The NFL is discussing expanding the playoffs from 12 teams to 14 while decreasing the preseason schedule to three games per team, ESPN reported Sunday. The expanded playoffs proposal would offset teams' lost revenue from eliminating one preseason game, and may add television revenue for the league. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said last week that the new scheduling format is a possibility, but would not take effect in 2014. However, ESPN reported that the league may implement the format as early as 2014 if it get the necessary votes from team owners. Also, the league needs to establish a new preseason scheduling formula, confirm sponsorship agreements and resolve a few stadium lease issues. The league's competition committee reportedly recommended the three-game preseason model as the minimum period necessary to evaluate players.
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