Roger Goodell, fresh off his bounty-gate spanking from former commish Pete Tagliabue, addressed the world in his ‘special meeting’ in Dallas last night. His main goal appears to be turning the NFL playoff system into one that rivals hockey. Or the NBA. In other words, half the teams should be able to join the playoff fun.
Why? To me, this is merely a deflection from the 18 game schedule the owners want to greedily shove down the throats of the players. If they can’t get an 18 game schedule, lets add 4 more teams to the playoffs. Regardless of the fact that it takes away all incentive to be among the top 2 teams and get the bye week. That way, the owners get the bullshit money for the preseason games AND an extra playoff game or 2, where seat prices go up, as well as parking and concessions, hats, jerseys, etc etc etc.
In other words, for all his lip service about player safety, it’s all about the dead presidents. GG is backing off the 18 game schedule, but that’s a easy thing to back away from. The players and the union is dead-set against turning 2 preseason games into real ones. They stuck to that adamantly in the negotiations last year. Because of the wear and tear of the season. Players life expectancy would shorten even further given 2 extra games a season. The owners didn’t really give a shit, mainly because the teams get theirs for those games anyway. The season ticket holders pay full freight on those seats (and parking) even if they don’t go. The players, the union, and fans hate those 2 games, but instead of doing away with them, Goodell’s answer to that is to expand the playoffs.
In a perfect world, the NFL would eliminate 2 preseason games and leave the playoffs alone. Instead we get the exact opposite. Expand the playoffs and leave the 2 worthless games on the schedule.
Goodell also said there was no evidence that the players were suffering from all these Thursday night games. Granted, there’s little evidence to glean from, but that didn’t stop Goodie Goodell from saying it. Sure, a lot of players that are dinged up likely miss the Thursday game that they would have otherwise made had it happened on Sunday, but that apparently is balanced out by the scads of money generated by the captive audience phenomenon.
How much do you want to bet we’ll see Friday night games in the near future?