Jerry Jones is “a big proponent” of an 18-game regular season

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Just two years after the NFL lengthened its regular season to 17 games, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says it’s time to add another game.

Jones said on K&C Masterpiece on 105.3 The Fan that he would like to add one more game to the regular season, and reduce the preseason by one game.

“One more I see, and I’m a big proponent of it,” Jones said. “I think that’s the right level. That allows us to, as we go into the early games of the season, that allows us to have those games. You will get better if you play those games because you will play less preseason games. You know at one time they played six preseason games in the NFL for you history buffs. But still I like to play two or three preseason games and 18 regular season games and have been a proponent of that.”

The simple calculus for the NFL is that more games means more money: More TV commercials, more ticket sales. It’s easy to see why Jones wants to make the season longer. It won’t be surprising if soon a majority of his fellow owners are supporting the same proposal, and if the players go along because more money for the owners means more money for the players, too.

87 responses to “Jerry Jones is “a big proponent” of an 18-game regular season

  1. I’m always amazed how people at his stage of the game can even care about making more money.

  2. Up the collective bargaining agreement to increase all player salaries and I’m sure they’ll be all for it.

  3. The NFL preaches safety, yet 18 games is counter to that. How many more playeres do you lose due to injury because of the lenght of the season. Would Jerry include 2 bye weeks with that long of a season?

  4. The NFL season is already too long. It needs to be reduced to 14 games and no preseason. Less is more.

  5. 18 games, 2 bye weeks and 20 total weeks of the regular season. There. I solved it for you.

  6. Too many games already. Players play hurt. Talked to a guy at the gym that played 8 years. If you are not a star with guaranteed money you have to.

  7. Didn’t everybody point out how this regular season started out looking like the preseason for about a month?
    Yeah, let’s add another preseason-quality game to the schedule.

  8. When just bad people like this leave the earth, it will be a better place.

    It’s just that simple.

  9. jerruhjones says:
    December 9, 2022 at 4:03 pm

    Of course he is…. More Games = More Money for him
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    And more money for the players: For every $100 the League brings in, the players get $49.

  10. If they go to 18 games, they should expand the 53 —> 57. And the players should get all get more pay. Pretty soon, the Super Bowl will be in March!

  11. I think if the owners vote for an 18-game season, they should have to field all of the kickoff returns themselves. I wonder how quickly they would change their tune.

  12. More games ≈ more money for the players.

    Everybody wants more meaningful games,and less pre-season games. Everybody.

  13. So many comments about players getting paid. OF COURSE THEY Do. Take sine time and read the cba. More revenue higher cap. Means players automatically get more. Teams already circumvent the cap to overpay. Players shouldn’t cry. Neither should the fans crying fir the poor RICH. Players…..

  14. The more games there are, the more injuries there will be. Increasing the number of games should automatically increase the size of rosters and the salary cap proportionally. The CBA should’ve included that with the 17th game. Every extra game was 1/16 a greater chance to get injured, so the roster size should’ve increased 1/16, and the salary cap should’ve increased by 1/16 more than it otherwise would’ve, so player salaries wouldn’t take a hit by increasing the roster size. The same should happen now (by 1/17), and if I were the NFLPA I’d be threatening a strike without this.

  15. Thumbs up if you think Jerry would sell his soul to the Devil for one more Super Bowl. Thumbs down if you don’t agree.

  16. Thumbs up if you think Jerry would sell his soul to the Devil for one more Super Bowl.
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    I bet the late 90s just gnaw at his soul.

    That team could have won 6 Super Bowls.

  17. Adding 1 game has made the first 4-5 weeks almost unbearable to watch. Adding another game will make none of the starters get any live action at all so by guesstimate it would make the first 8 weeks at least unbearable.

  18. If they do that then have every player is limited to 16 games.
    This reduces injury risk and gives battered players time to heal AND gives us a chance to see other players, especially the backup QB for 2 games.

  19. Easy for him. Not too easy for the talent. But maybe with two bye weeks worked into the season for each team.

  20. Does anyone know how this worksfor players who signed their contracts based on a 16 game season?

  21. Eliminate pre season….18 games (2 games vs each division team, one other division from your own conference, and two divisions from other conference)

  22. Shrinking the preseason still more isn’t going to help the product on the field. Things looked pretty rough the first few weeks this year. And checkout guys like Russell Wilson who totally skipped preseason. He’s been several steps behind trying to catchup the entire year.

  23. Add a second bye, and stagger them, you can stretch the season another week while actually mking things a tad easier on the players.

  24. This is a brilliant. 18 game season and add 1 additional bye week. This would have the Superbowl played over President’s Day weekend every year. And then every year most of Amercia would have Monday off to recover from the piles of wings and gallons of beer consumed.

  25. jimmysee says:
    December 9, 2022 at 5:58 pm
    Easy for him. Not too easy for the talent. But maybe with two bye weeks worked into the season for each team.

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    I believe there is a bit of a walk to get up to the owners box. So he already had to make that journey 17 times a year, so not easy for him.

  26. Why not 20-30 games a season? Maybe 40? See the NBA and MLB. I’m sure there would be eyeballs and ratings. Just not mine.

  27. It’s a fact says:
    December 9, 2022 at 6:02 pm

    Does anyone know how this works for players who signed their contracts based on a 16 game season?
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    I believe contracts are written in terms of years or “seasons”, not games, so the CBA increasing the number of games in a season wouldn’t affect their contracts. When players agreed to the CBA they agreed to play more games.

  28. @roughingthepasser is spot on. With 18 games, there would have to be a 16 game max per player, so we would get a look at more of the 2nd string & depth players. Also, there would have to be 2 bye weeks & all teams should be off at same time to keep it all even.

