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Goodell sees “a lot of benefits” to expanding the playoffs

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sounds like a man who wants to see more teams in the playoffs.

“We currently have 12 teams qualify for the playoffs, as you know. We are looking at the idea of expanding that by two teams to 14,” Goodell said at his State of the League press conference. “There’s a lot of benefits to doing that. We think we can make the league more competitive. We think we can make the matchups more competitive towards the end of the season. There will be more excitement, more memorable moments for our fans. That’s something that attracts us. We think we can do it properly from a competitive standpoint. This will continue to get very serious consideration by the Competition Committee and then the ownership will have to vote on it.”

The decision on expanding the playoffs, however, is not up to Goodell. It will be decided by a vote of the NFL’s owners, and the owners aren’t necessarily in agreement. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is all for it, but Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie sounded a more cautious note, saying he’s concerned about how the scheduling of the extra games would work.

What may tip the balance in favor of expanding the playoffs is money: Two more playoff teams would mean two more playoff games, and those games would fetch upwards of $100 million apiece from one of the NFL’s TV partners. It’s hard to picture the NFL’s owners turning that down.

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  1. patsarethegoat says: Jan 31, 2014 3:59 PM

    What money to go towards the London expansion team?

  2. tonyugoh says: Jan 31, 2014 4:02 PM

    “benefits” must be what Goodell calls money

  3. sellout1983 says: Jan 31, 2014 4:03 PM

    STOP RUINING FOOTBALL

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 31, 2014 4:03 PM

    Roger used the analogy of the crippled kids at the school playground.

    “The important thing is that they be included and not made to feel left out when the choices are made.”.

  5. myeaglescantwin says: Jan 31, 2014 4:03 PM

    Like more money from advertising,

    and more money from fines

    the end.

  6. imbetteratlifethanyou says: Jan 31, 2014 4:04 PM

    They could expand it to allow 10 more teams – the Vikings would still never be in the playoffs.

  7. atleastimnotaraidersfan says: Jan 31, 2014 4:04 PM

    “Goodell $ee$ “a lot of benefit$” to expanding the playoff$”

  8. artvan15 says: Jan 31, 2014 4:06 PM

    Show him the MONEY!!!!

  9. imnice777 says: Jan 31, 2014 4:07 PM

    But player safety is most important… now let’s keep adding more games to more teams.

  10. that's the best linebacker i've seen since Joe Montana says: Jan 31, 2014 4:07 PM

    Let’s let all 32 teams in and rank them 1-8 by conference where 1 plays 8 and so on, reseeding after each round.

    The playoffs can go all the way through March and viewership would skyrocket.

    It would be madness.

  11. cajunaise says: Jan 31, 2014 4:07 PM

    $100 million more for each extra game?

    Why stop at 14? 32 playoff teams!

  12. MasMacho says: Jan 31, 2014 4:07 PM

    A lot as in “one dollar, and another dollar, and another dollar over here, and here’s a dollar”… there are millions of reasons why Roger would want this.

  13. granadafan says: Jan 31, 2014 4:07 PM

    Goodell must have been consulting with Terrelle Owen’s publicist: “There are 100 million benefits to exanding the playoffs.”

  14. thepftpoet says: Jan 31, 2014 4:08 PM

    The only thing ruining football is the classless Seahawks franchise.

    The 12th women are a joke.

  15. araidersfan says: Jan 31, 2014 4:08 PM

    So much for a chump who’s main aim is supposedly to uphold the ‘integrity’ of the game.

    For Goodell, it’s all about the Benjamins.

  16. midtec2005 says: Jan 31, 2014 4:09 PM

    There’s a lot of benefits because there’s a lot of $$$

    He shouldn’t even bother trying to make any other excuse. Everyone can see right through it.

  17. ez4u2sa says: Jan 31, 2014 4:09 PM

    My first preference is that they leave well enough alone. However, since this is probably going to happen, I just hope they do it right. Adding just one additional game leaving only the top team in each conference with a bye is the wrong way to go. Rather two teams should be added so that when the playoffs begin, everyone plays just like they do in the NHL, NBA and MLB. Do away with byes. They are just too unfair.

