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Old 05-11-2007, 08:14 AM   #8
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Default Re: League considering expanding the schedule

I agree that I cannot think of 16 cities overseas that would want to host an NFL game. Add travel to Europe being a lot less cumbersome than travel to East Asia/South Africa (or Baghdad? - someone can throw out the first IED to kickoff that one) and the logistics do not add up.

Since expansion to 17 games gives some teams an extra home game, I think this is a stalking horse to expand the regular season by 2 games for more broadcast $$$ - when it is agreed 16 overseas games do not make sense they will move on to the real Plan A, which is to go with 2 exhibitions and an 18 game regular season. This will move the Super Bowl to late February but as long as the season ends before CBS broadcasts March Madness that does not create any broadcasting conflicts.
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