Roger Goodell’s Ideas for Progress May Retard the NFL

July 31, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

When NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced plans for possibly expanding the regular season to 18 games, several experts said the change was on the horizon years ago.
Not only does it increase revenue, but it may draw even more fans in the long run. 
Extending the schedule of the regular season is nothing new for the NFL. Since 1922, the regular season went from 11 to 12 games in 1935, then to 14 games in 1961, to the current 16-game schedule in 1978. The 32-year gap now represents the longest time the league has gone without adding more games. One of many problems in the Goodell plan is his wanting to shorten training camps and exhibition seasons. Though seasons will now run well into February under an 18 game schematic, the loss of training camp time could greatly hinder the league in both fundamentals and character. The Pro Football Hall of Fame is supposed to represent the greatest players ever to step on the gridiron. Many men in those hallowed walls played f...

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