NFL: Roger Goodell Wants an 18-Game Season; Should You Want It?

Matthew AdamsContributor IIIFebruary 9, 2011

DALLAS, TX - FEBRUARY 04:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (L) speaks as U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher looks on during the launch of the Gen YOUth Foundation, a new nonprofit organization that supports in-school efforts to end childhood obesity, at the Super Bowl XLV media center on February 4, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. The Green Bay Packers will play the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV on February 6, 2011 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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As one of the most exciting and injury-riddled NFL seasons comes to a close, the fact that Roger Goodell wants an 18-game season will be discussed greatly for the next month.

This is a hot topic for the ongoing labor talks and could be a deal-breaker. Goodell and the owners want to change the game by switching to 18 games in the season.

However, the players and most of the fans want the game to stay the way it is. 

The NFL season currently has four preseason games and 16 regular season. The new proposal would feature just two preseason games and a total of 18 regular season games.

This season we have seen more injuries than ever before; imagine if this had been an 18-game season—your team could be playing with their third-stringers by the end of the season.

The Packers themselves were one of the most injured teams in the nation. If they had to play two extra games, it is very doubtful they would have experienced the same success in the postseason.

The players don't believe they should have a 18-game season and it is exactly for the right reasons.

This year alone, 464 players were placed on injured reserve throughout the entire season. The players realize that if the season is lengthened, that number will grow even higher. 

The owners, however, are trying to increase the amount of money being brought in and realize that if there are 18 games, they will be able to generate more revenue due to the increased number of tickets they are able to sell.

Currently, it is unclear whether or not the players will be given an increase in salary, but based on the way the NFL owners think, it seems pretty clear that a pay raise would not be in their best interest.

Either way, from a player's standpoint, they will have to decide if any pay raise is enough to play two more games in a sport that already demands so much from them.

The commissioner can state whatever reasons he wants, but the most important factor will be whether the fans want it.

Goodell is convinced that the fans want an 18-game season, but that is not entirely true.  

At first glance, it appears obvious that an 18-game season would be the best choice. However, if you really think about it, do you want your team to be starting the reserves in meaningful games because the original starters got hurt late in the season.

While football is a great sport to watch, the 16-game season already seems rather long, and adding two more games will drag the season on.

From my point of view, it seems that keeping the game as it is will keep the game as popular as it currently is, without further endangering the health of the players. 

So tell me fans, do you want an 18-game season?