NFL Looking To Expand Season To 17 Or 18 Games. A Plan For How To Achieve That.
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The NFL Is Looking To Expand To A 17 Or 18 Game Regular Season. Here's How They Should Do It.

10/30/08 in NFL   |   TheRealScore   |   respect

After hearing some of the comments of NFL President Roger Goodell in London, I began thinking about two issues that seem to rear their heads when it comes to sports; a longer season and expansion.

Goodell's comments discussed lengthening the NFL season by one or two games, but you know it may or may not stop there. Let's talk about the logistics of a longer season.

First, we've heard much talk of shortening the pre-season. I'm sure most of us really wouldn't have a problem with that on the surface, two less exhibitions. That would be great. Let's be honest, most starters play less than guys in the first week of spring training in baseball, so we're seeing the scrubs and guys fighting for spots on the team. That may make us a fan of a guy who busts his butt, but talent evaluation can be done by the coaches more in training camp.

Let's talk about training camp. Right now, camp starts in late July. We could move camp back a couple weeks too. We really don't want to start camp until after the fourth of July weekend though. One, because it will be infringing upon baseball just a touch much. Having football players report before the MLB All Star Game just doesn't seem right. The one big negative of starting camp early and having less preseason games is the chance for fans to meet and greet with the players. I've suggested for a long time that all sports should have more fan friendly atmospheres before a game. All teams need to practice, but have an hour before the game up until about 30 minutes to gametime that players go to designated areas and meet fans, sign autos, take pics and all that fun stuff that fans really want at a game before the game.

So we have now stretched the season backwards the two games that Mr. Goodell would like, but we could always get in a few more. How far logistically could we go the other way without becoming too much?

The big event that seems to roll around in spring is...MardiGras (bet you thought I'd be saying Easter, HA!). Let's remember, many football fans make their way to New Orleans to be a part of the best festival of the year and really, we need to be nice to New Orleans with all the damage from Katrina.

For the sake of New Orleans and for fun of the NFL, let's change something. Let's make the AFC and NFC Championship Games the Sunday before the parade in New Orleans. That's right fans, let's play two in the Big Easy so everyone can enjoy the festivities. This helps the economy of New Orleans and the surrounding area still recovering from Hurricane Katrina and gives a nice party to set up the Super Bowl Week. We do the Super Bowl the old way by pushing the game back another week to give people plenty of time to recover from MardiGras before heading out to wherever the NFL places the game. The only negative here is that the Super Bowl might likely be Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament. How exciting though would it be to watch the Super Bowl then find out if your basketball team is heading to "the Big Dance"?

By doing that, we get regular season games in the last two weeks of August, the normal 17 Sundays of September through December and four more Sundays of regular season play in January. With two bye weeks (which I'll explain the reason for the need when I discuss expansion), that will give us 20 regular season games. Then with the last week in January and/or the first three weeks of February, we get a field of 16, eight from each conference. We just killed two birds with one stone with expanding the season from August to the first week in March.

That brings us to expansion. The NFL keeps promising Los Angeles a team for losing the Raiders and the biggest reason for expansion and more games is simple, MO MONEY, MO MONEY MO MONEY. So since I have now made a 20-week season, why not 40 teams? Where do the other seven come from? First, I thought about Canada, but they have the CFL, so no teams into Canada. How about Mexico City? Sure, they make a nice place for us to come every preseason. They get a team. How about Honolulu? If we can get rid of the Pro Bowl, why not? We all know that the Pro Bowl is the biggest joke of an All Star Game that exists because it is after the season. All the players love Honolulu, so let's put a team there and each team can go there at least every four years.

That leaves us five teams to give out.  I thought about another team in Los Angeles and Chicago since they are big enough. Only one problem. Chicagoans and their football won't be able to take another split down the middle. They already disown the White Sox if you ask their manager. LA could take two, so that leaves four. So how about Vegas? Everybody wants to put a team in Vegas, so the first will be the NFL. Three to go.

