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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 20, 2006
Posted on: May 30, 2011 6:36 pm

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

HECK YEAH!!!!  I want 50 games!!!  Let's make those 5th-7th rounds of the NFL draft actually mean something.  Depth as well as starter talent should measure in the award of NFL Super Bowl Champion!!  The more games, the better!!!  Goodell is wrong about many things, this is NOT one of them.

Since: Jan 10, 2009
Posted on: May 30, 2011 6:04 pm

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

Goodell is on crack. I've never supported an 18 game season. Four preseaon games might be a bit boring but they are needed to weed out the best players you can for a successful season. C'mon Roger, leave well enough alone for a change, some things are better left alone.

Since: Sep 21, 2009
Posted on: May 30, 2011 4:42 pm

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

UM NO. The OWNERS want an 18 game schedule. More $ to line their billion dollar pockets and scam the fans out of hard earned $. Goodell is a joke and anyone who has half a brain knows he's a puppet for the greedy owners.

Since: Jul 26, 2007
Posted on: May 30, 2011 4:37 pm

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

Keep in mind that this article was written by a former Bengals beat writer, not a beat writer for a real, competitive NFL team.  He may be as delusional as Goodell.

Since: Jul 26, 2007
Posted on: May 30, 2011 4:26 pm

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

How dare any of us mere mortals dare to contradict the pronouncements of The Great Roger Goodell Himself Live And In Person?  TGRGHLAIP says that the fans want an 18-game schedule, and since He is infallible, he must be correct.  The fact that the fans don't actually want it shows how puny their minds must be compared to TGRGHLAIP. 

He says the fans want it, therefore they want it, whether they like it or not! 

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: May 30, 2011 3:49 pm

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.

Since: May 15, 2010
Posted on: May 30, 2011 3:47 pm

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

Well, as we all know, say a thing often enough and regardless of the facts of the issue, it becomes TRUE!

This is a shameful episode and Goodell looks and sounds like a clown every time he spouts this fiction.  I don't blame the players for staying out over this point.

Since: Apr 4, 2007
Posted on: May 30, 2011 1:43 pm

Goodell still says fans want 18 games


Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: May 30, 2011 1:06 pm

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

What's with overall majority here calling Goodell a liar?  Come on folks, let's not be like the players.  We need to negotiate in good faith and should not question the league's numbers.  I'll begin: 18 games in return for $2.00 beers and topless cheerleaders.

Since: Feb 21, 2008
Posted on: May 30, 2011 12:57 pm

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

I don't need a 18 game season. This is one of the things that will be pulled off the table during negoations. Goodell does not even want it, he knows the the product would be watered down. He is standing firm right now so when the time comes the players will have to give up something to get the 18 game off the books. Smart move owners, players take note this is how you get what you want by giving up something you don't want anyway.

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