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Let’s Play 18?

Posted by davefowkes on 03/25/2009

For years we have heard the whispers but now it looks like we may be getting close to an 18-game NFL regular season. So say the rumors from the NFL owners meetings in Southern California this week. Owners are interested in expanding the season and if they can get the players union on board, there could be a vote in May on the topic, with an 18-game season starting in 2011.NFL Logo

The idea of more football is very appealing to me, but in the end I think we need to leave things just as they are! I am a football-aholic, so more football is great! The possibility of getting rid of two preseason games in exchange is even better! I like the idea of the Super Bowl on Presidents Day weekend, it gets me that much closer to March Madness! Two extra weeks of fantasy football, who would not want that!

There are clearly a lot of benefits to the longer season, but in the end I come down against it because I believe it would end up compromising the level of play in the long run!

Look at all the injuries now. Football is a violent game. Even those that don’t count as walking wounded by the end of a season are certainly banged up and not playing their best at the end as it is now. Adding two more games? To counteract that the NFL would have to expand roster sizes, but that just dilutes the talent pool. Two extra games just gives to more possibilities for the great ones to get hurt.

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There are lesser reasons for voting against the increase like by adding extra games you slightly devalue the games themselves. Look at the NHL, NBA and of course MLB where regular season games don’t really matter as long as you end up winning more than you lose. With 16 games, every game is somewhat important, with 18, maybe they are not as important. That 0-4 start in September is not nearly as big a deal.

While I have said many times that I would love to watch football 52-weeks a year, I think in the end, the product is much better where it is now and increasing to 18 games -while adding two weeks of fun – would hurt the overall game. I say vote no on the 18-game season!

That said, I look forward to the extra two games when I know the NFL will eventually vote for them! 🙂

 

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One Response to “Let’s Play 18?”

  1. Jenn said

    Agree with you that the season should stay as it is. In addition to your points, I think a longer season also means yet another plateau in the record books. Example: Jim Brown gained his yards in only 12 games, whereas Walter Payton broke Brown’s record, but had more games to do it in, etc.

    There’s also the additional cost to fans of two extra games, at a time when people are pretty tight for discretionary spending. Maybe the NFL just wants the TV sponsorship dollars and doesn’t care about the fans (gee, ya think?)!

    I love football, as you do, and although the wasteland between the Super Bowl and March Madness if tough to endure (Spring Training notwithstanding), I’d still like to see the season stay as it is, and retain some quality of play.

    The NFL oughta be able to limp along (pun intended) on what they make now.

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