The last three have to be fun places to play football because population may not support them alone. The first I thought of was Boise. Who wouldn't want to play on a blue field? Boise is in. Next is Memphis. Imagine it, the rock n' roll of Elvis versus the country of Nashville, a natural rivalry for music supremacy. Put Detroit in their division so that Motown can get in too. The last could be a lot of places. I'll leave that vote to you the readers. Don't be funny and say Detroit, Kansas City, St. Louis, Cincinnati or any other town with a crappy team this year.

The last thing I want to take care of is a potential cool idea I had for globalization. Let's take one week of the season and go global. Not just one team, but all of them. This is the reason for the other bye week. Mr. Goodell and company want to globalize the coolest franchise in the world. Let's take two games each to ten different world sites and play the games. You could play them back to back or day-night or night to next night. In any of those forms, it would be cool. The tops on the ten city list would be London (who doesn't want Big Ben to play in the city of Big Ben?), Paris (we could take 100,000 of our NFL fans and trash the place, those wimps), Berlin, Tokyo, Beijing, Toronto, Montreal and three other cities of your choosing. It would be a fun weekend followed by a week for the players and fans to relax in the respective cities before coming back and dealing with the second half of the season.

So Mr. Goodell, I think we could use a longer NFL season, just as long as you bring back the fun for the fans!
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10/31/08   |   uptown7010

psv_eindhoven14 wrote:
I think that a team in Germany might just be the thing. . . . Its the one place where American football did not fail like in other countries

Do you think its because Germany is an American Colony?

10/31/08   |   psv_eindhoven14

(Edited by psv_eindhoven14)

I think that a team in Germany might just be the thing. . . . Its the one place where American football did not fail like in other countries

10/30/08   |   uptown7010

beerstudk wrote:
If it was up to me, there would be no pre-season.  Teams already scrimmage against other teams as it is anyways, that's enough pre-season for me.

MY MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

10/30/08   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

I agree with you totally and if it was up to me, there would be no pre-season.  Teams already scrimmage against other teams as it is anyways, that's enough pre-season for me.

10/30/08   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

uptown7010 wrote:
My friend, if you think about it, the season is already too long by the regular season into the playoffs. The NFL has the shortest playoffs there is. I just think the preseason is a little long especially when theses guys are ready to play NOW. Let the season start in full, and short on preseason.

If it was up to me, there would be no pre-season.  Teams already scrimmage against other teams as it is anyways, that's enough pre-season for me.

10/30/08   |   uptown7010

beerstudk wrote:
I said that I don't want expantion.... period!  To be honest, I couldn't care less that LA doesn't have a team.  They've had 3 (Rams, Raiders and Chargers) and all 3 of those teams have moved on, so there's obviously a problem with NFL teams being in LA.  And almost everybody is saying to shorten the pre-season instead of extending the season at the ass-end.

My friend, if you think about it, the season is already too long by the regular season into the playoffs. The NFL has the shortest playoffs there is. I just think the preseason is a little long especially when theses guys are ready to play NOW. Let the season start in full, and short on preseason.

10/30/08   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

uptown7010 wrote:
Its like that NOW. "If LA wants a team then buy one and move it there"? WHAT DO YOU THINK EXPANSION IS?   "Shorten the preseason"?   If you read my quotes I SAID that already.

I said that I don't want expantion.... period!  To be honest, I couldn't care less that LA doesn't have a team.  They've had 3 (Rams, Raiders and Chargers) and all 3 of those teams have moved on, so there's obviously a problem with NFL teams being in LA.  And almost everybody is saying to shorten the pre-season instead of extending the season at the ass-end.

10/30/08   |   hskrdave   |   10495 respect

 actually if you move to a 17 game schedule, and use the world game site for everyone, all teams could still have home and away schedules.  and yes they could move the world games to different places, but with certain size requirements for stadiums, and the need for country stability, the sites probably won't be as many as you think.

10/30/08   |   uptown7010

beerstudk wrote:

I don't think expantion is a good idea, if LA wants a team then buy one and move it there!!  I don't want to see a bunch of scrubs that probably don't deserve to be in the NFL playing sloppy football.  If I wanted to watch that I'd watch more Conference USA and Sun Belt college games.

I also don't like the idea of playing the Conference Championships at a neutral site, what's the point of playing the regular season and having a great record if you don't get a home field advantage in the playoffs?  And why should New Orleans get the games, it's not the only economically depressed area in the country.

