Proposal for 17-game regular season includes three preseason games

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NFL owners will vote on approving a 17-game regular season schedule for the 2021 season at this week’s league meetings and there’s little suspense over which way that vote will go.

Ever since the league secured the right to expand the regular season, it has been a matter of when rather than if the league would choose to add another week of games to the slate. The league’s new TV deals were negotiated to include a Week 18 doubleheader on ESPN, which joins Steelers president Art Rooney II’s comments from last week as evidence of where the league is going.

The size of the preseason was less certain. A reduction from four games was coming because the Collective Bargaining Agreement only allows for 20 games between the regular season and playoffs. There was question if the league would go to two or three preseason games, but it has now been answered.

Rooney said last week that they’d be playing three games and Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports that the resolution that owners will vote on includes a provision for three preseason contests.

Albert Breer of reports those games will be scheduled so that there are no games in the week before final cuts and Labor Day, which is a departure from past years when teams have wrapped up the exhibition season a couple of days before making cuts.

22 responses to “Proposal for 17-game regular season includes three preseason games

  1. I would try to get that down to two preseason and maybe offer a inter-squad scrimmage. Can probably sell that out just as easy and the ratings on TV wouldn’t be much different. Coaches can also get situations they want and you might actually see the starters play a little.

  2. Um, how about 0 preseason games? They are a joke and a complete ripoff to season ticket holders. I literally just give mine away because the games are so stupid and pointless.

  3. I’m looking forward to two preseason games and an 18 game regular season. I’m no longer a season ticket holder, but of course paying full price for preseason games is a ripoff. But guess what would happen if they lowered the preseason game tickets? They would simply raise the regular season ticket prices. Billionaires don’t give away anything.

  4. The fans want six preseason games and 12 regular season games, i know because i talk to the FANS, i am the FAN

  5. I can live with paying for one preseason game because it is fun to join my tailgate crowd from last season and get into the stadium again, you know that kind of thing. Paying for two games is just a waste of money.

  6. Essentially cancelling the 4th preseason game is a great idea. The starters would always rest during that game to be 100% healthy for week 1 of the regular season.

  7. I think if the players do not get an extra paycheck for this extra game they all should sit out that week. I promise you it is not in their contract.

  8. All of you championing the elimination of preseason games. For more “Football”. Joke is gonna be on you. You’ll see a bigger “preseason” but it won’t come until late December early January. The season ticket holders will be crying more so.

    I’ll say it again. This is a huge MISTAKE.

  9. Leave it at 16 games. It’s greedy and in not in the best interest of anyone except the owners. We have so many guys end up on IR the end of the season it’s going to be watered down.

  10. Last season proved how useless preseason games are, play with fine in week 1.

  11. All you people who want 2 or 3 preseason games don’t seem to understand that the teams won’t have enough time to prepare or work their rosters properly.

    Especially those with new head coaches / coaching staffs will be screwed. There will not be enough time to install their systems and this essentially dooms any new head coach to failure his first year.

    Not to mention the horrible quality of play that we’ll see during the first month, and the terrible games that will happen that 17th week as teams already out of the playoffs pack it in and barely make any effort at all with the only goal being to avoid injury in what for them will be meaningless games.

    4 preseason and 16 regular season games was the perfect formula. No one except the owners will benefit from the changes they want

  12. In ten years, players will be complaining the extra game shortens their careers by a couple of seasons.

  13. I’m sure the actual players are so relived there are only 3 games, that they don’t play in, instead of 4… This is like the car salesman offering the “special gel coating” on a $4k used car…

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