  18. charmcitychampions says: Jan 31, 2014 4:11 PM

    This guy HAS GOT TO GO!!! Erodes the game annually. Sold out the integrity of the game years ago. Now he wants to water down the playoffs and bring replay (ability to manipulate outcomes of games) directly into the NFL Front Office?

    Tagliabue….PLEASE COME BACK!!!

  19. randomguy9999 says: Jan 31, 2014 4:11 PM

    there are already ridiculous scenarios where teams at .500 or less make the playoffs… the NFL is going to make that worse?

  20. afcdomination says: Jan 31, 2014 4:11 PM

    the playoffs are supposed to be very exclusive. you have to fight to get there, and still you come up short in an OK season. emphasis on OK. you make the playoffs with a good to great season, and that is how it should be

    look, we all know its coming, we all know eventually a team moves to London, we all know this is all part of their big plan to expand their fan base and make the game “more exciting”(aka more lucrative for them)

    but as a diehard, I think it sucks, all of it. from removing kickers to making it impossible to count on a defense to hold a lead under 30 points, to moving OUR sport to England, to expanding the darn playoffs. all of it, just kind of sucks

    can’t we just say “they make enough” stop paying them more, stop raising the darn cap, and stop raising ticket prices? maybe just be totally content as America’s number 1 sport? ah heck, we all know that will never happen

  21. ariani1985 says: Jan 31, 2014 4:12 PM

    Even if you expand the playoffs green bay can only lose in the first round once right?

  22. randy8123 says: Jan 31, 2014 4:12 PM

    I think its a great idea – the NHL, NBA, and MLB all expanded their playoff formats and look at them now! Maybe with a larger playoff field the NFL can catch up with those fan favorite leagues.

  23. afcdomination says: Jan 31, 2014 4:13 PM

    oh, and I actually enjoyed the CONFERENCE VS CONFERENC battle, not watching my fav defensive player blow up my fav offensive player in a meaningless game.

    darnit Goodell, I defended you for so long.

  24. vikinganswer says: Jan 31, 2014 4:14 PM

    I can live with expanding playoffs. Dont change the PAT, its tradition. Keep the darn thing. Not the kickers fault they got so good. Then you better look at outlawing the forward pass or shotgun, teams are getting too good at passing.

  25. kwjsb says: Jan 31, 2014 4:14 PM

    Make it like the NBA almost everyone gets in, that way the season doesn’t count.

    Makes sense not Dollars?

  26. deltaoracle says: Jan 31, 2014 4:15 PM

    Look at all the excitement it creates for the NBA. The whole country is just electrified by it right up to… whenever they finally end it.

  27. ravensterps says: Jan 31, 2014 4:15 PM

    $$$$$$$$

  28. jingham2 says: Jan 31, 2014 4:16 PM

    The current playoff system is perfect the way it is. DON’T !@#$ WITH IT!

  29. marvsleezy says: Jan 31, 2014 4:17 PM

    I see the Bills making the playoffs sooner than expected :)

    Seriously though, they added those extra Thursday night games and thats the only way Buffalo can get a night game, and now this is probably the only Buffalo will see the playoffs.

  30. derekgorgonstar says: Jan 31, 2014 4:17 PM

    Oh my God, every idea this guy has is awful. I am so sick of him.

  31. coltzfan166 says: Jan 31, 2014 4:19 PM

    The Browns will still miss the playoffs every year.

  32. td30 says: Jan 31, 2014 4:19 PM

    why not just have a 32-team playoff? why not have football all-year around? It’d be like a bazillion dollar, money-making machine

    oh, right theres other factors to think about besides money and short-term views of trying to get as many monetary gains as humanly possible as quickly as possible

  33. stew48 says: Jan 31, 2014 4:19 PM

    Goodell is a PT Barnum fan and the sucker born every minute becomes an NFL fan.

