HOUSTON TEXANS 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 its 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? Were 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 dont get paid for the preseason games. Thats not true. They get paid the same for the preseason as the regular season, so they are paid for 20 games. They dont start getting their checks until the regular season starts. You are cutting up their total compensation into 17 checks instead of 20; thats 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 dont want to cut that back. Thats 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 its 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 well 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 wouldnt be taking anything away from our home fans if we did expand it. Well 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 well 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. ******************************************************** 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.