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At least one player is in favor of the 18 game season

L. Briggs.jpgTom Brady and Ray Lewis spoke up right away with their concerns regarding a possible 18-game regular season.  Justin Tuck hopes he’s retired before any change happens, and his teammates agree.

At least one NFL player digs the notion, however, of playing more games that count.  And it’s for the same reason the NFL owners want 18 games.  Bears linebacker Lance Briggs sees a chance to make more cash.

I’ll take an 18-game schedule over four preseason games where we all
get paid $1,100 a game,” Briggs told the Chicago Tribune. “Yes, absolutely, I
think that players who are going out there are under-compensated for the
work that we put out there on the field in the preseason.”

Briggs admitted some downside but believes the pros outweigh the cons of “enhancing” the season.  The trick will be how the players and owners split up the new revenue pie.

“We like money,” Briggs said with a laugh.

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29 Responses to “At least one player is in favor of the 18 game season”
  1. Jagmankane says: Jun 18, 2010 5:26 PM

    me too… i like money…
    and i’m not laughing

  2. WorldChampionBears2009 says: Jun 18, 2010 5:28 PM

    Yay! More games to suffer through when either he or Urlacher get hurt for the season. Bring ‘em on. You love money but we WANT WINS!!!!!

  3. TheSleepness says: Jun 18, 2010 5:35 PM

    & we like football !

  4. topchief1 says: Jun 18, 2010 5:39 PM

    Numbnuts realizes that spreading out the number of games he earns money means that he is going to get less money per game, since his salary isn’t going to magically increase as well right? Or is he also knowing still that an upcapped year means that more teams who like to make money above all else will now people able to spend a boatload more cash on people like him?

  5. eaglesnoles05 says: Jun 18, 2010 5:43 PM

    “Briggs admitted some downside but believes the pros outweigh the cons of “enhancing” the season. The trick will be how the players and owners split up the pie of new revenue.”
    —> The more REAL trick is how much more Directv is gonna charge for Sunday Ticket. It’ll go up substantially, not that it doesn’t every year already…

  6. pacificamike says: Jun 18, 2010 5:43 PM

    so basically every single season and career record ever broken again will become meaningless with 2 extra games?
    dumb. keep it at 16 games and dump at least 1 preseason game

  7. QJ1984 says: Jun 18, 2010 5:46 PM

    Well atleast he’s honest.

  8. The Hogster says: Jun 18, 2010 5:49 PM

    They’d have to re-visit the 53 man roster rules and the number of players that can be active on game day. No way teams could get by for 18 games under the current rules.
    Either teams will be tanking the early games, or by the time the late, important games come around, you’ll be looking at teams with pedestrians on the field.

  9. jerseykingpin says: Jun 18, 2010 5:51 PM

    Thats right more cash 18games mean more gambling and more gambling means $$$$$$$$ . And that would bring the SB into late FEB better chance for a cold weather state to get a shot like NJ maybe thats why there pushing for it alate Feb SB in NJ warm weather near 50s sounds about right

  10. UTBearsFan says: Jun 18, 2010 6:01 PM

    Leave it the way it is! 4 pre-season games seems like an eternity when you can’t wait for the regular season to begin, but how can you tell what rookies you have without giving them real game reps? What about ensuring the new offensive and defensive schemes are perfected?
    Pre-season sucks for the fans and the established veteran players, but it is perfect to determine what future talent you have.
    I do believe the pre-season sucks though.

  11. jsbeck says: Jun 18, 2010 6:07 PM

    I LOVE THE PRESEASON!
    get to watch college players develop to a degree.
    see what your team has in the 3rd and 4th string.
    SIMPLY MOVE ONE PRESEASON GAME TO REGULAR!!
    why does everything have to be EVEN????

  12. jerseykingpin says: Jun 18, 2010 6:45 PM

    jsbeck says:
    June 18, 2010 6:07 PM
    I LOVE THE PRESEASON!
    get to watch college players develop to a degree.
    see what your team has in the 3rd and 4th string.
    SIMPLY MOVE ONE PRESEASON GAME TO REGULAR!!
    why does everything have to be EVEN????
    —————————
    But you have to look at it this way . The true starters aren’t playing to their fullest so you still can’t judge a player anyway . Noless look how many starters get hurt in preseason

  13. _ROCKSTAR_ says: Jun 18, 2010 7:07 PM

    I am all for it. Give me more meaningful games.

  14. human centipede says: Jun 18, 2010 7:28 PM

    I’m not sure who I hate more…Roger Goodell or Mike Florio

  15. newty25 says: Jun 18, 2010 7:32 PM

    Have they even discussed adding another one or two more bye weeks if they’re going to add another few games?
    Seems to me this would “artificially” make the season longer without adding more games and give the players more rest.
    If memory serves me correct… they used to have two bye weeks… I’m not sure the reason they went back down to one, but I wonder why no one has explored this topic.

  16. BigSuede says: Jun 18, 2010 8:37 PM

    Briggs seems like an idiot- so the players get a percentage of the NFL revenue- 55-60% and the revenue INCLUDES the preseason games already- so there will be no additional gate money to be had.
    Television contracts may go up slightly but not that much- since teams still make money from local affiliates showing preseason games.
    The only thing that will increase is probably the concessions and parking- and i dont think players get a share of that- do they?

