NFL: Where Is My 18-Game Season?

Marty McFlyContributor IJune 7, 2009

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)

Where is my 18-game NFL season?  Who wouldn't want to watch more of those star players that we pay to see rather than some undrafted rookies that are going to get cut?  

Since before Roger Goodell was in change of the greatest sports league in the world, the idea of an 18-game schedule has been tossed around by NFL execs. 

So where is it?  Goodell has said he was hopeful for a proposal for a expansion of the regular season to 17 or 18 games and dropping two preseason games. This would keep the 20-game format intact, although it will probably not happen until 2011 or so.

Turning four preseason games into two preseason and two regular season games would put money in the owner's pocket as well as give the fans something that they want.  The customer is always right, right? 

I can't imagine the owners not wanting this, but a few question arise.

Can the NFL sell the 18-game schedule to the TV execs who would have to dish out more money?

Will the NFLPA want more money for the players since they are playing an 18-game schedule?

These are the key questions, and I don't know that they will be answered anytime soon.