Whereas league executives could also be on board for increasing the season, it’s going to take quite a bit to sway the NFL Gamers Affiliation.
There was speak of including two extra video games to push the present 16-game NFL season to 18. A variety of the league’s 32 homeowners are in favor of revisiting the concept, or contemplating an expanded playoff discipline, because the NFL and NFLPA start to ramp up negotiations for a brand new collective bargaining settlement.
Nevertheless, NFLPA government DeMaurice Smith does not see this benefiting the gamers.
“I don’t see an 18-game schedule – under any circumstance – being in the best interest of our players,” Smith advised ESPN on Friday. “If somebody wants to make an 18-game proposal, we’ll look at it. I haven’t seen anything that makes me think that it would be good for the players.”
Smith did verify a Wall Road Journal report stating the league introduced the concept to early negotiations. However, he doubled down on his stance and does not see it taking place.
“Fans and media discuss what would happen to ratings and revenue or whether (18 games) is a good idea or bad idea. For us, it comes down to who players are as men and is it good for us,” Smith mentioned. “If a coal miner is willing to spend more time in the hole, does it likely result in more money? Yeah. Is that a good thing for him as a person? Probably not. That’s the question nobody confronts. It’s easy to say it’s more money. But is it good for us? The answer is no.”
The present collective bargaining settlement will finish after the 2020 season and the expanded schedule is simply one of many matters each events will talk about.
House owners additionally seem prepared to make changes to the union on the commissioner’s disciplinary authority and the league’s marijuana coverage.