New York, NY - In the public relations rhetoric between the NFL Management Council and NFL Players Association over a new collective-bargaining agreement, both sides agreed with something commissioner Roger Goodell said before Super Bowl XLV.
"What I hear from fans is that they just want football, and the fans aren't forgotten here," Goodell said about the negotiations. "They care about just getting an agreement. They don't care about the details. They want to make sure they have the great game they love.
With the total emphasis established on what is best for the fans, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced today that the owners and NFL Players Association have reached an agreement. Goodell said that the NFL will expand from it's current sixteen games schedule to thirty- two games, not including playoff games.
It's what best for the fans," Goodell said, adding that the schedule will go from sixteen one hour games to thirty-two half hour games. "At what used to be the old half-time period fans will be marched out of the stadium, and the first game will have ended. Then fans who have purchased an additional full price ticket for the second game will be admitted."
NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith also lauded the new schedule as being in the best interest of the fans. "Wow, just think, the fans get two exciting games instead of one. It's all about the fans, and the fans are going to love it."