5 Reasons Expanding The NFL Playoffs Makes Too Much Sense
5 Reasons Why Expanding The NFL Playoffs Makes Too Much Sense
According to sportscaster Dan Patrick, the NFL will add a wild card team to both conferences, meaning that only the top team on each side would receive a bye-week and the fans would be treated to three first round games instead of two. However, a league spokesman came out on Monday and shut down all thoughts that change was a done deal by saying that “no such decision” had been made. This was wonderful news for any fan that feels the same as ESPN.com's Dan Graziano:
“As pure entertainment goes, the first weekend of the NFL playoffs was pretty close to perfect. Which is why the NFL needs to leave it alone. That's right. Please don't expand the NFL playoffs. They're too good the way they are.”
It was a weekend highlighted by multiple comebacks, two last-second field goals, and a lot of hype about weather that really had no affect on the winning west coast teams. You really couldn’t ask for anything more.
But what fans, reporters and critics need to realize is that the NFL did not supplant the MLB as the Nation's new pastime purely because of entertainment value.
Commissioner Roger Goodell understood that this is a business. He marketed his players and games to families in a way that made the stadium experience enjoyable enough to have them sitting in the cold. And as the owners gained revenue, they were able to build new arenas like Jerry Jones' $1.3 billon playhouse, which made things even more enjoyable.
That’s why expanding the playoffs makes too much sense, because it makes money. People may not want to hear that, but it's the American way.
For more reasons why expanding the playoffs would be genius, flip through the next five slides.
1. Wiggle Room For Roger Goodell
The additions would be less of a victory and more of a compromise for Goodell, but he could always use the reward of more teams making the playoffs as a good disguise for players who complained that adding extra regular season games would be a threat to more injuries.