NFL Considering Expanded Playoff Schedule
By Allen Kim
The NFL has been clamoring for an expanded schedule, and it appears that they have turned their attention from the regular season and to the postseason. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that the NFL is discussing a new scheduling formula that would take away one preseason game and expand the playoff field from 12 to 14 teams.
The owners would all have to vote on changing the scheduling formula, and it’s hard to see the majority not voting for such a change. As long as the NFL can secure sponsorship agreements and resolve any potential stadium lease issues, the league will inch one step closer to expanding the playoff schedule.
The league’s competition committee declared that three preseason games are “the minimum necessary period for player evaluation and development.” The NFL initially wanted to cut out two preseason games and add those two games onto the regular season, but they’ve met some stiff resistance.
The additional revenue the NFL stands to make from an expanded playoff schedule would more than likely far outweigh the losses from one preseason game. It’s also unlikely that many fans would voice their opposition against more playoff games.