By Michael Grimm
NBC Sports’ Peter King reports “most observers” believe the NFL will eventually move to an 18-game season.
King said expanding the season even further — 2021 will be the first 17-game season in league history — will be a pressing issue for whoever follows Roger Goodell as the next NFL commissioner.
King expected Goodell to leave his post by the 2024 or 2025 season, which would make his commissioner tenure nearly 20 years.
Tacking on more games to the NFL schedule, King said, would be a tough sell to players.
“How can a league that professes to care about the long-term health of its players subject them to 17 games (in 2021) and maybe 18 (by 2025 or ’26) without imaginatively pursuing ways to assure players they’re not going to be guinea pigs for the NFL’s almighty dollar?” King said. “The owners have dollar signs dancing in their heads over more inventory; the players should have a roadblock dancing in theirs.”