Is It Time for the NFL to Push for 17 Regular-Season Games?

July 4, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Two years ago, the NFL extending the regular season was a question of when, not if—and the answer to the question was "soon." The league was more than willing to rip up the single-season record book, jeopardize the consistent quality of the TV product and make the season drag almost all the way to March.
But it didn't happen. A conflicted reception from fans and a surprisingly adamant "no" from the players stopped the 18-game freight train dead in its tracks.
Now, though, momentum might again be building toward an expanded regular-season schedule. None of the concerns have changed, but the potential upside might soon outweigh the significant downside.
Will players and fans finally let the idea go through?
The league's most recent attempt failed at least in part due to terrible timing. It was the height of public concussion concerns, and the landmark class-action lawsuit was still threatening to bring down the league. It felt like the height of hypocrisy to exp...

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