The Detroit Lions were one of the lucky ones. Despite an overall unwatchable preseason performance, the Lions escaped the exhibition season without any truly devastating injuries. Other teams weren’t as lucky.
So like every single year, discussion arose about shortening—or even ending—the preseason in the future.
The most common solution to this perceived problem is fairly simple: Shorten the preseason by two games and add those games to the regular season, creating an 18-game schedule.
Cowboys and referee owner Jerry Jones publicly pushed for this move last week.
“My solution is real simple, cut back on preseason games,” Jones said on a local radio station. “Have one at each team’s home, play a couple of them and then add two games to the regular season, which I’ve been a proponent of for several years. That’s a better equity or a better way of players using what they bring to the table, their talents, their skills, their professional time in pro sports. That’ll give them a bigger pay day that’s fair. The other thing it does is it certainly gives our fans what we all think they deserve and that is a competitive game.”
The idea is admittedly intriguing, since no NFL fans enjoy the preseason, but is Jerry brushing over some unintended consequences? Today’s Question of the Day is:
Would you approve of an 18-game regular season, two-game preseason?
My answer: No, I don’t think I would.
I understand preseason football is unwatchable, and I hate that season ticket holders have to pay for those games. That last part should absolutely be fixed. But if you’re forcing players to play two more games a season—and 12.5 percent increase in games—you better expect to bump players salary by that number.
Jerry Jones argues that an 18-game schedule is safer, because his studies show that injury rate is higher in the preseason than the regular season, which I’m honestly hesitant to believe. Let’s be honest, Jones has plenty motive to straight-out lie here, because he stands to benefit from two more regular season games that will undoubtedly bring in more money for him.
But even if what Jones says it’s true, the chances of starters getting injured in a season undoubtedly increase with a longer schedule, and that’s why the players would almost certainly never go for it.
If you want to shorten the preseason, that’s something that I think almost everyone can get behind. But adding those two games to the regular season is just a transparent cash grab. I say nay.
Would you approve of an 18-game, 2 preseason game schedule?
This poll is closed