Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports that there is “growing support within the league for expanding the NFL playoff field by two teams, likely beginning in the 2015 season.”
“I think there’s a lot of momentum for it,” one person familiar with the deliberations said. “I don’t know for sure if the votes are there yet [among the owners] or not. But there is momentum. A lot of people seem in favor of it.”
- Maske adds that the NFL owners could vote on this proposal as early as next month at the annual owners meeting.
In the current proposal, only one team in each conference would receive a first-round bye in the playoffs. The slate of games in the wildcard round would increase from four to six.
A source tells Maske that the NFL “favors” two Saturday games, three Sunday games and one Monday night game for the Wildcard round.
Roger Goodell has mentioned that this is something being considered as it would continue to grow league revenue. The NFL just sold a Thursday night package to CBS, so they are clearly focused on ways to generate more television revenue in the coming years.
You can bet we’ll be hearing more regarding this topic in the coming weeks.