Why a 17th NFL game is a bad idea.
The NFL seems dead set on adding a 17th game
to the season, and while on paper it seems to make sense financially I would
like to give my take on why this is a bad idea.
These reasons will not be in any particular order.
1. Over Saturation
I enjoy watching football as much as anyone but there is
usually such thing as too much of a good thing and I feel this applies to a 17th
game, one of the better things about football is that it’s not so common, its
once a week and its regular season isn’t even a full 4 months unlike the 6
months long seasons for baseball and basketball which makes it more of a treat
to watch since when its gone its gone for 8 months. Adding a 17th game just waters
that felling down just a bit.
Usually by week 16 most things are determined as far as
playoff positioning and such and the 16th week usually consists of
80% meaningless games, do we really need another week to figure out who’s good
and who’s not in the NFL?
The NFL has stated that if they play another week, said
week would be in January. Do most fans
want to have to go see their teams play an extra game during the coldest month
of the year; the majority of teams still play outdoors, so it’s a factor. I can definitely tell you fans will not come
out in large numbers in January to see a team that’s out of it and just waiting
for their season to be over and the idea of adding a home game to the misery is
just foolish greed, even for the good teams if they have everything locked up
and are resting starters, I doubt their fans will brave the cold weather to see
a bunch of backups play.
Safety Double Standard
The NFL claims to be all about player safety but I don’t know
how this helps their case. I don’t see
how you can shorten overtime to 10 minutes (stupid) in the name of player
safety and then at the same time want another game added to the season. It makes no sense and is a massive double
number of games/Opponent choice
Having an odd number of games is just stupid, no one does
it in professional sports, and it messes everything up. Teams won’t have an even number of home and
away games and they would have to rotate the extra game each year to make it
even (not buying the NFL having a bunch of neutral field games, not enough
demand). Then there is the issue of who
the teams would play, as of right now every game team plays is based on
division, rotation, and record, this extra game would be based on almost
Injuries pile up throughout a season and by the end most
teams have several, this just gives another opportunity to add more. Half the leagues qb's were hurt this year, how
does that add to your product?
Im all for expanding the playoffs I think it should have been done when they went to 32 teams, as the current system was based on 28 teams, it could be easily done by getting rid of the #2 seed bye and making it a 14 team playoff without adding any rounds but adding a 17th game just doesn't really add anything to the NFL...