Wednesday Oct. 15, 2008
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Is the NFL ready to take a page out
of the college football playbook? League owners have discussed playing spring preseason games as part of a possible expansion of the regular-season schedule, but no action was taken as they wrapped up their meetings in St. Petersburg, Florida. No change in the regular-season schedule is expected for 2009.
Spring games have become commonplace in college football. Some
top programs draw capacity crowds for their intrasquad games. The NFL spring games could be in the form of a scrimmage or matchup between two teams.
Commissioner Roger Goodell says the prevailing feeling is that if the schedule is expanded, it should go from 16 to 18 games, not 17.
Should the expanded regular season get approved, one or two
preseason games would be eliminated.
Pittsburgh chairman Dan Rooney believes a new regular season
schedule with 17 or 18 games could come about in the next few
years. He also continues to oppose expanding the playoff field if a
new schedule model is approved. Goodell says a playoff expansion review will be part of the overall evaluation.
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