NFL: You Are 16 Going On 17

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 01:  NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks from the podium after the Pittsburgh Steelers won 27-23 against the Arizona Cardinals during Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Ricky ChanContributor IMarch 26, 2009


Roger Goodell wants longer seasons.



In August, the NFL is getting ready for September. Preseason games are special for those players who don't see a lot of playing time, or for the rookies to show themselves to the coach. Starters might play one or two series, except if you’re LaDainian Tomlinson, just to get back in the flow of the game.

But how important is the preseason? Most fans don't even tune in to see if their team won...even the hardcore ones. They like good football, and preseason football is sloppy, and boring. I mean, who wants to watch players that have no chance making the final roster?

So instead of 16 games, Roger wants 17, and it makes sense. It will result in a major improvement in quality because the NFL will be playing more games that actually matter and less that don't.

Players will be expected to earn more money for playing in more games. This could be either good or bad for some teams. Teams that have a higher salary cap will probably get better players than one's that don't... as if that doesn't happen already.

The vote that could change the season length could take place as early as May. Before it does though, Roger wants to explain his case more the NFL before the vote starts.

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