  34. negativten says: Jan 31, 2014 4:20 PM

    might as well keep expanding the playoffs until the Super Bowl is in July,then we only have to wait one month for the next season to start.

  35. medialovesthecowboys says: Jan 31, 2014 4:20 PM

    “Together, We Break Football” – Goodell and Greed.

  36. raymondtx says: Jan 31, 2014 4:20 PM

    I assume when he says “benefits”…he means money.

  37. frankfordyellowjackets says: Jan 31, 2014 4:21 PM

    Cowboys still won’t make it.

  38. edgarpoe3 says: Jan 31, 2014 4:22 PM

    How does watering down the playoffs make the league more competitive?

  39. gobes2105 says: Jan 31, 2014 4:23 PM

    A lot of benefits = A lot of money

  40. edgarpoe3 says: Jan 31, 2014 4:24 PM

    So now teams can have 6-8 wins and make the playoffs. Yeah, that’s more competitive. ;)

  41. 12brichandfamous says: Jan 31, 2014 4:25 PM

    The real problem here is that the owners, like Jerry, are not seeing huge cash flow improvements, even though the value of franchises are increasing.

    Jerry’s team has increased in value to over $1.3B, but he receives the about the same amount of cash from the league as the Bengals (excluding locally generated income). That pisses him off, and he wants the team to throw off more cash without him selling shares to celebrities like Ross in Miami.

  42. brucealmty says: Jan 31, 2014 4:27 PM

    Once they make the playoffs 14 teams, they only question will be … how soon can we make it 16 then 18 teams.
    We all know it has nothing to do about competition; it all about the Benjamins.

  43. thevikesarebest says: Jan 31, 2014 4:29 PM

    The shehawks and packers will be the first teams eliminated everyyear…of course if they can even make it.

  44. wolfies30 says: Jan 31, 2014 4:29 PM

    And the handful of remaining teams get a purple participation ribbon so they don’t feel left out.

  45. deliveredbysherpa says: Jan 31, 2014 4:31 PM

    All 32 teams make the playoffs–that way he gets closer to the 18-game regular season.

  46. robseahawksfan says: Jan 31, 2014 4:31 PM

    Hey! Goodell! Leave the game alone!

  47. brettfavresmidget says: Jan 31, 2014 4:31 PM

    Go from preseason straight to the playoffs…only logical choice.

  48. pillowporkers says: Jan 31, 2014 4:32 PM

    I don’t understand why everyone act like this is watering down anything. Pretty sure Arizona should’ve made the playoffs. Bears two years before. I don’t see 10-6 teams making the playoffs as being a watered down format. For you math junkies, the NHL and NBA is 16/30 teams, or 53% of teams. NFL would still only be 14/32, or 44% of teams. Not even close and still under half. I think it’d be awesome; more football that won’t affect the statistical recordbooks. Plus, why does the #2 seed deserve a bye anyways? It’ll create more competition at the end of the year fighting for the #1 seed, meaning more teams having something to play for in Week 17.

  49. fanofevilempire says: Jan 31, 2014 4:32 PM

    I hope they have some good commercials this year.

  50. dinofrank60 says: Jan 31, 2014 4:33 PM

    Roger never mentions you negative Nellies when he talks about the fans. So you must not be real fans; you’re in the way of progress!

  51. therealraider says: Jan 31, 2014 4:37 PM

    3 teams from the AFC west made the playoffs. If they expand it, someday a whole division will make it in.

  52. khenien says: Jan 31, 2014 4:39 PM

    I’ve hated this guy since the day he said he destroyed the patriots’ spygate videos because “they were no longer necessary.” He just keeps getting worse and worse. I just want to punch his smug face one time.

  53. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 31, 2014 4:41 PM

    8 – 8 Steelers and 10-6 Cardinals would have been the two additions this year.

    To be honest, the way those two teams finished the season, they would have been the 2 teams that no one would have wanted to face in the playoffs.

