Bengals owner Mike Brown opposes 18-game schedule

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Not every owner in the NFL is behind the push for an increase of the regular season to 18 games.

Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown said Tuesday that he is not in favor of increasing the amount of regular season games and believes the players deal with enough beating as it is.

These seasons are long and they take a toll on you mentally, they take a toll on players physically,” Brown said at the team’s annual media luncheon, via Joe Kay of the Associated Press. “Maybe we should just step back and accept the 16 number and go with it.”

Additionally, the idea of increasing the amount of games to 18 while limiting the players to just 16 games apiece doesn’t do it for Brown either.

“Well, that’s absurd,” Brown said. “I don’t want that.”

“Everyone knows the discussion on this. It isn’t the way football has been played. Baseball is played that way, different pitchers and all. In our game, you get the best team out there, and I think that’s the way it ought to be.”

The chance to make even more money than the league currently rakes in is the obvious reason for some within the league to float the idea of cutting two preseason games and adding to the regular season slate. The idea of an 18-game regular season schedule has been lingering around for several years despite constant push back from the NFL Players Association.

13 responses to “Bengals owner Mike Brown opposes 18-game schedule

  1. Here is an easy way for the NFL to increase revenue:
    Add an extra bye so the season is one week longer but teams still play 16 games. The NFL gets an extra week of TV revenue without having to do anything, and no wear on the players.
    As a bonus have the buy before Thursday night games so teams have a lot of time to rest and prepare for them.

  2. Nice negotiating tactic you got there Mike. No wonder you are the worst owner in the league.

    His strategy, first down and punt.

  3. Mike Brown has a pretty decent record for being right about CBA related stuff, He was one of only 2 owners who opposed the disasterous CBA that caused loads of issues a few years back. Plus this time its even more obvious to the average joe. this 18 game season nonsense is BS!

  4. I will first one to complain about this guy, BUT, traditional owners like him are always favorable to guys purely doing it as an investment. Actually cares about what made the game great.

  5. Mike Brown supports something in favor of better treatment of people over more money. This is literally headline news. Its like when the grinches heart grew three sizes.

  6. While as a fan and a Bengals fan specifically, I would like to see 18 game regular season schedule, this kinda flies in the face of the Mike Brown is cheap as hell and only cares about money narrative doesn’t it?

  7. Well, Players will want their salaries raised by 2/16 and still only work 16 games with little or no net revenue to the owners. This is why Mike Brown is against the 18 game season.

  8. intrafinesse says:
    Here is an easy way for the NFL to increase revenue:
    Add an extra bye so the season is one week longer but teams still play 16 games. The NFL gets an extra week of TV revenue without having to do anything, and no wear on the players.
    —————————————-

    Close to my thoughts. Add 1 game and 1 extra “by week”. Gives the players the extra load of one game, but adds more recovery and rest time during the season.
    I think everyone wins in this set up.

  9. pdeizel says:
    July 24, 2019 at 7:02 am
    Mike Brown supports something in favor of better treatment of people over more money. This is literally headline news. Its like when the grinches heart grew three sizes.

    24 4 Rate This
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    Mike brown put an MRI machine in the basement of the stadium when it was built almost 20 years ago. The logistics of that ran the cost well into the tens of millions of dollars, and several million a year just to maintain and operate.
    To this day, no other team has an MRI machine at the stadium. Nobody else has even attempted it.
    Theres only I think 3 teams that even have one at the practice facility.

    Other teams, because they don’t want to spend the money, will put injured players back in the game without knowing the full extent of their injuries, putting the players careers at risk.

    But please continue the narrative

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