NFL Looking At 18-Game Season With 16 Games Per Player Limit

NFL Looking At 18-Game Season With 16 Games Per Player Limit

While the National Basketball Association is mulling potential changes to its schedule to reduce the strain on players over the course of a marathon season, NFL owners want to expand the regular season to 18 games in a move to increase revenue. Andrew Beaton of the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that owners have again proposed the idea of an 18-game schedule.

To address health concerns, the owners suggested the idea of limiting players to 16 games during the 18-game schedule and expanding rosters, reports Beaton. Two extra games could generate roughly $2.5 billion in league revenue, Beaton reports, citing an NFLPA analysis. The NFLPA believes that increase would add another $15 million to the salary cap limit for each team in the first year.

Before fans worry about traveling to an away game only to realize that Russell Wilson won't be playing, there has also been discussion about a position exemption which could apply to quarterback as well as special team positions like the kicker, punter and long-snapper, as there are already rules in place to help prevent injuries to each of them.

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"The additional two regular-season games every year would reduce the average career span from 3.3 years to 2.8 years, they estimate".

"No players are banging down my door asking me to think about this", said Eric Winston, president of the NFLPA. "That is crucial because players now become eligible for post-career benefits such as pensions and health insurance after three years". The current agreement came after a 132-day lockout in 2011.

The current Collective Bargaining Agreement is set to expire following the 2020 National Football League season, in March 2021.

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