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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: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: March 25, 2009 7:21 pm

Please lengthen the season

I think anything that involves more meaningful football games is a good thing. There are so many teams that finished tied for playoff spots every year and it's stupid that tie breakers decide which team is more deserving of a postseason berth. With more games, teams will have more of a chance to distance themselves from the pack. This sounds like a great idea to me. 

Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: March 25, 2009 7:19 pm

Please lengthen the season


 and the best part is.....


Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: March 25, 2009 7:19 pm

Please lengthen the season

The league expanded from 14 to 16 games a few years after the AFL- NFL merger + 2 expansion teams in Tampa/Seattle.

IT became apparent that the league needed 16 games to accomodate the home/away division games, the cross-conference division matchup, and enough of a sample of at large conference games to ensure playoff fairness.

There were so many team in so many diffrent locations that it was a logistical/travel/competitive nightmare.

Every time the league expanded its games was due to overall number of teams growing.

There is no need to expand to 18 games.

No new teams are being added through merging with an existing league or expansion teams. 

They are looking to expand for pure greed.





And really? Are fans clamouring for more game or simply less pre-season?  I think it is the latter.

16 games is a perfect number.  It is small enough to add value to every weekend but large enough to get a good sample.

If we keep raising the number of games, it starts to water down the regular season importance.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: March 25, 2009 7:04 pm

Love it..Love it..Love it!!

Please do it..the more NFL the better. Plus two more FF games.

Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: March 25, 2009 6:52 pm

Please lengthen the season

Too late. There was a 14 game schedule before there was a 16 game schedule ...  

Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: March 25, 2009 6:51 pm

Good Job, Roger!

I support anything that reduces the the pre-season. As everyone knows, it is horrible and I'm sure fans are sick of paying for those tix in their season package bundles.

However, if they add a game or two (which I support), I think you have to give every team a second bye week to rest and recoup from injuries.

Also, bump up the salary cap (assuming they redo the labor deal and include one) to compensate the players for the extra games.

Goddell is doing a great job. Cleaning up the thug mentality. Booting preseason. Fix overtime and he's almost walking on water.

(Now if he can only reverse the player safety penalties that are "sissifying" the game...)

Since: Jun 22, 2008
Posted on: March 25, 2009 6:35 pm

NFL Hypocrisy

How can the NFL possibly claim to be protecting player safety and then put players at significantly more risk by adding 2 more games?  Extending the season is a direct contradiction of everything they are supposed to be trying to accomplish by adding the "Tom Brady Rule" and the others they just passed.


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.



This is a silly argument.  If you don't like the pricing, don't buy the product.  There's this thing called supply and demand, not sure if you're familiar with it.  The teams will charge what people are willing to pay.  I have had season tickets for 10 years now, and I have to pay full price for preseason games.  It sucks, but I'm willing to pay it for the season tickets.  If you don't like the prices, don't buy season tickets and buy individual game tickets instead, so you don't spend money on preseason games.  Either you're willing to pay for it or you aren't, it's that simple.

Also, coaches do loathe injuries, but why do they insist on playing starters?  I understand you want guys to get game ready, but playing them for 1 quarter isn't going to get them there.  Especially not if the other teams' starters see it as meaningless too.  Starters are just playing not to get hurt, and are not hitting the same like they normally would.  A preseason game against guys who also don't take it seriously is not much different than a practice.  If coaches want to avoid injuries, don't play starters.

Finally, preason has a lot of merit.  It's not as great as regular season, but it isthe first chance to see that big draft pick in action, along with the other rookies you picked up in the draft as well.  It's also a place to settle some position battles.  I'm sure jets fans will watch this preason intently to see who their quarteback will be.

Adding games to the schedule is also a terrible idea because virtually every single-season record will fall within the first few years of implementing it.  All the career records will quickly be gone as well.  This is a bad move, and any attempt to mask it as a move for the fans on the part of the NFL is a joke.

Since: Aug 3, 2008
Posted on: March 25, 2009 6:22 pm

Please lengthen the season

 I like the idea BUT If you lengthen the season then you should expand the roster so you can rotate in more players and raise the cap to pay for those players.

Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: March 25, 2009 6:16 pm

Please lengthen the season

Too many games overall. Cut down to 2 pre-season games. Keep 16 regular season games. Do they want to kill these players? Eighteen regular games are way too many. Too much greed by the owners. 

Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: March 25, 2009 6:16 pm

Please lengthen the season

I would enjoy a longer season. Instead of preseason games just do team scrimages like what the Giants Jets do or the Ravens Redskins do. Those make more sense since thats all preseason games have turned to.

 The bigger thing with me is bye weeks. They need to move bye weeks more in the middle of the season. I mean who wants to have a bye week in week 4. then have 13 games or more based on if they make the playoffs without a bye . Thats the hardest thing and with injuries and fatigue setting in it would make for better games down the strech.


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