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Old 03-28-2009   #1
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Brooke Bentley: It was proposed that the league expand the season to 17 or 18 regular-season games. What are your thoughts on that proposal?

Bob McNair: I think that it has merit and that we will end up expanding the regular season. We play a 20-game season now and four of those are preseason games. We use those games for preparation, which is very important because you get to see the young players. But the players are in such good condition now when they report to training camp that it’s not like it was 20 or 30 years ago when players would come into training camp and use that as an opportunity to get into shape. They already are in shape and they are ready to play, so the question is: How many of these (preseason) games do we need?

We’re trying to look at ways to increase the value for our fans. By increasing the number of regular-season games and reducing the number or preseason games, we think that would add some value. There is one misconception. Some people think that the players don’t get paid for the preseason games. That’s not true. They get paid the same for the preseason as the regular season, so they are paid for 20 games. They don’t start getting their checks until the regular season starts. You are cutting up their total compensation into 17 checks instead of 20; that’s the way it works, but they are getting paid the full amount.

Others think that the reason we have four preseason games is that the local franchise gets to keep all the revenue from preseason games, so the owners don’t want to cut that back. That’s not true; we share in the revenue. The only difference is with national television versus local television. Local television which airs preseason games, that revenue goes to the local club and it’s not shared nationally with the other clubs. Now, it goes into the salary cap, so the players get their share. And with the regular season, of course, all those are on national television. So there are a few misconceptions, but I think the owners are in favor of expanding the regular-season games and I think we’ll see that happen.

What it would do for us: Number one, we want to do more international play, and that would give us another game to be used for that purpose. Or you could use it for a game at a neutral site without taking any of the home games away. We would still have 10 home games for our fans and we would still have the eight regular-season games for our fans. So we wouldn’t be taking anything away from our home fans if we did expand it.

We’ll have to look at roster sizes, because probably there would be more injuries if we had more regular-season games because our starters would be playing more. We might have to have two bye weeks instead of one. And the game will extend over into February, so it would go a little bit longer in the year. Those are all considerations and we’ll have to figure out the best way to do that. I think probably you will see an expansion of the regular season.



Brooke Bentley: The NFL has toyed with the idea of going back to Mexico City, so there are a lot of interesting things on the horizon.

Bob McNair: The thing about it is, for us to play a regular-season game there, then our sponsors and season ticket holders are losing out on a game or they have to go to Mexico City or wherever it is. But if we had an extra regular-season game, we could accommodate that without taking anything away from our sponsors or our fans.

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Sorry if I have a very difficult time swallowing the concept that any of the proposed changes are for "increasing the value for our fans." All of these potential changes will be for the significant benefit of the owners' pocket.............or, I assure you, they won't happen.
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Texans president Jamey Rootes answered a few questions in the SA paper too...

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With the economy crumbling, was it wise to raise ticket prices?

We took a slight price increase (a 3.7 percent hike in the average ticket price), but the process we went through in doing it was very thoughtful. People look at a price increase and assume you did it across the board. We didn't. We looked section by section at the demand for those seats as demonstrated by the value they generate in the secondary ticket market. We were charging “X” in certain sections, and people were spending two and three and four times that amount in the secondary ticket market. Clearly there's a huge demand for those seats and they're sold out perpetually, so we thought we could go ahead and charge a slightly higher price. There are other places we really felt strongly that this is where the folks facing the most pressure from these challenging economic times sit. So there were thousands and thousands of seats we held flat.

San Antonio has long been a Dallas Cowboys' hotbed. Have the Texans given up on penetrating this market?

We certainly have not. No question, it's been challenging. In our market, we've sold out every game we've played. But outside of Houston, fans judge you on what they're seeing and hearing in the national media. Unfortunately, we haven't burned our way onto national TV yet. When we do, we believe it'll be a much more conducive environment to build a large and sustainable base of regional support. If we win, you're going to see the light switch very quickly go (on).

Are the Texans on board with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's plan to expand the regular season from 16 games to 17 or 18?

You can see the value for the fans and the league to carefully evaluate it because the regular season is so incredibly compelling. I applaud initiative and innovation. That's what makes this country great. Nothing stays the same forever, and the league has to always be thinking of what our fans want and how we can deliver. If making a change like this creates value for our fans, let's look carefully at making it happen.
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The Texans will penetrate the Austin, San Antonio, etc. markets when they throw up 3-4 years of being better than the Cowboys. Until then...
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What a joke!! Do they think we, the FANS, are that stup*d??! The ONLY reason to add games is to expand their International interest, not to bring another game to the home site. You bet your ass we'll have to PAY for those other tickets, but, never get to see the game, except on TV, unless you're wealthy enough to travel the globe!!
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What a joke!! Do they think we, the FANS, are that stup*d??! The ONLY reason to add games is to expand their International interest, not to bring another game to the home site. You bet your ass we'll have to PAY for those other tickets, but, never get to see the game, except on TV, unless you're wealthy enough to travel the globe!!
A) The proposal is to decrease the pre-season games you are already paying for. If I have to pay for the same 10 games I'd rather 9 of them count instead of 8.

