The league currently plays four preseason games, with the fourth typically played without starters for most teams.
“Do we really need four preseason games anymore to put the best team on the field, to develop our players and to make the evaluations that you need to make? I think the general view of the competition committee at this point is you don’t,” Goodell said Sunday at AT&T Stadium. “So we’re actively exploring taking a preseason game away.
“…It’s the number one thing I hear from fans is that we need to address the quality of the preseason. It does not stand up to the quality of what we do in the NFL. On the other hand, I think there are ways we can make it more attractive and we have to make it more of a reality show. Make sure you understand who is playing for a roster spot and look at ways to be able to do that particularly in the way we cut down players. It’s something we’re very focused on. I would expect a change sometime in the next year. I don’t think it’ll be in place for the next preseason, but I think it could be for the following.”
Goodell met with select Cowboys’ season-ticket holders during a pregame fan forum.
He also addressed the possibility of increasing the number of playoff teams from 12 to 14. That would add a third wild-card team to each conference, with only the team with the best record in each conference getting a bye the first week of the postseason.
“This can actually add more races toward the end of the season, and keep more teams in the race, which I think is fun for fans,” Goodell said. “It’s fun for the teams and the players and the coaches. We believe this could be a real positive change for us. The competition committee looked at it last year, and I think they agreed with that. So from a competitive standpoint it has gotten a thumbs-up and a double thumbs-up. What we have to look at now is how we schedule it, because that has a lot of competitive consquences.Because what you would end up with is rather than four games, you’d have six. So you’d do two on Friday, two on Saturday and two on Sunday. What kind of competitive advantage does that give the [teams that play on] Friday? So we have to balance all that from the football side, and then the broadcast side, and probably made a decision in the spring is my guess.”
-- Charean Williams