NFL’s Switch To an 18-Game Season: A Cost/Benefit Analysis

January 11, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

When the idea of an 18-game NFL season was first introduced, two distinct benefits became immediately evident: more football and more money.  Who couldn't like that?
We fans would get to watch our favorite teams play in two more meaningful games.  They would have two more chances to win the division or steal a Wild Card spot.  And most importantly, we wouldn't have to suffer through four boring preseason games anymore, eagerly waiting around until the games really mattered.
The owners would make more money.  The players would make more money.  TV networks and advertising companies would make more money as well.  There is no question that there would be a guaranteed financial gain for all parties involved.
At first glance, this seems to be a no-brainer.  The NFL is one of the most successful businesses in the world.  Why not expand?  Why not have more of what we love?
A lot of people, mostly players, have come out and said...

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