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Support For NFL Playoff Expansion Among Team Owners Remains Unclear
Published January 24, 2014
ALL FOR IT: Packers President & CEO Mark Murphy said that he is "in favor of the NFL expanding the playoffs and eliminating the extra point." Murphy on Tuesday in an interview with Appleton, Wisc.-based WSCO-FM said that the "additional TV revenue from adding a seventh playoff team from each conference is attractive." Murphy: "If we could (add two wild-card teams) and make changes in the preseason, maybe eliminate a preseason game, something along those lines, (be)cause our preseason, really, is not of a high quality anymore. So, I think that trade off would be really positive for the fans" (GREEN BAY PRESS GAZETTE, 1/23).
PROFIT MARGINS: YAHOO SPORTS' Dan Wetzel wrote of all the changes to the NFL that Commissioner Roger Goodell has "floated out, another expansion of the playoffs (not the elimination of the extra point) may wind up being the most likely -- and controversial -- to be actually ratified." The NFL is "going on a quarter century without expanding the postseason and there is overwhelming sentiment among fans that there is no need to fix what isn't broken." Goodell "says nothing would happen until 2015 at the earliest, perhaps to temper panicked reactions." Wetzel wrote it is "easy to criticize the NFL for selling out and chasing money it really doesn't need, but it is a business and what other business is sitting on something that profitable without tapping into it?" Goodell is "claiming his interest in adding wild-card teams is to provide good clubs with a path to potentially winning the Super Bowl, but it's likely just a bottom line decision" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 1/23).