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Playoff expansion unlikely to pass this year

Updated: May 16, 2003, 10:36 AM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

In advance of the NFL spring meeting that convenes next week, the league's influential competition committee has voted unanimously against expanding the number of playoff teams, a recommendation that figures to scuttle the initiative.

Owners will assemble in Philadelphia next Tuesday and Wednesday and, on an agenda steeped with financial issues that are of scant interest to fans, the debate and likely vote on a proposal to expand from 12 playoff teams to 14 is the marquee item. But owners ...

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