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    Any idea when the games would be added? how would they reschedule would the SB get pushed back or would they just move the start of the season up a few weeks.

    Here is why I ask.

    If they added two weeks of summer football this would add to the homefield of the sothern teams

    and if they added two weeks to the end it would add to the homefield of the outdoor northern teams.

    thoughts?
     
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    they would probably replace preseason games, and have an expanded roster until the end of sept
     
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    I think it's possible they would add one week on to each end of the schedule: one week earlier to start (although the NFL in recent years has been purposefully avoided beginning on Labor Day week-end) and add a week at the end. Just a guess.
     
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    Jonathan Kraft addressed this on WBCN prior to a game this season. The start of the season would stay the same and the season would be extended into January and the Super Bowl would be in late February. They would also keep the bye week before the Super Bowl.

    The thinking is that February is a dead period in sports. Spring training hasn't started. March Madness is a month away. The NBA and NHL are in the middle of the season. They figure if they start the season earlier than the week after Labor Day, they would interfer with the kickoff weekend for college football and those last two weeks of August are weeks a large number of people are on vacations.
     
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    If - and that's a big if - the NFL did go to an 18 game regular season, I wonder if they would expand playoff games to neutral sites? As it is now warm weather teams are at a huge disadvantage playing on the road in January. For example, the disadvantage of the Pats adapting to the January weather of San Diego is minimal in comparison to the Chargers adapting to New England weather in January. In addition, the NFL could get that many more cities to compete for rights (i.e., give the NFL whatever they want) in exchange for tourist dollars for the AFCCG and NFCCG, for example.
     
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    If anything, it would lead to a greater demand on guaranteed money. Having played four 12 (11 plus bowl) game seasons as a starter, the 16 game (possibly 20) schedule is already incredible to think about. The pain the body endures over such a season is incredible. By the end of two a days, the body is already hurt. There are muscle strains, bone bruises, minor breaks and hyperextensions already had before the season starts. Once the season strarts, the body continues to break down during both practice and during games. The player isn't 100% to start the season and by the third week, they body is appx 70%.

    For example (and please don't read this as masculine posturing or me being a glory days hungy has been, this is meerly for illustrating a point) I played through my senior season with two broken ribs and a broken sternum after taking vicious blindside block to the chest after an interception in the second week of the season. Each play, it would feel as if I had the wind knocked out of me. I played with a rib pad, wrapped my ribs and was on a fairly potent ****tail of painkillers throughout the week. On gameday, I would medicate when I first woke up, report to the trainer two hours before the game for a cortisone shot and proceed to suit up. Playing mike inside linebacker, I would loose my wind within seconds of each snap after first contact. After the game, when the meds wore off, I was incapacitated. I would lay in my bed, reading my text books with my laptop on my chest and try my best to complete my assignments. This is in the midst of lamaze style breathing. This was my life for the next 10 weeks and it was only scratching the surface of my minor bumps, bruises and muscular strains. By the end of the season, my body was broken, beaten and effectively useless. I would start rehab the day the season ended. By the time I was able to lift weights and run effectively, it was march. Spring practices would give their own bumps and bruises which were treatable. By August, the body was close to 95% through hardcore 5 hours a day training to rebuild what was lost and 3 hours a day of treatment. Then, practices would start again. Having played football since I was eight, my body did not feel 100% until right now, nearly two years removed from my college football career.

    Football is the most grueling sport I have ever played, and can only image what it would be like to play 16++ games a season. Players must be broken down beyond belief after the end of this, nevermind the addition of another game. The injuries will further pile up both major and minor. The careers will be shortened and the values of the contracts will dimish significantly. The union will have to push for greater gurantees in order to protect their market value as their bodies distegrate at a more exponential rate. Before Godell delivers the proposal, he should have to participate in a full pads week of practice.
     
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    As long as the NFL takes away two pre season games, I'm down with it, .
     
