Jerry Jones confirms that 17-game season is an “item of negotiation”

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The NFL wants an 18-game regular season. It will settle for 17.

And, indeed, 17 seems to be the current target of the ongoing labor talks.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who has taken a key role in this round of negotiations, confirmed during his weekly Friday appearance on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas that the expansion of the regular season by one game remains a possibility.

It is an item of negotiation, and we are involved in negotiation with the player union,” Jones said, via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News.

Asked whether the players are willing to grow the regular season by one game, Jones said, “I couldn’t comment on it because . . . I don’t want to get into [it].”

The NFL Players Association consistently has resisted the expansion of the regular season. But the union also hasn’t ruled it out, which gives the league an opening to add a regular-season game if the offer to the players is strong enough to get them to bite.

The expansion of the regular season would be accompanied by a reduction in the preseason. Packers CEO Mark Murphy, a proponent of the 17-game season, has suggested that the preseason be sliced in half.

A 17-game season would give the league 16 neutral-site games, which in turn would ensure eight true home games and eight true road games for every team in every year. The extra 16 games could be played in other countries, or in unique non-NFL venues in the United States.

It also would make every team a winner or a loser for the year. Barring a tie that would leave a team at 8-8-1, every team would have more wins than losses or more losses than wins.

The bottom line for the league would be a win, with another TV weekend. And if the league also were to add a second bye, the Super Bowl would land on President’s Day weekend, giving plenty of fans the day after the Super Bowl off, which in turn would allow them to fully embrace the Super Bowl experience.

14 responses to “Jerry Jones confirms that 17-game season is an “item of negotiation”

  1. He couldn’t comment on it and didn’t want to get into it. Do that begs the question Jerry, why did you open your yap on the subject in the first place?

  2. I bet they want a two game extension. I feel the owners are using the one game proposal just to get fans (that don’t want more regular season games) to go long with the idea of more games. They are in essence using the one game model to planet the seed of change into the heads of fans. Sell them with one game and make them buy two games.

  3. “He couldn’t comment on it and didn’t want to get into it. Do that begs the question Jerry, why did you open your yap on the subject in the first place?”
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    Fair point. Mics get stuck in this guy’s face all of the time, but instead of deflecting, Jerry just can’t help himself

  4. Why isn’t this a thing already? I love the idea of presumably less .500 records and the super bowl on President’s day

  5. But player safety is paramount to the owners…yikes. Hope the NFLPA leverages a higher salary cap with higher minimum salaries, more roster spots, stop testing for pot, and an over haul of the player discipline process.

  6. I feel the owners are using the one game proposal just to get fans (that don’t want more regular season games) to go long with the idea of more games.
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    I don’t get why you think fans wouldn’t want more regular season games? I could see players being against it but I’d love to see 1 or 2 more Packer games each season. Sundays suck without football!

  7. mjimmym says: “He couldn’t comment on it and didn’t want to get into it. Do that begs the question Jerry, why did you open your yap on the subject in the first place?”
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    Read carefully. He can’t comment on how the PLAYERS feel about expanding the season because he doesn’t speak for the players. That question has to be answered by the NFLPA.

  8. Chill_Donahue says: “But player safety is paramount to the owners…yikes.”
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    Players getting hurt has statistically been evenly distributed throughout the season. There is no more risk of injury in Week 17 than Week 2.

    And according to a lot of folks on PFT, players don’t get hit anymore with all the safety protection rules anyways.

    Their “outrage” depends on the topic – if it’s about an 17/18 week schedule, it’s “gosh, think about players’ safety!!!”. When it’s about another penalty flag for player safety like late hits/unneccessary roughness/etc., it’s “gosh, the league is turning soft!!!”

  9. Just let the league do whatever they want. They’re going to do it anyway. If you don’t like it, don’t watch the games. If you like it, watch the games. Maybe fewer pre-season games. Maybe extra bye weeks. The NFL is good at making money, and we can’t seem to get enough of it. They used to play 12 games. Then 14. Now 16. The world somehow survived all that. I think we’ll be ok, no matter what they choose.

  10. coachzinbc says:
    September 27, 2019 at 2:33 pm
    NFL preseason is the worst
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    But it is 100% necessary. A) It would make the first few games of the season super sloppy if there was no dress rehearsal. B) There are guys who end up having a career because of the preseason. How else would you evaluate talent and how would undrafted guys ever get a shot. C) It is extra necessary for teams with lots of young players or a new coach to prepare for the season.

    I like the NFL with 16 regular-season games and 4 preseason games. If anything, throw in a second bye week. Players are getting bigger, faster and the game is becoming more violent. An extra week to rest during the season would be good for the players.

  11. It’s a moot point. The NFLPA will want a much bigger piece of the pie and the owners won’t be willing to do that.

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