NFL Making Major Changes to the Regular Season and Playoffs in 2020
Big news to report out of the NFL this evening. According to ESPN’s NFL reporter Adam Schefter, the NFL playoffs are going to get major changes.
In a new format that has been proposed under the new CBA, the NFL is looking to expand the playoffs to seven teams in each Conference. What this means is that there will only be one team to earn a bye in each Conference. This proposal would add an extra Wild Card team in each Conference.
With this proposal, the NFL is also seeking to add in a 17th regular-season game. Will there be pushback from the players?
These changes are contingent on the NFL and NFLPA agreeing to a new collective bargaining agreement. If this is put through it will start in the upcoming 2020 season.
A simple reason for this is that we now have two more playoff games. This means two more broadcasts for TV. What does this mean? More money for the NFL certainly.
This is HUGE for football fans. As mentioned we get two more playoff games and one more regular-season game. This also means that every game means that much more. We have seen year after year Week 17 being a second bye week. Now it still will for some teams but now that there is only one bye and an extra wild card we should see much more meaningful games.
This also means that the door is now open for teams that are just around that .500 percentage, to make the postseason. This will be interesting to see how The NFL implements these major changes to their postseason.
If this rule was in effect this past season we would have seen the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Los Angeles Rams make the playoffs.
On the flip side, you have to ask the question when is it going to be too much? We continually see players get injured due to the physicality of the game. Having to potentially play two extra games does it hurt the quality of the game and the overall health of the players?
As a football fan, these proposed changes excite me. Because let’s be honest, who doesn’t want more football?
What’s your opinion on this huge change?
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