National Football League to have expanded playoff format in new CBA proposal

Patrick Mahomes led the Kansas City Chiefs to victory in Super Bowl LIV

Patrick Mahomes led the Kansas City Chiefs to victory in Super Bowl LIV

Adding an extra team per conference will likely lead to some.500 teams making the playoffs down the road, but it will also add plenty of excitement come playoff time. So, only the number one seed gets a bye and everybody else's road will be longer. The NFL has played a 16-game schedule since 1978 and has had a 12-team playoff format since 1990.

Imagine the quarterback matchup: Duck Hodges against Patrick Mahomes with a chance for the Steelers to advance for a second game in Baltimore in a three-week span. The 1982 season was reduced to nine games because of a two-month player strike, and the 1987 season was reduced to 15 games, three of which were played by replacement players. It would also be the first change to the playoff format since 2002 when the Houston Texans joined the league and the NFL was split into eight four-team divisions.

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Both leagues would be giving more playoff content to their TV partners.

Now the sides are trying to work through the final issues, including getting the players to sign off on a 17-game regular season. If two-thirds of the membership approves the CBA, it will be sent for approval to all the league's players, where a simple majority would ratify a new labor deal.

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NFLPA team player reps and the NFLPA's executive council, which had been planning a Friday meeting in Washington, D.C., on the topic, are now planning to hold a conference call Friday instead of meeting face-to-face. With more Wild Card teams, there is potential for squads with losing records to end up in the postseason.

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