Players push for 17-game season to be delayed until 2022 or 2023

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The NFL wants to implement a 17-game season, and it wants to do it as soon as possible. The NFL Players Association wants to slow the process down by a year or two.

Per multiple sources, players would like to delay the implementation of an extra regular-season game until 2022 or 2023. This position flows primarily from the fact that plenty of players have contracts that extend to 2021 and beyond, complicating significantly the prospect of compensating them for an extra game.

Roughly 70 players currently are under contract through 2023. If a 17-game season can be delayed that long, a system for compensating those players in 2023 (and beyond where applicable) would be devised.

But the league still wants to expand the regular season as soon as possible. And for good reason. There’s money to be made in that extra weekend of games, and the league wants to start making it.

With players showing unexpected resistance to a 17th game, however, a compromise to 2022 could be what’s needed to work this out. And however it works out, there’s an emerging sense that, indeed, a deal is coming. And it will include 17 games.

One of the biggest questions left as to a 17th game is when the extra game will be played.

64 responses to “Players push for 17-game season to be delayed until 2022 or 2023

  1. “One of the biggest questions left as to a 17th game is when the extra game will be played.” Also where it will be played (who gets an extra home game?), and how an extra opponent is selected.

  2. It’s difficult to continue to follow a sport that ignores it’s fans while taking more and more of their money. By and large, fans don’t want a 17th game. Leave the game as it is. This should be a sport, first and foremost, and not a business.

  3. First, why don’t you guys want a 17th game? And don’t give me the “records will be broken” argument. Who cares? 16 game schedule broke 14 game records. Who cares? Take away a preseason game and make it a regular season game. Sure sounds nice to me. It’s going to happen. Some will complain. Players will complain. They will vote for it because…money.

  4. I’m looking forward to my complete liberation from this league. Doubt I will watch even 20 minutes next year.UEFA is better. And not everytho g is the official “whatever” of the league.

  5. We don’t want a 17th game! What sounds good about it, another boring Thursday night game? How about another match-up of the worst teams from other conferences? Another week of backup QB’s filing in for the QB’s who shouldn’t have been starting to begin with? Next you’ll have expansion!

  6. Some of you just dont get it.
    The owners are employers. The players are employees.
    The 17 game season is a work issue between owners and employees, fans dont get a say in the matter. Its none of your business. Who the heck are you to try and determine working hours, and pay for others that have nothing to do with you.
    I swear, some of you have real delusions. Your opinion does not matter, and is not wanted. Worry about your OWN job, hours, and compensation.

  7. NFL’s current schedule fits well. Starts after Labor Day. Ends around New Years. “January football” = playoffs. Then, the Super Bowl.

    Jacking this up is a bad idea. The schedule won’t flow as well. It’s too hot to play in Florida.

    Pigs get fat. Leave it alone.

  8. Season starts 1st weekend in Sept that way the regular season in still over the end of Dec. Get rid of the last 2 preseason games it’s a waste of time and money. If teams want to get together those two weeks it’s on them. Most GM’s and HC’s think that 4 preseason games are too much. Have you ever been to the last 2 preseason games all the bench players play no starters!

  9. Do fans really care? We might have an opinion about whether it’s a good idea or not, but it’s not a life-altering issue that will decide such things as affordable healthcare and social security benefits going forward. Seriously, why do we care? Truth is, we really don’t. It’s not that important. It’s another game to watch. On the scale of bad things, that’s not really a bad thing. We’ll live.

  10. PrimeTime says:
    February 16, 2020 at 11:21 am
    Some of you just dont get it.
    The owners are employers. The players are employees.
    The 17 game season is a work issue between owners and employees, fans dont get a say in the matter. Its none of your business. Who the heck are you to try and determine working hours, and pay for others that have nothing to do with you.
    I swear, some of you have real delusions. Your opinion does not matter, and is not wanted. Worry about your OWN job, hours, and compensation.
    *****
    Without the fans, the owners and employees have no business and no revenue stream. I would say the fans are an integral part of the equation.

