NFL expected to expand playoffs
The NFL is expected to add two playoff teams and lessen the number of teams obtaining a playoff bye in the collective bargaining agreement, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Wednesday night.
According to the report, the league resources indicated to ESPN the proposal would have seven teams from each conference qualify for the playoffs, up from six.
Just one team from each conference would receive a bye in the rounddown from two groups.
Had that arrangement been set up for its 2019 time, the Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8) and Los Angeles Rams (9-7) would have made the playoffs.
“That’s been agreed to for quite a long time,” a source familiar with the CBA talks told Schefter concerning the prevalence of the proposed playoff changes. “There was not a great deal of disagreement to that situation.”
According to Schefter, the groups who receive the first-round bye would acquire postseason cover for this weekend of rest, something that does not happen under the current CBA.
The biggest sticking point in recent weeks during discussions on a new CBA arrangement is over whether a game would be added by the league to the season.
Schefter reported that is one of those”final problems” to be exercised, and a 17th regular-season match would not be added into the program until 2021 at the oldest.
The CBA was ratified in 2011 and can be set to expire after the 2020 season.
“I’d be very surprised if there is not a new CBA for the new league season,” a source told Schefter.
According to NFL Network, NFL owners may fit in New York on Thursday to discuss the status of their CBA discussions. The players will discuss the owners’ proposal through conference call.