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TexanSam
06-16-2010, 06:03 PM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/football/nfl/06/16/season.ap/index.html?eref=sihp

NFL and union officials discussed adding two games to the regular season when they met Wednesday for their first negotiating session since February.

Teams would still play a total of 20 exhibition plus regular-season games under the proposal. The league would go from four in the preseason and 16 in the regular season to two and 18.

"This is an idea that is really gaining momentum, particularly with the owners," Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy said on a conference call.


"I've taken part in several postseason runs where we have played 20 games," said Brady, the New England Patriots quarterback. "The long-term impact this game has on our bodies is well-documented. Look no further than the players that came before we did. Each player today has to play three years in order to earn five years of post-career health care."

Murphy said he frequently hears Packers fans complain about the quality of exhibition games, as starters now play sparingly in the preseason. With offseason training, he said, players come into camp in good shape and no longer need four games to prepare.

"Part of it is really providing more value to our fans," Murphy said. "The quality of our preseason has really deteriorated over time."

Murphy suggested that more regular-season games would mean more revenue -- which means more money distributed to players. The earliest season with an expanded schedule would be 2012.

"I know our fans may not like preseason games and I don't like all of them," said Lewis, the Baltimore Ravens linebacker, "but swapping two preseason games for two end-of-season games -- when players already play hurt -- comes at a huge cost for the player and the team."

Murphy said the league would look into how players train during the offseason and season to try to reduce injuries. The size of the active roster and practice squads could also be increased; that would have to be agreed to in bargaining.

b0ng
06-16-2010, 06:06 PM
As long as their not really increasing the total number of games played I don't see a problem with it. Injuries suck but if it keeps football on my tv then I'll take 2 more real games and 2 more not-so-real games.

eriadoc
06-16-2010, 06:30 PM
I'd like the alternative better, which is to stop charging regular season prices for exhibition games. You know they won't do that, so they'll have the players kill themselves a little more instead.

Goatcheese
06-16-2010, 07:09 PM
I think the 32 team 16 game season is perfect. You play your own division twice and each team in an AFC and NFC division once, with 2 strength of schedule games. That is a neat and efficient system and I don't see any reason to tinker with it.

WWJD
06-16-2010, 07:49 PM
Doesn't seem like something the players would go for. I had to laugh at the notation that the owners would like this..well yea sure THEY would. But the players..eh maybe not so much. Ray Lewis pretty much said what I've heard before.

Thorn
06-16-2010, 08:37 PM
If the regular season is going to be 18 games long, they need to have two bye weeks during the season, not one.

JB
06-16-2010, 08:41 PM
If the regular season is going to be 18 games long, they need to have two bye weeks during the season, not one.

I think I agree with this, but it would be a scheduling nightmare.

Dutchrudder
06-17-2010, 09:00 AM
I think the 32 team 16 game season is perfect. You play your own division twice and each team in an AFC and NFC division once, with 2 strength of schedule games. That is a neat and efficient system and I don't see any reason to tinker with it.

^This. Don't fix it if it ain't broke.


However, I am in favor of dropping two pre-season games and adding an extra Bye week to the season.

rmartin65
06-17-2010, 10:01 AM
Pass please. 18 games is too long, we already see teams decimated by injuries, no point in making that happen on a more frequent basis.

BIG TORO
06-17-2010, 10:28 AM
I like it, like they said better value for us!

drs23
06-17-2010, 10:30 AM
Would 2 preseason games give rooks and FAs enough field time for the coaches to make educated decisions or do they pretty much know by the end of camp and scrimmages?

Maddict5
06-17-2010, 11:52 AM
i wouldnt mind changing to a 17 game season with 2 byes

disaacks3
06-17-2010, 12:59 PM
I think the 32 team 16 game season is perfect. You play your own division twice and each team in an AFC and NFC division once, with 2 strength of schedule games. That is a neat and efficient system and I don't see any reason to tinker with it.
I disagree. The "old" scheduling allowed for far more strength of schedule changes. This lousy 2 SoS adjustments has killed teams like the Texans when they deserved a far more lenient schedule. That why the Texans, who just missed the playoffs last year, still have the toughest schedule in the league. With 2 more games to adjust that, they's be much closer to what they "deserve".

JB
06-17-2010, 01:26 PM
I disagree. The "old" scheduling allowed for far more strength of schedule changes. This lousy 2 SoS adjustments has killed teams like the Texans when they deserved a far more lenient schedule. That why the Texans, who just missed the playoffs last year, still have the toughest schedule in the league. With 2 more games to adjust that, they's be much closer to what they "deserve".

So we could add two more 2nd place teams? Like GreenBay & Atlanta?

Don't know how that would help us much.

Speedy
06-17-2010, 06:20 PM
Just keep it at 16 and drop 2 pre-season games. The pre-season is WAAAAAAAAAY too long.

JB
06-17-2010, 06:55 PM
Just keep it at 16 and drop 2 pre-season games. The pre-season is WAAAAAAAAAY too long.

That will never happen. That would be lost revenue.