  11. 2 things everyone is getting wrong:

    1) The additional 17th game wont add only “one” week of revenue(ie: an extra week of the NFL “TV show”) The owners WANT to go along with the extra bye week, & will ‘give’ this automatically when the 17th game is agreed to. That will add TWO weeks to the NFL “TV show” which will increase revenues 12% not just 6%.

    2) The extra game will NOT make an “additional home game” for anybody.. The extra game will be played in other non-NFL locations. Besides Mexico, Toronto, London (now a 5 1/2 hr flight is avail via new jet) .. the other extra games will easily sell out as one time “events” in Columbus, Portland, San Antonio, etc

  12. The 17 or 18 game season will heighten the risk of star players being injured before the playoffs, and giving us Connor Cook vs Brian Hoyer type games when it matters the most. Ultimately for me, the constant creep of the NFL’s season length makes me less interested in how many weekends a year I’m willing to dedicate to it. I know the NFL is trying to maximize their revenue, but let us all remember that growth is fine till it becomes cancer.

  13. The extra game 17 will make great regional rivalry games, ie: Dallas vs Houston in San Antonio – Cleveland vs Cincinnati in Columbus, etc

    And as “one time annual events” in non-NFL cities, the games will easily sell out!

  14. Greedy owners and league, they’re jealous that the other major sports leagues last 9 months out of the year

  15. The 17th game is important because of the skyrocketing player salaries, the liabilities, and ever-increasing PR costs that NFL franchises have due to players suing for injuries and players committing crimes all the time or causing negative publicity for the NFL and its franchises.
    The owners HAVE to make that money up somewhere, so the 17th game is one way owners can recoup player-caused costs.
    The media is completely in bed with the players and their union, THAT’S why fans never hear or read the owners true perspective.

  16. I would have 17 (or even 18) regular season games, no preseason games, and schedule controlled scrimmages during the preseason to get ready. They could be televised, people would attend, and it wouldn’t be a fake game.

  17. Of course they are pushing for that.

    “We would like our extra money now, please. You can have your extra game in two or three years. When 75% of us will be out of the league.”

  18. how is that supposed to work with an odd number of games? Teams with 9 road games will be at a disadvantage… either make it 18 games and 2 preseason games or leave it the way it is now…

  19. Reduce to price of preseason games by half as they are meaningless to everyone but the coaches and fringe players. Do we really want the Super Bowl to be played 2 weeks into Feb. The league is supposedly so concerned about players safety so their bright idea is to add an additional week of practice and games hence more contact and chance of injury. I say leave it at 16 games because after this CBA is expired we’ll then see the jump to 18 and eventually 20 games. Greed is the only reason the owners want more games

  20. I am always right, right? says:

    February 16, 2020 at 11:11 am

    I’m looking forward to my complete liberation from this league. Doubt I will watch even 20 minutes next year.UEFA is better. And not everytho g is the official “whatever” of the league.
    ——-
    Your on a site dedicated to the NFL in mid-February when games are 7 months away so quit lying to yourself and others if your spending time now you will watch more than 20 minutes before halftime of the 1 oclock games in week 1.

  21. I’ve got a proposal for a 19 game Season….I have posted it on the Net before and will do so again soon.

    No one has proved that 16 games is the magic number for games per Season. I believe the biggest issue is the rest in between.

    My proposal would give the players a ton of rest…about 35 days off in a season that runs from Labor day to the first week in March!

    It would make games available to neutral sites with a twist….and give home fans 9 games each year.

  22. I am a no for a 17th game. The 17th game will probably be in a neutral site city. The prices will be astronomical. I live in Vancouver, B.C. Canada and it will be in BC Place Stadium which has a different type of field turf. When soccer is played there, you often see pebbles of dirt come up as the player slide checks their opponent. It gets into the players eyes a lot. Same with The CFL team that plays there and they can’t even get fans to show up and tickets are less than $50 Canadian. It will probably always involve the Seattle Seahawks in someway. Look at what happened in Winnipeg this year they played on a 80 yard field.

    Now if they took away 2 preseason games and made it 1 regular season game and a bye it might change my mind.

