The NFL and union officials met for the first time since February to discuss the possibility of adding 2 games to the regular season.
Under the proposal, teams would play in a total of 20 games, 2 preseason and 18 regular season.
This is what fans have wanted all along. Who wants to sit and watch meaningless pre-season games. As a diehard Bears fan, I'll watch them regardless because I want to watch the Bears -- especially when both baseball teams in town are usually out of the running for the postseason.
Ray Lewis and Tom Brady have expressed their concerns about an increase in injury risks and rightfully so.
In retrospect, teams can make more money from television deals, sponsorships, the gate, concessions and etc. More money for the team can mean higher player salaries and allow for more roster space. In addition, it will make teams develop players and give them a chance to prove themselves at this level as teams would probably want to spare their more important players. Teams like the Bears, who have a deep roster (just ask Dan Pompei), will benefit.
Some might argue that the quality of games will be down, but let's be honest, no other football league (college or pro) is better than the NFL so there can't be much of a drop off.
If the extension of the regular season and the reduction or preseason games goes through, this furthers the popularity of the NFL brand. The NFL has always done the right thing keep its fans happy.