DeMaurice Smith says there must be negotiations to expand NFL playoffs

Friday May 30th, 2014

NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith has made it easier for NFL players to act responsibly. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images) NFLPA director DeMaurice Smith recently called out the NFL on a number of topics. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

One of the hot topics of discussion around the NFL lately has been the possible expansion of the playoffs from 12 to 14 teams. Following the Super Bowl LII site announcement last week, commissioner Roger Goodell once again seemed very focused on making that happen.

However it's not just as easy as Goodell coming out and saying two more teams will be added to the fold. As NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith recently pointed out to ESPN, like anything else expansion would be a process that needs to be voted on and some changes will have to occur.

"If there will be an expansion of the playoffs, there will be a proposal by the National Football League pursuant to the collective bargaining agreement," Smith said. "That is a change of working conditions. Changes of working conditions must be negotiated with this union. And I haven't seen a proposal from the National Football League and I know that is a necessary precondition." While Smith is correct, when the proposal does come across, the union more than likely would not put up much of a fight. Adding two more teams to the mix in the postseason benefits more players, and given the large success of the NFL playoffs yearly, would only bring in more revenue for the league going forward.

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