Jason Cole of B/R reports that NFL owners spent a decent amount of time during their recent meeting discussing the possibility of reducing the number of preseason games.
According to Cole, the idea of expending the regular season to either 17 or 18 games is still among the topics being discussed by NFL owners. Cole mentions that a key issue from the NFL’s perspective is that they want to maintain 20 games per team in order to sell their packages to television networks.
If the NFL could increase the number of regular season games, Cole adds that it would allow them to play even more games overseas in countries like Germany and the United Kingdom, which is something the league has said they plan to do.
The real takeaway here is that all options will be considered by the league before any changes are made. The expansion of the playoffs has also come up in the past, and appears to have some support from the owners, so that remains something to watch as well.
Of course, the NFL can’t just decide on their own to increase the number of regular season games without approval from the NFL Players Association, who has pointed out that it’s a contradictory move for the league to ask them to play even more games after saying their focused on player’s health.
We’ll have more regarding possible changes to the regular season and/or players as the news is available.