NFL planning to expand regular season to 17 games in 2021

Glenn Erby
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The NFL is the best thing going in sports today and the league plans on providing even more games according to Ian Rapoport.

Per Rapoport and Tom Pelissero, the league is planning to expand the regular season to 17 games in 2021 — a move that would generate new revenue and could help solve some of the expected salary cap woes for teams like the Eagles and Saints.

An announcement may not come for weeks, if not months, since the NFL must first negotiate at least one new media contract in order to make the move to 17 games in 2021, per the collective bargaining agreement. But as one team source apprised of discussions said: “We’re all anticipating it’s going to happen.”

Once a new media deal is announced, the preseason would be cut to two or three games, with each team continuing to get one bye-week as the NFL extends the regular season to 18 weeks and pushes back the Super Bowl into the second week of February.

With the added game, each team would play an extra interconference matchup — AFC vs. NFC — based on divisional standings from the preceding season and on a rotating divisional basis.

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