"Greed is good."
Well that's the mantra that's got the American economy in the stinker, and leading all other economies down with it.
Once upon a time, the NFL was the envy of the sport's world for even playing field and collective good, with collective revenue sharing among all teams giving them all a chance to make it to the top, that very UNAMERICAN ideal of SOCIALISM whose NFL poster boy was the Green Bay Packers.
The Packers are a team that's owned by the community, hardly are they going to leave town in the middle of the night.
Now teams are worth upwards from $1 billion, with owners seeking new stadiums and sweetners in stadia deals, all from the communities against whom they keep raising prices.
So now we have the commish Roger Goodell coming out championing a 18-game season. For what reason? Greed, Greed, Greed.
Hot on the heels of the possibility of an uncapped season in 2010, Goodell decides to pressure the new chief of the players association, with two more games per team.
Now from the perspective of the Cleveland Browns, teams with injuries like the Browns had in 2006 and 2008, could hardly field a competitive team to make the price of the season ticket worth the paper on which they are printed. Now two more games, Roger?
Additionally, in 2007, when the Browns were pushing for the playoffs hard late in the season, only to meet a situation where the Colts were playing some backups in game which was meaningless to them, but vital to the Browns chances to make the playoffs.
The Colts lost that game to "preserve" their energy for the playoffs, in which they got bundled out early anyways, compared to when they played hard all through the season the previous year to win the Super Bowl.
We don't really want to go down the path taken by the Major League baseball or English Premier League, where games are often meaningless?
From what i hear, the NFL players only get 60 percent of revenue, which is a ridiculously small amount; players MAKE the league after all. I would suggest 10-20 percent of that revenue should go into a fund for retiring players or injured players.
If 60 percent of revenue equates to $100+ million salary cap, owners could pocket $50+ million per year each. Isn't that enough to satisfy them?
Eighteen-game seasons mean:
1. More player injuries
2. Meaningless games and issues of tanking for the draft.
DON'T DO IT ROGER RAMJET; if you have to then take the preseason games overseas, not the regular season games, games where coaches can experiment.
Perhaps you should look at extending the playoffs?
1. The four divisional champs play each other in a qualifying section; winners get a bye next week.
2. Next four divisional teams with best records play each other in an elimination section; winners take on divisional losers in the next round.
What this will mean is that eight teams from each conference will vie for for playoff spots, game will be more meaningful late in the season. You will have divisional champs go head to head in the first week of the playoffs: Cha Chink $$$$.