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SBD/December 13, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Spread The Joy: Goodell Says NFL Has Talked About Expanding Current Playoff Format
Published December 13, 2012
WHY RUIN A GOOD THING? NBC Sports Network’s Shaun King said the “only reason to expand is if you’re doing it because of the money.” He noted the NFL is not like college football, where fans almost every year feel there are "some teams that were worthy of being in a championship game … that don’t make it." King: "When’s the last time you finished the NFL season and felt like there was a team that didn’t make the playoffs that should be there?” NBC Sports Network’s Pete Najarian said, “Do not reward mediocrity. … This is an absolute moneygrab. This is something the NFL is above” (“NBC Sports Talk,” NBC Sports Network, 12/12). NFL Network’s Mark Kriegel said, “It’s not a good thing at all. I’m against anything that contributes to the cause of mediocrity, and this certainly will. This is supposed to be a meritocracy.” But NFL Network’s Frank Wyche supports an expanded postseason, saying, "I’m going against the contrary belief that we’re going to water things down" (“NFL AM,” NFL Network, 12/13).