Report: NFL playoff expansion not expected to happen for 2015 season

imagesFor the past couple of years, there has been talk about expanding the playoff field from 12 to 14 teams. There are many who don’t want to change the current format. But due to teams making the playoffs with their records under .500, many are in favor for the move. While many believe that the expansion will happen eventually, Mark Maske of the Washington Post doesn’t expect it to happen for the 2015 season.


“I’d say at this point it’s 50-50 at best,” said one person familiar with the deliberations by the league and the rule-making NFL competition committee Wednesday. “I think it’s gonna happen eventually, just maybe not for next season. It seems to have lost momentum. It still could be revived for the March [owners’] meeting. But at the moment it doesn’t look good for next season.”

Those sentiments were echoed by three others with knowledge of the NFL’s deliberations on the issue. They did not rule out the measure being implemented next season. But they said enthusiasm for the proposal clearly has diminished.

“I’d say it’s questionable, whereas last year at this time I would have told you it’s gonna happen [in time for next season],” one of those people said. “It’s a question of timing.”

According to that person, league leaders seem reluctant to make another significant change affecting the sport’s television partners at a time when the NFL is on what amounts to a year-to-year arrangement with CBS to broadcast its package of Thursday night regular season games in conjunction with the league-owned NFL Network. CBS began carrying a portion of the Thursday night schedule this past season, and the league and network announced last month that they’d extended the deal through the 2015 season.


As usual, the only reason the NFL is considering expanding the format is because of money. Adding two more teams really doesn’t make sense to me.

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