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Please lengthen the season

Posted on: March 25, 2009 3:46 pm
Edited on: March 25, 2009 3:47 pm

DANA POINT, Calif. -- The NFL is leaning toward a longer regular-season.

I applaud that for one important reason: It would mean a shorter preseason.

At his closing media session here at the league's annual meetings, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stopped just short of saying he endorses a longer regular season, but it's quite obvious that he does. There is growing sentiment among owners that the season should be lengthened.

The league might have a proposal to lengthen the season to present to the owners at the May meetings.

"It's clear you don't need four preseason games anymore," Goodell said.

Goodell made a point of saying that the NFL brand means qualtiy, and the preseason games certainly aren't that. If it's a 17-game season, the preseason would be cut to three games with the possibility of two weeks off before the start of the season. That would put the Super Bowl in mid-Feburary, Goodell said.

They could also opt for 18 regular-season games and two preseason games. That would make for a long grind for players, so that could be a hang up with the league's players.

The preseason is a disaster. Fans have long complained about paying full price for tickets to see backups and players who will be cut play the games. And players and coaches loathe injuries in meaningless games.

"They want to see these (the stars) players play," Goodell said of the fans.

So extending the regular season makes sense. Unless, of course, you have a body that would have to handle 18 games.



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Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: March 28, 2009 4:12 pm

Please lengthen the season

Wink Bobby..I am so with you! I appreciate the way you spoke for so many of us. I will be so dissappointed if we play any games in Europe!!! I do not see any reason to 'play any' games outside of the United States!!! There are more important ways to strengthen our relations in other countries!! Please 'DO NOT' take America's Game to another country for any reason!!Yell One other piece of food for thought... If the newer players knew they had a shorter amount of time before the season starts....just perhaps they would put forth a better effort to make the team!!! They do have summer camp to prepare...Right??      Ty...doodlez490

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: March 27, 2009 11:39 pm

Please lengthen the season

Absolutely! More money for the owners as they can renegotiate TV contracts , regular season, Monday and Sunday night games. By shortening the preseason the only loss is looking at new prospects for a few weeks longer. Simply increase the roster size or allow teams one or two more weeks to get down to final size.

More football for all of us junkies, and  that is what it is all about. Win Win!



Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: March 27, 2009 8:22 pm

Please lengthen the season

I agree with prisco and goodell here. I would much rather have more football to watch and, my other concern about preseaon is for the fact that starters get hurt and cant play the rest of the season. I believe we still need at least 2 preseason teams so players can get bcak to a playable form.


Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: March 27, 2009 7:53 pm

Please lengthen the season

 I think an 18 game season with no pre-season would work great.  Scrimmages?  I agree - thats what theyre called.  Does anyone want to pay for preseason games?  Of course not.  Thats why the season ticket packages include them.  No one would ever show up for scrimmages - especially the TV cameras.

Superbowls ONLY occur in a couple of cities.  Its not fair.  Thats just the way it is.  And when the Dolphins play the Saints some year, it will be interesting who ends up as the home team that year.  Because the SB will most likely be in one of those TWO cities.  They are the only ones the NFL has deemed to allow revenue generation for.  The Buccaneers, Falcons, Jaguars and Chargers get the chance once in a while.  All other cities are not worthy.  That sucks.  I LOVE the Hawaii idea.  Guaranteed neutral site.  And for people willing to pay $300+ per ticket, an $800 increase on their airfare is nothing.

Since: Mar 4, 2009
Posted on: March 27, 2009 3:43 pm

Less is more

What Goodell really means when he concedes that the current exhibition season does not meet the NFL standard for quality is that he's sick of hearing season ticket holders complain about paying regular season ticket prices to watch a bunch of guys play who are one cut deadline away from playing in the Arena League. 

The owners and commissioner need to be very careful with this one. How many more collisions do they think their players can sustain before the overall product is weakened by the inevitably larger number of injured players?

Cutting back on exhibition games is a no-brainer. They could cut them out altogether. College football season starts without exhibitions and they’re ready to play at a high level the first week.  

Today's athletes report to training camp in great shape because they train year round. The days of Alex Karras showing up with a belly full of beer and hot dogs, needing three weeks of wind sprints to burn it off, are gone.

Likewise, with the offseason mini-camps and other organized team activities, players don't come to training camp needing to learn their team's system. They know it inside and out by the time they report in July.

Finally, there is a danger of over saturating the market. Nobody loves watching NFL games more than me, but I’ll admit, by the tenth or eleventh week each season, I think, “I haven’t accomplished a darn thing on a Sunday for almost three months.” The last thing the NFL wants is for fans to stop thinking that every one of their team’s games is critical.

Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: March 27, 2009 1:12 pm

Please lengthen the season

 I think they need to stop micro-managing every aspect of the game on a whim.  17 games and one less preseason game is probably okay.  Everyone is going to think the extra game or two is great until a star player is severely injured.  Then Prisco & Co. along with all of the bandwagoners. will be bashing the league over it.  I think the current schedule is the perfect balance.  I think they can go with a 16 game season and one or two less preseason games.  I don't see where the urgency to lengthen season is coming from.  The only thing I can think of besides money is that the owners are trumping this up to use as a bargaining chip for negotiations with the players union.  Anything that owners like Jerry Jones, Snyder and Bob Kraft promote I'm suspicious of.  They're the Three Stooges as far as I'm concerned.  They're completely self-interested egomaniacs and will do anything to slant the competitive balance of the league their directions to the detriment of the league overall. 

I won't complain if there is an extra game to watch and get fired up about, but I don't think the system needs an adjustment.  The additional risk of injury isn't worth it.  Plus, so now when a team has a bye wrapped up we get to watch them two late season preseason style flubs instead of one?  That does a lot for the brand doesn't it?

Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: March 27, 2009 9:50 am

Please lengthen the season

Pete, I would be all for an 18 game regular season (SB during Prez Day Wknd sounds great), but ELIMINATE the preseason alltogether.  I don't care what excuses the coaches use, it is just not needed anymore.  The NFL is a year round job now with mini camps, off season drills, workouts, etc.  If Goodell and the owners are so obsessed with losing revenue then add the lost preseason games into the regular season ticket prices.  As a season ticket holder, I for one would not object.  I'm being kind when I state that the preseason is an awful product and meaningless.  If they still insisted on having a preseason, why not one game with the HOF game a few days before the rest, and then it is on to the real thing.  Then you have 19 games (you have only lost one), and the lost game could be added into the price of the rest of the tickets.  Why can't the NFL realize this gross injustice called Preseason Football.  We are not dealing with differential equations here.   

Since: May 1, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2009 10:22 pm

Please lengthen the season

Currently, NFL season ticket costs are comprised of 20% waste.  It's like buying chicken.  You pay for skin and bones to get the meat.  Make it an eighteen game season.   The fans will only have to pay for one meaningless game.
Thank you, Commissioner Goodell, for taking the lead.   Given the current economic situation, the consumers deserve better value for their hard-earned discretionary spending.





Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2009 5:22 pm

Please lengthen the season

Sure, lengthen the season -- but DON'T ADD GAMES.

Why do teams only get one bye week?  Don't we love football?  Couldn't each team have three bye weeks to recover throughout the year?  Wouldn't this mean more TV exposure for all teams?  Better health, meaning both a better product on the field and a better retirement for players?

Okay, add one game for the owners to make money.  Maybe it wouldn't be so bad if there were more bye weeks.

But seriously, aren't we doing enough to harm the health of our beloved athletes?  I guess not ...


Since: Apr 18, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2009 3:19 pm

Please lengthen the season


 I know right.  Just when you think it couldn't get any worse!

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