NFL owners agreed on a host of issues for the new CBA on Thursday, not the least of which is a change to the playoffs as well as extending the season by a week.
|Posted: 22 February 2020 at 3:11am | IP Logged | 1
Playoffs - As early as this upcoming season, the playoff field would be extended to 14 teams (up from 12) with only the #1 seed from each of the two conferences getting a bye the first week of the playoffs.
Regular season - Would be implemented in 1-3 years, a 17 week season as opposed to to the current 16 weeks. Discussions of an additional bye for each team, equalling two per season, are still ongoing.
My thoughts: I have little concern over the playoff scenario. Although I'm a huge fan of fewer teams fighting over the chance to get to the playoffs, I'm fine with two additional games for the first two weeks of the playoffs. I do, however, have an issue with 17 weeks and a second bye. This pushes the NFL season well into February. I think that's a bad thing. The NFL season is about as perfect as it gets in pro sports. I know it's my sport so I'm biased, but the other three majors run way, way, WAY too long. As much as I enjoy football (and it's a lot) I'm a big proponent of shorter seasons that leave the fan wanting more rather than filling weeks just to get more ad dollars.
A 17 week schedule is probably as inevitable as an NFL team eventually being located in London (ugh) but it all just feels wrong to me.