On Tuesday afternoon, NFL owners decided to table discussions for potential expansion of the playoffs until later this wall, which means teams around the league will not need to worry about playoff expansion for the upcoming season. However, it still appears like a change that could be coming soon.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has stated that the league and their owners are looking into the possibility of expanding the playoff field to 14 teams, and he firmly believes that the expansion could be coming next season and be ready to go when the calendar turns to January 2016.
“I do believe it will be approved for 2015,” Goodell said. via Pro Football Talk.
“I think we want to see one more year of, Will it impact the regular season in a positive way, from a competitive standpoint? Will it create more excitement, more races toward the end, of who’s going to qualify for the playoffs? And we also want to absorb the additional inventory into the marketplace, from an advertising standpoint.”
Of course nothing is finalized and Goodell needs to make sure there will be no backlash from the players, so he has been talking about the potential expansion with NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith.
“I’ve had numerous conversations with DeMaurice,” Goodell said. “I think there’s a lot of benefits to the players. That’s something they’ll have to evaluate, but they’re our partners and I’ve said on many occasions before that we’re going to continue to have dialogue with all of our partners.”
Whether or not anyone believes playoff is a mistake will not matter, because you cannot stop the NFL from going out and making their money.
We will just have to see when exactly the expansion takes place and how it changes the way the postseason can potentially play out.