Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Playoff expansion tabled at least one more year


If the NFL owners plan to expand the playoffs, it won't be this year.

Commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday he expects the playoff field to expand an extra two teams in 2015, but as for 2014, the league is honed in on one thing at a time.

"Our general view here was that we should proceed with the Thursday night focus that we have this year — we're adding inventory into the market place and this makes the most sense for us," Goodell said, via USA Today.

"I do believe it will be approved for the 2015 season. 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 is going to qualify for the playoffs?"

New York Jets owner Woody Johnson chimed in, telling the NY Daily News that while the current playoff system is "working really beautifully now,” adding two more teams is a "tweak, not a major change."

"It gives a couple more teams a chance to get in," he said. "It will make it more interesting for the fans. From the players I talk to, they think it’s a great idea for them. I think it makes a lot of sense."

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