Owners to vote next week on 14-team playoff

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The NFL is likely to make playoff expansion next week.

Owners will vote next week on the proposal to add one more team from each conference to the playoffs, according to Judy Battista of NFL Media.

With the NFL and the rest of the world shying away from conducting business in person, the league will conduct the vote via conference call.

Other votes, regarding proposed changes to the playing rules, are expected to take place in May, when the league is still planning to get the owners together in person for a meeting.

Under the proposed playoff formula, seven teams from each conference would make the postseason. The team with the best record would get the only first-round bye, while three division winners from each conference would host three wild card teams during the first weekend of the playoffs.

Still to be determined is exactly how the six games in the first playoff weekend will be scheduled. Also still to be determined is which TV networks will televise the two additional playoff games, which are expected to bring in significant additional revenue for the NFL.

73 responses to “Owners to vote next week on 14-team playoff

  1. This is one proposal that needs to be voted down. And to think it was just three months ago that we heard endless complaining about the lousy winner of the NFC East potentially making a the playoffs with a .500 record (or worse).

  2. Really hope this fails. It will add nothing to playoffs and water them down.

    It also takes away the competition that goes on for the 2 seed even if the 1 is already locked off.

    Terrible greedy idea

  3. They’ll take any opportunity to ruin the game so I’m sure it will pass.

  4. How is a 7 vs 2 seed wild card round a good addition? 99% of the time it will be a blowout.

  5. Why not have 20 teams make the playoffs and have the 7-10 seeds play in the first rd and atleast have competitive games before rd 2.

  6. Sounds like I will have one more reason to continue using my Sundays to hit the gym and do stuff with my family, rather than giving my precious time to the NFL.

  7. I thought the original excuse (other than mo’ money) was it kept more teams in the hunt for longer, but yet more slots will mean you’ll have more teams who have already earned one. So you won’t further reduce the proportion of meaningless games, yet add worse playoff games.

  8. Hey, how about 2 superbowls per season? Those make money. Who cares if it cheapens the product right?

  9. I think the “draft” date would be a topic of discussion and would expect firm decision upon conclusion of the meeting.

  10. I am pleasantly surprised how little I miss sports… Many will be totally weaned off by the time things ramp up…

  11. Who wants to place a bet for the first 6-10 team to win a Super Bowl?
    Money, Money, Money, MONEY!!!

  12. It’s only adding two teams, this isn’t going to be a drastic change. And of course it’s about money – is that really a surprise to anyone? This is a $15 billion business.

  13. firejerry says:
    March 27, 2020 at 3:38 pm
    It should be the 7 best records…..the hell with division winners.

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    Actually we should revert back to just the four division winners and eliminate the wild card teams. If you can’t win your division….you are done.

  14. A good team will have a rash of early season injuries then get everybody healthy in December. They will finish 7-9 and be the team nobody wants to see/play.

  15. This will fully seal Tom Brady’s 6 super bowl wins as an untouchable record. He won three as a #2 seed. The #2 seed route to the super bowl will be much harder wit hthis.

  16. Let’s just match the NBA and NHL and make it 16 or 18 teams in the Participation Ribbon Playoffs.

  17. The Owners aren’t listening to Mark Cuban, hogs get slaughtered. It is just a matter of time. The $30 some million a year contracts is enough for me. No players deserves that kind of pay. Owners are taking in too much money if they can pay 1 player like that.GREED

  18. LMAO at the noobs in here crying about how it would cheapen the playoffs. The NHL produces the best playoff product in all of sports every year and the majority make the playoffs. How the hell is it cheapened? I heard no complaints on how cheapened the playoffs are when the 8th seed Kings won the Stanley Cup. Same collection of clowns who cried on here every week about how Cuban was right. Waaaaaaaah!

  19. HATE IT!! This isn’t Pee Wee football where everyone gets a trophy I don’t want 8-8 teams making it in. There’s no reason bloated rosters like the Cowboys who under-perform every single season should be rewarded with a playoff appearance

  20. They did the math and figured enough people will still watch that they can afford to lose some.

    I gave up on baseball after the steroid nonsense and they’ve only gotten worse with the cheating.

    I gave up on the NBA after they moved the Sonics and players started becoming their own GMs to stack just a few teams while the rest stink.

    The NFL has always been special to me because of how few games there are, how it makes big momements become so much bigger and more exciting than equivalent moments in other sports. This kind of change runs directly contrary to that. Tinker at your own peril, NFL

  21. The vote is only about money. It will pass. “Rich people will meet to decide if they would like to make more money at the expense of everything else…” It’s not even a coin toss. IT WILL PASS.

  22. New proposal: just have a 93 game, two year “season” with five bye weeks per year. Cut the pre-season entirely, allow unrestricted PEDs, cannabis, cocaine, crack, meth, and roofies. Instead of Gatorade on the sidelines all coolers will be full of Bud Light. When a player makes a run of more than 50 yards he immediately goes to the sideline after the play is over and does a bong hit and keg stand. Instant replay will be eliminated, except for entertaining plays where the player(s) do something ridiculous.

