More games = more $$$$$

More games = more $$$$$

Posted by Bob LeGere on Sun, 10/26/2008 - 14:08
According to commissioner Roger Goodell, an expanded regular season would improve the overall quality of the NFL and increase interest among fans. If Goodell wanted to be completely truthful, he would have mentioned the most important reason that the league is considering expanding the regular season to 17 or 18 games and reducing the preseason to three of four games – money. With more regular-season games the league will be able to demand more money from the TV networks, where most of their revenue comes from. Fan interest will no doubt be increased because even the most hard-core fans aren't attracted to meaningless preseason games. But a move to more regular-season games at the expense of the preseason won't necessarily improve the quality of the game. That's because NFL coaches and personnel people need four preseason games to evaluate talent. Even teams whose starting lineups are set in stone after training camp need time to evaluate the bottom 10 or 15 players on their final 53-man roster. That's one of the reasons backups take the majority of snap in most preseason games. When it comes to accurate evaluation, there is no substitute for game action, even if it is a preseason game. Training camp practices aren't nearly the same, nor are scrimmages, an alternative floated by some to replace preseason games. The expanded regular season isn't supposed to happen until at least 2010, but be assured it will happen, and also be assured that the biggest reason is greed.
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