Are you ready for some more football? Well at least more NFL playoff action.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the NFL is set to expand the playoffs to seven teams in each conference, reducing the first-round byes from two teams to one and essentially adding an extra Wild Card game per conference.
The league and the NFL Players Association are still trying to come to an agreement on issues including whether there will be a 17-game regular season in the new CBA, which Schefter said: “could be done sometime in the next week.”
“That’s been agreed to for a long time,” a source told Schefter. “There wasn’t a lot of disagreement to that issue.”
Another positive change from the players’ perspective is the proposal that teams with byes would receive postseason pay for Wild Card Weekend even though their team isn’t in action. This wasn’t the case for teams with a bye before.
For what it’s worth, a seventh playoff team is good for business. With only one team getting a playoff bye, it puts more emphasis on regular-season play.
A seventh team means more drama for passionate fans, while the owners collect additional revenue.