During last years NFL Lockout, a point that the owners were trying to get pushed through was an 18 game regular season. The NFLPA didn’t want anything to do with it, and it was never passed. Now we have a ten year CBA, and the rules are set.
But Jerry Jones still wants the 18 game season. He told Fox Sports Southwest:
“We really talked about it a lot in the negotiations with the players. The league had the right to do that with the consent of the players. Over the last television contracts, we all agreed that we would all agree to expand it if we did go to 18 and two preseason games. I’m for that.”
“As far as the NFL is concerned, I think it’s a real positive. We want to show how good the NFL and this new CBA, or labor agreement, how we’re doing relative to injury. That’s a factor here. Do you get more chance of injury in 18 games than you do in 16 regular season games with four preseason games.”
I for one am not a fan of the 18 game season. The players that play each and every game take an inordinate amount of hits, and the ones that escape the year injury free catch a good break. Expanding that two more games would raise the chance of injury to a player.
Taking away two preseason games might seem appealing to the naked eye, but to the coaches and personnel staffs, those two games are crucial as to find out who makes a team each year and who doesn’t. It also takes time away from preparing starters for the season. The product on the field for the first few weeks would still be learning together and would see a dramatic decrease in competitive football.
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