Sunday, March 15, 2020

17 games is go

I hate the concept, of course, as well as the expansion of the playoffs, but no one asked me. In any event, the NFLPA approved the new CBA agreement with the NFL owners in a very close vote:
NFL players voted to approve the new proposed collective bargaining agreement, which signals 10 years of labor peace, increased revenue share for players, added benefits for former players, an expansion to a 17-game NFL regular season and more playoff teams.

The 10-day voting period closed at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday night. Owners voted to approve the new CBA on Feb. 20.

The NFL Players Association issued the following statement:

"NFL players have voted to approve ratification of a new collective bargaining agreement by a vote tally of 1,019 to 959. This comes after a long and democratic process in accordance with our constitution. An independent auditor received submitted ballots through a secure electronic platform, then verified, tallied and certified the results."
It's not all bad, and in fact, it helps the average player quite a bit. But it's still sad to see the records of yesteryear rendered even more irrelevant as what was left of the league's historical continuity is further destroyed.



Blogger Mr. Naron March 15, 2020 3:40 PM  

I'll trade that extra game for more XFL right now.

Blogger GrumpusAurelius March 15, 2020 3:47 PM  

It's also maddening how the shift disrupts the "fairness" of the 16 game sch. Everyone in your div played the same other teams and a few games based on last year's rank. It's wasn't broke but they tried to fix it.

Blogger Dan in Georgia March 15, 2020 4:20 PM  

So where are the odd games being played, overseas? In a city that used to /wants to have an NFL team? In any case, the players are doing more traveling than they would’ve otherwise. I hope the players got some more money out of it. The owners sure did.

Blogger KPKinSunnyPhiladelphia March 15, 2020 4:31 PM  

This was inevitable. Why?

Because the NFL isn't about sport, it's about business. And this business needs TV to increase it's revenue, and TV requires games.

And the owners, of course, were very smart negotiators.

"We'll get more money, and so will you,", they argue, "especially you players who are at the bottom of the food chain and who are the most of fungible of our fungible assets."

Of course the top players voted against them, since (a) they know they are going to do most of the playing and (b) they know their riches are dependent on longevity, and longevity is now affected by that extra game with it additional vicious collisions and the torn ligaments and muscles and additional concussions that too often accompany their extensive participation.

But the stars are a minority. For every JJ Watt, there are two or three DLs at the bottom of the depth chart that will never be able to lease a private plane to go watch a college game their brother is playing in.

As for continuity of records?

Our blog proprietor is a man of principle, and historical continuity is certainly a principle, but principles can be, and will be, tossed aside for the random billion dollars or two.

And more points spreads!! and more over/unders!!

I'm palpitating with anticipation.

Blogger cyrus83 March 15, 2020 4:39 PM  

The fairest way to play the 17th game is to make that a game against a team in a division in the opposite conference that finished in the same place the year prior and then rotate it like they do for the same-conference games against opponents who finished in the same place. Ideally they'd pick from the opposite conference division that is 2 years away from being scheduled to play each team in the opposite conference.

The playoff structure is dumb, if anything they'd have been better off going to an 8 team per conference format where nobody gets a bye since the format they've adopted is going to be hugely beneficial to the one team now getting that bye. The second round will now feature one game between a rested team and a team that played the week before while the other game features two teams that both played the week before. I expect if this is unmodified that during this CBA we're going to be seeing a lot more 1 vs 1 matchups in the Super Bowl than otherwise.

Blogger Weak March 15, 2020 4:48 PM  

This paves the way to expand to a 40-team league. Nevermind that there were only 17 competent quarterbacks last year.

Blogger Dantheman March 15, 2020 5:00 PM  

Now that only one team will get a bye in each conference, the first seed will have a huge advantage over the remaining other seeds. Getting that 1st seed will be imperative. Overall, I just hope the additional game means cheaper tickets.

Blogger Lazarus March 15, 2020 5:00 PM  

Speaking of records being grabbled, it sounds like on alternating years one conference will play 8 home games while the other will play nine.

They believe that consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.

Blogger Brett baker March 15, 2020 5:42 PM  

With Wuhan virus shutting down the XFL, it looks like the NFL'S plot worked.

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Blogger Akulkis March 15, 2020 5:43 PM  

One thing I love about baseball -- they don't change the rules every couple of years, so you can actually make a reasonable comparison between a player from 2015 with one who played in 1915.

Blogger megabar March 15, 2020 6:10 PM  

More worship at the altar of Growth.

Anonymous Anonymous March 15, 2020 6:12 PM  

How many "social distancing" lockdowns can the NFL survive? The NCAA and NBA are putting on the brave public face, but they live as paycheck-to-paycheck as the rest of the country.

Blogger Akulkis March 15, 2020 6:13 PM  

The more the NFL and NBA try to fix the game, the worse it gets.

Blogger MichaelJMaier March 15, 2020 6:35 PM  

So stupid. Want to make the season longer? Give the teams another bye week. Most fans will find another game to watch that week.

Blogger bischbubba March 15, 2020 6:52 PM  

I think I heard it elsewhere, not from my mind, but the idea was that we could have 18 games per team, all teams play every week with no byes, but each player only could play 16 games, so the records would stay intact to an extent, the players wouldn't be completely ravaged physically, and the owners would get extra games. It seemed like a decent solution.

But the best solution would have been to keep status quo.

Blogger Unknown March 15, 2020 7:16 PM  

gosh, i can't wait until we have year round NFL.

