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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: Apr 2, 2008
Posted on: March 25, 2009 10:29 pm

Please lengthen the season

I like filling that void known as February, but I rather just keep the 16 game season and cut out 1-2 preseason games. 16 games is hard enough on the players and there are enough injuries. Adding additional regular season games just means starters have more chance to get injured and will be more tired by the postseason.  Why "fix" something that isn't broke? THe NFL is the best of all sports as it is now.

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: March 25, 2009 8:39 pm

Please lengthen the season

The NFL is going to start treading into dangerous water because if the season is pushed back enough, you start interfering with FOX, NASCAR, and the $4.5 billion deal they have that includes showing the Daytona 500 the 2nd/3rd Sunday in February.

And by the way, NASCAR has the most valued television contract of any sport so a later season is going to start causing problems with things such as Super Bowl broadcasts and/or playoff games if they don't watch out.

Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: March 25, 2009 8:32 pm

Please lengthen the season

well duh of course the pre season is a disaster, ITS THE PRESEASON!!!! the whole point of it is to see how the rookies are performing and to see which players will get cut

however they should reduce the price of tickets for preseason games but i doubt it since the point of increasing the regular season is to increase revenue


Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: March 25, 2009 8:03 pm

Please lengthen the season

 From a fan perspective I could care less about the preseason.  But if it gives a backup the opportunity to play and get adjusted, so they're ready when called on, then reducing it will cost teams.  This is just another example of the NFL trying to make more money at the expense of the game.  Lame!


The NFL is already charging fans the exact same price for the preseason games as normal season, and no one wants to waist thier time watch John David Booty throw a pass to No Hands McGee in the 3rd quarter. The only down fall I can see to extending the season and shortening the regular season is that it will eliminate Detroit Fans a chance to actually see their Lions win a game.

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: March 25, 2009 7:46 pm

Please lengthen the season

I am happy with the idea of a longer regular season. I am REALLY happy with the idea of NO pre-season. (I think the eval games are called scrimmages, and no gets charged to watch). That said, I'd like the season to end the first week in January. By that I mean - the SuperBowl. February football---? I don't know, maybe it's not so bad; as long as you are willing to never see a SB in: Seattle, New England, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago, Memphis, Washington, Denver, San Francisco or Oakland. In other words, all the places most of the football fans live. And no, I don't mean to diss the Vikings, Lions, Rams or Colts. [ Hey are ALL those places still 'Domes'?] Obviously this NOT a slam on the southern fans. (At least that's not my intent). It's just that its not fair to always have the SB in the same 4 cities. And if the weather is THAT much of a factor, have it in Hawaii - EVERY year. So we schedule the NCAA I-A playoffs to wrap up before Christmas [call the play-off games 'bowls' - there will be MORE of them that way]. Then with college FB out of the way, we get down to the good stuff.

Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: March 25, 2009 7:30 pm

Please lengthen the season

In this global economy, every American should care if it results in additional dollars being pumped back into an Amerian business which can pay Americans and allow them to spend that money here.

I want every breathing soul from Beijing to Ethiopia to care about the NFL if it means they'll spend $$$ on it... (either tickets, merchandise, or the generation of advertising dollars).


Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: March 25, 2009 7:28 pm

Please lengthen the season

might as well put my own two cents in

I like the idea of lengthening the season by a game or two.  A lot of people fail to realize that the preseason gaems are about more than who makes the team.  They also give the players the time to prepare physically for the grind of an actual game.  That being said, four pre-season games is too many.  

If they do expand the schedule, I wish they would also do away with playing games in foreign countries, where the field conditions and the impact of the travel (jet lag) put the players at even more risk of injury.  You know what they will do, though, is that they will probably put even more gaems on NFL Network so the average joe can't watch the games without buying a premium cable service.  You know the owners want mroe regular season games because of ticket sales, concessions and parking revenue that simply don't cut it during the pre-seasoon games.  Realize one thing, people, they don't care what the fans think. 

Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: March 25, 2009 7:25 pm

Please lengthen the season

Was waiting for someone to mention the Fantasy aspect!

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: March 25, 2009 7:25 pm

Please lengthen the season

 Agreed.  Don't do it.  A neutral site game for every team perhaps being overseas .... does ANY American give two craps about the NFL being popular in anywhere but the USA??  I know I sure don't.  And neither should Goodell.

Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: March 25, 2009 7:24 pm

Please lengthen the season

Not sure the "you don't like the preseason tickets then just buy single tickets really applies"... In many cities if you want tickets period you have to buy season tickets or get raped by scalpers / brokers. Or hope and pray you get decent ones when single tickets go on sale.

We're in a crazy economy now and the NFL wants to protect it's customers and if they see an opportunity to increase the perceived value to customers they should do it. Remember, this isn't a story about customers demanding this... this is the top dog in the NFL saying they want to give it to the customers. Sure, supply and demand always rules, but if the guy who has the supply is willing to give more to the customer then that tells you something about where the demand is headed.

But, who says that the the total cost of season tickets won't go up since we're adding another regular season game???? Meaning more profit for the teams and the NFL... (And dont' be shocked if per game ticket prices go up to boot!)

You don't need to be a math major to realize that 9 regular season games x a full stadium of people who paid full price + 1 preseason game with a half full stadium of poeple, of which only some paid full price (the majority of the rest being freebies) is more than the old way (8 regular season games + 2 pre-season games)

Regarding the history... well, the league was 12 games from 1947 to 1960 and 14 games from 1961 to 1977 before it was 16 in 1978 so the history aspect of the rankings really doesn't apply. Example: OJ Simpson's 2000+ yard rushing in a season record was broken by someone who was in a 16 game season... the league did fine. (Can't say the same for OJ). I'm sure almost every major record (season and career) is held by someone who played after 1978.

I agree with you that they're not doing it for the fan per se (though the fan benefits), it's a profit move pure and simple.


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