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0816, 01 Apr 20

NFL Expands Playoffs

Nooooooooooo… I disapprove of the continued “everybody’s a winner” culture. Of course this is about the money. More games = more revenue. This seems like a backdoor way to just lengthen the season.

The NFL’s anticipated playoff expansion officially passed.

League owners voted to approve expanding the postseason to 14 teams beginning in the 2020 season, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source.

The decision came during a conference call Tuesday, which took place in lieu of the NFL’s Annual League Meeting, which was canceled earlier this month as part of the league’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Changing the playoff format required approval from three-quarters of the 32 NFL owners.

In the new format, AFC and NFC Wild Card games will feature the 2 seed hosting the 7 seed, the 3 seed hosting the 6 seed and the 4 seed hosting the 5 seed.


0816, 01 April 2020


  1. dad29

    More games = more revenue

    Until overexposure = bored & disaffected audience.

  2. MjM

    …a separately produced telecast of the game will air on Nickelodeon, tailored for a younger audience.

    Oh, goody.  Molly Cyrus twerking.  ~GAG~

    NFLPA voted for the new CBA a couple weeks ago,  barely.  It included an additional regular season game – to 17 – as well as the playoff expansion.

    Personally,  I’d rather have games that count than useless pretenders…

    Also, to offset the addition of another regular-season game, the NFL will shorten the preseason.

  3. steveegg

    That 17th regular season game is merely “all-but-certain”, with the window being the 2021-2025 seasons for implementation.

    That 17th game will screw up the closest thing there is to a perfect schedule in sports.

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