Finally, if you want 18 games a season, why not just cut out the last 2 pre-season games?  That's the easiest way to do it no matter how you look at it.

Its like that NOW. "If LA wants a team then buy one and move it there"? WHAT DO YOU THINK EXPANSION IS?   "Shorten the preseason"?   If you read my quotes I SAID that already.

10/30/08   |   uptown7010

Kenne wrote:
Each season needs to have an even amount of games, so the home-road ratio is even and fair amongst all teams. With 18 games, the league could make it so each team plays only the teams in the same conference once, and the same division teams twice.

Its like that NOW.

10/30/08   |   TheRealScore

beerstudk wrote:

I don't think expantion is a good idea, if LA wants a team then buy one and move it there!!  I don't want to see a bunch of scrubs that probably don't deserve to be in the NFL playing sloppy football.  If I wanted to watch that I'd watch more Conference USA and Sun Belt college games.

I also don't like the idea of playing the Conference Championships at a neutral site, what's the point of playing the regular season and having a great record if you don't get a home field advantage in the playoffs?  And why should New Orleans get the games, it's not the only economically depressed area in the country.

Finally, if you want 18 games a season, why not just cut out the last 2 pre-season games?  That's the easiest way to do it no matter how you look at it.

Beer, I agree with you 100%. I don't want expansion and just putting those two games in August makes the most sense. I throw out Devil's Advocate columns like these to gage where my fanmates come from.

10/30/08   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

I don't think expantion is a good idea, if LA wants a team then buy one and move it there!!  I don't want to see a bunch of scrubs that probably don't deserve to be in the NFL playing sloppy football.  If I wanted to watch that I'd watch more Conference USA and Sun Belt college games.

I also don't like the idea of playing the Conference Championships at a neutral site, what's the point of playing the regular season and having a great record if you don't get a home field advantage in the playoffs?  And why should New Orleans get the games, it's not the only economically depressed area in the country.

Finally, if you want 18 games a season, why not just cut out the last 2 pre-season games?  That's the easiest way to do it no matter how you look at it.

10/30/08   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

Boski93 wrote:

This is all a ploy by the NFL to have another bargaining chip when it comes time to deal with the Players Union. Something that they can use to try (probably more like pry) change the % of money going to the players. That is why you are seeing idea like this and the idea of a Spring pre-season games being floated around.  The NFL wants to create wiggle room at the bargaining table. Again this is in my opinion which considering the source could be Rex Grossman off.

Right now the NFL is at the right number of teams and if L.A. wants a team it will have to wait to have a team come. L.A. can support an NFL team but if trying to a sell a team where a QB depth chart may look like: Charlie Frye, Inge Martin IV & Darrell Hackney, would be tough. There is just not enough quality talent right now to support more than 32 teams.

 

I can't believe you through everyone's favorite wigbag Charlie Frye out there...shameful

10/30/08   |   TheRealScore

Kenne wrote:
Each season needs to have an even amount of games, so the home-road ratio is even and fair amongst all teams. With 18 games, the league could make it so each team plays only the teams in the same conference once, and the same division teams twice.

OK, so where would inter-conference matchups come in then?

10/30/08   |   TheRealScore

uptown7010 wrote:
Expansion is a great Idea. GET LOS ANGELES A TEAM. All they have to do is SHORTEN the preseason games to maybe 2 or 3. They are only for testing new rules and gaining revenue. Maybe then a lot of players can go into the regular season more healthy.

For me, I struggle with one of the major markets of America without a team.

10/30/08   |   TheRealScore

100%InjuryRate wrote:
The thing that always worries me is the injuries. I mean, I'd love to have an 18 game NFL regular season, but I really do worry about who would finish the season healthy. This year we've seen nearly a third of the league's starting QBs knocked out for at least some time period, and the overall body count from injuries is stunning. I like the idea, but I think it's tough to accomplish on a number of levels.

It is tough to see expansion work as well. I mean baseball has already complained of diluting the product. You may see a few more stars, but the real truth is you'll see a lot of guys make it that probably shouldn't. It does help the unemployment rate slightly though.

