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Sources: NFL owners proposing 17-game slate

Adam SchefterESPN Senior Writer

As talks continue for a new collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the players' union, the most dramatic proposal on the table from owners is an expanded regular season to 17 games that could eliminate preseason games in their entirety, sources told ESPN.

The NFL Players Association is not interested in an expanded season, especially without a significant increase in its percentage of the revenue.

In July, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith told ESPN's Cameron Wolfe that the idea of a then-discussed 18-game schedule would not be in the players' best interest.

The Athletic first reported the owners' push for a 17-game regular season.

NFL owners had imposed the start of the season as a deadline for a new CBA, and even though the 2019 season is underway without a new deal, sources on both sides believe that important progress has been made and a deal is getting closer.

There even are those who believe that the CBA stands a strong chance of getting done this season, sources told ESPN.

For now, both parties are committed to talking and will resume discussions after Smith finishes his annual visit with each of the 32 NFL teams.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, pitted against each other during talks on the commissioner's contract a couple of years ago, are leading the way to push through a new CBA at some time this season, league sources said.

The current CBA between NFL players and owners expires after the 2020 season.

 

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One more game is great for us fans. I wonder if they're going to add a second bye week?

Not having to watch preseason games is also a win, they've become meaningless. Teams would get more from scrimmaging against each other during camp time.

STH's not having to pay for them is terrific. Nothing bothered me more when I owned mine then having to pay full freight for that garbage. I had a hard time giving them away.

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I guess the TV rights to an extra week of regular season games will pay the owners more than 4 weeks of ticket sales and tv rights to 4  Pre-season games.  

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Sounds like a good idea to me.  Shake up the off season and the roster decision making process as well.  No preseason games = more time to directly coach your team.        

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Got the notification on this an hour or two ago.  Main difference is that it claimed 1 or 2 preseason games would be eliminated.  

Not 4.  Which makes no sense and would essentially turn the first 3 or 4 regular season games into exhibition games 

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8 minutes ago, Butterfield said:

Would be interesting if every team had a neutral site game

There would have to be, otherwise some teams will have more home games than others in a given year.  

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20 minutes ago, sec101row23 said:

I guess the TV rights to an extra week of regular season games will pay the owners more than 4 weeks of ticket sales and tv rights to 4  Pre-season games.  

You do know that each team only has two home preseason games right?   They only get ticket sales to two games.

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CFL has had an 18 game reg season 2 ex games and two byes for a number of years.  It works well.

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17 is an odd number so a team would essentially have an extra home or away game on the schedule instead of 8 and 8. 

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7 minutes ago, Joe Jets fan said:

You do know that each team only has two home preseason games right?   They only get ticket sales to two games.

Yes.  I’m not talking about just the ticket sales but the broadcast rights as well.  

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32 minutes ago, sec101row23 said:

I guess the TV rights to an extra week of regular season games will pay the owners more than 4 weeks of ticket sales and tv rights to 4  Pre-season games.  

The real fan has already been basically cut out of the tix any way. They can also increase ticket prices and spread it across 17 games. 

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51 minutes ago, New York Mick said:

So the first few games will be preseason and when do they cut down the teams?

all yet to be explained.  Can't wait to hear how any player or team will be ready for the season.  Maybe a series of scrimmages with other teams?

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Just now, Dcat said:

all yet to be explained.  Can't wait to hear how any player or team will be ready for the season.  Maybe a series of scrimmages with other teams?

 Is there going to be an extra plywood team?

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1 hour ago, Butterfield said:

Would be interesting if every team had a neutral site game

For who ?

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1 hour ago, Butterfield said:

Would be interesting if every team had a neutral site game

I agree.  That would be kinda cool and an interesting way to expose different parts of the country (or the world) to NFL football.  The logistics would be tough though.  We saw what a debacle that preseason game in Canada was with the Packers.  The field was the wrong size, the Packers ended up sitting Aaron Rodgers, etc.

But there are some opportunities for creativity....and controversy here.  How about putting the Rams vs. the Cardinals in St. Louis, the previous home city for both of those teams?  How about a game in Miami, FL between the Jets and Colts....the site of Super Bowl III, etc.

How about some games at big-time college football stadiums in states that don't have NFL teams....Nebraska, Iowa (@HawkeyeJet ), Oregon, Alabama, etc.?

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I'm all for more real football games for the season ticket dollar but I struggle to understand an imbalanced schedule.

Would you play a team in the opposing conference in a different division than the rotation that finished in the same place as you did?  (This year we play the NFCE so would we play the 4th place team in the NFCW?)

Would you play a home-and-home with an AFC team in a different division that finished in the same place you did?  (This year we play the Raiders, so would we play them twice?)

SAR I

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42 minutes ago, joewilly said:

I'm already dreading throwin up in my mouth 17 times next year

Real fans tell themselves the vomit is ice cream and savor it.

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32 minutes ago, Blackout said:

Just eliminate 2 pre season games

 

Keep 16 games but add an extra bye week 

How does that increase revenue?

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Do 2 pre, 18 reg, and let them smoke dope.

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4 minutes ago, jetsyrup said:

How does that increase revenue?

Extra week of TV coverage 

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43 minutes ago, Blackout said:

Extra week of TV coverage 

but they would get that extra week and possibly another week by going to 17 games not to mention the actual stadium related revenue..

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I wish they figure out how to extend the year so that the SB is played on President's Day Weekend.

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1 minute ago, prime21 said:

I wish they figure out how to extend the year so that the SB is played on President's Day Weekend.

Or on a Saturday. 

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6 minutes ago, prime21 said:

I wish they figure out how to extend the year so that the SB is played on President's Day Weekend.

That could happen. Fat mike had that idea years ago.

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14 minutes ago, prime21 said:

I wish they figure out how to extend the year so that the SB is played on President's Day Weekend.

isn't this the ultimate goal

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1 hour ago, jetstream23 said:

I agree.  That would be kinda cool and an interesting way to expose different parts of the country (or the world) to NFL football.  The logistics would be tough though.  We saw what a debacle that preseason game in Canada was with the Packers.  The field was the wrong size, the Packers ended up sitting Aaron Rodgers, etc.

But there are some opportunities for creativity....and controversy here.  How about putting the Rams vs. the Cardinals in St. Louis, the previous home city for both of those teams?  How about a game in Miami, FL between the Jets and Colts....the site of Super Bowl III, etc.

How about some games at big-time college football stadiums in states that don't have NFL teams....Nebraska, Iowa (@HawkeyeJet ), Oregon, Alabama, etc.?

That would be a home run in the state of Iowa.  Lots of Bears, Packers, Vikings fans in Iowa.  Chiefs too, but not as those other 3.  Kinnick is certainly equipped to handle it.

Bringing the Iowa Wave to the NFL would be amazing as well

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