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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
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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: Sep 1, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2011 9:38 am
 

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

NO, I do not want an 18 game schedule!  I do however want a new commish and Goodell to be replaced!



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2011 9:37 am
 

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

If Goodell wants to push the owners' agenda for an extended season, fine. Push away. But leave the fans out of it. We DO NOT want 18 games. And how transparent can the owners and their puppet commissioner be? They make meaningless rule changes in the name of player safety (see: new kickoff rule) but then want the players to play two extra games? They don't give a shit about the fans, the game, the players, safety, common sense or anything else. They care about milking every last dime out of the players and fans and then casting both aside.



Since: May 28, 2011
Posted on: May 29, 2011 9:35 am
 

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

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.

Rather then depend on reporters who do not do their homework, the actual question and Goodell's response to season ticket holders and the 18 game schedule can be heard on the following link.  Then make your own decision on what he said and why it came up rather then trust the pandering in the article. Question and answer are 14 minutes 50 seconds into the link.






Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2011 8:27 am
 

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

At this point Roger; us fans will settle for football simply being back to normal!

It's so disgusting to think that the owners & players are arguing over a few million/billion dollars.... wtf!!!

The last time I checked we are still in a depression.... unemployment near 10% & the prices of goods & services are on the rise ($4 dollars for a gallon for gas)...

So instead of this chatter regarding a longer regular season; just get the football season underway.... You're always talking about what the fans want;well I'm 1 of them fans and this lockout is pissing me off!!!!!$$$$



Since: Feb 19, 2010
Posted on: May 29, 2011 7:53 am
 

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

Why would we want to see two more games of soft wussy football?!




Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2011 6:28 am
 

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

That's absolutely false, the NFL fans want a lockout and less games 0_o



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2011 3:51 am
 

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

NO We Do NOT.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.






Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: May 29, 2011 2:15 am
 

Goodell is a Greedy Liar!!!

TV advertisers want an 18 game season. Fans would be happy with 15 games. Fans want to see the players healthy so that the best players are playing their best when the playoffs start. You're a selfish lying rat Goodell.



Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: May 29, 2011 2:15 am
 

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

So if what they say is true, "players can't endure this type of a season" then change the parameters.  Football always has been a chess match, good coaches and assistants can do this.  What do they do in other sports with enongated seasons?  Rotate bench players.  Fresh bodies and still the same amount of field action for the vets.  Increase the final cut roster to 65-70 to accomodate this.  There are enough college players and mid-level vets looking for an honest salary out there to throw action around for this (I think O-Line becomes the biggest problem though).  Locking up playoffs and the Bye week become increasingly more desireable.  2 Bye weeks per team and no off week between Championship games and SB and it works.



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2011 1:57 am
 

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

I for one am ready to get rid of 1 or 2 "exhibition" games. If an 18-game season does that, I'm all for it. Hard to imagine this isn't possible since the NFL has gone from 12 to 14 to 16 game seasons. One way to do it is to expand rosters. As you enforce player safety rules (read: concussion) you're going to need to do this anyways. I can't imagine a creative solution can't be worked out. At the end of the day, it'll be about "how much". If the price is right, this will happen.


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