10/30/08   |   TheRealScore

hskrdave wrote:
The first hole in your theory is that Mardi Gras isn't the same every year.  It is based on Ash Wednesday/Easter (ha ha i said it )

 I like your idea of Globalizing everyone for a game, but i think after 3-4 years, people in those places will have tired of the novelty (except Beijing which will always have a full stadium, government says so) and numbers will decline.  That is unless the NFL wants to put leagues/teams in those places.  Plus you also didn't include expansion to Canada because of the CFL, so why would you have those places as global games?

Personally I think this would make the season too long and not enough off season for recovery (i mean july thru march?), but just so i'm not a complete downer on this post, I pick San Antonio as a final expansion.  They already have the stadium.

They could find more world sites to change it every year. I'll give you the point on Mardi Gras's changing. I didn't realize that it was tied religiously.

10/30/08   |   Kenne   |   15866 respect

Each season needs to have an even amount of games, so the home-road ratio is even and fair amongst all teams. With 18 games, the league could make it so each team plays only the teams in the same conference once, and the same division teams twice.

10/30/08   |   Boski93   |   375 respect

(Edited by Boski93)

This is all a ploy by the NFL to have another bargaining chip when it comes time to deal with the Players Union. Something that they can use to try (probably more like pry) change the % of money going to the players. That is why you are seeing idea like this and the idea of a Spring pre-season games being floated around.  The NFL wants to create wiggle room at the bargaining table. Again this is in my opinion which considering the source could be Rex Grossman off.

Right now the NFL is at the right number of teams and if L.A. wants a team it will have to wait to have a team come. L.A. can support an NFL team but if trying to a sell a team where a QB depth chart may look like: Charlie Frye, Inge Martin IV & Darrell Hackney, would be tough. There is just not enough quality talent right now to support more than 32 teams.

 

10/30/08   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

uptown7010 wrote:
Expansion is a great Idea. GET LOS ANGELES A TEAM. All they have to do is SHORTEN the preseason games to maybe 2 or 3. They are only for testing new rules and gaining revenue. Maybe then a lot of players can go into the regular season more healthy.

If I'm USC, there's no way I let a pro team come to LA. They are the pro team, which undoubtedly helps with recruiting. And the money, of course.

10/30/08   |   uptown7010

Expansion is a great Idea. GET LOS ANGELES A TEAM. All they have to do is SHORTEN the preseason games to maybe 2 or 3. They are only for testing new rules and gaining revenue. Maybe then a lot of players can go into the regular season more healthy.

10/30/08   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

hskrdave wrote:
The first hole in your theory is that Mardi Gras isn't the same every year.  It is based on Ash Wednesday/Easter (ha ha i said it )

 I like your idea of Globalizing everyone for a game, but i think after 3-4 years, people in those places will have tired of the novelty (except Beijing which will always have a full stadium, government says so) and numbers will decline.  That is unless the NFL wants to put leagues/teams in those places.  Plus you also didn't include expansion to Canada because of the CFL, so why would you have those places as global games?

Personally I think this would make the season too long and not enough off season for recovery (i mean july thru march?), but just so i'm not a complete downer on this post, I pick San Antonio as a final expansion.  They already have the stadium.

The thing that always worries me is the injuries. I mean, I'd love to have an 18 game NFL regular season, but I really do worry about who would finish the season healthy. This year we've seen nearly a third of the league's starting QBs knocked out for at least some time period, and the overall body count from injuries is stunning. I like the idea, but I think it's tough to accomplish on a number of levels.

10/30/08   |   hskrdave   |   10495 respect

The first hole in your theory is that Mardi Gras isn't the same every year.  It is based on Ash Wednesday/Easter (ha ha i said it )

 I like your idea of Globalizing everyone for a game, but i think after 3-4 years, people in those places will have tired of the novelty (except Beijing which will always have a full stadium, government says so) and numbers will decline.  That is unless the NFL wants to put leagues/teams in those places.  Plus you also didn't include expansion to Canada because of the CFL, so why would you have those places as global games?

Personally I think this would make the season too long and not enough off season for recovery (i mean july thru march?), but just so i'm not a complete downer on this post, I pick San Antonio as a final expansion.  They already have the stadium.