Originally Posted by BCF68
B) 18 games. Actually most fans wanted it. Fans were only against it when they thought it might cause this season to be locked out. 18 games is coming like it or not. Why would a NFL fan want LESS football?
18 games is definitely coming. With an 18 game schedule, the NFL will be on the verge of accomplishing two things:
1. Since each team will "most likely" have 2 weeks off in an 18 game schedule, this makes the season 20 weeks long. This in turn gives the NFL the ability to have a Thursday night game available every week, starting at the beginning of the year. Or at least by week 2. This, in turn, now makes NFL Network more valuable, and will really push the negotiations with companies like Time Wrner Cable, and Cablevision to adding it to their system. Or the NFL could sell the NFL Package to some other network, and eventually dump the NFL Network. But that is a good guess
2. With a 20 week season, it pushes the Super Bowl back 2 more weeks, and therefore it would fall on President's Day weekend. The NFL could gloat in saying our game is so popular, that our fans get the next day off after our championship game. Well, most people do. Not everyone. But school kids do.