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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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Comments

Since: May 28, 2011
Posted on: May 28, 2011 10:15 am
 

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

As a season ticket holder, it's unfair we have to pay full price for preseason games. If they made these games optional or discounted, that would be a better solution. I like the 16 games format, but if 18 games is their solution to us not paying for meaningless games, so be it!!



Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2011 10:09 am
 

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

Goodell is full of it, fans don't want a 18 game schedule. I haven't like Goodell from the start, more and more I think less and less of him. Goodell is a real piece of work. I will resort from namecalling, just to keep it clean.




Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2011 10:04 am
 

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

Totally agree.  Most players are beat up after 16 games.  Who wants to watch the Bills, Browns and Raiders for two more games?   Nobody.



Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2011 10:01 am
 

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

I have not heard one fan say they want 18 games.  16 games is plenty.  lets go.



Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: May 28, 2011 9:44 am
 

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

18 games....dumbest idea ever. Why &%$# with a good thing. I have not heard one fan or a friend of mine indicate they want 18 games. Too many teams are out of the playoff run with 4 or 5 games to go. How hard is it to play with an extra 2 more to go. Go Lions!!




Since: Oct 10, 2010
Posted on: May 28, 2011 9:44 am
 

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

when he speaks of the season ticket holder, he is no longer speaking of the common fan.

with the seating license programs teams like NYG and Dallas have, the common fan is priced out of season tickets anyway.
how many common fans are going to put up a 100k 30 year loan for the right to buy a ticket?

with that said, who is he really referring to when he says 'season ticket holders'? He is talking about the big corporations who own a majority of these seats.

the 18 game schedule is a plot by the owners, networks, and corporate sponsors. the common fan has nothing to do with it anymore.

WE ALREADY LOST! THE WRITING IS ON THE WALL.



Since: Feb 7, 2011
Posted on: May 28, 2011 9:39 am
 

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

Keep season at sixteen games and the records continue to mean something, as the basis for comparison is extended.
  You would of thought the commisioner was a football fan.   



Since: Oct 10, 2010
Posted on: May 28, 2011 9:35 am
 

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

Huge NFL fan. Friends and family are huge fans also. Parents and many friends are season ticket holders. I have not heard one person say they like the 18 game schedule. In fact, whenever I hear an opinion about it, they say it is a very bad idea.  The players can barely walk after a 16 game schedule. It would be insane to add 2 more games.


More games = more injuries. More injuries = softer rules to reduce injuries. Softer rules = a watered down produtct for the fan.


I don't see how anyone, other than the networks, Jerry Jones, Rober Kraft, or Al Davis, benefit from 2 additional games.


But the networks generate the big revnue. so i will not be surprised if the 18 game schedule passes. what's the odds of the commish telling it like it is while stop passing the buck to the fan?



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2011 9:35 am
 

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

you see too many teams give up late in the season when they are out of it. it becomes a bore.

isnt this an endictment of the players???....here is an idea....any player that gives up gets cut....im sick of millionaires quitting!!!!!





Since: May 13, 2008
Posted on: May 28, 2011 9:27 am
 

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

18 games ok if no pre season games, otherwise keep the way it is. you see too many teams give up late in the season when they are out of it. it becomes a bore.


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