Mar 24, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks at a press conference during the NFL Annual Meetings. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

Roger Goodell: Expansion will not dilute competitiveness of NFL playoffs


NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has discussed the league potentially expanding the playoffs. The Arizona Cardinals for instance, missed the 2013 playoffs with a 10-6 record. The concern or pushback the idea is receiving stems from fans and people thinking it will hurt the competitiveness of the playoffs, pointing to the NBA where 16 teams get into the playoffs, more than half that respective league, but Goodell doesn’t think that will be an issue.

“The competitiveness of our league, that’s the difference to me. It’s not just adding two more teams that didn’t have a chance to proceed in the playoffs. That wouldn’t be something that we’re interested in. I think what we’re seeing now is such a competitive league that a team that got in on the 13th or 14th spot has a chance to win it all,” Goodell said, via ESPN.com. “… The reality is there are a lot of teams that other playoff teams are afraid of coming in in those 13th and 14th spots.”

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