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NFL Drops Push for 18-Game Schedule, Wants 17-Game Slate

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September 26, 2019

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 30:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a press conference during Super Bowl LIII Week at the NFL Media Center inside the Georgia World Congress Center on January 30, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
Photo: Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images

With the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement (CBA) set to expire in 2020, the league and its players association are striving to agree upon a new labor deal in the near future.

Originally, these discussions were being used to absurdly inquire about expanding the regular season from 16 to 18 games. The proposal featured a component in which players would only be allowed to play in 16 of those games. To nobody’s surprise, the NFLPA swiftly rejected the idea. (READ MORE) by Jerry Trotta | 12UP

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks to the media during the NFL football owners meeting on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in Key Biscayne, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Photo: Brynn Anderson/Associated Press

The NFL has reportedly dropped its effort to add two regular-season games to the current 16-game schedule and will now push for a 17-game campaign in the new collective bargaining agreement.

Daniel Kaplan of The Athletic reported Thursday that a source said of the change, “Not enough owners’ support [for] 18 and players would not go for it either.”

A 17-game schedule would still include a reduction in the length of the preseason by one or two weeks. (READ MORE) by Tim Daniels | B/R

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