The NFL owners are gathered in Orlando, Fla. this week for the 2014 NFL Owners meetings. They discuss anything from rule changes, to instant replay and ways to make the game more competitive and safe. The one topic that really caught my eye this year was the possible expansion of teams that make the playoffs.
Currently, the NFL has a 6 seed format but, are discussing making it a 7 seed format. This makes sense for several reasons, starting with the fight over adding regular season games. Talks about expanding the regular season for the NFL have been a hot topic the last few years, and adding an additional game to the playoffs could be the middle ground between the owners and the players.
Two, the revenue the league and teams will benefit from the extra game. The NFL loves making money and lots of it too. The top broadcasting networks will fight for that extra game and the NFL will gladly sell the rights to the highest bidder.
And lastly, adding a seventh team to each conference could help a team like Pittsburgh last season, won the games they needed to down the stretch, but couldn’t get the breaks they needed to get in. As opposed to them not making it with a 9-7 record and a 7-9 Seattle Seahawks team gets to host an 11-5 or 10-6 team. Adding two more teams could really show the importance of how a team plays down the stretch.
It will also bail the Dallas Cowboys out of losing their division every year in the last game to either the Giants, Eagles, or Redskins. You know Jerry Jones voted at least 50 times yes for this, much like a kid who’s submitting pro-bowl votes on line to his favorite player.
I personally wouldn’t mind seeing the NFL expand two more teams in the post season. I can never get enough playoff football and if it doesn’t effect the scheduling that much, I say go for it. Should be interesting to see how much talk about this subject comes out of the owners meetings that conclude this Wednesday.