Foster asks: Would expanded schedule hurt NFL?

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Columnist Terry Foster in The Detroit News says it's a near foregone conclusion that the NFL will eventually expand its schedule to 17 or 18 games. Foster speculates it would lead to expanded rosters, higher salaries, more injury difficulties for teams, and may cause the NFL to lose some of its "every game is a premium event" mojo. My take? That's a bunch of hooey. The overall number of games would remain the same; only the number of preseason games would be reduced. And fans would jump for joy to have two fewer awful preseason games they have to pay top dollar for. If there's one thing the NFL has proven, it's that its fans can't seem to get enough of it. They never reach market saturation. It's DRAFT in the heart of the offseason is bigger than most sports!