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Roger Goodell Confirms 17-Game Regular Season On the Table for Next CBA

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Reports that surfaced in September about the NFL’s owners dropping a proposal for an 18-game schedule in favor of 17 games were essentially confirmed by Commissioner Roger Goodell, who offered an update on talks for the league’s next Collective Bargaining Agreement on Wednesday.

The important stuff from a pair of NFL Network insiders:


Ditching the 18-game schedule is good news in its own right, because players had long drawn a line in the sand and simply were not going to agree to take on more games. HOWEVER, the CBA-related rumors don’t end there.

Radio talk-show host Dan Patrick shared some sourced information that could be among the hold-ups in getting a deal done soon. Check it out:

I’m not even sure where to start after listening to that clip, but I suppose that Patrick hearing that the league would propose giving players 49 percent of the revenue (up from 47 percent) and in turn taking 2 percent of that revenue to help fund the new football stadium in Los Angeles (which is apparently set to cost more than $2.5 billion than the original estimate) is a great place to start. But that’s not where the bombshells end.

Patrick also hears that old-school owners such as the ones who own the Giants and Steelers would prefer to stick with 16 games, while keeping the players at a 47 percent share of the revenues, while newer owners (like Jerry Jones) want an increase in games. All things considered, this is the type of disagreement that will hurt any chances of this CBA getting done by Thanksgiving (which is the preferred time to get such a deal done because owners fear a recession is coming when January rolls around).

At least talks have been described as “positive and productive” from the commissioner’s perspective. After all, the last thing the NFL needs any time soon is a work stoppage. The next move after “positive and productive” talks is actual action, though it is clear that a quick and pain-free resolution isn’t imminent.

Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.