'd feel better about spending our money on an additional regular season game versus a second pre-season snore fest.  And, we'd actually show up versus trying to entice people to take our free tickets (that even others don't want).

As others have posted, if the 18 game season can be resolved, more money is added to the pot to cover many of the player requests.  More money to share.  And all the while fans will feed the beast with the money.

As it is money makes the mare go.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2011 3:10 pm

18-game season remains massive sticking point

They would be better off adding two playoff teams and having each division have a 1 v 2 playoff game as the first round of the playoffs, than having 18 games in the regular season. 

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