  54. JackedUpSports says: Jan 31, 2014 4:41 PM

    shush roger. you know nothing

  55. dannyabramowitz says: Jan 31, 2014 4:41 PM

    Roger Goodell opens mouth. Lie ensues.

  56. gb4mn0 says: Jan 31, 2014 4:41 PM

    For real competitive league improvement Goodell should trade the pathetic minnysoda vikqueens to the CFL for the Toronto Argonauts.

  57. johnnycantread says: Jan 31, 2014 4:43 PM

    “A lot of benefits”.

    Translation: Money

  58. kurb21 says: Jan 31, 2014 4:45 PM

    Roger,

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The playoff system is the one thing left you haven’t damaged or otherwise ruined.

    Signed,

    People who don’t care only about profits.

  59. crownofthehelmet says: Jan 31, 2014 4:45 PM

    You don’t need to expand the play-offs. Just issue a lifetime ban for the Bengals, they’ve wasted a playoff spot 3 years in a row now.

  60. ickabod665 says: Jan 31, 2014 4:46 PM

    Seriously, is this guy paid on commission for every major change that occurs under his watch?

  61. i10east says: Jan 31, 2014 4:51 PM

    I don’t see how any sane football fan could take up for this imbecile. Goodell is good for the NFL, like John Gotti was good for the mafia…

  62. vegaskid21 says: Jan 31, 2014 4:52 PM

    We’ll, he’s at least trying to help the Browns get in the playoffs.

  63. thos222 says: Jan 31, 2014 4:55 PM

    This guy needs to be stopped! He is wrecking the best sport on Earth. A well spoken owner needs to speak up in the media. Then others will follow and Roger will be toast. Until one or more of the owners speak up this guy is only going to get more powerful and reckless.

    An 18 game season (destroys all the previous records… TD’s, int’s, sacks etc.) with almost half the teams in the playoffs; this from a guy who is obsessed with player safety. Roger is a lunatic bent on turning American Football into Euro soccer or the NBA.

    The Emperor has no clothes!

    Are all 32 owners so afraid of this guy? Who is going to stop him? Speak up somebody besides the idiots like Jerry Jones who back this luacy.

  64. jc327 says: Jan 31, 2014 4:57 PM

    Benefits = $$$$$$$$$

    But I’m firmly against it. Waters down the playoffs, rewards mediocrity.

  65. jhutch02 says: Jan 31, 2014 4:58 PM

    Each time I see a report on Goodell and read the comments, everyone writes as is its some shock the the NFL is money motivated. It’s a business not a charity, the goal of any Executive of a company is to find ways to increase profit year over year. The NFL continues to get bigger and bigger and for all the people who complain about Goodell, the owners, the money we still watch, buy the gear and go to the games. Football is and will continue to be the best sports product out there and they will always look for changes to drive in more revenue.

  66. joshhatesthesteelers says: Jan 31, 2014 4:58 PM

    This will make Jerrah Jones happy, finally his mediocre BOYS might have a shot at the playoffs

  67. thorsmark says: Jan 31, 2014 4:59 PM

    Hey Goodell, have you seen the polls? Fans DON’T WANT this. We made the NFL #1 and we can take it back too. I’m starting to get the itch to watch some baseball come to think of it.

  68. fwippel says: Jan 31, 2014 5:05 PM

    Lots of benefits? The only one I can think of i$ M-O-N-E-Y.

  69. deathspiralx says: Jan 31, 2014 5:05 PM

    The ONLY reason to do it is more money for the NFL.

    The cost is that we’ll get more 8-8 watered down, junky teams in the playoffs.

    Growing up I respected that 14 then 16 hard fought games meant something.

    Winners, big winners, went to the playoffs and everyone else stayed home.

  70. phillyrick22 says: Jan 31, 2014 5:08 PM

    I never liked this idea. The playoff format is perfect how it is. Why fix something that isn’t broken? It’s like reinventing the wheel. Of course ‘jerry’ wants an expanded playoff format. That’s the only way that ‘Average’ 8-8 team would make the playoffs! !!!! 8-8 teams have made it to the playoffs with the current format in the past. Do we really want to see more of these ‘Average’ teams in the playoffs? I sure don’t!

