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Goodell still says fans want 18 games

Posted on: May 27, 2011 9:38 am
Edited on: May 27, 2011 10:41 am
GoodellPosted by Josh Katzowitz

As an outside observer, it seems that hardly anybody wants the NFL to move to an 18-game schedule. With the exception of 33 people – the 32 owners, plus commissioner Roger Goodell – it comes across to me that people are cool with the 16 games.

Yet Goodell, according to the (Nashville) Tennessean, continues to use the line that fans just can’t stop shivering in anticipation of two extra games.

“We do think it is attractive to season-ticket holders. I hear that all of the time from our season-ticket holders,” Goodell said on a conference call with Titans season ticket holders. "We have not abandoned our position on that. We do think it is the right thing for the game. It improves the quality of what we do, and it improves the value for you as season-ticket holders. … We do think it is a benefit for everybody, but we want to do it the right way, and we want to do it responsibly. That includes the players’ perspective.”

Hardly anybody likes the preseason schedule and yeah, I can see why Goodell thinks it’s in the fans' best interests to give them more real games for the money they’re spending on season ticket packages.

But I just don’t get the sense the fans are all that keen on the idea (and we KNOW that the players don’t want it), mostly due to injury concerns.

Yet, Goodell just won’t stop, and it's getting laughable.

But here’s the thing, and Yahoo! Sports’ Doug Farrar points it out: Goodell has participated in 19 conference calls like this, and after reading transcripts of the talks, hardly any fan has mentioned wanting what Goodell says the fans want.

And here’s what I don’t understand. The 18-game schedule is off the table for these labor negotiations, so why is Goodell STILL talking about it? Especially when it seems somewhat clear that the fans aren’t all that interested in the idea.

Labor News
I took an unscientific Twitter poll this morning to gauge the fans’ reaction to the idea of adding two more games, and here are my results: 83.9 percent of the respondents said they like the 16-game format fine, thanks very much (psst, I guess they must not be season ticket holders, right?).

Here are a few of their responses:

From @L7Panda: “NO to an 18 game season, just like the previous polls had said, 80% of fans do NOT want an 18 game season. NO NO NO NO NO.”

From @CJ_Camisa: "Yes!!!! As a Packer fan I want even more of my players to miss time to injuries!!! They don't take enough hits!" #sissies

From @Preine_PtR: "As a Browns fan, I'm usually begging for the season to be over with by week 5."

From @manicsocratic: "18 game schedule is fine. Make it fair to the players and change regulation to 48 minutes though."

So, that seems pretty clear to me. Fans don’t want it, and season ticket-holders don’t want it. I just wish Goodell would stop pronouncing it like it’s some kind of fact.

By the way, you can check out the labor timeline and the labor issues of the day. You know, in case you need a refresher.

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Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: June 4, 2011 7:07 am

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

  I did a poll on this question on the Green Bay Packers message board. The results after a week are: 48 people voted to keep the schedule at 16 games and 4 people voted to change the schedule to 18 regular season games. In all honesty just as I thought, the vast majority of the fans don't want change. The game is at its peak of popularity and people just want football. Roger Goodell is merely a puppet for ownership and you only see the puppet when he is pulled from the rear of ownership. I can't say Goodell hasn't done some good things for football but for the most part I think he has been a poor commisioner. His interest isn't the best thing for football its the best thing for these pompous greedy owners thumbing their nose at the fans who in the end write their checks.

Since: Feb 15, 2011
Posted on: June 1, 2011 3:53 pm

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

The schedule needs to stay how it is at 16 games. The preseason is boring, but that's because ever team is trying to get into a mode or roll to start the season. Even with they way it is now, the first couple weeks of the season are just sloppy. If they cut out some preseason games and go to an 18 game schedule, it'll cause the first third of the season to be that sloppy. Plus, as everyone knows and has said, it puts the players at an even greater risk of injury.

Since: May 28, 2011
Posted on: May 31, 2011 11:29 am

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

How about this for a poll on the 18 game schedule.  If you are a fan and watch free TV then you get one vote.  If you are a fan and watch some fee based NFL package then you get 5 votes.  If you are a season ticket holder you get 100 votes.  This is probably unfair to the STH's relative economic contribution but at least it is representative.  Anyone who knows basic economics knows that not all opionions have equal weight and value in a business circumstance.  P.S.  Goodell's comment about wanting 18 game season was specific to STH's. This article is bogus from factual basis when it indicates all fans.

Since: May 31, 2011
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Goodell still says fans want 18 games

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Since: Jul 25, 2007
Posted on: May 31, 2011 9:17 am

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

God-dell is looney.  THe fans do not want an 18 game schedule.  They are just tired of paying full price for preseason games that the starters do not play.  Reduce those prices.  THe fans are also tired of the pathetic rules on illegal hits.  The owners need to get rid of God-dell & Ray Anderson and quit trying to fix a sport that has been great for years.  If you want to change the rules buy really nice flags.
Because of this lock out and foolishness by the owners and god-dell I have cancelled my NFL season ticket.  I'd rather do anything else than watch this newly watered down game.
Go Major League Baseball.

Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: May 31, 2011 8:09 am

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

The real deal is the owners want 18 games, so they can make evn more money. The fans? No way we need an 18 game season. All of the injuries and the fatigue that will take place because of an extended season will just mess things up. Why would anyone mess with a good thing? The answer is can Roger Goodell make such a statement? When was the last time he talked to the fans?

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Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: May 31, 2011 8:07 am

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

Instead of worrying about 18 games, why doesnt the commish focus on getting the CBA done so we can at least have some football

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: May 31, 2011 7:48 am

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

I started a poll to on the Green Bay Packers message board to settle this thing for once and for all by vote. I am asking you folks to participate and give your reasons why you voted. A vote does this way more justice than a blog where you never really know the results. Won't tell you how I voted just come and give your two cents. Please make sure to vote since I am going to post my results here along with my opinion then.

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