The NFL will discuss expanding the playoffs when the owners meet in March.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said today that expanded playoffs were not a topic for this week’s owners’ meeting, but he does expect the Competition Committee to study the matter and the owners to discuss it at the spring league meeting.
“That’s something we will likely address in March, but not before,” Goodell said.
Goodell and several owners have expressed support for expanding the playoffs to include seven teams from each conference. Under that format, only one team in each conference would earn a first-round bye, and there would be six playoff games instead of four during the first weekend of the postseason.
Logistics of a 14-team playoff are not yet known. Would the first weekend of the postseason include three playoff games on Saturday and three on Sunday? Two on Saturday, three on Sunday and one on Monday night?
But expanding the postseason seems to be something Goodell wants to do. Probably for the 2015 season.