The NFL’s 18-game season

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According to a report on SI.com this morning, the idea of an 18-game season is gaining traction with NFL owners.

Of course it is.

An 18-game season means more money. Much more money. Concessions, yes. But primarily television. Because while pre-season games are nice and dandy, they draw crap ratings. Regular-season games are, obviously, through the roof.

It is, of course, a terrible idea for the players. T-e-r-r-i-b-l-e. How many more injuries will we be looking at? Not merely from the physicality of two extra games, but from the elongated deterioration of a body over the course of a season? It’s one thing to have your ass kicked for 16 weeks—another to have your ass kicked for 18. That’s an enormous difference, especially when you’re used to have a certain X-month recovery period.

Hence, if I’m the Players Association, I do one of two things:

A. I completely reject the idea.

B. I say, “OK, you want 18 games—we want fully guaranteed contracts.”

I’m being serious. If the owners are so adamant about 18 games being good for the league, they should also be adamant about their players having protections. Right now, if a guy signs a six-year, $70 million contract, well, it’s bogus. The numbers are wonderful for the ego, but reality says any time the team wants to release said player, he’s gone—and so is the money.

Eighteen games? Give us full protection.

Or no deal.

5 thoughts on “The NFL’s 18-game season”

  1. Antonio D'Arcangelis

    They should probably worry about how they’ll guarantee an actual season in 2011 before they worry about this, although maybe a little quid pro quo regarding these two issues will help get that accomplished.

  2. These guys are going to get killed! Terrible idea. Football is insane. Tremendous damage to brain and body with no guaranteed contracts and a failed support system for retired players. Love the game, hate these things.

  3. If they move to a 18-game season, they obviously aren’t sincere about all the “efforts” being made to limit concussions and long-term discomfort in players. If players can barely get through 16-game seasons, how are they possibly going to last 18 games? There will need to be a serious plan for taking care of players after retirement before the players association approves this.

  4. I’m not a big supporter of unions. I believe if you don’t like your job, pay, or working conditions, go do something else. But if there is one profession where guarenteed contracts should be given, it is the NFL>

  5. the owners will never go for fully guarenteed contracts but the idea should still fly. I live up in Canada and our season in the CFL is 18 games and we have a few different ways to make it work. First implementing a nine game injured list. and second, it think the owners need to agree to atleast a fifty % guarenteed contract, or possibly up to 75%

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