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An 18-game solution?

Posted on: February 11, 2011 9:53 am
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Leave it to someone associated with Tom Brady to come up with an intriguing solution to the 18-game season. No, not his hair stylist.

The Associated Press has the story:

 

Tom Brady's agent thinks he has a solution for an 18-game NFL regular season: Limit how many games each player can suit up.

The players' union opposes expanding the season by two games, one of the main sticking points in negotiations with the league for a new collective bargaining agreement.

Though agent Don Yee believes 18 games mean more bodily punishment, leading to shorter careers and possibly shorter life spans, he had these suggestions for making the change more acceptable:

-Increase the roster from 53 players to 58, and make all eligible to play on game day; currently, only 45 can play.

-Institute a rule that prohibits any player from appearing in more than 16 games.

"This compromise will create even more interest from fans," Yee said in an e-mail to The Associated Press. "What two games will the head coach sit the starting QB? That's a discussion that will set sports talk radio airwaves afire.

"This compromise will also be popular with coaches and general managers who want a greater opportunity to develop younger players," he said. "The NFL doesn't have a minor league, and this compromise will force meaningful participation by younger players on the roster.

"Players also would endorse this because each would effectively get two bye weeks during the year. Bye weeks afford important healing time and personal time away from the game."


 

Obviously this specific solution would wreak havoc with Fantasy owners. Would we know in advance when a player would be sat down, or would it come in on Sunday morning that all of a sudden Peyton Manning is taking the week off? Yee is right in that it would cause plenty of interest, but not necessarily the good kind.

The ideal solution is to agree playing a 16-game schedule, just as the league has done for years. An 18-game season means more Fantasy games for us, which is great, but it also means more injuries, roster maintenance, etc. Some people who play aren't into such a challenge.

I still think the league and the union have an agreement by June 1, if not May 1. I doubt Yee's solution is a valuable one, especially since I doubt Pats owner Robert Kraft would want to pay Tom Brady to sit for two games.
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Since: Aug 16, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2011 6:40 pm
 

An 18-game solution?

irregardless-


Do you really think it's a coincidence that in the last 8-10 years, while the NFL has been exploding in populatirty, fantasy football has also exploded in popularity?  It most definitely is not a coincidence.  I'm not saying that fantasy football is the only driving force behind the NFL populatiry surge, but a ton of those "real fans" that you speak of are playing fantasy football, learning more about teams outside of their home markets in turn, and becoming an overall better fan of the league, which makes the NFL more money...  Like I said, I know fantasy football players aren't the only driving force, for instance I think the fastest-growing demographic of NFL fans is 18-30 year old women, but come on man, these "real fans" you talked about and fantasy football owners are one and the same.



Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2011 10:12 am
 

An 18-game solution?

Fantasy players need to come to grip with the fact they are the real fans that drive the league, nor are the really owners that have an opinion worth listening to.

* they are not. Most certainly not the real fans that drive the league...



Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2011 10:11 am
 

An 18-game solution?

The ideal solution is to agree playing a 16-game schedule, just as the league has done for years. An 18-game season means more Fantasy games for us, which is great, but it also means more injuries, roster maintenance, etc. Some people who play aren't into such a challenge.

It must be the fantasy fans that oppose an 18 game schedule and buy in to the myth that it will cause more injury.

Everyone that has played football understands that any play could be their last.

Fantasy players need to come to grip with the fact they are the real fans that drive the league, nor are the really owners that have an opinion worth listening to.



Since: Aug 16, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2011 9:58 am
 

An 18-game solution?

This would be bonkers!  You can't just bench Tom Brady or Peyton Manning or Drew Brees for two random games per year.  I can't see this happening.


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