  17. ICEWALKER says: Jun 18, 2010 8:48 PM

    New NFL logo for the 2012 season
    $
    The owners are going to weaken this league. The NHL, NBA, MLB expanded the number of teams which diluted the talent way too much and the NFL will expand the number of games, making that 3rd string more important than ever before.
    Makes no sense, except for the owners.

  18. Dirte says: Jun 18, 2010 8:57 PM

    Need to pay them more for playoff games too. Many players take a pay cut for playoff games.

  19. GiantsDefenseRules says: Jun 18, 2010 9:21 PM

    Solution: Add ONE game to the schedule!!
    Make every team play ONE off-site game (England, Tokyo, LA, Germany, Mexico, etc..). It will continue to increase the fan base (good for owners/commish) worldwide and not tax the players much more. This also keeps every team with 8 home and 8 away games plus one off site….no more .500 teams! (And get rid of ties….right Donovan?!?)
    Eliminate one pre-season game in exchange. Increase the active roster of each game from 45 to 50 and the weekly roster from 53 to 60. Salary Cap will need to increase to accomodate the change in personel (good for players because the extra 8 guys will by borderline camp fodder anyway).
    Problem solved….NEXT!

  20. kingmj4891 says: Jun 18, 2010 9:26 PM

    Here are some ideas go to 3 preseason games 17 regular games and 2 bye weeks or 2 preseason games 18 regular games and 2 bye weeks. Regular season games mean more money then the preseason regardless of ticket prices TV contracts are where the big bucks are at.

  21. abc says: Jun 18, 2010 9:40 PM

    Briggs wants an 18 game season because it will make it easier for us to get our 9 wins in a season.
    I say “us” because I’m a Bears fan and occasionally throw a football around in the backyard between beers during the game . . . which scientifically makes me part of the team.

  22. SonsCompass says: Jun 18, 2010 10:37 PM

    Everyone seems to be sayin “yay, more meaningful games!” How meaningful will these games be when every team is playing with practice squad-level players and your Ray Lewis’ and Peyton Mannings are out for the playoffs cuz they got hurt during an 18 game schedule? Contenders are already tanking the last 1-2 games of the year (see last years Colts).
    Also, rookies will go from a 11-13 game schedule, to an 18 game schedule! Rookies will be dropping like flies. Not to mention all of the records that will get destroyed again, 5000 yards passing and 2000 yards rushing will be NORMAL. Not to toot my own horn, but I think I have some pretty valid points here…

  23. VoxVagina says: Jun 18, 2010 11:51 PM

    @GiantsDefenseRules
    Your username is hilarious, btw.

  24. chhutson27 says: Jun 19, 2010 3:01 AM

    My own opinion would be to drop the preseason by a game. Or two. Most teams don’t need all 4 games to see what the backups can do. Drop the preseason by 1 or 2 games, and don’t touch the regular season. That way, injuries will actually decrease, and records can remain relevant.

  25. PFTiswhatitis says: Jun 19, 2010 7:35 AM

    $1,100 per game? Where did that come from? Like any player would play for that. And I love how he throws in the “under-compensated players” remark. Boo fricken hoo…no sympathy here for highly paid people.

  26. HC says: Jun 19, 2010 1:09 PM

    Memo to Lance Briggs:
    I wouldn’t assume your salary is going to increase by 12.5% with an 18-game season if I were you.

  27. HC says: Jun 19, 2010 1:28 PM

    PFTiswhatitis:
    You may want to re-read the article. Players are paid $1100 per pre-season game. Meanwhile NFL teams charge full price for tickets, parking, food and beverage to these games. So in terms of revenue being generated versus how much the employees (i.e., players) are being paid, the “under-compensated players” remark does have some validity.

  28. overkil2 says: Jun 21, 2010 10:21 AM

    What’s stupid right now is that only 45 can suit up for the game. Wtf is that. You can have 53 players on your roster but 8 can’t play on Sunday.

  29. ChicagoJo says: Jun 21, 2010 11:59 AM

    BigSuede says:
    Briggs seems like an idiot -so the players get a percentage of the NFL revenue- 55-60% and the revenue INCLUDES the preseason games already- so there will be no additional gate money to be had.
    HC says:
    Memo to Lance Briggs:
    I wouldn’t assume your salary is going to increase by 12.5% with an 18-game season if I were you.
    Both of you are a little out of touch… the Player’s Union and NFL owners are struggling to adop a to Collective Bergaining agreement. There’s no way they add 2 games to the season without compensating to players something to the tune of that 12.5%
    I’m sure Lance Briggs has been advised by the union and agent that any expansion of the regular season would equate a prorated increase in player’s salaries. The player’s union has plenty of precedanty to demand it, and would be remiss if they didn’t.
    So while nothing is set in stone about the increase in player’s money, it seems like a foregone conclusion. Don’t you think Lance Briggs (via his agent) is aware of his salary contingencies?

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