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Making Sense of NFL Changes

Mill Woods

Posted on February 20, 2020 18:56

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Owners, players and media types should learn to think a little better: there are good reasons for keeping rules the same from season to season, and there are equally good reasons why they should change some rules that have been dumb for a very long time. What's wrong with doing 'right things right'?

NFL owners want to expand the playoffs from six per-conference to seven, with only the top seed receiving a first-round bye. Currently, the top two seeds get byes. In the near future, players will get their own say on this proposal.
 
Some media types say this would give an unfair advantage to the sole team getting a bye in each conference. I don’t like it for a different reason: I simply don’t want more playoff teams!

Media know-nothings seem to have never heard of fixing the right problems – in other words, doing 'right things right'. Creative thinking can identify multiple new approaches to problem-solving, and then reveal the best choices. 

If some teams refuse to support the NFL's international effort by playing in London or Mexico City, then a good solution is to penalize them in some way.

On a totally-different topic: if teams are hobbled by too many injuries, the rules around replacing players can be changed. There are also a number of creative ways to increase revenues.

I regularly criticize other pro sports for having too many games and too many playoff teams. Most sports have long playoff series' – like best-of-seven – which floods us fans with expensive playoff tickets, while cheapening the accomplishment of a team making the playoffs. 

If NFL owners really want to improve the playoffs, they should pass this new rule: if a division champ has a .500 record or less, a wild card team with 10 or more wins gets to host the first playoff game, instead of the weak division champ.

The concept of a 'division' is totally artificial. Two or more top teams can reside in one division, and only one can make the playoffs as division champ. 
 
It's bad enough that we have the artificially-created construct called 'conferences' – AFC, NFC – based on history as old as dirt. Ideally, the top two NFL teams should play in the Super Bowl, even if they are in the same conference. But I don't expect that rule to change. Grouping four teams into a division was not a terrible idea, but the fact that only one team in that division can get a home playoff game in the first round is quite unfair.
 
So, NFL fans: there is a rule that actually needs changing.

The owners would also like to increase the number of regular-season games from 16 to 17 and reduce preseason games from four to three. Now, that’s a good idea. Having four preseason games is a (not-so-funny) joke on season ticket buyers. Actually, I would not mind if preseason games were cut down to two. The injury issue can be solved with other changes.

In conclusion, I would not change NFL rules arbitrarily — just to make more ticket money and TV revenues — but I think true NFL fans would appreciate changes designed to waste less money (on meaningless games) and reward teams better for excellent performances. Tell any owners you know.

Mill Woods

Posted on February 20, 2020 18:56

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