At first, Roger Goodell wanted to expand the regular season from 16 to 18 games but the player’s union actually won that fight. Now he is hinting at expanding the playoffs from 12 to 16 teams; click here for more details on this concept.
From Troy Aikman's Twitter account, @TroyAikman: "Couldn't disagree more w Commissioner Goodell's consideration of expanding NFL playoffs to 14 or 16 teams.”
Why does Goodell keep proposing expanding this or that? The NFL is a business and if you aren’t growing you are dying. People like to talk about "the good of the game" when the growth of the business is the unspoken priority.
Call it greed or whatever, but it is a business practice followed by a loooooot of companies throughout the world.
Unlike the NBA and MLB, which are growing into foreign countries – especially China – there is small foreign interest in the National Football League. The game just doesn't have a following outside of North America because no one plays it.
The games in London and Toronto are nice little bumps, but not the type of growth a billionaire-dollar business wants.
The NFL and Goodell have to create growth. If the interest in American football remains limited in places such as Europe and China how can he create a bigger ocean of cash?
points on tickets may have hit the ceiling – Goodell has commented that the league has to
address fans who would rather stay home and watch on TV rather than actually attend the
The San Diego Chargers are now putting tickets on Groupon.
TV contracts are as fat as they have ever been.
The league will slap a logo on anything up to and perhaps including home breast exams to sell more stuff.
The obvious answer to creating more revenue would be to plop a team in Los Angeles but that project remains stuck in the conception stage.
As far as creating an interest or a demand, the NFL’s model remains the very best in professional sports. There are just enough games that people never feel over-saturated by the product.
Expanding to 18 regular season games threatens that delicate balance between wanting just a little bit more, not to mention diluting the importance and value of games. The division alignment has made it a bit harder for the wildcard teams, thus making an increasing amount of late season games irrelevant.
another series of playoff teams devalues the playoffs just a little bit more.
When the season is over – both regular and post – fans feel satisfied and enjoy the break. Then we can’t wait for it to start again.
Goodell’s problem as a business leader is that he must create more revenue, and the game is landlocked to North America.
As the leader of the NFL Goodell is facing a difficult equation in trying to act in the best interest in the game while servicing the needs of the business.