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  • the NFL is going to 17 games next year.

  • That seems to be a fait accompli, and I couldn't decide if I should call that the Scoop or I should call it sneaky big news because I don't feel like people are talking nearly enough about this.

  • The ramifications of making a change of that magnitude are overwhelming.

  • We're going to talk a lot about the impact on the players, bodies and player safety and all that.

  • And that is to the players, obviously overwhelmingly the most important thing.

  • And to all of us as human beings, that should be the most important thing.

  • But hold everything we're about to make a fundamental change to the sport.

  • That almost never happens.

  • How long has the NBA been playing 82 games?

  • How long has baseball been playing 162 games?

  • How long has the NFL been playing 16 games?

  • Answer.

  • A long, freaking time.

  • I'm old enough to remember when the NFL played 14 games in a season, but they went to 16 and 1978 changes a lot.

  • I'm here to tell you it changes a lot the way we perceive numbers, records, all that kind of stuff just completely changes you're talking about, guys.

  • I remember what it was like when someone ran from running back, ran for 1000 yards in a 14 game season.

  • You're adding now three games to that.

  • We're going to have to completely revamp the way we look at some of this stuff.

  • Obviously, the impact that it has on the playoffs and everything else.

  • The CBS stipulates they can go to 17 regular season games this year.

  • They will cut it to three preseason games.

  • That's in the C B A.

  • That's there.

  • They can't expand it beyond 17 games until 2031 at the soonest.

  • So they're going to 17 games this year, and it's going to stay there for a while and a very quick explanation of what that 17th game is going to be, which I have long assumed was the perfect opportunity for them to add an international game.

  • For example, let the Jaguars go play in London again without it costing their fans a home game.

  • That's not the way it is being planned initially.

  • Basically, they will line up divisions and just for the sake of argument if the A F C West would have played the NFC North.

  • The extra game would be the matchup of the teams that finished in each of the respective spots.

  • Number one would play number one and on down the line.

  • And each year, like one year, the NFC would get all the home games the next year.

  • The A F C.

  • We get all the home games, so that creates.

  • I hate the idea of an odd number of games.

  • Everything about that just feels awkward and wrong.

  • So if you're asking me my opinion on this, I don't love it.

  • I don't hate it.

  • Don't get me wrong.

  • I get it.

  • All these things are done in the interest of making more money, and I'm not here to tell you.

  • That's a bad idea.

  • And I'm certainly not forecasting this becoming a problem for the league.

  • But I don't love it.

  • 16 is enough.

  • The odd number is weird.

  • International expansion doesn't do anything for me, but it's going to happen and obviously I'll watch it and so will you.

  • And it'll be fine.

  • Let me bring in hashtag bubba on all of this because my disheveled board operator, Brendan Bubba Peregrine.

  • Many may not know this, but but Bubba, before you decided to become a board operator, you were considering a career as a noted financial analyst and an expert and and and really sort of a world class economist.

  • So, in your opinion, is this a good thing or a bad thing as a football fan that the NFL is going to 17 games next year?

  • You know, I'm kind of with you on this one.

  • I'm not a fan.

  • I think I like it is 16 and really, honestly, just because I don't think the odd numbers, I mean, what's with the odd numbers can have an odd number of schedule.

  • That's insane.

  • I'm with you, Hem.

  • Bo is with me today as well.

  • You did some of the look looking back on this.

  • Has any sport ever had an odd number of games?

  • There was a six year stretch of the NFL played 11 games.

  • That's true.

  • That's 1937 in 1942 and then in 1942 the fifties.

  • Didn't Jim Brown playing 11 games schedule?

  • Do I have that wrong?

  • He played 12 12 games and at that point it's before my time, so that's an interesting point.

  • So they did have that at one time, but the even number?

  • Just so you have the same number of home games, same number of road games.

  • No one has one advantage over anybody.

  • That's just something unsatisfying about an odd number would be fine.

  • With 18 games.

  • I would be better with 18 games than I would be with 17 games.

  • But that would be bad because I'm also worried about injuries like no one wants to see these guys hurt all the time.

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