  71. blowfishes says: Jan 31, 2014 5:09 PM

    The top of the draft will have a lottery next!

  72. touchdownroddywhite says: Jan 31, 2014 5:09 PM

    When you’re talking a $10B empire, what’s a couple hundred million more? Leave it be already…

  73. siggtacular says: Jan 31, 2014 5:12 PM

    This would be the Cleveland Brownies only hope… but they’re destined to remain in the basement of the AFC North for years to come.

    Go Ravens 2014

    2x Super Bowl Champions

    Joe Flacco Super Bowl XLVII MVP

  74. richardernsberger says: Jan 31, 2014 5:13 PM

    Goodell is such a pathetic, overpaid sap for owner greed. Who does he think he’s kidding with all his PR nonsense about “more competitiveness” and “more excitement”–when we all know it’s all about making more money for owners, who are already stinkin’ rich, at the expense of the players.

    The NFL is the most competitive professional league in America already, and already 40 percent of the teams get in the playoffs. We don’t need more games or more teams in playoffs. Of course, if the owners had their way, in every sport, every team would get in the playoffs so they could make even more money from a massive playoff tv schedule. They just play fans and consumers for dopes. Goodell makes a ton of money but the poor guy can’t have much dignity being such a constant shill for the owners. Capitalism at its worst.

  75. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 31, 2014 5:13 PM

    It don’t matter. One more good draft class by the Colts and everybody else’s championship window is closing. Luck is about to run the NFL. He smashed both of these garbage teams thats playing in the Super Bowl this year.

  76. siggtacular says: Jan 31, 2014 5:15 PM

    The Bungles can’t win a Super Bowl !!!

    But Joe Flacco is Super Bowl XLVII MVP!!!!!!

  77. ken49ers says: Jan 31, 2014 5:20 PM

    PLEASE fire this clown now!

  78. grandpoopah says: Jan 31, 2014 5:21 PM

    More like he sees a lot of benjamins.

  79. brazzz01 says: Jan 31, 2014 5:23 PM

    I see a “lot of benefits” to a new NFL commissioner….

  80. patrick33706 says: Jan 31, 2014 5:24 PM

    How about every team gets a trophy, everybody makes the Pro Bowl, and an Jerry Jones gets his own trophy, so he doesn’t feel bad about being a GM that he would have fired if it wasn’t himself. Doctor don’t heal thy self!

  81. justalonewolf says: Jan 31, 2014 5:27 PM

    ( Goodell sees “a lot of benefits” to expanding the playoffs )

    Just what? 3 weeks ago, Jerry Jones said almost the same thing huh? and oh yeah by the way Jones is a very influential member of the competition committee too! Imagine that, add a few teams to the mix and guess what? the Cowboys get in the playoffs, hahaaaa NOT

  82. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jan 31, 2014 5:27 PM

    Of course Jerry Jones is in favor of expanding the playoff field. He thinks allowing another NFC team would get him in finally but I doubt it.

    This is a bad idea from a guy who has lots of them, Goodell.

  83. cornerstone2001 says: Jan 31, 2014 5:29 PM

    It’s ALL about money with Rog. He had officials rig games to the desired outcomes generating the teams he wants in the Super Bowl.

    You think officiating is just “that bad” ?

    Niners got jobbed since last super bowl.

    fact.

  84. uglyglazers says: Jan 31, 2014 5:33 PM

    This man (and by this man I mean the greedy owners who pay this puppet) is ruining the game for good.