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    This is a great post and folks here who've never played football at all seriously (like me) shouldn't forget it. The truth is that the money-machine would be happy enough to have teams with 60-player rosters and 20 guys on Injured Reserve at the end of the season so long as fans still thought that their teams were competitive.

    So, sadly, I predict that increased injuries will not be a factor in the NFL's decision-making UNLESS it means that the bankable stars (Brady, Manning, Moss, etc.) are less likely to be playing OR the players' union puts the players' interests across forcefully and effectively (which would be a change from the old regime!)
     
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    All good points...I agree about Goodell having to be in pads for that one...I THINK the season is long enough already...making non-inhuries rewarded more than talent at least in some point. Can not have qualirty when pulled like this. I do agree. Sat more avout the pgysical effects later in a season..remember platoff yeams will have 3-4 games more to play AFTER a really long grueling season. Does not make sense.
     
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    One of the reasons that Bruce Allen was fired in TB was because he was an early voice against this proposal, and the owners didn't like him stirring up the pot, especially before they had a chance to put together a well planned PR offensive to win the hearts and minds of the press on this subject.
     
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    If an 18 game schedule happens, then I would like to see the Conferences re-aligned back to 3 divisions each, with the 6-team division teams each missing a home and an away games against division foes on a rotating basis. This would reduce the risk of an 8-8 division rival replacing an 11-5 team in the play-offs.
     
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    One of the big reasons that people like football is that they don't have to invest as much time in it as they do in the other "major" sports. Hockey and basketball are playing 80+ games and baseball is playing 162, and that's before the playoffs, and it's every day of the week. With football, it's 16 games, pretty much only on 1-2 days of the week. As the NFL adds more games, it will be diluting the importance of each individual game. Personally, I don't know how brilliant a move that is, particularly in a down economy.

    Furthermore, as Patriots fans can attest, it only takes one key injury to ruin a season. Now, instead of 16 chances for that key player to go down, it's going to be 18 chances.

    Lastly, people should realize that this is, quite possibly, not going to lead to more home games. This could very well lead to games being played around the world, especially if they go to 17 games and not 18.
     
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    An easier way and a fairer way would be to play the 6 games in the division, and the 4 games versus the other conference division as it is now. for the remaining eight games, play two of the three divisions in your own conference. This eliminates the 1 vs 1, 2 vs 2 (which is why the Pats play Indy every year- not that there's anything wrong with it) and levels the playing field. It would make the tiebreakers easier to figure out!!
     
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    I would go as follows:

    3 preseason games
    17 regular season games

    The 17th game is a interconference "neutral site" game with geographic rivalries. Let's say the Pats/Bills/Jets/Ravens play Giants/Skins/Eagles/Panthers on a rotating basis in Europe.

    Expand roster/salaries.
     
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    I have few sugestions about the extended season. You havetoopenupthe roster. teh simplest thing to do is allow all 53 players onthe rsoter to play without any ofthis e"activation" nonsesne.

    I have always wanted the IR system to be rationalized. If a player like Brdy gets hurt in the first few minutes of the start of the season he should be allowed the possibility to return after an IR episode, I would say 8 games and he would be eligible to be removed from the IR season ending status.

    Similarly I think the playoffs are a treu second season. second season. If you have been placed on IR, and are now healthy, players should be allowed the option of returning to the team in the playyoffs.

    How many great players labor over an entire career to get to the Superbowl only to be now healthy but serving an IR "suspension" when they would love to take the on a SuperBowl Sunday field, perhaps for the only time in their careers?

    I fully feel that the regualr season IR period of 8 games is necessary to prevent strong teams from stockpiling personnel on their IR list.

    What say you? :D
     
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    I hate the idea of lengthing the season by replacing preseason games. The first 6 weeks of football generally consists of crappy play, teams don'treally find their true identity until week 8 and we are supposed to now think that losing 2 preseason games nd those extra practices are a good idea?

    Talk about declining quality of product on the field....that's what we get with an expanded schedule and I am against it.
     
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