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18 game sched. not before 2012

Posted by Chris Brown on June 16, 2010 – 4:59 pm

With the NFLPA and the NFL Management Council discussing the possibility of an 18-game regular season and just a two game preseason, fans want to know when that could be put into place if an agreement can be reached.

Appearing on NFL Network in an interview with Rich Eisen, Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy, a member of the NFL Management Council shed some light on when an 18-game season could become a reality.

“The 2012 season would be the earliest,” said Murphy. “It’s really something we’ve talked about for well over a year as owners. We’ve looked at three (preseason) and 17 (regular season) games and I think the real focus now, and I think that it’s gained quite a bit of momentum among the owners, is to move to two (preseason) and 18 (regular season) games. And quite honestly, I think we see it as possibly a way to reach an agreement with the players.”

More player pay for two more regular season games, player safety, expanded rosters, expanded practice squads, offseason demands on the players as well as a developmental league are all elements of the discussions that will pertain to the 18-game regular season schedule.


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