UNSUPPORTED BROWSER
Audibles

No talk of playoff expansion during NFL-NFLPA meeting

No talk of postseason expansion during NFL-NFLPA meeting Opponents of playoff expansion argue that additional teams dilute the postseason format. (Seth Wenig/AP)

For months we've heard rumors hinting that the NFL had considered the idea of expanding its playoffs, a topic which was likely to be discussed during an NFL-NFLPA meeting this week. However, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the topic was never discussed despite a suggestion from commissioner Roger Goodell that such talks could take place.

MORE: 2014 NFL Mock Draft Database | Top centers | Top guards | Top tackles | Top RBs

Goodell stated in late March that he felt playoff expansion had heavy interest, possibly to the point of 'support', so the lack of talks is a bit perplexing.

"I think there is a tremendous amount of interest in this, possibly even to the point of support," Goodell said after ownership discussed the topic this week. "But there are also things we still want to make sure we do right. We've been very incremental in trying to do this. But we believe competitively it could make our races toward the end of the season even more exciting, more teams vying for playoff positions, which is great for our fans."

While there was never any official confirmation, rumors circulated suggesting that the NFL could begin the 14-team playoff expansion format as soon as the 2015 season. However, it's possible the lack of reported talks may delay such an expansion at this point.

Fans have shown mixed support for the proposed rule change, with some suggesting it would benefit the league by giving fans a rooting interest and others arguing an expanded playoff field would water down the postseason.

MORE COVERAGE: SI64: Our complete list of the top 64 prospects in 2014 NFL draft

More Audibles

Close

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Just follow these 4 easy steps:

  1. Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Bookmarks.
  3. Select Bookmark manager.
  4. Locate your current Sports Illustrated bookmark, click the Organize menu, then select Edit. You can now easily update the web address of your Sports Illustrated bookmark.

    Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Just follow these 2 easy steps:

  1. Click the Safari bookmark manager on the browser toolbar.
  2. This will open the Bookmarks Bar. In the Bookmarks Bar, select your Sports Illustrated bookmark and manually edit the Address field.

    Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Just follow these 3 easy steps:

  1. Click the Firefox bookmark manager on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Show All Bookmarks.
  3. This will open the library window. In the Library window, select your Sports Illustrated bookmark and manually edit the Location field.

    Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.
Don't Show This Again