B) No season ticket holder has been forced to pay for international games. I think the owners no darn well they can't coerce KC fans to travel to Mexico City to watch a game they were forced to buy a ticket for.
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I've been pushing (well, more like hoping or at least blathering on mb's) for the eighteen game season with the two game pre-season for many a moon now. It's no extra length to the season and the league spends the same money on transportation, equipment and fixed expenses to run a stadium as a regular season game. The customer gets less for the money and the players have to worry more about not getting injured than they are about getting into game shape. These guys are ready to go after camp....so are the fans. I hope the league gets on the program and gives us the same twenty game schedule with eighteen of them meaningful games (yay 9 meaningful home games).
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I've been pushing (well, more like hoping or at least blathering on mb's) for the eighteen game season with the two game pre-season for many a moon now. It's no extra length to the season and the league spends the same money on transportation, equipment and fixed expenses to run a stadium as a regular season game. The customer gets less for the money and the players have to worry more about not getting injured than they are about getting into game shape. These guys are ready to go after camp....so are the fans. I hope the league gets on the program and gives us the same twenty game schedule with eighteen of them meaningful games (yay 9 meaningful home games).
Great idea. 18 games would be perfect.
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Great idea. 18 games would be perfect.
If that occurs, they'll need an extended roster...........and who do y'all think will end up picking up the bill?
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If that occurs, they'll need an extended roster...........and who do y'all think will end up picking up the bill?
The cost would be nominal in my opinion.
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I think this is an article explaning why Uncle Bob screwed the common fan & how he intends to keep on screwing the common fan in the future.

Think about how bad Uncle Bob would put it to the fans if we had a decent team.
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The cost would be nominal in my opinion.
I'm curious, now that Europe NFL is defunct, how "new talent" from a lessened pool, will be assessed in a shorter period of time...... with the proposed lenthening of the season, I suspect the roster will need to be significantly expanded, otherwise, I believe that the risk of lessening the product is real.
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I'm curious, now that Europe NFL is defunct, how "new talent" from a lessened pool, will be assessed in a shorter period of time...... with the proposed lenthening of the season, I suspect the roster will need to be significantly expanded, otherwise, I believe that the risk of lessening the product is real.
They have "reserves" with the Practice Squad and the team already plays 16+4, which is 20.
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They have "reserves" with the Practice Squad and the team already plays 16+4, which is 20.
But the starters seldom play a significant role in the 1st 4.
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But the starters seldom play a significant role in the 1st 4.
I really doubt 2 extra games would have a significant impact on roster needs. If more injuries occur, the teams have the 8 player? practice squad. That said, you ignore the fact that starters actually already play a greater role in the 2nd two preseason games.
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I really doubt 2 extra games would have a significant impact on roster needs. If more injuries occur, the teams have the 8 player? practice squad. That said, you ignore the fact that starters actually already play a greater role in the 2nd two preseason games.
Having known quite a few starters over the years, I humbly disagree.........They have more than once related how much toll even 1 extra all-out game takes on their bodies and performance, especially when there is extension into the post season. Besides that, most practice squaders have not impressed me as being of the quality or preparation to be immediate impact fill ins
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What would you expand it to? 57? That wouldn't be so bad.
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A few things needed for this to work, IMO:

1. 2 Bye weeks.

2. Practice Squad included in protected roster pool + more active players available on gameday: Some of the talent decificit can be made up simply by creating more cohesiveness on rosters. The way to do that is for teams to be able to protect a larger pool of their players.

3. As Goodell suggested, some sort of developmental league.

4. Delay any expansion.

5. Collectively bargain fewer mandatory off-season activities in order to make up for a slightly extended season. I would imagine training camp would start about the same time and simply extend later in the preseason in order to makeup for the lack of preseason games... more scimmaging would be essential
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Having known quite a few starters over the years, I humbly disagree.........They have more than once related how much toll even 1 extra all-out game takes on their bodies and performance, especially when there is extension into the post season. Besides that, most practice squaders have not impressed me as being of the quality or preparation to be immediate impact fill ins
All I know is that the level of play is putrid in the pre-season, and if those games were to mean something then the level of play will get better.

The value of the strength and conditioning coaches and physical therapy staff should go up.
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Having known quite a few starters over the years, I humbly disagree.........They have more than once related how much toll even 1 extra all-out game takes on their bodies and performance, especially when there is extension into the post season. Besides that, most practice squaders have not impressed me as being of the quality or preparation to be immediate impact fill ins
I think one of the things they should do is expand the gameday active roster from 45 to 53. I realize some of the deactivations are injured players who wouldn't be available anyway, but at least some of them are non-injury related, and it's never made any sense to me that you were paying an able-bodied player who was capable of making your 53-man roster to sit on the sidelines and do nothing on Sundays.

In terms of having to expand the 53 man rosters, there's arguments on both sides. Because of TV, I imagine the total revenue will go up - even though ticket sales will be likely not see a significant change. More money means more available for salaries (particularly if the CBA they ultimately agree to includes a floor and a ceiling similar to what we're dealing with this year). More players on the roster just means more bodies to divide the pool among, so I could see the players approving the increase without a corresponding increase in roster size. If the players see an adequate financial reason to do this, they'll get past the additional wear and tear.

I could also see them creating an "in-season" IR again where if you're injured in the 3rd game, but will only miss 5 or 6 games, they can put you on IR, free up your roster spot, and then put you back on the active roster when you're healthy enough to play. Perhaps they put a minimum of 4 games on it, so it's not manipulated, but if someone goes out with an 8 week injury on opening day, there's currently not a real good solution on how a team deals with that injury.
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I really doubt 2 extra games would have a significant impact on roster needs.
I think you would see around 10% additional injuries which would require 10% more roster space.

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I think one of the things they should do is expand the gameday active roster from 45 to 53.
This should be done, now. It's ridiculous to not dress all players available. There should be some advantage to having a better conditioned and less injury prone team. I also like your idea of a modified IR system.
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