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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 24, 2008
Posted on: March 25, 2009 6:09 pm

Please lengthen the season

The NFL must weigh the options of lengthening the regular season against the money it will cost to increase the player roster limits. Anyone who thinks the NFLPA would agree to more games without a huge increase in pay is deluded. Also, would the TV folks be interested in coughing up even more money for more games? Surely the NFL would then ask for more $$$ from the networks because the players will be asking for more $$$$. What a vicious circle! If it ain't broke, should you fix it?


Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: March 25, 2009 5:33 pm

Please lengthen the season

 Please DON'T Lengthen the season. And DON'T add anymore teams as well. Leave all alone. Shorten the preseason , fine. that works. But, leave well enough alone. It's all money, the only reason for more games and my mornic owner Jerry Jones is at the top pushing for this.


NFL Europe is long gone. They aren't bringing that back. We just need pure football again. A game that MEN played, not whining little divas.

I mean, The Hines Ward Rule? What the heck is that? Dude hit guys clean and it's a part of football.


Oh , heck with it, go to 20 games. The NFL is slowly going down the tubes anyhow.

Since: Aug 13, 2008
Posted on: March 25, 2009 5:24 pm

Please lengthen the season

This is a great idea!!!  I've been to numerous preseason games over the years and feel that most were a waste of time.  The fun part about them was taking my son when the weather was warm enough so you would not freeze in Giants Stadium.

However, the star players only played for a little while and then you had to make the decision whether you left at halftime or stayed to watch some of the 3rd quarter.  You really couldn't call it a full game.  It is merely additional time for the coaching staff to evaluate players that will end up making up the rest of the starting season roster.

Besides, you see some freak injuries happen in preseason games that are just unnecessary.  That's why the starters only play a few downs or series.  I know Tom Brady got hurt in the first game of the season last year, but at least it was a game that counts.  The preseason records, stats, etc... nothing counts.  They are glorified scrimmages and a way to get fans geared up for the season.  Personally, I get itchy for games in August and would prefer to see a couple more meaningful games on the schedule.  These guys get paid enough to play so they should be able to hack it.  Besides, it will generate more revenue for the league so they will be happy too.

The only thing I ask is that they keep these added games in the United States.  PLEASE!!!  Europe has football... we call it soccer.  I know it's a business and they are trying to expand globally, but don't bite the hand that feeds you.  The U.S. is where this game belongs so do what makes the majority of the fans happy. 

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: March 25, 2009 5:10 pm

Please lengthen the season

Is it me or is the NFL not getting what feeds them.  When you have a good thing, quit screwing with it!!!!!!!!  First the new rules with that abomination, Brady rule, named after Tom Brady and now you want to subject him to TWO more games of possible injury.  STOOOPID!!!

I amgine your boss coming in and saying you are going to be working 2 extra weeks but you wont be getting paid anymore for it?  Yeah that's what I thought..HELL NO!!  Well that is what the NFLPA is going to say to Goodell and the owners when the CBA comes up next year.  Effectively stick that idea in a$$ where the Brady rule got pulled from!!!

Enough already!!! 


Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: March 25, 2009 5:07 pm

Please lengthen the season

I think expanding the season to 17 or 18 games is a great idea.  The Pre-Season is basically designed to see hich players will make the rosters and who will not.  The staff knows in a very short amount of time who will and who will not make the team.  Rather than charging us the fan $75 for that pre season game that the starters play 2 series in....I would much rather pay that $75 to see a full game with stars who I actually want to see.  It has been said many times that the owners do not want a shortened Pre-Season as it would cut into their revenues, this I believe would aleviate that argument. 

Since: May 29, 2007
Posted on: March 25, 2009 5:06 pm

Don't do it!!!

 Why can't the owners just leave well enough alone? We got expansion teams, games in Europe, now we want more regular season games. So, basically every record in the book is then broken, and all those greats from the past are overshadowed by the likes of of some of the players we have now? I think for the sake of history, it should stay like it is.

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: March 25, 2009 5:00 pm

Please lengthen the season

Why not just add the new games to the beginning of the season where the last 2 preseason games are now?  Didn't the league used to start on the first weekend of September?  Now it starts the second weekend.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 25, 2009 4:58 pm

Please lengthen the season

I'll be interested to see how this works in practice.  Will the regular season begin in the middle of August?  Will each team have two bye weeks instead of one?  Personally, I'd like to see the regular season continue to open in early September, expand two or three weeks into January, and then allow the conference championship games and Super Bowl to fill the gargantuan sports void that is the month of February.  Any thoughts?


Since: Jun 21, 2007
Posted on: March 25, 2009 4:42 pm

Please lengthen the season

I think going to 18 games is a great idea. But it would have to take a couple years to fully implement the change.I think this year, stick with 16, next season go to 17 (3 preseason) and then in 2011 go to 18 (2 preseason)The players would complain about an immediate 2 game increase, but one additional game added over the next few years seems like a logical move. The preseason is an obvious waste of time and talent. And certainly, a waste of people's money.

Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: March 25, 2009 4:33 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!

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