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Spring Game, Anyone?

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.--One interesting development today at the owners' meeting was a discussion among the owners about the possibility of each team playing an annual spring exhibition game.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the idea was presented by multiple teams.

The proposal apparently is in its formative stages and is not close to being enacted. The owners probably will continue to discuss the idea in the future.

Goodell said the possibilities would include a team playing an intrasquad scrimmage, which would be similar to what college football teams do, or two different teams playing one another.

"It was raised by a few clubs, more in the context of what the colleges do with a spring game," Goodell said. "It could be in the form of a scrimmage. It was just an interesting concept. It's been raised before, but it was discussed a little bit this morning.... It could be either [an intrasquad scrimmage or a game between two different teams]. It was an interesting idea which we'll look at further, and it was raised by more than one club."

By Mark Maske  |  October 15, 2008; 12:05 PM ET  | Category:  League Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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If they adopted a Spring Game and did away with a couple pre-season games, I'd say call it a pretty good idea. Doubt that would ever happen, though.

Posted by: Joe in Raleigh | October 15, 2008 1:04 PM

There is already a majority of owners,coaches,players and fans that believe the preseason is too long and a game in the spring is not much different. A spring game would hardly be interesting because just about every NFL team sends a good amount of it players to go get scopes and treatments as soon as the season ends in order to jump start the healing process from a long season;that essentially takes away February and March. April is draft month flooded with workouts and scouting trips leading up the the actual draft at the end of the month. That leaves us with May-June-July for a "Spring Game", but would you want an exhibition game at this point? Rookies would be too new to expose them and it would be getting to close to training camp to risk getting any veterans injured.

Posted by: Ryan | October 15, 2008 12:56 PM

This actually could be a good idea given the league's desire to move to 18 regular season games and 2 pre-season. It is well noted that coaches, GMs, and scouts all prefer 4 pre-season games for the opportunity to evaluate talent. This way, the fans could get what they want (18 games), and the front office can get an extra game to evaluate talent. Plus it would give fans an opportunity to see new draft picks and FA signings immediately. And, in the case that a valuable player gets hurt in this game, they have plenty of time to heal.

Posted by: Good idea | October 15, 2008 12:42 PM

What's always the purpose?
Sell tickets and make money.

Posted by: Mark Maske | October 15, 2008 12:41 PM

This is the NFL. Leave the stupid "spring game" to college football

Posted by: Just Silly | October 15, 2008 12:31 PM

And the purpose of this would be........???????

Posted by: virtueandvice | October 15, 2008 12:30 PM

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