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Playoff expansion better later than now

Updated: May 15, 2003, 8:54 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Next week, NFL owners will assemble in Philadelphia to decide whether or not to expand the playoffs from 12 to 14 teams. Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and the competition committee aren't in favor of immediate expansion, but several owners are.

In March, neither side had thought the subject through enough. Stats and trends weren't thoroughly researched. Networks hadn't been contacted about the additional two games and possible additional revenue. Figuring out a time slot for the ...

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