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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.



Category: NFL
Tags: NFL season

Since: Sep 20, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2009 5:14 am

Please lengthen the season

Preseason isn't important to many fans (though i like it cause i get to see some possible talent that may fill the free agency market in the future years) and its not important to the owners because you aren't making the big money that you make during the regular season games. However i don't see how this will actually benefit the teams themselves.  Coaches won't be able to put back ups in and test them in non important game situations unless they become the 07 Patriots and blow teams out of the water so that backups can play without the pressure of losing the game.  Preseason is great for player development and team building. You can run drills and mini camps and all that but none of that compares to the feeling of a true game against an opponent that wants to destroy you.  When you practice against your own team they are playing you soft. In preseason it is full contact hard hitting version of training camp.  I think it is fine the way it is. if you wish to add games on then do so but don't mess with a four game preseason.  I think the preseason is important and should stay just the way it is for team building and position competition purposes.


Since: Feb 7, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2009 2:45 am

Please lengthen the season

I think the season should still start the first weekend of September and run until January. Have two bye weeks and keep the four or five pre season games. Just use pre season to develop your first, second year players. Just play the starters maybe two or three pre season games. 

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2009 2:37 am

Please DON'T lengthen the season

The NFL is on the verge of killing my interest in professional football. It's too much already for me, and I don't need or want any more. The league proved last year the regular season is meaningless with the Cardinals and Chargers receiving home playoff games they did not deserve. Why should they add additional meaningless games? It's so stupid.

For me, football has already slipped to third behind hockey and tennis, and is dangerously close to falling behind baseball. It's overkill.

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2009 12:55 am

Don't lengthen the season

 If you lengthen the season, some teams are at a clear disadvantage.  The teams that have early bye weeks and make the playoffs as a wild card will be at a disadvantage.  More games, means more injuries.  What about the salaries now?  Current salaries are for 16 games, but for 18 games how would the salaries be handled by the players union.  I like the current sytem the way it is.  The preseason games are to evaluate new talent and who will or will not make the team, not for the veterans.  If the preseason tickets were cheaper than reqular season than the system would be perfect.

Since: Aug 3, 2008
Posted on: March 26, 2009 12:13 am

Please lengthen the season

Just to add my comments to the list... I love football as much as the most rabid fan and I love Fantasy Football even more. As a fan of the history of the game I have to go with all the comments that say lengthening the season just dilutes all the records. I never saw him play but the stats support Jim Brown as the greatest running back in the history of the game. But look how long and what it took to break his records. Two more games a season and records or stats won't mean anything. Of course with the additional wear and tear on the players bodies maybe it won't matter because they won't last long enough to set career records, only seasonal ones.

Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: March 25, 2009 11:53 pm

Please lengthen the season

I meant to write fewer preseason should not hurt evaluation of players.  Let FOX worry about NASCAR, lots more people watch the NFL than NASCAR.  That's what FX is for. 


Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: March 25, 2009 11:46 pm

Please lengthen the season

I like the idea of more regular season games and less preseason games.  I'm not sure about the season going any longer into February than it does now.  Start the regular season in August.  Good point about the extra bye week.  Two weeks off during the season, as long they are spread out equally, could be a big benefit.  But that would probably run the season later into February.  Fewer preseason games should hurt the evaluation of players.  Coaches know who the starters are going to be going in to the new year.  Football is a year round sport, starting in March and mini-camps going on till full blown practice.  Anyway, this is a money grab by the NFL.  More games, more money CBS, FOX, NBC, and ESPN to pay to broadcast the games.  But the big question, can my heart hold out for one or two more games a year?


Since: Oct 5, 2008
Posted on: March 25, 2009 11:09 pm

Please lengthen the season

 I just want it lengthened to fill the void between baseball and football season. I don't wanna bring up the Lions, it's meaningless. Bring on more football!

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: March 25, 2009 10:44 pm

Please DONT lengthen the season

 I didnt read all the posts, so maybe what I'm about to say has been covered. Going to a 17 or 18 game schedule is something I NEVER want to see. 16 games is certainly long enough, expanding the regular season will only cheapen the product on the field. Football is a violent game and the players themselves can probably only endure so much. Even though the preseason is a big waste of time for the fans, it is pretty important to the teams. What player is going to shine during a 2 week preseason? Who will have adequate time to step up and show the coaches they Are deserving of a roster spot? Goodell seems to think that shortening the preseason will lead to better preseason games, with more of the starters playing. I feel the exact opposite would happen. The 2 preseason games would feature no starters and just backups and fringe players trying to make the team. With an extra 2 games in the regular season I would think teeams would use those first couple of games to get in sync and work out the kinks. I just feel that shortening the preseason wouldnt really change how those games are played.

Expanding the season also seems counter-productive. Can you imagine a team coasting to the playoffs and making the final 3 games meaningless? Would any team rest their starters for those 3 games? Would we have some preseason caliber games at the end of the season? Would the final 2 weeks of the season have fewer teams battling for that final playoff spot? What about the records that undoubtedly fall? All of the single season records would become jeopardized, and not because someone was such a sensational season. While I'm at it, just how much prestige does a 1000 yard rusher or receiver have in an 18 game season? Averaging a mere 55.5 yards a game would allow someone to claim to being a 1000 rusher, or receiver. I'm almost certain that I could rush for 1000 yards under those circumstances.

All in all, I do realize that most people think that this would be great. I, for one, dont share the optimism.

Since: Apr 2, 2008
Posted on: March 25, 2009 10:33 pm

Please lengthen the season


The SB is watched by more people than any sporting event. THere's a reason commercials cost millions per minute. NSCAR can't compete with the SB. It is the pinnacle sporting event. If the SB and Daytona 500 go against each other, NASCAR loses.  The SB is a national holiday. The Daytona 500 is a redneck holiday. 

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