Owners want more revenue that will come from 18 games. Players are baked after 16 games and do not want to play more for fear of injuries. Coaches are concerned that only 2 preseaon games will not all adequate time to prepare starters to play AND to evaluate bubble talent (part of the 18 game season is a reduction of preason fomr 4 to 2 games) The concerns of both sides, players and owners, are easily reached with a simple compromise. First, leave preseason alone. It is mostly bubble players anyway. Cutting two games will not help the players, will reduce owners revenues, will hurt bubble players, and make roster decisions dicier. Second, add two more regular season games with the following changes: 1. Pay Restrict players from playing in more than 16 regular season games. They will not be playing any more than they are now, which should not only prevent injuries for extra games, but it will actually HELP the players. In effect, they get 2 more bye weeks to rest up. 2. Expand the rosters by 2 or three players so that there is a bigger pool to play on games where several players are taking one of their two games off. I'm sure this cam be massaged, but those are the bones of my compromise: Players still play 16 games, and now will get two games off during the season to recover. Owners get two more games to draw in revenues. Players get 60% of the increased revenues, so adding players to the roster will not cut into current players earnings.