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Pros and cons behind an 18-game regular-season NFL schedule

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DeMaurice Smith01Owners are reportedly suggesting an 18-game regular-season NFL schedule, with some limits on the amount of games players can play. So, how about it and what are the pros and cons?


In case you missed some of the hubbub last week, owners are suggesting an NFL schedule change for the league’s next collective bargaining agreement.

A report from Andrew Beaton of the Wall Street Journal (h/t Barry Werner of Touchdown Wire) broke down one of the suggested fixes for the NFL schedule, which would include adding two regular-season games to the 16 currently played.

Additionally, players on rosters would be limited to only 16 games, not able to play the full 18, meaning each playing a full season would have to be relegated to the inactive list at least twice during the regular season.

This would mean players, like San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, could cap out at only 16 games played.

The latter idea makes sense on the surface, trying to afford players an added week of individual rest while guarding a bit against increased injury concerns and risk.

But there are just as many problems associated with the idea, too.

NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith told ESPN both he and the players association wouldn’t be in favor of the suggested change:

    I don’t see an 18-game schedule — under any circumstance — being in the best interest of our players. If somebody wants to make an 18-game proposal, we’ll look at it. I haven’t seen anything that makes me think that it would be good for the players.

So, what would be the bonuses behind owners’ suggestions of an increased regular season? Why would they want it in the first place?

And like Smith pointed out, what exactly would be the cons? What are the reasons why the players wouldn’t benefit from an increased NFL schedule?




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