When it was first mentioned, my reaction to the NFL management’s proposal to expand the regular season to 18 games was similar to the joke ad for “Doggy Dentures.”
You’re kidding. Right?
As the lockout came and went and was later re-instated, I thought it was basically a gamesmanship tactic on the part of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on behalf of the owners, who can never seem to have enough money. As the breaking points focused more on financial disclosure and where the money goes, I thought this was only a negotiating ploy that wasn’t really seriously pursued.
However, it looks like that hope was wrong, as reports are that it is now a negotiable part of the deal.
But that hasn’t changed my desire it doesn’t happen.
On the surface, the debate from the players has been to highlight safety concerns of a longer season, which gives more opportunity for injuries to occur. To counter that, the league has tightened rules on the violence of the game, a gesture to alleviate those concerns.
However, as a fan, I have my own reasons to keep hope that the players' wish to keep the season at 16 games and no more will triumph.
(Note: I know that when this issue first became public, it drew criticism. While understanding some of my reasons could be similar if not in total stereo with some of those critics, I assure you this is completely sincere, honest and genuinely my own thoughts. If they happen to mimic something already previously stated, then you can simply count my voice in with the rest of the chorus.)