It's no improvement
Expanding the playoff field is a better idea than expanding the regular season to 18 games, but why does the
If there were 16 teams in the playoffs one year ago, we would have added the
The presence of those teams in the playoffs would not have made for a better postseason, but it would have made for a more lucrative one.
Fans will stay interested
The NFL should definitely expand its playoffs. This is about money and fan interest, and few things create those better than a playoff appearance, or possible playoff appearance. Additional playoff games means more of them on TV; expanded playoffs mean fans in many markets stay attached to their teams longer.
It won't water down the playoffs to allow 14, or even 16, of the 32 teams into the postseason. Sure, a .500 team might make it every year. But last year the
Leave it alone, NFL
Los Angeles Times
Remind me again why we should want an expanded NFL playoff field. Is it in the spirit of inclusiveness, to make everybody feel like winners? Is it so the league can milk even more money out of the system, creating pro football's answer to the
No, fans don't want an expanded playoff field, just like they didn't want an 18-game regular season. It's troubling enough when a team with a losing record advances to the postseason, the way the
Playoffs should be special
Iliana Limón Romero
Of course the NFL,
But the playoffs are supposed to be special. The NFL would be in danger of rewarding teams carrying losing regular-season records with playoff bids, seriously diluting the prestige of the postseason. It would also reduce the importance of early regular-season games.
Expanding the NFL season also could be a health risk for players. Players on mediocre teams would be tasked with facing elite franchises one more time, opening the door to more injuries.