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Packers president unsure if playoff expansion close to passing


Packers president Mark Murphy is an advocate for expanding the playoffs, but he admits getting the proposal passed might take some time.

One of the proposals for adding a seventh playoff team would be to reduce the preseason by a game, and that would require 75 percent of owners to approve the measure.

I think this one might be a little more challenging to get it done for this year, but we’ll see,” Murphy said, via Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “Because I think a number of clubs want to see this tied into changes in the preseason.”

“The quality of play in preseason has really dropped off pretty dramatically over the last decade. We’ve looked at a couple different options.”

Either way, Murphy defended the integrity of the playoffs, saying a seventh team wouldn’t water it down.

“I think it’s more revenue, more teams contending for playoff spots, more excitement, more compelling games at the end of the season,” he said. “It would still be less than 50 percent of teams making the playoffs. You’d still have to earn it. This year in the NFC, Arizona would have made it, and they were 10-6. You want to make sure you don’t water down the playoffs.”

Of course, that seventh AFC team would have been strictly filler this year, but the Cardinals make for a much better example.

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6 Responses to “Packers president unsure if playoff expansion close to passing”
  1. roastbeefsandwich says: Feb 13, 2014 10:40 AM

    A lot of teams would lose revenue from the preseason game being dropped. I don’t know if they’ll accept that.

  2. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Feb 13, 2014 11:59 AM

    He’d better hope they expand the playoffs because at the trajectory they’ve had the last few years, that will be the only way they can make the playoffs.

  3. rcali says: Feb 13, 2014 1:55 PM

    Follow the money, and the answer will be right in front of you.

  4. dragonfly99 says: Feb 13, 2014 4:14 PM

    Leave the playoffs alone.

  5. palmercot says: Feb 13, 2014 11:50 PM

    More play offs and less raping the season ticket holders by making them by tickets to the lousy pre season shows, I can’t call them games because the packers don’t play to win.

  6. just4given says: Feb 17, 2014 2:14 PM

    Not a fan of expanding the playoffs. For every 10-6 team that misses the mark, there are two 8-8 or 7-9 teams that would be sucked in. Thank God the NFL is not the NBA or NHL If after a 16 game season, you fall short of the top 6, you have no-one to blame buyt yourself. Should the NFL have provided false hope to Steeler nation but letting into the dance to be crushed?

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