  85. allseeingone says: Jan 31, 2014 5:34 PM

    Headline should read:

    Goodell sees “a lot of benefit$” to expanding the playoffs

  86. jhutch02 says: Jan 31, 2014 5:34 PM

    Why isn’t anyone this outraged toward college football? This year they had 35 bowl games, their players make $0 and the Universities make all the profit. At least in the NFL the players make 48.5% of the profit. They add bowl games each year, change the formate, add more primetime games but nobody complains about the colleges greed for money. And lets not even joke that its about and education…

  87. dvdman123 says: Jan 31, 2014 5:38 PM

    This is what he sees…………..$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

  88. 1phd says: Jan 31, 2014 5:44 PM

    Ye$ He doe$ Mister Busine$$ Man! Ye$ he doe$! (Picard voice)

  89. tformation says: Jan 31, 2014 5:54 PM

    Hey Roger, “LESS IS MORE.”

    You know why football is so successful? They only play 16 games in a season. That makes them exciting. More games = less exciting.

    Nitwit!

  90. SparkyGump says: Jan 31, 2014 5:56 PM

    Those greedy SOB’s who own the league just want more and more money. Their lust for money is going to ruin the game. Us fans are only “revenue sources” to them.

  91. ddaveyy says: Jan 31, 2014 6:00 PM

    you guys absolutely crack me up…don’t change football..it ruins the game. Quit whining. When they expanded to 6 playoff teams per side, it worked out, as everyone is fine with it now.

    Same with 18 game season-if it happens, great, more football. Probably weren’t as many complainers when the league expanded from 14 to 16 games.

    Heck, let’s go back to the round ball since the pointy one ruined the game so much.

  92. timasahh says: Jan 31, 2014 6:19 PM

    I guess it could work.

    It’s not something I’d personally like to see, but all you’d have to do is eliminate the first round bye for the second seed.

  93. bennyb82 says: Jan 31, 2014 6:23 PM

    Agree 100%

    Signed,
    Lions fan

  94. FinFan68 says: Jan 31, 2014 6:31 PM

    It’s not Goodell. He’s just the mouthpiece. It’s the owners looking for more cash. That said, STOP IT! Leave the game and playoff format alone.

  95. realitycheckbaby says: Jan 31, 2014 6:31 PM

    Yes, good idea.

    Let’s become more like the NBA.
    – everyone in the playoffs
    – refs massaging games to suit television
    – etc.

    NBA is SO MUCH MORE popular than the NFL.

  96. rubenxx7 says: Jan 31, 2014 6:32 PM

    Stop Making changes!!!!!!!!!!!

  97. realfootballfan says: Jan 31, 2014 6:46 PM

    Please stop this idiot from ruining the game.

  98. filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 31, 2014 7:02 PM

    There are a lot of advantages for bad teams like the Vikings if they expand the playoffs to 32 teams.

  99. charger383 says: Jan 31, 2014 7:15 PM

    The late great NFL

  100. steves11 says: Jan 31, 2014 7:29 PM

    Why not just expand the season to 82 games like the NBA, with their convoluted playoff structure where half the teams make the playoffs and be done with it? Just think of all the revenue with that!

  101. danby21 says: Jan 31, 2014 7:43 PM

    It’s all about the money, MONEY!

  102. rogelupthemiddle says: Jan 31, 2014 7:47 PM

    he will be the main reason why the nfl is going straight to mediocre

  103. bert1913 says: Jan 31, 2014 8:10 PM

    i’m sure goodell is tired of jerry jones nagging him to expand the playoffs

  104. yb1956 says: Jan 31, 2014 8:18 PM

    Regular season won’t matter soon. Who will care.

  105. usdcoyotesfan says: Jan 31, 2014 8:29 PM

    I see a lot of benefits to firing Goodell.

  106. haywoodjablomee says: Jan 31, 2014 8:51 PM

    They shortened kickoffs and want to get rid of extra points because of possible injuries, but it’s okay to have more games. Unbelievable.

  107. hawkforlife says: Jan 31, 2014 8:58 PM

    And the next thread talks about not selling out these playoffs. So I guess you want the public to spend hundreds watching 8 and 8 or worse teams.

