From the very beginning of September to the first Sunday of February, the NFL rules television in the United States of America. Football during this time and especially on Sundays mesmerizes millions. It’s America’s biggest and most viewed sport. There is nothing better then getting together for a football Sunday, or holding a Superbowl party. Currently, the NFL shows 17 weeks of regular season football. Sixteen games and a Bye week for every team go along with a three rounds of the playoffs and the biggest spectacle in sports, the Superbowl.
The afterthought is the games played in August, the preseason. Games that have no meaning and little to no competition. Games where star players sit out to avoid injury and backups of the backups get playing time. Sure, coaches use this time to judge their backups and see who is worthy of a roster spot and who is going to be released. Some argue that 4 preseason games are too much. I am on that bandwagon; the preseason should be reduced to 2 games while the regular season is increased to 18 games. No casual fan cares to watch the preseason; it’s not competitive or entertaining. Only die hard fans watch the preseason, and I bet they would agree with me that the NFL can use more regular season games and less meaningless preseason games. This idea is no way a radical one; it has been discussed in the annual owner meetings.
I for one would love to see and expanded regular season to go along with a shorter preseason. Financially, moving to an 18 game regular season makes a ton of sense. Stadiums are more often then not, half empty during the four preseason games. Why not fill these seats up and watch games that matter. TV ratings would go up and the NFL would be making more money. Fans, such as me, would love to see more of the same competitive football that we get in September through January during the dog days of summer. Games that matter in August would only prove beneficial to everyone. Sunday barbecues for a preseason games don’t really make much sense. Change the last two pre season games and make them regular season games. It would be a win-win situation for both the fans and the NFL. 2 preseason games should be plenty of time to determine who should make the team and who shouldn’t. No one said anything about changing training camp, where position battles really happen and personnel decisions are made.
The main goal of the NFL should always be to provide us with a product that is top notch and entertaining. Preseason games are not top notch and definitely not entertaining. I hope the owners go through with the change and we can expect to see another two weeks of the best competition and athletic display that American Football and its regular season bring to the table.