Blogger Uncle Maffoo March 15, 2020 7:26 PM  

In 1915, Major League Baseball was two independent leagues of 8 teams each. No playoffs, just the team with the best W-L in each league meeting in the World Series (which was originally best of 7, but tried best of 9 a few years). 1915 was the Deadball Era: soiled & doctored balls were used throughout the game. The pitching mound was higher. The strike zone was different. No black players. No instant replay. No domed/retractable roof stadiums. No free agency. No designated hitter. &c.

Do you actually know anything about baseball? The entire field of sabermetrics was developed because 1915 and 2015 are such different eras of baseball they are almost different sports.

Blogger Johnny March 15, 2020 7:27 PM  

Having lost interest in the whole thing, I am primarily a bystander. But for me it seems like they have already pushed the franchise of fan interest to the limit, and more games will just water it down. The NFL is becoming tiresome.

Blogger The Masked Menace March 15, 2020 7:56 PM  

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Blogger Snidely Whiplash March 15, 2020 8:01 PM  

Uncle Maffoo wrote:Do you actually know anything about baseball? The entire field of sabermetrics was developed because 1915 and 2015 are such different eras of baseball they are almost different sports.
If you want a treat attend an old-time base-ball game. It's a very different and much more enjoyable game.

Blogger The Masked Menace March 15, 2020 8:05 PM  

I'm an odd bird. When I watch a baseball game I always want to see a pitching dual. When I watch football I always want to see a defensive field position battle.

Maybe I'd like soccer.

Blogger Silent Draco March 15, 2020 8:10 PM  

Four additional weeks to allow their new adjunct enough air time:

Sports Medicine League

Blogger megabar March 15, 2020 8:16 PM  

> If you want a treat attend an old-time base-ball game.

Many sports are objectively worse today because they won't change fundamental rules, even though those rules would never have been put in place with the modern athlete and equipment.

Baseball dimensions were not designed for 100-mph fastballs and an emphasis on walking; hockey nets were not designed for 6'5" goalies with much larger pads; and so forth.

I understand consistency, and do not oppose all drift in performance over time. However, it's equally silly to keep things the same in the face of less entertaining sports _only_ to keep rules consistent.

For example, there's nothing fun about watching a baseball inning that takes 20 minutes and results in K, BB, K, BB, groundout. If baseball moved the mound further back (perhaps with an increase in strike-zone size), hitter reaction time would be restored to what it was in an earlier time. This would result in more contact per pitch, more fair balls per minute, and thus more entertainment per unit time.

Am I positive this change would be better? Of course not. It's worth experimenting with, though.

Blogger The Masked Menace March 15, 2020 8:28 PM  

The NFL had things arranged just about perfectly the way they had it. I'm disappointed to see it change. I wonder when they'll get rid of the divisions and conferences.

Anyone else watch the XFL? 8 teams, 10 game regular season, 2 playoff games, and then the championship. Simple can be so beautiful. I REALLY enjoyed the league. I watched most of the games and parts of all of them until fun was cancelled this past week.

Blogger Charles March 15, 2020 8:39 PM  

61* - not a football reference but still applicable.

Blogger Brett baker March 15, 2020 9:04 PM  

I usually caught one game a week. I really hope they come back next year.

Blogger cecilhenry March 15, 2020 9:24 PM  

The vote shows it was not strongly supported.

Barely passed.

Not a ringing endorsement for such big changes.

When everyone gets in the playoffs the regular season just matters less, and becomes a drag.

Sometimes less is more.

Blogger Jose Miguel March 15, 2020 9:57 PM  

Mourning the xfl already, I may have to go see some rugby matches in April to get my fix if coronachan ends then.

Blogger Rough Carrigan March 15, 2020 11:32 PM  

If I were a lawyer suing the NFL because of CTE damage to an ex player client I would shout "Thank You!" and mark this announcement up as an exhibit.

The NFL is desperately trying to pretend it cares about the safety of its players but no regulars were playing much at all in the pre-season game that's being eliminated while they add an extra real game. This is absolutely going to cause more significant injuries, more general damage to and attrition of the health of players.

Somewhere out there are lawyers making it rain in the strip club and ordering Cristal all around because the NFL helped make their case for them that the league doesn't give a shit about the health of the players.

Blogger Rough Carrigan March 15, 2020 11:34 PM  

#24. The change needed in baseball is not the distance from the mound to the plate but to the baseball. De-juice the ball so that it travels 5-10% less distance on the same hit as the ball does now. It will give both hitters and pitchers an incentive to put the ball in play and will cut down the parade of three true outcome at bats.

Blogger Damelon Brinn March 15, 2020 11:49 PM  

the idea was that we could have 18 games per team, all teams play every week with no byes, but each player only could play 16 games

I heard that from sports radio guy Steve Czaban. It's kind of a gimmick, but it's a gimmick that fits with the fantasy/gambling focus of today's NFL. Make teams adjust their rosters from week to week just like the fans do!

Whatever it takes to entertain the huge audience they've built that doesn't actually like the football that much.

Blogger PH March 16, 2020 12:35 AM  

And there's Australian rules football.

Blogger Ahuehuete March 16, 2020 12:45 AM  

"I may have to go see some rugby matches in April"

The Rugby team was advertising their Rainbow/Pride game. I'll pass.

Blogger Harris March 16, 2020 7:22 PM  

The 16 game season was perfectly balanced. Hard to see how 17 games achieves that same balance. I predict that the game will want in popularity.

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