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article imageNFL considering extending season to 18 games

By Michael Bearak     Jun 18, 2010 in Sports
The National Football League is considering extending the NFL regular season to 18 games from the current 16 games. On Friday the league and union representatives met again and discussed expanding the season.
The commissioner of the NFL has spoken, and he has said that the NFL no longer needs four preseason games, instead he says the league has spoken and they need to add two games to the regular season.
While speaking at a NFL clinic at a high school in Queens, New York NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell stated, "It's clear the fans don't want four preseason games. It's clear the players don't want four preseason games. They tell me that all the time. You ask them that question and they'll tell you. And we really don't need it to make the game better. So we have to evolve just as we did a couple of decades ago when we went from six preseason games to four."
Under the proposal discussed between the NFL and the player's union at a meeting this past Wednesday included still playing 20 plus preseason games for the league, but limiting it to just 2 preseason games and then playing 18 regular season games.
Goodell acknowledges that some players have expressed concern about increasing the risk for injuries by expanding the regular season. Still, he felt that the league could make adjustments to the offseason to allow for more rest for the players. Citing the need for adjustments Goodell said, "Obviously there's a lot of pressure from teammates and coaches, so I think we're going to have to have some guidelines and restrictions on what can be done and can't be done in the offseason."
Goodell also mentioned that the current collective bargaining agreement with the NFL Player's Association is scheduled to expire in March 2011, which is bringing into question a possible lockout and stoppage of work. Goodell is convinced that an agreement can be reached that it just requires dialogue between both sides.
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