  108. whoknowsnothing says: Jan 31, 2014 9:06 PM

    Just have 2 divisions per conference, that way only the top two spots are guaranteed and the rest of each conference can duke it out for the final 4 spots in each conference.

    That is the only thing that needs to be changed.

  109. uberdepressedbrownsredsfan says: Jan 31, 2014 9:11 PM

    Don’t like the man at all but remember his job is to make billionaires money….and this clown is good at it

  110. lonelylibertarian says: Jan 31, 2014 10:09 PM

    I would love to see them go to 16 teams – but do the selection of wild cards across the league. So the chance of a 7-9 team getting in goes wayyyyy down…

    This year we would have had.

    Bears @ Sea
    Miami @ Den
    Balt@Car
    GB@NE
    SD@SF
    Az@Cinci
    Phil@Ind
    KC@NO

    4 Games on Saturday
    and 4 Games on Sunday

    Start 10AM – end @ ???
    Kickoffs off next games would not be fixed – would happen at 15/20 minutes after the end of the preceding game.

    TV would LOVE it

  111. gavriloprincip33 says: Jan 31, 2014 11:41 PM

    I just counted the number of times that either the “$” or the words “money” / “dollars” were used in the comments – 3,496…

    But it’s really all about the competition and you people are wrong!

  112. romosrevenge says: Feb 1, 2014 2:38 AM

    A lot of comments here calling Goodell a goof for wanting more games i.e. more money. Goodell is on salary. Goodell is only the mouthpiece for 32 owners. If Jerra were the only owner who was “all for it” with 31 against, there woulb no expansion. By the way, of that 100K per extra game, how much goes to the underpaid players?

  113. jollyjoker2 says: Feb 1, 2014 2:39 AM

    its okay unless there is no bye weekend. Than, its not worth the top two teams pushing it. Get done with the season in week 13 and take 3 weeks off

  114. romosrevenge says: Feb 1, 2014 2:41 AM

    But Goodell IS a goof, just for a lot of other reasons.

  115. pleasefiregoodell says: Feb 1, 2014 4:04 AM

    I have been saying this for years:

    Will somebody, anybody PLEASE FIRE Goodell!!

  116. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Feb 1, 2014 6:41 AM

    Goodell keeps trying to grow the revenue pie, and expanding the playoffs adds gate receipts, tv revenue and makes some regular season games more meaningful.

    Goodell’s “greed is good” maniacal quest for money certainly has more than its fair share of downsides — but it does keep him in a job making $30,000.000.00/year.

    Do not further expand the playoffs. Enough.

  117. fishyinalittledishy says: Feb 1, 2014 7:00 AM

    Totally agree with afcdomination.

    I am a British football fan and do not want an expansion team over here, do not want a super bowl over here, the game is played in the states its your game nobody else s. The NFL would have nothing without you American fans. I love the game with passion spend a lot of money watching it and reading about it. The London games are great for us from a selfish standpoint and maybe that’s as far as the league should go. I think a lot of this speculation, only ideas that will never happen. A tweak here and there is good but some of the things we are hearing is pure madness. Something that i do laugh at is how they can still compare the game from a statistic point like QB / Receiver completions when the game now is not what it was back in the day. 20years from now basketball scores will probably be the norm in the new improved NFL

  118. savojah says: Feb 1, 2014 7:05 AM

    OMG WTF IS WRONG WITH YOU GUYS!!! THIS IS A GREAT IDEA!

    I really like this from a player standpoint. These guys put their bodies on the line for our entertainment. They should be rewarded with a shot to win a title, and this increases their chances.

    I don’t get who wouldn’t want more playoff spots, which means a chance at your team winning a championship. If you make the playoffs, your franchise makes more money. We all want that for our squads, right?

    This has nothing to do with safety. You can ask any player, and I bet they say want this. They already at risk playing a 16 game season. You think these guys want to play in vain? Everyone of them want to play for a chance in the playoffs.

  119. etjla says: Feb 1, 2014 7:53 AM

    I’m a Steelers fan and I don’t think they deserved to be in the playoffs. Leave the playoff system alone Mr $.

