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Old 07-12-2019, 04:05 PM   #1
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Default And now they're pushing for an 18 game season again

Report: NFL proposing 18-game season with 16-game limit per player
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As part of the NFL's push for 18 regular season games, the league is reportedly proposing an 18-game season with a per-player limit of 16 games per year according to Andrew Beaton of the Wall Street Journal.

This idea has been floating around for years and apparently Roger Goodell and team owners believe it would address the NFLPA's concerns about player safety. It's an idea that would seem to have a lot of unintended consequences and could lead to a fan revolt. Suppose you are a fan that saved up all season to buy tickets to a New Orleans Saints game only to find that one or more star players-an Alvin Kamara or a Michael Thomas or future HOF QB Drew Brees-has to sit out that game because of the 16-game limit. It's not as if the fan is going to get their ticket discounted because the team isn't at full strength-especially from a league that even gouges season ticket holders for the full price of preseason games featuring a bunch of scrubs.

And how could any team willingly sit a healthy starting quarterback? It is possible that problem could be solved by exempting QBs (and kickers and punters) given the enhanced safety rules already in place to protect them. But there are plenty other star players that could devastate their team's playoff chances by being required to sit out. Or imagine a team with a chance for a perfect season losing that chance by being forced to start backups at key positions.

This bizarre proposal only shows how desperate the NFL seems to be to expand to 18 games and how successful the players' union has been in rebuffing them. Maybe instead the owners need to accept the fact that the only way players are ever going to agree to the 18-game season is to pony up a lot more cash and make them an offer they cannot refuse.
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Old 07-12-2019, 07:15 PM   #2
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18 games will happen some time. If players sit a game fans will get used to it. Everything will just be another coaching decision; another tactic to figure out and given a year or two fans will go right along with it like nothing happened.
I just hope they use the opportunity to do things that actually make sense and could help the league like giving all teams in the same division the same bye week.
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I think the real motivation behind this is simply to extend the season and add more advertising opportunities aka higher television revenue. So why not do the obvious and add another bye week instead of adding another game that the players object to? The second bye week gets them to 18 weeks and helps reduce player fatigue which should help the league eventually add another game or two down the road.
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18 games will happen some time. If players sit a game fans will get used to it. Everything will just be another coaching decision; another tactic to figure out and given a year or two fans will go right along with it like nothing happened.
I just hope they use the opportunity to do things that actually make sense and could help the league like giving all teams in the same division the same bye week.


We've talked about this before if you remember ND. It's so friekin easy to do! Give one conference week 8 off and the other one week 9. You could have all divisional games those weeks. With 8 games each week you could still have Monday and Thursday games. I'm sure that there is a money factor in there someplace not to do it because it just makes too much sense. Also, if they gave teams 2 byes instead of one they could extend the season another week and start on Labor Day weekend like they used to do and give the players much needed rest.
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I love it:

They want to maximize revenue. 18 games will do that. Players get a piece of that action and the league will also have to increase roster sizes. Everybody wins. And the real beauty of it is that hardly any players play all 16 games anyway. It’s not like things will be much different. Helps with player safety too as there won’t be pressure to rush guys back from injury.
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They want to maximize revenue. 18 games will do that. Players get a piece of that action and the league will also have to increase roster sizes. Everybody wins. And the real beauty of it is that hardly any players play all 16 games anyway. Itís not like things will be much different. Helps with player safety too as there wonít be pressure to rush guys back from injury.
Playing your number 2 qb won't make a difference? What is the team's record without Lane Johnson? There is absolutely no way the union will go for it anyway. Do you really think that veterans want young guys to come in and play and prove how good they are so that they can get beat out of their jobs? Ain't gonna happen Spurr.
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Playing your number 2 qb won't make a difference? What is the team's record without Lane Johnson? There is absolutely no way the union will go for it anyway. Do you really think that veterans want young guys to come in and play and prove how good they are so that they can get beat out of their jobs? Ain't gonna happen Spurr.
But arenít these two extra games just replacing pre-season games where the young guys get to play?
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Yea, they will cut the preseason games. People routinely bitch about preseason games anyway. Any team can beat any team on any given day but there are games on the schedule that you absolutely should win. That is when the #2 QB will play. There are guys who go out there hobbled up and shouldn't play but do anyway. That is the game the coach will sit them. This will just be another management task for the coaches.
Now, if you want to look for reasons it may not happen look to the betting angle. When do you have to announce the decision? If you play a game and a guy doesn't play even though he was active and on the sidelines can that count as his game off? Fantasy leagues, Vegas, etc will have an impact on the decision far quicker that what general fans think.
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Personally, I think it is a good solution. 2 fake phony games go away (YES), players have no more risk on the face of it. And in my humble opine--- this adds another layer to coaching and adds to the mystery of games. Also (if they choose) it could straighten out the bye week inequities. And I get to see 18 real games of my team.
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I agree with MD. It will add to the strategy of coaching, when to sit key players. I am not a big fantasy FB person, but it should add some strategy there as well.
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