If you like NFL football, then you should start preparing yourself for more of it.
Word is, the next round of collective bargaining agreement negotiations will focus on expanding the regular season to 18 games. That’s two more weeks of meaningful Green Bay Packers’ games, two more weeks where we don’t have to pay attention to basketball and hockey, and two more weeks for you to change the fortunes of your pathetic fantasy football team.
In other words, two more weeks of awesome.
If the owners and players can come to an agreement, the most likely scenario for adding games to the regular season is to reduce the preseason by two weeks. That would mean only only two weeks of meaningless games, as opposed to the current four.
While this is potentially good news for fans, it’s also good news for rich white men. NFL owners would increase their bottom lines and bookmakers would add a shit ton of additional revenue to what’s already a pretty profitable business.
Seemingly, everyone wins, except perhaps the players. NFL Players’ Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith has expressed concerns about the proposal.
Smith said he’s concerned about the effects of two extra games on players’ health, and that he’d want to add an extra bye week during the regular season and cut down on players’ offseason responsibilities if players are going to play two more games. Smith also said he’d like to make it easier for players to qualify for health care coverage after retirement.
I don’t really see Smith’s logic. The season wouldn’t technically be getting any longer, although most players don’t play entire preseason games. It’s entirely possible Smith is just posturing, since the CBA negotiations have been anything but smooth, thus far. Any way to get leverage is going to be used.
Let’s hope both sides can come together on this point.