An 18-game NFL season is what NFL owners apparently want. A press to make the 2012 NFL season 18 games seems to be taking place, and it would be an immense change to the way things are done in the League right now. The idea appears to be that the preseason would be reduced by two games, and those two games would then be added to the regular season schedule. This is a plan that could go into place as soon as the 2012 NFL season, and it is a plan that the NFL owners are pushing.
According to ESPN, a five-hour meeting took place on Wednesday between the owners and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. This is where the discussion took place to extend the NFL regular season, and apparently the NFL has the right to impose an 18-game schedule as it is. They wouldn’t even have to cut back on the number of preseason games if they didn’t want to, and that would mean a total of 22 games in the 2012 schedule, if that is what the owners ended up voting to do. It seems like overkill for a football season, and a compromise somewhere in the middle would be better than a 23-week season like that would be.
For some reason, NFL owners think that this would be a win-win situation to put more NFL games on the schedule, and they most likely think this way because it would mean more revenue in their pockets. More regular season games mean more tickets getting sold to games and a huge increase in the television revenues that they could make over those additional two weeks of the regular season. It’s hard to see how that would help players, though, as they would wear out more quickly during the regular season, and the potential for injuries would just be increased.
An 18-game regular season for the NFL just seems like a bad idea, even if it would mean that there would be two more weeks to the football season each year. Records would certainly be shattered in nearly every statistic, including yards, touchdowns, and just about every other seasonal statistic that you can think of right now. Not to mention it would also create more conflicts with those NFL fans that also watch other sports when football isn’t going. That final point is, of course, just a minor one, but it is something that NFL owners need to consider when it comes to the television revenues.