NFLPA: We Won't Allow an 18-Game Season
If you're like the NFL Commish and find yourself looking forward to an 18-game NFL schedule, you're probably wallowing in the words of Lenin and Göbbels right now.
But it doesn't seem to be working with the NFL Players Association.
Goodall is convinced the USA wants more meaningful football, and that means an 18-game regular season schedule. He said as much three years ago:
And his preference didn't get a very warm reception from players three years ago. Ray Lewis covered the main points of resistance back then:
So, it was no surprise the NFL Players Association made it clear again yesterday that a longer regular season won't happen under their watch.
New NFLPA president Eric Winston said the issue is dead.
"I can tell you 16-to-18's dead in the water. I won't let it happen. I don't think any of these other guys are going to let it happen. It's a safety issue."
Did you hear that, Roger Goodell? It's not happening. Any thought of trying to push this idea will still be met with huge player opposition, no matter how often you say you want it.
And lately, the players seem to have medical researchers on their side. Proof of CTE-related deaths just keep piling up, and that won't change for the better with more full-speed games. Even the number of lesser injuries would increase, which in itself would do the NFL more harm than good because the product would most likely be even more watered down.
There are more important issues than a longer schedule right now, like finding an effective way to solve the damage that the CTE data shows is being done. Sure, the NFL is obviously working on this behind the scenes, but how stupid does it look to push for a longer season when answers for traumatic brain injuries have yet to be found?
It doesn't matter how often the Commish tries to push his agenda. He's outnumbered by realists, starting with his workforce.