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NFL competition committee won’t pitch expanded playoffs

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The NFL's competition committee isn't likely to recommend playoff expansion at the annual league meeting in Phoenix, scheduled for March 17-20, two people close to the situation told The Washington Post.

The rule-making committee plans to issue a report about the reasons and consequences associated with an expanded field, but won't recommend the idea.

"I know there's supposed to be a report," one of the people told the paper. "There's no specific proposal."

The committee had tossed around the idea of expanding the postseason field from six teams per conference to seven or eight teams, the report said. Some thought was given to lengthening the postseason and shortening the preseason as a way to make it more appealing to the players' union and owners. The idea will likely be reviewed further, but not in the 2013 season.

Currently the four division winners and two wild-card teams in each conference make the postseason, or 12 of the league's 32 teams. Playoffs expansion would increase that number to 14 or 16 teams, and could potentially eliminate one or both first-round playoff byes.
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