Tag:18 game season
Posted on: May 1, 2011 4:24 pm
Edited on: May 1, 2011 4:25 pm

NFL still forcing the 18-game season issue

Posted by Andy Benoit
R. Goodell (US Presswire)
Despite the NFL currently being busy fighting tooth and nail in the ongoing labor battle with the NFLPA, the league is still willing to put a spotlight on the idea of having an 18-game regular season. An 18-game season is an idea that most players hate vehemently and most passionate fans hate generally (more on that in a second).

But league spokesman Brian McCarthy tweeted over the weekend, “At fan forum, @nflcommish (Roger Goodell) asks fans, do u want 2 pre and 18 reg season games? 56-4 say yes.”

So 56 out of 60 fans at this private forum told the NFL they wanted a longer regular season. That prompted the website Pro Football Talk – which is super popular with hardcore fans and league insiders – to put up its own poll asking readers if they want an 18-game regular season. As of Sunday afternoon, of the 10,000-plus people who responded, 64 percent said NO.

What’s the difference between PFT’s poll and the league’s poll? In the PFT poll, fans were not casting their votes in a room with the most powerful man in football watching them. And while we don’t know what was said during the NFL’s fan forum, it’s probably a safe bet that fans casted their vote sometime shortly after Goodell preached to them what he feels are the merits of an 18-game season.

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Posted on: March 24, 2011 10:17 am

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Posted on: November 18, 2010 6:15 pm

DeMaurice Smith: Owners 'just don't get it'

Posted by Will Brinson

Recently, Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross made a lot of comments about changes in the NFL and the ongoing labor dispute. Most notably may have been his assertion that increasing the NFL's schedule to 18 games won't increase player injuries.

In not-so-shocking news, the NFLPA, and it's executive director DeMaurice Smith, completely disagree.

"Comments like that tell me that they just don’t get it," said Smith of league management and ownership, via NFLLabor.com. "Their teammates lost two franchise quarterbacks in the same game … and the message is we shouldn’t worry about adding two more games? Men are not expendable and neither are their families."

While Smith's statement is pretty broad sweeping, and probably not an accurate portrayal in terms of the the opinion of all owners, Ross' comments did provide a pretty substantial opportunity for some NFLPA PR.

After all, you don't have to be a physics/math/statistics major to understand that if more starters are playing more plays in more games at full speed, there's a greater chance for injury on the field.

Unfortunately for everyone hoping there'll be football without interruption in 2011, the public war isn't going to increase progress on negotiations -- it'll take both sides actually sitting down with each other and working through the issues to really make a difference.

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