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Expanding the NFL Playoffs is a Bad Idea

What the hell is going on here? What’s happening to our game? America’s most popular sport has been toying with its fan base and tinkering with its game as if they are going out of their way to mess up a perfect thing.

I can’t stand it when situations occur in society for no other reason than greed, where those who just can’t stand prosperity are intent on messing things up. The status quo in the NFL has become so popular and has garnered so much momentum that the league couldn’t possibly be derailed unless they went out of their way to change what currently works; yet that’s exactly what they are doing…

Just recently we had a player lockout, a bounty scandal, replacement referees and concussion issues threaten to take down the game. Then last week Roger Goodell talked about the possibility of getting rid of kickoffs and now he’s talking about expanding the playoff system from 12 to 14 or 16 teams! I can see the playoff marketing campaign now, “If you’re not in the bottom half you’re in…” What the heck?

It’s not that I’m some kind of NFL purist or activist of any sort, but gee wiz, how many changes are they trying to jam through at once? What’s next, are we going to get rid of the forward pass? You know those receivers really are defenseless when they are concentrating on catching the ball…

Trying to force so many changes into the game in such a short period of time is an effort to make the upcoming TV contract packages more marketable. The NFL is doing whatever it can to receive higher TV contract bids and will apparently do almost anything that networks will pay for. This latest news on playoff expansion frankly is a bit piggish. The benefits of more playoff games are obviously more money for the league/teams. Let’s face it, the more teams involved in playoff contention late in the season, the more television money. The more playoff games, the more stadium revenue and again, the more television money.

Fueled by the popularity and rampant growth of Fantasy Football the NFL has become so popular that fans will watch the games no matter what they do. One day when I die I’m going to stop watching NFL football all together and they won’t get any more of my money. I suggest that collectively we send a message and when that time comes for each of you, that you all do the same thing too.

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