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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: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: May 29, 2011 12:23 am
 

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

You know everybody (league, fans, owners) is always making changes or suggesting changes to the current format. Whether its how many games in a season or how a player is allowed to takle. Nobody asks the players what they think. We hear from the players, when they speak up on the matter. This is football,....its a dangerous game. The MEN that play it know the consequences. So Roger put a cork in it.



Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: May 28, 2011 10:35 pm
 

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

I would prefer 18 games to 16 games, but that doesn't make it a good idea.  At this point we are looking at having zero games this year and 16 games sounds alot better to me than none.  I don't think Goodell is stupid but why he keeps talking about this is beyond me.  Roger, Owners, and players, I just have one thing to say...pull your heads out and negotiate a new CBA already.  Right now they all look stupid and clearly they don't care about the fans in the least.



Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2011 9:09 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: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2011 9:08 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: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2011 8:01 pm
 

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

As a fan of the game I have ZERO interested in adding two more games to the schedule. 


This is about increasing revenues, plain and simple.  It isn't about what is good for the players or the fans, it is about what puts more money in the pockets of owners. 


Don't do it.



Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: May 28, 2011 6:58 pm
 

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

And he is concerned about concussion too.  New rule, no one is allowed to use their head in this game.  Oh, that is already happening.  I do not know if the players or owners are right or wrong but this, whatever it is, labor dispute I guess, has proven one thing, Roger Goodell is an idiot.  The Boy who would be comissioner is not fit to be a parking lot attendent at the stadium.  Don't worry Rog, there is alway picking up the trash.  Pro Bowlers Tour, here I come!



Since: May 15, 2011
Posted on: May 28, 2011 6:49 pm
 

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

Instead of focusing on expanding to an 18 game schedule, the commish needs to focus on selling the tix to the existing 16 game schedule. Preseason should be used as a selling opportunity to potential regular season game pruchasers.

The players could help in this capacity as well. How about, the players, that are not on the active roster(road games) or IR (but mobile) during the season, could help promote ticket sales through community events on game day. Promote tickets to visitors via the local Chamber as well. 

For those teams not selling out, all efforts need to be focused on building a strong regional fan base. No international games, and in return, more exposure on some prime-time games. I do realize they need these games for marquee matchups for overall TV exposure.

For fans, if you are not going to use your tickets, make sure someone will. Too many corporate and casual fans leave empty seats that are an embarassment to the loyal base.     




Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: May 28, 2011 6:42 pm
 

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

After they expand to 18 games we all know what'll come next - adding teams and extending the playoffs by another week.  For sure they'll want to have most teams eligible for the post-season during the last month of the regular season.  Too many teams would be out of contention too soon if they kept the present playoff format.  I think the golden goose is about to become fried.    




Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2011 6:13 pm
 

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

Hopefully Goodell at least believes himself...Wink

The only thing Goodell does by saying this is cement his reputation as someone that can neither be believed or trusted and is only concerned about the owners.



Since: Jun 23, 2007
Posted on: May 28, 2011 5:14 pm
 

Goodell still says fans want 18 games

I don't know a single season-ticket holder who prefers 8 regular season games and 2 pre-season games over 9 and 1.  Saying no one wants it other than 33 people is ridiculously insane.


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