  23. Realistically its the lack of rest-time to heal that causes most NFL injuries.

    If they would agree to add an extra bye AND in doing so ALSO add a provision that ALL Thursday games MUST follow bye weeks, THAT would do more for the players health, recovery, safety (and quality of the game) than any one game added or subtracted.

  24. I prefer the idea of adding an extra bye week. Sure, number of games is the same, but an extra week of viewership, gambling, fantasy football, etc. It would be a big boost to revenue and avoid all the health issues etc that come along with an extra game.

  25. Any chance the NFL is delayed until 2022 or 2023?
    If there is a 2 year lock out, there’s always the XFL

  26. Cancel Thursday night games and set all bye weeks after week 8 on the same weekend. Allow for a no football week in the middle of the season. This would give no team any advantage, all teams would be treated fairly, and cancel all the joke London and Mexico games. If you must travel, go to Canada.

  27. The 17 or 18 game season will heighten the risk of star players being injured before the playoffs, and giving us Connor Cook vs Brian Hoyer type games when it matters the most. Ultimately for me, the constant creep of the NFL’s season length makes me less interested in how many weekends a year I’m willing to dedicate to it. I know the NFL is trying to maximize their revenue, but let us all remember that growth is fine till it becomes cancer.

    Very profound. But we both know if there is a 17th game, you will watch it, even if it is Cook vs Hoyer. You know why? The NFL is the best product out there, especially in early January. You will watch because there is nothing else on, and don’t pretend otherwise, and don’t think some “player safety” argument will make sense when you watch them kill each other for 16 weeks but for some reason the 17th week is WAY TOO MUCH. For the NFL it is low hanging fruit, and they will grab it and give the players extra revenue or more roster spots, and everyone will be mollified. Fans don’t have to take the high road in this argument, because it’s another week of red zone, and the alternative is meaningless college basketball or NBA, or hockey. Don’t feel bad you watch guys getting hurt; another week won’t change that.

  28. conormacleod says:
    February 16, 2020 at 11:10 am
    First, why don’t you guys want a 17th game? And don’t give me the “records will be broken” argument. Who cares? 16 game schedule broke 14 game records. Who cares? Take away a preseason game and make it a regular season game. Sure sounds nice to me. It’s going to happen. Some will complain. Players will complain. They will vote for it because…money.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    There are many reasons and none involve arbitrary “records” or stats. Unless you are new to NFL discussions you have already heard and ignored the reasons. First and foremost is fairness. Unless all those extra games are international (which only a handful of people want) or neutral sites half the league will get an extra home game and half will not. Swapping out a pre-season game for a regular season game does nothing of benefit except placate the season ticket holders complaining about paying full price. Preseason is practice. It is for evaluating players and rosters, not for entertaining crowds. The owners and players understood that they could get fans to pay for watching scrimmages so they did. Killing a preseason game makes each team that much worse and kills an opportunity for fringe players to make the teams. The schedule breakdown and division focus is as close to perfect as any sports league has ever achieved. Divisions play each other on a fixed schedule, and the straggler games are based on the previous year seeding. Throwing in an extra game messes it all up and skews the fairness. A close division fight can easily be unfair based on that one game. Say Minnesota and Green Bay are tied in the standings and split head to head. Minnesota’s extra game is Baltimore and GB gets Cincy. Would that have been considered fair this past season? As the article states there are pay issues based on current contracts. They are not easily remedied because agents and lawyers love stirring the pot if they think they can squeeze an extra buck out of it. Every player will view that extra game as “playing for free”. There is absolutely no valid reason for an additional game other than money. At the revenue the league generates, an extra game would be a minimal increase in percentage and that is only if they keep/gain viewers/live attendees and not lose an already agitated fan base over an overt money grab. What do YOU get out of an additional game? An extra week of football on TV. That can be achieved by giving each team an additional BYE and stretching the season by a week without impacting the perfect schedule setup in any way.

  29. Let’s ask Antino Brown what he thinks of a 17 game season. I guarantee he said it is what it is. I screw these guys who think they are irreplaceable. The owners do what they want because they own the league.

