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Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Tisch: 18-game season will come up again

By Matt Ehalt

The new 10-year CBA in the NFL doesn't allow for an 18-game season, which would shorten the preseason by two games, but that doesn't mean that it's still not on the mind of the owners in the league.

Giants co-owner Steve Tisch said Tuesday at the naming of the New Meadowlands Stadium as MetLife Stadium that he thinks an 18-game season is an issue that the owners and the league should continue talking about and discussing.

"It's something the NFL did focus on before the final version of the CBA and it's an issue that the players know the owners are talking about and the NFL is talking about, so I don't think it's one of the most controversial issues ever discussed by owners," Tisch said. "I think the fans have kind of spoken also of how they feel about the preseason."

Tisch started talking about the 18-game season while discussing the injuries that victimized the Giants Monday night, as they lost cornerbacks Terrell Thomas and Brian Witherspoon for the season with ACL injuries. With injuries in preseason popping up to other teams as well, Tisch said he thinks that's one reason that owners and the players associations will look at the preseason structure in the next round of owners meetings.

The Giants co-owner said the owners can talk internally about the issues and then see if there is any type of proposal the owners would like to make to the players in the upcoming years, the owners are not prohibited from doing so. He wouldn't say the push for an 18-game season is alive, but as they go forward, he said it will be an issue that appears once again.

"I don't know when, I don't know under what circumstances, I don't know if it is going to be spring 12' or fall 13', but it's an issue that I think the owners have paid a lot of attention to and will continue to," Tisch said.