Don’t like the preseason, NFL fans? Well you’re not alone. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has a plan to “fix” football. And it involves shortening the preseason schedule by two games.
But there’s a catch. He wants an 18-game regular season.
Speaking to Tim Cowlishaw of the Dallas Morning News, Jones believes the preseason is more unsafe than the regular season.
“I can make the case that we have an uptick in concussions in the preseason,” Jones says. “If you look at it, I would contend there would be less exposure.”
So, why the 18-game regular season? Well more money, of course. Why else?
“It would provide more than $1 billion to the players,” Jones adds. “It’s certainly worth considering. It would direct more value for what the players expend to the players.”
While more money is always a top selling point, asking the players to play an 18-game regular season is a whole other story. The current 16-game schedule is grueling enough. Why not just chop two preseason games off and call it a day. I know, I know — money. Shortening the preseason, however, is probably a much more feasible goal. And, one that could happen sooner than later. The current CBA expires in 2020, though, so there’s still going to be a bit of a wait.
But if Jones can find a way to get everybody on board with shortening the preseason, then he’s already got his foot in the door. Baby steps, right? For what it’s worth, fans and players alike would probably love a shorter preseason. It’s the extra two games at the end of the regular season that you’ll have to sell everybody on — especially the players. And at the end of the day, injuries are going to happen. That’s just the way it works.
Regardless of how short the preseason is.