  23. Guys, let’s be honest. This one is easily going to pass. More money, better chance to win a super bowl, etc.

  24. thermanmerman99 says:
    March 27, 2020 at 5:51 pm
    LMAO at the noobs in here crying about how it would cheapen the playoffs. The NHL produces the best playoff product in all of sports every year and the majority make the playoffs. How the hell is it cheapened? I heard no complaints on how cheapened the playoffs are when the 8th seed Kings won the Stanley Cup. Same collection of clowns who cried on here every week about how Cuban was right. Waaaaaaaah!
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    Hockey is a different animal all together. The Kings had 100 points they year they won it all, which was more than all but 3 teams in the East. Their 46 wins were more than all teams in the East except two. If this rule was in effect last year, the 8-8 Steelers would have made it in the AFC and the 8-8 Cowboys in the NFC. Far, far different than a team that had 100 points making the playoffs. If any one here is a “noob” as you so stated, I think it could be you..

  25. We love football. Except if there’s more football? I’ll take extra playoff teams and a 17-18 game season. Just eliminate two preseason games and maybe expand rosters.

  26. thermanmerman99 says:
    March 27, 2020 at 5:51 pm
    LMAO at the noobs in here crying about how it would cheapen the playoffs. The NHL produces the best playoff product in all of sports every year and the majority make the playoffs. How the hell is it cheapened? I heard no complaints on how cheapened the playoffs are when the 8th seed Kings won the Stanley Cup. Same collection of clowns who cried on here every week about how Cuban was right. Waaaaaaaah!

    Can’t really compare a single game elimination vs. a series. Having a scrubbier team win on a good day destroys the remainder of the playoff.

  27. “How is a 7 vs 2 seed wild card round a good addition? 99% of the time it will be a blowout.”

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    They don’t care. You’re right, but they don’t care. They can sell ad time during playoff games at MUCH higher prices than regular season games. But you’re right-while some teams are better than their record (like the Titans last year), most of the others will limp into the playoffs just for the sake of making the playoffs, without any ability to win games.

    I do not see any way that this proposal fails. It is guaranteed money for the league. It will be absolutely awful for us as fans. The only possible upsides are two: occasionally, we’ll get a good team with a lower win total (like the Titans this year) that deserves to make it in. The second good thing is that the top teams will try harder to secure a 1 seed if it’s the only way to make the playoffs. Downside of that? The teams that know that they have no shot at a 1 seed may not strain themselves trying to get there if they feel that they’ll make the playoffs anyway.

    Both of the positives are iffy. The negatives are certain. But it’s also certain that this make the league more money, so it will be done.

  28. Sadly they probably will vote it through due to the amount of money two more games would produce. Should instead keep the playoffs the same with the exception of the better record gets the home game. Just because you win the division doesn’t necessarily mean you should get to host a home game if another team was better than you. If you let too many teams in, it will cheapen the product. Would anyone really want to have watched Pittsburgh, outside of Steeler fans, in the playoffs this year when everyone knew they had no shot at winning it all?

  29. I hope they vote it down. The playoffs are watered down enough now! This could mean a team under 500 will get into the playoffs. That’s a joke!

  30. Make it conditional that the 7th seed wild card in each conference must have at least a .500 record to trigger the 14 team format.

  31. If a 6-10 team wins the Superbowl then they were the best team in the NFL from week17 on. So be it.

  32. They should have changed it to kick the 4th division winner out of a home game if they have a worse record than both wildcards

  33. I had a west end zone ticket for SB 2….$15.00. Now only the big money people can afford to buy a ticket. However now I enjoy watching it on the tube. Bill

  34. The NFL is becoming an odd ball. 17 regular season games, 3 exhibition games, 7 playoff teams per conference. What is next? 3 conferences instead of 2, 3 divisions per conference?

  35. For scheduling it seems pretty obvious what they would do. 3 games each day starting at 1/4/8

  36. Are they going to make the Lombardi a participation trophy as well? So no one’s feelings are hurt?

  37. Each game becomes less important. End of the season games become less important. Stars won’t play as much, just like they sit in the NBA. The better opportunity to retain the quality is if the division winner has a losing record, they do not qualify and it goes to a team with a better record. If your against that, then you are for adding the everyone gets a trophy logic.

  38. Seems that if the Lions and Browns cant make the playoffs as constructed the league will simply add more teams to the playoffs so they have a chance.putting more teams in the playoffs simply waters down the quality.

  39. if the league was gonna make a change.. I’d rather it be an extra team in the playoffs instead of an expanded regular season.

    Personally, I don’t mind an extra team in the playoffs. I think it’s cool that the #1 seed is the only time with a bye and wildcard weekend gets one extra game on Saturday and Sunday.

    That being said, my wife will not be happy that my ass will be stuck to the cough even earlier in the day.

