Report: NFL playoff expansion gaining momentum for 2015

Feb 2, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) celebrates with the Lombardi Trophy after beating the Denver Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL has toyed with the idea of 18 regular season games, eliminating the extra point after touchdowns and tinkering with the preseason schedule, but the move most likely to take effect first appears to be the postseason being expanded and it could happen by 2015.

One person “familiar with the deliberations” on playoff expansion told Mark Maske of the Washington Post there’s a “lot of momentum” to make a move to 14 teams instead of 12.

“I think there’s a lot of momentum for it,” the source said. “I don’t know for sure if the votes are there yet [among the owners] or not. But there is momentum. A lot of people seem in favor of it.”

Maske said the owners will consider voting on the subject during the owner meetings in Orlando from Mar. 23-26 that would add one playoff team to each conference with only the top seed in the AFC and NFC receiving a first round bye and according to the report, commissioner Roger Goodell wants it to happen.

“I do think the commissioner wants it,” that person said, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “I’m not exactly sure when it might get voted in. But if the commissioner wants it, I assume it’ll happen at some point.”

The expanded playoffs would open the possibility of having one of the games that would normally air on Saturday taking place on Monday night instead.


Topics: NFL, Roger Goodell

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