Packers CEO favors expanding playoffs, dropping extra point

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There has been talk about the NFL expanding the playoffs and potentially dropping the extra point. Green Bay Packers CEO Mark Murphy weighed in on both topics during an interview on WSCO-FM radio in Appleton. Murphy said he supports both proposed adjustments to the rulebook but particularly weighed in on playoff expansion.

“Right now of the 32 teams only 12 make it,” Murphy said.  “I don’t think we want to get where, not to criticize other sports, but, it seems like everybody makes it.  If we did the discussion would be one additional wild-card team in each conference so it would still be less than 50 percent of the teams, 14 out of 32.”

There is one benefit to adding more playoff games and Murphy didn’t dance around that. He suggested eliminating pre-season games to make it work.

“I would be in favor of it in the sense that it’s a way to add additional revenue,” Murphy said. “If we could [add two wild-card teams] and make changes in the preseason, maybe eliminate a preseason game, something along those lines, [because] our preseason, really, is not of a high quality anymore,” Murphy added.  “So, I think that trade off would be really positive for the fans.”