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Support For Longer Season

DANA POINT, Calif.--There appears to be little doubt that the owners will vote to lengthen the regular season to 17 or 18 games per team.

That vote could be taken in May, according to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and then the league would address the issue with the players in the labor negotiations.

The measure seems to have strong support among the owners.

"I think we all recognize that would add value for the fans," Houston Texans owner Robert McNair said. "But there are a number of questions: What do you do with your roster? What impact might that have on injuries? What do you do with injured reserve?... I think we'll be going through that process. But those are a lot of questions that have to be answered. And we don't have those answers yet."

Said Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay: "It's something that we've talked about and we'd certainly consider. I think you just have to really look at every aspect of it. I haven't seen the whole thing broken down in terms of positives, negatives, how it affects everything from A to Z. I think based on that information that there's a good likelihood that we would make a change there [but] at the same time, there's nothing definite at this point."

By Mark Maske  |  March 23, 2009; 9:43 PM ET  | Category:  League Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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WATCHER1, The "home town team" hasn't been made up of locals since the earliest days of professional sports. Using this logic, I shouldn't be rooting for governor Kaine because he isn't from Virginia.

I agree that turing one of the preseason games into a regular season game would be great. As a 'Skins season ticket holder (a knuckle dragger, by WATCHER1's estimation; no doubt a racist, too, because my team is the Redskins), I resent having to buy and pay regular-season prices for preseason games.

Posted by: SupportAndDefendTheConstitution | March 24, 2009 10:47 AM

Knuckle Dragging Sport? Wow, a she-male got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning! Go back to watching soccer or cricket and let real Americans talk about the greatest sport in the world: American Professional Football.

Of course, the season should be longer. The roster should be expanded by one-third to approximately 75 players. Raise the salary cap to allow teams to acquire more players and allow players to come off injured reserve like they used to in the old days!!

It sounds too simple to actually be done, but I believe this makes the most sense.

To answer some who believe there is another sport....I say you are wrong!! There is the NFL and then there are minor sports. I feel very sad for any poor soul who cannot live with the truth!!

-Babylon 5 still rules!!!

Posted by: babylon5fanjunk | March 24, 2009 8:44 AM

"The measure seems to have strong support among the owners."

'Greed is good,' sayeth Gordon Gekko.

'YEAH!!!', shouteth NFL owners.

Feed the greed. Feed the greed.

Posted by: free9604 | March 24, 2009 5:18 AM

Please, no more. Geeze here's a sport of knuckle draggers, for knuckle dragging "fans" who don't have a clue that "their team" doesn't have a clue who they are.. "Their team" is composed of players who may have never been to "their" state until their contract was picked up by the team and who don't have the slightest bit of team or fan loyalty and will bolt for an additional nickel in their contract. Gone are the days when everyone on the "team" was from the teams home town, when there was actually a loyalty for the town/state and the local fan base. Football is now entertainment for entertainment's sake and has nothing, absolutely nothing to do with wherever the team is from. Who cares who wins the "super" bowl? All the players on that team will wind up somewhere else next season because they can get more money. I'm looking forward to more whole teams being bought by richer states, say the Miami Dolphins becoming the Alaska Dolphins, the Minnesota Vikings becoming the Los Vegas Vikings, the Brooklyn Dodgers becoming the Los Angeles Dodgers (oops done already), the Boston Red Sox becoming the Dallas Red Sox.....no team loyalty to their state, city, fans; and no player loyalty to their team.....what a bunch of overpaid, pampered, testosterone addicts, watched by fat, ignorant, beer guzzling, bar food munching, lazy slobs gloating over the last "hit" yelling and waving their hands with their faces painted blue/orange/black whatever their "teams" colors are, yelling "that's MY team", yeah like their team has any sort of clue who they are and a very good chance that their "teams" best players will be on another "team" next season.

Posted by: Watcher1 | March 24, 2009 4:54 AM

With most tickets over a hundred bucks, and heading higher, and season ticket holders forced to buy the preseason, turning one of the two home preseason games into a regular season game adds value for the fans.

Posted by: ggreenbaum | March 24, 2009 3:39 AM

Please stop.The season is already long enough.It goes from the beginning of September to,often now,the first week of February.Injuries are a large part of the game;lengthening the season only increases the number of players getting hurt.I enjoy football as much as anyone,but I cannot agree with those(AM 980) who say it has become a year-round sport.One of the great things about being a sports fan is the down time of the off-season,when,believe it or not,one can follow games other than the NFL.

Posted by: seanmg | March 24, 2009 2:46 AM

This to me makes perfect sense. As far as roster changes or adding more active players will of course add to the overall payroll burden. But this would be offset by additional income from the games. My question is how would the league approach this. Would they shorten preseason or add more games to the back end. For the sake of brevity if the preseason was shortened the season would still end in Feb and limit the number of teams who can host a Superbowl. Hosting a Superbowl is serious and brings in truckloads of cash for the owner of the host site. Which the way the current system is set up is simply not in my opinion totally fair. If you are in a Dome or on the West coast or southern city you will at some point host a Superbowl. If you are a moderate weather area like DC, NY, Philly or even Carolina forget it. Extending the season could atleast give these cities some consideration. If the season is extended this approach would hopefully create some parity. If the NFL decides to add the additional games to back end by increasing the number of bye weeks per team and stagger games you could potentially have a Superbowl game that can be played in early or mid April. That could possibly open up markets in DC, NY and worst case Philly. If the scheduling were done correctly you would not have to expand the current roster by many players, maybe 2 at best, because adding more players will increase expenses and could change player pay dynamics. One thing I am certain of is the fact that the NFL has investigated this scenerio and have numbers to support this. In order for the owners to seriously consider it, the numbers must be favorable and since this article appeared that means it will happen. I am all for it and the Players would benefit by from the additional rest between games and the fans would benefit with additional play time. This is economically a win, win and I am very excited because the NFL is about two things.........Their fans and their money. Extending the season will make so many people happy, including my wife because according to her, now that football season is over, I need something else to do, because I am lost and pathetic without it.

Posted by: 70chiponwhite | March 24, 2009 1:15 AM

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