When the NFL’s owners convene in Florida next week for the annual league meetings, they’ll talk about expanding the postseason, but they’ll take no action on the move.
Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports that no vote will be conducted during the 2014 meetings on the possibility of moving the playoff field from 12 to 14 teams in 2015.
Given that the change wouldn’t be made until 2015, there’s really no reason to take a vote now. During the next year, plans can be made for staging — and, more importantly, selling — the two extra wild-card games that will arise if/when (when) the No. 2 seed loses its bye and faces the No. 7 seed in each conference.
Either way, expansion of the playoffs feels inevitable. With the 18-game season off the table, the lost revenue from shrinking the preseason can be offset only by expanding the postseason.