NFL Owners: 18 game season / 16 game limit per player

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That would be the dumbest rule any sport has ever enacted.
I agree. I've always thought the best compromise is simply keep the 16 game season but add a second bye week. It will definitely help with resting the players because teams often have to play on short rest with the Thursday night games. You could even eliminate a pre-season game too.

Sure, it creates some extra scheduling (and fantasy football) challenges. But in the end it is an extra week of TV revenue. How could the owners be against it...
 

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I’m in favor of 18 games, but not this way.

Of course the NBA plays 82 and most stars will only play 70 max, but I digress.

In the end, $$$ rules and we will see 18, no max, but a Gameday roster around 50-55 with another 10 on the taxi squad.

No inactives and more bodies.
 

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From Peter King's column this morning. Going to 18 games is ridiculous. As mentioned. who wants to go band see backups? and it impacts player safety to have backups key positions like the OL. Players can barely get through 16 games. If they do that, they might as well just flush every player safety initiative down the toilet because it's all lip service. It's like ice cream - you love it but too much can be a bad thing.


https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2019/07/15/peyton-manning-espn-nfl-show-fmia-peter-king/?cid=fmiatw

Fans don’t want 18 games either. I put out a Twitter poll Saturday and Sunday, asking if readers preferred a 16 or 18-game schedule. Of 13,533 voters, 79 percent said 16. Great comment from a Vikings fan, Jason Altland: “If I pay out the nose for decent tickets in Baltimore or New York to see my Vikings, I want to see all the healthy stars play. I don’t want to pay and end up with a [Stefon] Diggs or {Adam] Thielen bye game.”

Pro Football Talk also polled its readers over the weekend about the 16/18-game idea, with more options than I offered … and 62 percent said they favored 16 games—with 8 percent saying they favored 18 with a maximum of 16 games per player per season.
 

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I disagree with everyone here. Im all for it. I'm not the NFL so I'm not paying lip service to player safety. You want to be safe? Don't play in the NFL. Screw that. More games is better. More fantasy football, more games to bet on. More entertainment for ME.

The 16 out of 18 rule also adds a ton of strategy into the mix. Do you just punt two games? Do you rest your better players against the better teams who you might lose to anyway and ensure victory over the crappier teams? Or do you try to win them all by resting your better guys vs the crappier teams?

As far as the roster setting, the coaches can handle it. As fantasy football owners, we've had to deal with having to sit our players on bye weeks for years, and manage. They can too.

I do however believe that the quarterbacks should be exempt from the 16 game max. That is a position at much lower injury risk than the others with the way the rules have evolved, and forcing a team to sit their QB is basically completely altering the fabric of a team...no other position in sports has such impact on game outcomes.

Never seen so many whiny ass players who dont want to play football. There are an infinite number of guys who would kill to play a single game in the league and surely would revel in 18.

Of course I believe the money generated by the extra two games should go disproportionately to the players and player pensions should vest at two years vs the current three.

player contracts should have at least a percentage of them guaranteed...and players on league minimums should have the entire contract guaranteed as long as you are on the active roster (like MLB)

If you are truly worried about safety, get out of the league. If you as a fan are truly taken aback at the atrocity of the increased injury risk of two more games, then you should be lobbying for a 14 or 12 game season.
 
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STEVEHOLT

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I agree. I've always thought the best compromise is simply keep the 16 game season but add a second bye week. It will definitely help with resting the players because teams often have to play on short rest with the Thursday night games. You could even eliminate a pre-season game too.

Sure, it creates some extra scheduling (and fantasy football) challenges. But in the end it is an extra week of TV revenue. How could the owners be against it...

more weeks of football is more important the the total number of games, I agree. Shoot, lets have three bye weeks and have the season go two extra weeks. I don't really care if there is a full slate of games or not..i just need a few to get my crack fix in ...

any team involved in a Thursday game should be coming off a bye unless it's the initial game of the year of course.
 

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I'd like to see them get rid of the four exhibition games that season ticket holders must pay for each year. That's a scam. Most of the best players either play a few series or don't play at all and obviously the games are completely meaningless. .
 

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