  29. kurtlaughlin says:
    December 9, 2022 at 6:35 pm
    It’s a fact says:
    December 9, 2022 at 6:02 pm

    Does anyone know how this works for players who signed their contracts based on a 16 game season?
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    I believe contracts are written in terms of years or “seasons”, not games, so the CBA increasing the number of games in a season wouldn’t affect their contracts. When players agreed to the CBA they agreed to play more games.

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    Thanks. That’s bad for players who signed contracts their rookie year. Kinda like a boss increasing the work hours to 50 or 60 after hiring someone for an agreed salary based on a 40 hr work week.

  30. An owner being in favor of more games which means more money in his pocket? Color me shocked.

  31. Sure, go to 18 games. That will then allow the teams to lower ticket prices, right?

  32. More money for all includes the players as well. It needs to be an even number. At 17 games some teams play only 8 actual home games while some, like Dallas, have 9. That isn’t fair.

  33. Jerrah thinks he can handle sitting in his press box, sipping scotch for a few more games!

  34. Well, of course he’s a proponent. He doesn’t have to play them. He can just kick back and rake in the revenue.

  35. Players still get injured no matter how much money anyone on either side makes. It’s a car crash sport with additional non contact injuries like achilles and ACLs. 18 games, 19 games, 20 games… talk about attrition due to injury. Practice squad will need to be doubled in size to keep up.

  36. In 2 years the 18 regular season games will be implemented. 9 hone games and 9 roads games. With 2 pre season games 3 with the HOF game. A total of 20 games

  37. Eighteen regular season games, one exhibition/scrimmage. Two byes for each team. Use the 18th game for regional rivalries (Jets-Giants, Rams-Chargers, Cowboys-Texans, Eagles-Steelers, Ravens-Commanders, Buccaneers-Dolphins/Jaguars etc.) OR have a full round-robin within each conference with no interconference games. Also, stop forcing the last weekend to be all divisional games, or if the NFL insists, then the first weekend must also be all divisional games.

  38. Jerrah thinks he can handle sitting in his press box, sipping scotch for a few more games!

  39. In the immortal words of Louis Raineau: “I’m shocked, shocked to discover gambling is going on here!”

  40. It’s a fact says:
    December 9, 2022 at 6:02 pm

    Does anyone know how this works for players who signed their contracts based on a 16 game season?
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    I believe contracts are written in terms of years or “seasons”, not games, so the CBA increasing the number of games in a season wouldn’t affect their contracts. When players agreed to the CBA they agreed to play more games.

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    Thanks. That’s bad for players who signed contracts their rookie year. Kinda like a boss increasing the work hours to 50 or 60 after hiring someone for an agreed salary based on a 40 hr work week.
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    The 17th game was not imposed unilaterally or without consideration to the players. Remember that one preseason game was removed with the 17th “real” game, so it’s still arguably a 20-game season. Roster sizes *were* increased, there is more flexibility moving in and out of practice squads, the NFL dropped suspensions for illegal, non-PED drug use, franchise and transition tag use by teams was curbed, rookie 5th year option salary rules were changed to favor the players, players are eligible for pensions after three years rather than four. Money-wise, the split of League income given to the players was increased (and the owner’s share correspondingly decreased), and there are now some cap set-asides that allow players to be paid more.

    Regular worker analogies are always going to be impossible because it’s a completely different job, in all aspects, from anything you or I would see, but it wouldn’t be a change from 40 hrs/wk to 50 or 60, rather changing from 40 hours of work and 10 hours of training per week to 7.5 hours of training and 42.5 hours of work. Plus you get a whole raft of other benefits for your trouble.

  41. The first couple of games are rough now. If the coaches are allowed to go back to physical practices then you can get rid of the preseason.

  42. If you’re going to have 18 games and 2 bye weeks,why not make the week of Christmas the 2nd bye for all teams and have one week football-free

  43. It truly amazes me how greedy these guys are. It won’t stop at 18. It will go to 20 then 22 then 25. More money. More betting. More byes. Less training camp. No preseason.

  44. Sometimes less is more. The NFL’s need for greed will eventually kill their golden goose.

  45. Go back to 16 games and just raise prices and broadcast rights and ad rates. Get your money that way.

    Restore the preseason so that we don’t suffer 3 weeks of garbage ball.

  46. ariani1985 says:
    December 9, 2022 at 5:20 pm
    Just play year round…

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    You beat me to this comment 😜

  47. The NFL had the best tournament structure of any sport worldwide. 32 Teams. 16 Weeks. 2×6 teams in the playoffs. It is slowly moving away from that format. More weeks. More teams in the playoffs. No longer so clearly the best structure. Such a shame.

  48. I would much rather pay for a game with the starters playing then have to pay full price for a preseason game with a bunch of scrubs. An 18 game season with 2 preseason games is MUCH better for the fans than less regular season and more preseason. Use your brains.

  49. Make the whole roster active on game days. Add a 2nd bye week. No practice squad elevation limits. Add joint practice scrimmages to training camps in place of preseason games. College FB does just great without a preseason. And those are 18-20 yr old kids!

  50. How much money is enough money?
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    I was invited to a watch a game in a suite a few weeks ago. I was told the suite was 20k per game. Not a typo. It wasn’t even anything super special. It was definitely nice but not 20k nice lol no way.

  51. If NFL owners want an 18th regular-season game, then in exchange players should insist on all-grass fields, 2 bye weeks and no more than 2 preseason games.

  52. If NFL owners want this, then in exchange players should insist on all-grass fields, 2 bye weeks and no more than 2 preseason games.

  53. The NFL is praying hard the Chiefs win and the Bills and Bengals both lose. KC gets home field, Buffalo #2 and Cincinnati #5.

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