  30. 18 games, no preseason, 2 byes, no increase in playoffs, no MJ testing and players behavior must improve and no player can make more than 7% of teams salary cap

  31. I have a solution. The NFL can prolong the season to 18 weeks by giving each team 2 by weeks during the season. No need to play 17 or 18 games and no need to shorten the preseason.

  32. The 17th game is “needed” for one reason, and one reason only: GREED.

    Greed that benefits you. Unless you dislike football, which is unlikely considering you are posting here. The 15th and 16th game is all greed too, BTW. The NFL season used to be 14 games. And when they moved to 16, there were a bunch of people that claimed 16 was too much as well. Get what’s going in here yet? Lol.

  33. The NFL regular season used to be 12 games. Then 14. Now 16. Football, originally intended to be a fall sport, now goes from August to February. When is enough ever going to be enough? Why is MORE MORE MORE seen as always being better?

  34. This does not have to wait over money. Agree or disagree with addition of game, money can be prorated on any existing contract, salary caps , and so forth.
    If they’re going to do it, just do it.
    NEXT

  35. It’s pretty simple, no need to delay it because players are under contract when it might be implemented.

    I mean… if you are getting paid, say $8,000,000, you are getting $500,000 a game week. Now you’d get $8,500,000
    If you’re a QB getting a big $32,000,000 a year contract, that equates to $2,000,000 a game so now you’d get…wait for it…$2,000,000 more for another week.

    Shocking

  36. Fans commenting ‘We don’t want a 17th game. Leave things the way they are! I swear the NFL is doing everything they can to not make us not want to watch these games.’

    Those same fans on the Sunday of the 17th game for their favorite team: eyes glued to the television watching the game.

    Hypocrisy, anyone?

  37. Greed is spelled NFLowners! The fans have no say. I just read where the nfl might flex a game on a sunday at 1pm to monday at 8pm! Just great dont even respect the dad who bought 4 tickets to the 1 pm game for his family!Enough is enough! These owners are so rude! Roger G. makes so much money he has no respect for the fans!Ive had season tickets for over 40 years but losing interest fast.

  38. Bill Marsh says:
    February 17, 2020 at 8:17 am
    FinFan68 – Why would the league not alternate the home game from year to year?
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    So, your plan is that the extra matchups are the same every year or the home teams one year are the visitors next year no matter who they play? That seems “fair” on paper only because teams are different every year. Don’t look at it over several years. Look at it over the one year that the games count where two teams are fight it out for a playoff spot and one of them gets an extra home game.

  39. Pretty easy solution to the 9/8 home/road split. Have the 17th game be an interconference game either against a designated “rival” (i.e Dallas-Houston, Philly-Pittsburgh, NYG-NYJ, etc) or matchup up the first place team in one AFC division with the first place team in an NFC division. Same with the other teams and the corresponding place in the standings. In odd number years, AFC teams get 9 home games. In even number years, the NFC gets the extra home game.

  40. There are a lot of reason why the NFL went from 12 games to 14, and then from 14 to 16, keeping even numbers. I’d say the obvious thing to do is have 2 bye weeks so the league gets an extra week of TV revenue, if that’s their main concern. You can accomplish that without screwing up everything else.

  41. Season records go out the door by adding another game. 16 games has always been perfect. Add a second bye week and play the SB on the Sunday before President’s Day. Owners get an additional week’s (18) games on TV. Players get an additional week to rest. If it’s all about player’s safety, 17 games isn’t.

  42. The NFL season is already way too long. Adding a 17th game with two bye weeks does “screw up everything else”, simply by making the season even longer than it already is.

  43. crowbayte says:
    February 16, 2020 at 9:26 pm
    The NFL regular season used to be 12 games. Then 14. Now 16. Football, originally intended to be a fall sport, now goes from August to February. When is enough ever going to be enough? Why is MORE MORE MORE seen as always being better?
    ——————————-
    Back when they had 14 game seasons they also had 6 game preseasons. Seems the same balance could work here.

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