While there are many reasons to rationalize what the NFL does (and why), adding a 17th game clearly comes down to greed. Greedy owners, greedy TV networks. Greedy Roger Goodell.
Seriously, does anyone on earth buy into Goodell’s lie about how he just wants to spread the NFL to new audience by giving them more opportunity to see a game for the first time, etc.? It’s all about revenue, which is fine. Just admit it!
So now the Giants at Dolphins will end the season. The NFL’s insanely unfairly unbalanced schedule just got even more unbalanced. This season, we are already slated to play the NFC South (with hard teams Tampa and New Orleans, and improving Atlanta and Carolina.) And now the league just randomly tosses in an NFC East opponent. Why?
If you’re committed to adding a 17th game, why not make it a conference game? Conference games are more meaningful in the playoff scenarios, so why add an unimpactful, throwaway game instead of something meaningful? Greed.
Also, and again this is clearly just my own opinion, but I HATE the fact the the regular season now moves into mid-January. That means the Super Bowl will drift further into February. In a few years, they’ll be playing the Super Bowl in April if this keeps up. December/January games give a gigantic advantage to cold-weather home teams, and the NFL just keeps helping those teams more and more. Why not start the season a week earlier? How about eliminating the bye week? Start the season in August and eliminate the useless pre-season week 3?
Oh well. A 17th game is not the end of the world, it’s just something I feel in unnecessary. No one will ever be .500 again. Well unless there are ties and someone goes 8-8-1.