Roger Goodell Floats Idea of 18-Game NFL Season, Later Super Bowl

Apr 25, 2024; Detroit, MI, USA; NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addresses the crowd.
Apr 25, 2024; Detroit, MI, USA; NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addresses the crowd. / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Over the last decade, the NFL—already the most popular sports league in America and one of the most popular in the world—has steadily set its sights on getting even bigger.

In 2020, the league added a seventh playoff team to each conference's bracket. In 2021, it tacked a 17th game onto the regular season. The shield has slowly colonized Black Friday, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day like never before—you name the holiday, and the NFL is probably there.

Where will the league go from here? Commissioner Roger Goodell offered ideas on The Pat McAfee Show on Friday afternoon.

"I think we're good at 17 [games] now," Goodell said. "But, listen, we're looking at how we continue... The reality is, I'd rather replace a preseason game with a regular-season game any day. That's just picking quality."

Goodell added that he foresaw the Super Bowl—which moved back a week beginning in the '21 season—eventually being played the weekend of Presidents' Day.

"And then you have Monday off," Goodell said.

That would certainly make NFL fans very happy.


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