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McNair Feels 18 Game Schedule Will Happen by 2012 Season


NFL Owner Bob McNair knows that fans dislike the preseason, and is one owner on board with wanting to see the NFL go to an 18-game regular season.

The owners talked about the schedule on Wednesday in Atlanta at a meeting, but held off on voting for a specific proposal. McNair says moving to an 18-game regular season “makes sense,” while acknowledging that some things with the two extra games have to be worked out.

“I think we can figure out a way to make it work, and everybody will be happy,” McNair said. “There are a few problems, as it relates to the schedule and the weather and that sort of thing. We’ll just have to work through that, and we can always adjust later on, too.”

Players have raised concerns about the added grind of two more games on top of an already demanding schedule. McNair said the owners have studied injury rates and will seek feedback from players before moving forward with a plan.

“It’s difficult, if you try to start before Labor Day, because so many people are still out on vacation, and so it’s hard to get a good crowd,” McNair said. “And then up north, if you extend the season, you get into bad weather there.

McNair feels that an 18-game schedule will be in place by the 2012 season.


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