Not surprisingly, NFL owners didn’t take up the question of playoff expansion as of 2015 at the March 2014 league meetings. Not surprisingly, they didn’t take it up at the May 2014 quarterly meetings.
And it won’t be a surprise when they don’t take it up in October or at any point before March 2015.
Apart from the various moving parts and other logistics, including the need to get 24 owners on board with playoff expansion to the obligation to bargain with the union over the change in workplace conditions to the money that could be offered by the networks for two extra wild-card games, it would be foolish to add a pair of playoff teams for the 2015 postseason field until the 2014 postseason has come and gone.
Imagine the outcry from the fans of the two teams that would have made it to the playoffs in 2014 if a decision is made to grow the field from 12 to 14 teams as of the next season. Those fans would argue that, if the NFL is willing to decide to expand the playoffs in 2014 for 2015, they should have been expanded as of 2014.
The far better approach will be to expand the postseason next March. The fact that the issue has crept into the meetings more than a year early confirms that plenty of work needs to be done before the change can officially be made. Still, officially making a change that won’t apply until 2015 before the end of the 2014 NFL season makes no sense.