National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell has confirmed that a 17-game regular season is part of the ongoing Collective Bargaining Agreement talks with the NFL Players Association.
Speaking at the owners’ meetings in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Goodell said that the season would still start the weekend after Labor Day but play deeper into February at the end of the season if the proposal generates consensus.
No other details, such as if the pre-season would be reduced or if the players would gain an increased share of revenues or an additional bye week in the schedule, were discussed publicly.
A previous plan for an 18-game regular season, up from the current 16 games, did not gain enough support, it was reported last month.
The current CBA between NFL players and owners expires after the 2020 season, but negotiations are ongoing and it is believed a new deal could be agreed before then.
Goodell said of the talks: “I think it’s been productive. I’m hopeful that we all see the benefits of doing something earlier and then we can get something done.”