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Published:March 25th, 2009 18:36 EST
Commissioner Wants to Expand NFL Season To 17 Or 18 Games

Commissioner Wants to Expand NFL Season To 17 Or 18 Games

By Christopher HIllenbrand

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell proposes to expand the NFL regular season to 17 or 18 games. Goodell plans to work out the details for the proposal by May, when he hopes to present it to league owners. The idea was touched on during NFL conferences held this week that concluded on Wednesday.

On the issue of televising the additional games and players` salary demands, Goodell claimed the league didn`t discuss the topic to great lengths with network television and sports stations. As it stands, no changes can be made to the season until a new labor agreement is reached by the players` union.

With the current NFL schedule running 16 games, the changes Goodell wants to impose would cut the preseason from 4 games to 3 or 2 games. The new, extended schedule might be agreed upon by 2011 by the earliest.

The commissioner said he doen`t feel the NFL even needs four exhibition games anymore.

Many opponents to the idea affirm that a 17 or 18 game schedule would increase the opportunities players have in getting injured. And I would have to agree with that. Some might say: "well they`re playing the same amount of time, so how could it impact them any more". To that affect, consider, for one, that teams and players hungry for wins that do count toward their record and individual rankings are statistically more likely to perform at higher levels with more on the line.