  40. America’s Team will finally make the play-offs again, instead of being a play-offs bridesmaid. Jerry will be very very happy.

  41. I like the fact the NFL is going to expand the playoffs to 7 teams per conference. If you sit down and think it seems like almost every year there is a good slid 10-6 or 9-7 team who ends up missing the playoffs who fans would of liked to see make it as they could of likely made some noise in the post season. I think once the playoffs expands well see more 9-10 win teams get in and make things interesting than we will see 8-8 teams who have no business being there. Just look how devastatingly DEEEEEP the NFC is for example and the AFC is catching up.

  42. Teams get hot at the end of the season. I’m all for a big tournament at the end of the season. I’m surprised at all the idiots posting comments on the subject they don’t want more football or more teams have a chance to go to the Super Bowl

  43. Actually the “weak record” teams that luck into the playoffs are when a division winner wins a weak division. That will still exist. But the extra team here will be based on record and probably is letting the team in that is better (and really earned it based on play/record) over that division winner. So this really wont diminish the “level” of the playoff teams (the weakest division winner still gets in and is still the weak link.)

    And eliminating the 2nd bye also will make the best teams likely play hard the last few weeks because they only have one spot to fight for.

    This ONE addition – and ONLY this one – probably does NOT hurt the playoff level, and possibly makes end of year play more competitive. (But JUST this one move.)

  44. I can’t wait until 7-9 teams make it as a wild card

    Going back 10 years, no 7-9 team would qualify as a wildcard. The only time that has occurred is in a weak division, which this change would not affect. There was at least 3 instances when a 10 win team was left out in the same time period that would have (rightfully) made it.

    I’m not saying this is a good change, but your dream of a 7-9 team making it is very unlikely. At least not as a wildcard.

  45. Dont do it! I don’t want the nfl to eventually turn into the nba with over half the teams making the playoffs. Watered down.

  46. LMAO at the noobs in here crying about how it would cheapen the playoffs. The NHL produces the best playoff product in all of sports every year and the majority make the playoffs. How the hell is it cheapened? I heard no complaints on how cheapened the playoffs are when the 8th seed Kings won the Stanley Cup. Same collection of clowns who cried on here every week about how Cuban was right. Waaaaaaaah!
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    Hockey’s regular season is a joke. It isn’t even worth watching. I don’t want to see that happen to the NFL, but they’re heading that way by doing this. The NBA’s regular season is a joke, too.
    Everything you need to know about hockey is I never watch any of it until the playoffs, and most of the time they don’t interest me either. It’s a complete waste of time to sit and watch a regular season hockey game for 3 hours and have the meaningless game end in a tie and then a shoot out to determine the winner. I’d rather watch ice melt than watch that.
    Hockey and soccer are two of the most boring sports there are, in my opinion. I’d rather watch Bowling For Dollars than watch a regular season hockey game — and that show hasn’t been on in about 30 years!!!!

  47. Worst. Idea. Ever.

    Every game in the playoffs should be with teams that have a shot at winning the Super Bowl. Adding more marginal teams will mean I’ll be watching less playoff games not more. I might just skip them entirely and just watch the Super Bowl.

  48. “I might just skip them entirely and just watch the Super Bowl.”

    Please. You’ll watch because you like football. Of all the things they could do that would turn a fan off to the game, adding an additional playoff game is really low on that list. And besides, if you don’t like the 2-7 matchup and don’t watch, chances are there have been plenty of 3-6 matchups you didn’t care for either and didn’t watch. So really, nothing has changed for you. Don’t pretend this is some kind of crazy idea that will never work. It will work, and work fabulously, because we are all sick for football. Me included.

  49. ditkasanger says:
    March 28, 2020 at 11:42 am

    And eliminating the 2nd bye also will make the best teams likely play hard the last few weeks because they only have one spot to fight for.

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    Incorrect. The opposite is likely to occur. Yes, there will be years that the competition for seeds 1-3 will be fierce.

    But you are ELIMINATING the wide variety of scenarios for byes & matchups for seeds 1-6 by eliminating #2 seed bye. The crazy amount of scenarios that existed in the NFC Weeks 15, 16 & 17 will no longer exist.

    In effect, the NFL is robbing intrigue in December on top teams 1-6 in order for the opportunity to have an additional game of intrigue in the Wildcard Round by forcing another game that includes a middling team vs. a top team.

    December WILL NOT be as exciting for teams who appear to be in the playoffs & jockeying for position. More teams will rest starters & etc.

    This is completely about money, not to increase competition.

    Boo NFL!!!

  50. How about keep the six playoff teams but also add a playoff among the terrible teams for draft positioning.

  51. I think they ought to include a rule that if a team doesn’t have a winning record they can’t make the playoffs

  52. Im not understanding the reasoning here… every year a team with alot of wins is left out because of the division winner rule.

    Wouldnt this have THOSE teams get in aside from all of the 7-9 teams everybody is clamoring about ?

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