NFL Season Expansion: A Fan's Perspective
Earlier this week, the NFL pitched the idea of an “enhanced season” to the NFL Players Association. This enhanced season would involve expanding the regular season from 16 to 18 games. Along with this change, the preseason would be contracted to two games, down from four.
From a fans’ perspective, this is a no-brainer and we all should be unified behind the owners. More football, ladies and gentlemen, is a good thing. If they removed a game, that would be a bad thing, wouldn’t it? If they removed six games, the whole country would be in an uproar. Therefore, it stands to reason that more football games are better than fewer.
As NFL fans, we get an additional two weeks to immerse ourselves in our favorite sport. This means more fantasy football, more pizza to be eaten, more beer to be drank, fewer weekend chores to be done, and more fun to be had.
The arguments have raged between those for the change and those against it. Owners obviously would like more revenue generated from extra games, especially from TV contracts. Players will take issue because they should make more money due to a longer, physically grueling season.
I can understand a NFL player being against an 18-game regular season. It is another two weeks of work. They play a violent game and put their bodies at risk.
As for the added injury-risk, players get injured all the time. That can’t be used as an anti-expansion argument from a NFL fan. How many NFL fans lose sleep because the backup defensive end on their favorite team tweaks his ankle and sits a week or two? How many games have you refused to watch because a player was injured and you felt sorry for him?
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