A 17-game schedule is coming, but it won’t be right now.
Well, we all knew this is one of those things that was on the table. The prospect of cashing in further on what’s already a billion-dollar revenue stream is just too intriguing to stop considering. In all honesty, we knew the league’s been seeking a 17-game schedule for a while now.
That day seems to be coming sooner rather than later, but it won’t be in 2020. The NFL will maintain its current structure, 16 regular-season games with the bye week for each team. The 32 owners will have the option of expanding the regular season in 2021. It’s safe to assume that we all know what that means.
For those of you asking how that affects home and away games with an uneven amount of contests, NFL.com’s Judy Battista offers a nice explanation of one of the more popular theories.
"(How to handle the home and away schedule of each team) still has to be figured out. The likeliest solution right now seems to be having one conference receive the 17th game as a home game one season and the other conference getting the additional home game the next season. Other ideas have been tossed around (like) playing the 17th game internationally or at a neutral site, but nothing has been decided."
This also means the preseason will be shortened from four weeks to three. Stay tuned. This will only become a more interesting story as the weeks fly by. Let’s talk about changes to the postseason.