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NFL still forcing the 18-game season issue

Posted on: May 1, 2011 4:24 pm
Edited on: May 1, 2011 4:25 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit
R. Goodell (US Presswire)
Despite the NFL currently being busy fighting tooth and nail in the ongoing labor battle with the NFLPA, the league is still willing to put a spotlight on the idea of having an 18-game regular season. An 18-game season is an idea that most players hate vehemently and most passionate fans hate generally (more on that in a second).

But league spokesman Brian McCarthy tweeted over the weekend, “At fan forum, @nflcommish (Roger Goodell) asks fans, do u want 2 pre and 18 reg season games? 56-4 say yes.”

So 56 out of 60 fans at this private forum told the NFL they wanted a longer regular season. That prompted the website Pro Football Talk – which is super popular with hardcore fans and league insiders – to put up its own poll asking readers if they want an 18-game regular season. As of Sunday afternoon, of the 10,000-plus people who responded, 64 percent said NO.

What’s the difference between PFT’s poll and the league’s poll? In the PFT poll, fans were not casting their votes in a room with the most powerful man in football watching them. And while we don’t know what was said during the NFL’s fan forum, it’s probably a safe bet that fans casted their vote sometime shortly after Goodell preached to them what he feels are the merits of an 18-game season.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 5:07 pm

NFL still forcing the 18-game season issue

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 9:23 am
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Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: May 3, 2011 8:08 pm

NFL still forcing the 18-game season issue

Andy, it's not like Roger Goodell was going to threaten to beat them up if they didn't give the answer he wanted, he represents a business that he wants the fans to patronize. And Goodell probably made it clear to them that it's still 20 games either way, 16+4 or 18+2 , PFT probably didn't make that clear. If you are a season ticket holder who is going to pay for 10 home games , why wouldn't you want 9 to count instead of eight? The reality is that out of the 53 man roster , only 22 wouldn't want the 2 games to count( because they would have to play in them if they were regular season games; if they were exhibition games, not so much), the others would WANT to play in every game they can in an effort to make the team. The 22 players are arguing about 8 quarters , since they usually play in 3 of the 4 preseason games for at least a half. Say you play in the first half of the first 2 preseason games, and well into the third quarter of the third, and a few series or not at all in the 4th; that's the way most teams do it. That means in those 4 games, the starters played about 7-8 quarters. In 4 regular season games, they would play most of 16 quarters. Again , those 8 quarters are the difference in making the team for the other 30 guys , so they were going to play them anyway. The owners should agree to leave the roster at say, 65-70 players until the end of September( 3rd of 4th game) and then cut it down to 53. That way, the coaches will have more flexibility in the first month and won't have to play guys that are questionable in terms of injury. And more players will have a chance to be on a football team at full salary for at least a month.

Since: Jul 10, 2010
Posted on: May 2, 2011 7:02 pm

NFL still forcing the 18-game season issue

Roger Goodell needs to resign. Where is the poll on that? I'm guessing about 64% of fans would agree. NFL hall of famers should be electing the comish, not the owners.

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: May 2, 2011 5:26 pm

Save the NFL from itself

18 games = more injuries = more salaries = more retirement demands = sky high ticket prices = I can't afford to go.
If it aint broke, don't fix it. NFL is (was?) the most popular pro sport on the map right now and for the forseeable future. Stop charging full price for pre-season games that are still worth playing to guys trying to make the cut. Keep it at 16 games regular season, dump the pro-bowl unless it stays in Hawaii, and improve player safety first. The day we see reduced concussions and broken bones (a stretch, I know) is the day we can start talking about an expanded season, etc. p.s. - I'll give McCarthy a pass just this once for a tweet as stupid as the one referenced. Have him walk the crowd at his local high schools and college 2-a-days and lets see what fans have to say as opposed to 60 over-priveleged forum attendees.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: May 2, 2011 4:57 pm

NFL still forcing the 18-game season issue

GOOD.  Give it to them!!!  18 game season it is...but you need to compromise then and give the NFL alumni the health benefits they are asking for.

PUT IN THE ROOKIE SALARY CAP...then compromise and let go of the 2 mil off the top before you measure revenue % to be shared with the players...

Its a give and have to give to take...PUT ON YOUR BIG BOY PANTS AND GET IT DONE!!!

Since: Apr 12, 2011
Posted on: May 2, 2011 3:09 pm

NFL still forcing the 18-game season issue

I just want football back.  I don't care if it's 16 or 18 games.  It used to be a 14 game season.  Things change.  I don't care how they split the 9 billion dollars.  I don't care about the players future healthcare.  I don't care about how low the owners Return On Investment is.  I don't care about any of the issues that these poor souls are dealing with.  They are entertainment to me.  I pay my hard earned money on merchandise, airfare, gas, food, beverages and tickets.  I willingly do this because I love football.  They better get this fixed.  When I say "THEY", I mean both sides.   I pay their salaries and line their pockets.  It's disgusting that everyone of them has more money than most of us will ever have, yet they are holding us, the fans, hostage to their greed.   Get the damn thing settled and give me back MY FOOTBALL!!!

Since: Apr 20, 2011
Posted on: May 2, 2011 2:48 pm

NFL still forcing the 18-game season issue

We do NOT want an 18 game schedule.  I love football as much as the next guy, but I am not a fan for 2 more weeks of games.  I think the best thing would be to drop 2 preseason games and stop charging season ticket holders full price for those preseason home games it is such a ripoff. 

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: May 2, 2011 2:01 pm

NFL still forcing the 18-game season issue

sour dough.... BOOOM! you hit the nail on the head. right there with you brotha. us fellow season ticketholders need to unite on that front.!

Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: May 2, 2011 1:27 pm

NFL still forcing the 18-game season issue

Sixteen games, or eighteen games, doesn't matter much to me. All I want, as a season ticket holder, is to stop being forced to buy full price preseason tickets. The NFL preseason is a joke and forcing ticket holders to pay full price for what amounts to nothing more than a scrimmage stinks.

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