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NFL owners now pushing for 17-game regular season – report

CANTON, OH - AUGUST 5: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (L) and NFLPA Executive Director Demaurice Smith hold up the NFL's new 10-year Collective Bargaining Agreement at the Pro Football Hall of Fame August 5, 2011 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

National Football League owners are reportedly pushing for an expanded 17-game regular season as part of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

A previous plan for an 18-game regular season, up from the current 16 games, did not gain enough support, according to The Athletic.

The NFL Players Association, however, would not be interested in an expanded season without a significant concession from management such as a boost in the percentage of revenue dedicated to players. In addition, the current four-game preseason schedule would likely be reduced by one or two games.

The current CBA between NFL players and owners expires after the 2020 season but it is believed a deal could be agreed before then. The NFL has been at 16 games since 1978.

The Athletic also reports that the playoffs could be expanded by an extra team per conference.