Posted January 20, 2014

Roger Goodell: NFL to consider playoff games on Friday, Monday with possible expansion

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Roger Goodell hinted that the league is moving toward playoff expansion. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

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:

SI WIRE: Goodell says NFL will consider abolishing extra points >


25 comments
OffshoreInsiders.com
OffshoreInsiders.com

Roger is no dummy. The more games we can bet on, the more people will watch. If Ray Anderson had thought of this, he's still be in the NFL. 

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

Hey Roger, how about an NFL game on everyday of the week?

BlowMeow
BlowMeow

No more teams in the playoffs. Terrible idea. You only have to be the best of four already (with two wild cards). More teams = watered-down playoffs. 

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

The NFL will add teams to the playoffs until the Dallas Cowboys are finally eligible, that much is obvious. The problem with that is that Dan Snyder will demand the same treatment for Washington. So I have a possible solution. At the end of the season, let those two teams play and let the winner advance.

Oh no, that won't work, Dallas will still be eliminated every year. 

Okay, let everybody in, that should do it.

johnplantagenet
johnplantagenet

The NFL needs to stop this obsession with prime time dollars and keep games on Sat., Sun. and its games on  Monday and Thursday. Isn't that enough already. And put the Draft back where it belongs. I hate it in primetime.


Kopernicus1967
Kopernicus1967

The pre-season is worthless.  


I'm all for an 18 game season if the pre-season went away altogether.  I'm sure most players would rather get injured in a game that mattered rather than pre-season as well.  Give teams an expanded roster through week four when they have to cut to 53.


Part of a winning season is sorting out your talent--that would add to the game and give more players an opportunity to compete.


I'd be in favor of expanding the playoffs, but NOT for teams that are losers.  


Ken P
Ken P

What the fans care about:

1) Teams with .500 records or worse making the playoffs
2) Obviously wrong penalty calls allowed to stand because the play isn't reviewable or because the referee doesn't see what the fans see on instant replay
3) Ordinary fans not able to see games because of sky high ticket prices

What the owners (through Goodell) care about:
1) "We need more teams in the playoffs!"
2) "Let's put a team in London!"
3) "Let's get rid of the extra point!"

The owners really have their finger on the pulse of the game.

Blinker
Blinker

This is all about making more money (extra games for owners and the NFL).  Pretty soon this will be like college football with all the meaningless bowl games that are played.  I mean how many bowl games are there now???  Almost half of division I teams go to some piece of crap bowl.  The NFL is going to make it so that teams making the playoffs have no exclusive feel to them.  Making the playoffs is and should feel important. 

KristianColasacco
KristianColasacco

I've gone from being a rabid fan of all things NFL to caring less and less every year.  All these blatant money grabs water down the league too much and I'm almost to the point of just saying "meh" and finding something else to watch when it's on. 

benjamin.crayton.hanson
benjamin.crayton.hanson

Expand the season to 18 games and incorporate playoff games into those additional 2 weeks. 24 teams are Super Bowl eligible after 16 games, 12 after 17, and 6 after 18. The add back 2 teams with excellent records who lost 1 game in those last two weeks, and you have an 8 team playoff.

All 32 teams get a guaranteed 2 more games. 24 teams now have a win-and-in path to the Super Bowl. And the playoffs (proper) consist of the 8 best teams in the NFL.

PaulJ.Pelkonen
PaulJ.Pelkonen

If the Jerry Joneses of the NFL whinge enough they can get themselves lawyered into the playoffs. 

davetheG
davetheG

This is stupid. Goodell is an awful commish. There is an old saying "Less is more". With less teams in you do get the better teams and the more teams you let in the more diluted the play becomes. Everyone whines about Arizona this year missing the playoffs at 10-6, but if you allowed Az in the playoffs this year on the AFC side the 8-8 Steelers would have made it into the playoffs (it would be 8-8 team and I think Pitt had tiebreak over Ravens). It doesn't sound like much but adding an extra team is BS, owners want it to make more money, that is all. BTW, I have not watched a single playoff game this year (a first ever for me) because it just seems the NFL keeps tinkering and jerking things around. If they keep it up i can spend my time doing other things than watch regular games.....

MikeHarrison
MikeHarrison

Just have 3 games in the wild card weekend.  You can have a game at noon, 4pm, and 7pm, much like they do now every Sunday

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

Just let every team in the playoffs. That way the regular season will be only about $$$. Oh, wait . . . 

GregRowe
GregRowe

@BlinkerOf course it's about making more money. That's not a bad thing. Those "meaningless" bowl games are not meaningless to the schools who compete in them or to their fans. Eliminating 2 truly meaningless pre-season games in favor of an expanded playoff season seems like a pretty good trade to me, especially since ticket prices are the same to attend a pre-season game. However, I am not in favor of a Friday, Sunday, Monday format. Play all the games on Saturday and Sunday.

Blinker
Blinker

@PaulJ.Pelkonen 

I agree.  jerry is just pissed his 8-8 team can't make their way into the playoffs to make him more money the real way.  WIN!!!!  Why don't we just let every team into the playoffs????  The NFL really is becoming a joke.....

80kdot
80kdot

@davetheG then you have missed out on a bunch of CLASSIC games.   You have done yourself a great disservice by getting on your high horse.   Fool.

OldRogue
OldRogue

@Rickapolis@johnplantagenetWhy not John? He was a brother of Richard I (the Lionheart), son of Henry II, father of Henry III, and a king in his own right. He also signed the Magna Carta.

Listening
Listening

@GregRowe

People like jerry jones are just pissed their 8-8 team can't make their way into the playoffs to make owners more money the real way.  WIN!!!!  Why don't we just let every team into the playoffs????  The NFL really is becoming a joke.....

bobinpowell
bobinpowell

@80kdot@davetheGYes, because 5 years from now, you'll be thinking of nothing but the CLASSIC playoff games of the 2013 season.