  120. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Feb 1, 2014 7:57 AM

    Goodell keeps trying to grow the revenue pie, and expanding the playoffs adds gate receipts, tv revenue and makes some regular season games more meaningful.

    Goodell’s “greed is good” maniacal quest for money certainly has more than its fair share of downsides — but it does keep him in a job making $30,000.000.00/year.

    Do not further expand the playoffs. Enough.

  121. tavisteelersfan says: Feb 1, 2014 8:09 AM

    Wonder if thin would change how James Harrison feels about the commish?

  122. jeffesky says: Feb 1, 2014 8:30 AM

    Where is the USFL when you need it. The answer to player safety is add more games, travel to London, remover PATS which adds another smash mouth play for 2 points after each TD? WTF, so like the Hawks make the post season at 7-9, the NFL gets bashed for it and now they want the first 6-10 team to make it. I tell you all right now Jerry Jones is trying to destroy the NFL just Trump destroyed the USFL. Greed, ego and power are at play here.

  123. omniusprime says: Feb 1, 2014 8:53 AM

    Goodell only sees the almighty dollar signs that allowing two pathetic teams into the playoffs. He only cares about the money, never the integrity of the game. Leave the current format of 12 teams, allowing two more garbage teams in won’t make the league more competitive.

  124. olcap says: Feb 1, 2014 8:58 AM

    How can any fan of this game want to see teams with losing season records in the playoffs?

    The only logical conclusion as to why Roger deems this so vital is that he IS NOT a fan of professional football. He is a fan… and a cheerleader of the rich classless jerks that he works for to, as one poster pointed out, find every dollar that can possibly be squeezed from the game, from the fans, and TFB if the game becomes cheap and phony garbage.

  125. skinsrock says: Feb 1, 2014 9:02 AM

    Everyone talks about watering down the playoffs or if it isn’t broke (blah blah blah)… Tell me why the team that comes in 2nd deserves a week off to rest & then gets a home game? The only team that deserves that treatment is the team that comes in first place. Also, who doesn’t want triple header football the first week of the playoffs? You could have games from 1 PM – 11 PM Saturday & Sunday.

  126. bigperm33 says: Feb 1, 2014 9:45 AM

    and in a completely unrelated note, there was a story the other day about the multi-billion dollar NFL hoping to more than double its profits within the next few years. but adding playoff games, and trying to expand to 18 games is all about the fans and competition. Goodell is incapable of being sincere and of doing anything that isnt completely driven by improving profits and improving his salary. because, right Roger, what fans really want is to see more teams with mediocre regular seasons get into the playoffs.

  127. richardernsberger says: Feb 1, 2014 10:37 AM

    It is hard to believe this dude gets $30M a year–here is another example of absurd, outrageous American capitalism. He could be earning, say, $3 million annually and be enormously well paid, and he could focus on just managing a good league and a good product. But no, billionaire owners rain money on him in exchange for his commitment to help them grow their already huge profits–at the expense of fans and players. It’s all about greed, everyone knows it, but we have to listen to his “oh, we’ll have even more excitment” PR schtick.

    Maybe we should just quit with all the incremental nonsense and play every pro sport all year long, every team in the playoffs, and be done with it.

  128. pcoisma says: Feb 1, 2014 10:49 AM

    I have never seen a puppet like this(Goodell) actually believe he is in charge. NFLPA you screwed up BIGTIME.

  129. jchuber says: Feb 1, 2014 10:56 AM

    yea, like a 20 game season, an NFL team is London, two in LA, so godell gets a raise.

    Also, almost forgot the most important part, the possibility of a team with a miserable record (7-13), winning the last 4 or 5 games and becoming SB champs Why have a regular
    season?

    As usual, its all about $

  130. rcali says: Feb 1, 2014 3:05 PM

    God Dell is such a fake. Is done good things for the league but he lies all the time and thinks we can’t see through the crud.

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