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.