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Old 09-27-2010, 07:40 PM   #1
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Default 18 game season = "done deal"

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Old 09-27-2010, 07:58 PM   #2
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Default Re: 18 game season = "done deal"

I thought I was the only mad one. Sure it looks good on paper, but it's not smart at all.
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Old 09-27-2010, 08:08 PM   #3
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Default Re: 18 game season = "done deal"

I heard they are going to make each team have an early season bye week and then a late season bye week to help the players rest.
The first season with 18 games will be interesting. If it doesn't go well, it will go back to 16 games the next season
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Old 09-27-2010, 08:30 PM   #4
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"I think that the owners, and principally the commissioner, have decided that it's the way to go, and so the debate, such as it was, is over," Polian said.

So much for the players having any say in the matter

Only with hindsight can it be determined why something fell from its peak

With an 18 game schedule that will injure players at an ever faster rate in order to squeeze out more revenue and an expensive stadium experience that is resulting in more and more fans deciding to stay home (Tampa expects to be blacked out every game this season even with the Steelers and the Super Bowl champ Saints coming to town) the NFL might find out it is possible to kill the golden goose
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Old 09-27-2010, 08:34 PM   #5
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"I think that the owners, and principally the commissioner, have decided that it's the way to go, and so the debate, such as it was, is over," Polian said.

So much for the players having any say in the matter

Only with hindsight can it be determined why something fell from its peak

With an 18 game schedule that will injure players at an ever faster rate in order to squeeze out more revenue and an expensive stadium experience that is resulting in more and more fans deciding to stay home (Tampa expects to be blacked out every game this season even with the Steelers and the Super Bowl champ Saints coming to town) the NFL might find out it is possible to kill the golden goose
A few years ago, players wanted to reduce the preseason to 2 games. I bet the owners say "the owners and fans want 18 regular season games, the playerso nly want 2 preseason games, its a win win" Which isn't true, but I know they'll say that when someone asks why didn't the players have a say in anything.
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this is the first step to exporting more games to other countries.

i'm assuming they'll be looking to gouge the season ticket holders with this move.
ticket sales have dropped the last two years. is it really a smart business move to increase supply as demand drops ? more and more blackouts are on the horizon.
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Sure it looks good on paper, but it's not smart at all.
And why exactly it looks good on paper? Is 18 a more handsome number then 16 or what?


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Personally I find 18 regular games unnecessary and such a system (with fewer pre-seasonal games) stupid at best.
But if they’ll adopt it, I really hope problems will make them revert to the a 16-game system.
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This is ridiculous. The rosters are already too small given the injuries. If they go to 18 games, then teams need an 65 man roster at least. Players are going down like flies these days.
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This is ridiculous. The rosters are already too small given the injuries. If they go to 18 games, then teams need an 65 man roster at least. Players are going down like flies these days.
Last time I watched NFL network, they said they were extending the roster size to around the mid 60's.
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Nice analysis of the downside to expanding the regular season to 18 games

Obviously, at some point, football – like anything – reaches a peak. By expanding the regular season, the league is betting that 16 games is not that peak. But in this bet, the consequences of being wrong far outweigh the benefits of being right. With sports, it’s better not to give fans enough than to give them too much...

Then there are the health concerns. More games means more injuries – including injuries to star players. Even without losing stars, injuries still have a major impact on quality of play...

The N.F.L. is not broken. In fact, it’s never been better. You’ve heard the cliché “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Well, how about, If it ain’t broke, don’t break it?

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