Peter King: “Most Observers” Believe NFL Will Eventually Move to an 18-Game Season
May 31Matt LaMarcaSportsGrid
The NFL has already moved to a 17-game season for the 2021-22 season for the first time in league history, and there could be more games added to the season in the future. NBC Sports’ Peter King reports that “most observers” believe the NFL will move to an 18-game season, possibly after current commissioner Roger Goodell leaves office. King said he expects that to happen by the 2024 or 2025 season, and whoever takes over will likely make expanding the schedule a priority.
This is the newest chapter in the battle between player safety and the almighty dollar. The owners are obviously interested in grabbing as much money as humanly possible, but the players need to make sure it doesn’t come at the expense of their long-term health. There could be some creative solutions to make this possible — adding a second bye week, reducing the number of preseason games, etc. — but expect this to be a battle in the future.
The 17-game season has had an impact on NFL win totals on FanDuel Sportsbook. The Chiefs currently lead all teams with an over/under of 12.5 wins in 2021-22.
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