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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: Dec 29, 2008
Posted on: May 31, 2011 3:00 am

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

When did they poll the fans on the topic of adding an 18 game schedule? Goodell is full of you know what. He's speaking on behalf of the owners. They are the ones that want 2 extra games added to the schedule because they want more money. I mean whens enough. I'm getting really turned off by all this. Instead of canceling this season maybe they should cancel the next 3 seasons while they are at it. That's how long I'll give take to forgive them of this mess. This is B.S.

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: May 31, 2011 1:30 am

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

  No we don't Roger!  The best day for me is watching Sunday football!  A 16 game schedule is plenty.  Don't flood the market with to many games, or your gonna burn the fans and players out!  Get a deal done and stick to 16 games.  I know it's all about the money, but don't get to greddy, the fan base isn't completly stupid!

Since: Mar 29, 2011
Posted on: May 30, 2011 10:30 pm

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

the reason I don't want the extra game is that it's NOT an extra game......they want to turn two of the exhibition games into "real" games. And a true fan of the game realizes, like the coaches and players, that a team needs those four weeks of camp.

Since: Mar 29, 2011
Posted on: May 30, 2011 10:25 pm

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

I have absolutely NO idea where he get's this idea. I've YET to talk to anyone who's for it. Though I could see how a ticket season holder might like an extra game for the $$$, though I doubt they'd get the extra game for free.  Mr. Goodell.......16 is plenty

Since: Jun 15, 2008
Posted on: May 30, 2011 10:18 pm

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

Cry Great 18 games there goes another record the Lions can go for Tongue out

Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: May 30, 2011 9:35 pm

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

I beg to differ Commissioner Goodell.
This NFL fan does not want to see an 18 game regular season.
I prefer the NFL eliminates two of the four meaningless, and boring preseason games.
Those games server no purpose other than to line NFL Owners (your bosses) pockets.....

Thank you

Since: May 28, 2011
Posted on: May 30, 2011 8:33 pm

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

but season ticket holders don't make up the majority of NFL fans.

True but season ticket holder float a disproportionate amount of the revenue for the teams and the NFL is a business.

Since: May 30, 2011
Posted on: May 30, 2011 8:15 pm

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

As a matter a fact. I would like an 18 game schedule because I watch every min of all the preseason games and would enjoy two more games that count and a month more of football. Lets get down to the real truth here. Players don't want to work an extra month and owners want to work the players two extra games for the same pay as 16. As a fan I wouldn't understand why another wouldn't want to watch two more football games if you love the NFL like I do. Then you want two more.Please don't give me that crap about the players getting hurt. That is flat out meaningless. If you make the playoffs you hope to play a lot more than two more games, and another fact the players don't want is they will have to add more players to the final roster. In most cases a union would like that. But not the players union because their greedy just like the owners and don't want to share anymore of their final cut. Just like making a rookie salary cap and not wanting to share the profit from that with the retired players. I'm so tired of all you pro players people. Get a life. There just as much part of this as the owners.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: May 30, 2011 7:10 pm

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

No, Roger, us fans don't want 18 games.  We want you and your money-grubbing butt fired.  You have done nothing for this league and all you try to do is increase revenue on an already hugely profitable league.  Also, we do NOT want teams in London.  I miss Paul T.

Since: Oct 26, 2008
Posted on: May 30, 2011 6:39 pm

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

Of course season ticket holders would love to have 2 extra 'real' games, but season ticket holders don't make up the majority of NFL fans.  Personally, I have no interest in 2 additional games.

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