Last week NFL commissioner Roger Goodell continued to bang the drum for an 18 games season to go along with 2 preseason games. A few days ago, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones supported those sentiments for an extended football season.
Here’s what Jones told radio station KRLD on the subject, “I like that,” Jones said. “We really talked about it a lot in the negotiations with the players. The league had the right to do that with the consent of the players. Over the last television contracts, we all agreed that we would all agree to expand it if we did go to 18 and two preseason [games]. I’m for that.”
It makes sense for Jones to support the addition of two NFL games because it puts more money into his pockets, something he always takes full advantage of.
We all get it, the preseason games are not as heavily attended as regular season games, which means less money for the owners. Less ticket sales, less parking revenue, less food and beverage (beer) sales and less traffic into the gift shops all hurts the owner’s profits.
Jones also said he felt an 18 game season was good for the players and the fans. I’m guessing Jones meant financially good for the players because we all know it won’t be great for their health now, or in the future.
And as I said the other day, if you haven’t seen the polls (it is an election year ya know), most NFL fans think the season has the perfect amount of games. It still baffles me that people like Goodell and Jones believe that an 18 game schedule is what fans want when the overwhelming evidence suggests otherwise.
No one likes preseason games in the NFL, I understand that. Hey, no one likes spring training baseball, preseason hockey or basketball either. In general, who gives a crap about games that don’t count?
I don’t have the answer to what makes better preseason football, but I think most fans feel an 18 game season is not the solution.
How about lowering ticket prices for the preseason? I bet that is more of a solution to finding out why some fans might want an 18 game season; the season tickets are too high when you have to pay for preseason football at the same price as regular season games.
That makes too much sense though, after all, these owners can’t be losing money. It could mean losing a wing in their house where they keep their billions stacked.
News flash, it’s all about money. You’re shocked, I know.