Longer season would present problems

Expanding NFL's slate to 17 or 18 games is not an easy proposition

Originally Published: April 16, 2009
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

The annual release of the NFL schedule has become almost a national holiday. The day features two-hour network specials, plenty of fodder for discussion on talk radio, and a paradise for blogs and chats. That's how big the NFL has become.

As commissioner Roger Goodell reminded everyone at the recent owners meeting in Dana Point, Calif., the NFL is seriously investigating the idea of expanding that schedule to include maybe 17 or 18 regular-season games. Powerful ...

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