Roger Goodell: NFL to consider playoff games on Friday, Monday with possible expansion
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said earlier this month that the league was seriously considering expanding the playoffs to allow two more teams into the Wild-Card round.
In an interview with the NFL Network on Monday, Goodell said that he didn’t envision the expansion happening until 2015. He said the new proposed format, which would mean that only one team per conference would earn a bye week during the Wild-Card round, could lead to games on Friday or Monday.
“The big discussion would be the first weekend — the Wild-Card weekend of the playoffs,” Goodell said. “How would you structure that? We’re looking at every alternative. … Could you play a game on Friday night? Two on Saturday, two on Sunday, and another one on Monday? You want to balance all that with the competitive issues that come with that. Is that a smart thing for us to do? Those are the things that we’re going to be studying.”
The obvious issues at play with either a Friday or Monday game is that, one way or another, some teams are going to have short weeks. With a Friday game, the teams would have a short week coming off the last week of the regular season. With a Monday game, the teams would be looking at a short week heading into the Divisional Round.
“These are the kind of things that have to be balanced,” Goodell said.
Goodell also said in the interview Monday that the NFL is considering eliminating extra-point kicks and revise the scoring system.
You can watch the snippet of Goodell talking about the playoff expansion below:
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) January 20, 2014