Is An 18-game Regular Season Necessary?

It has long been a discussion among members of the NFL’s competition committee and other high ranking league officials to expand the NFL regular season from 16 to 18 games. The idea seemed to be far from coming to fruition until today when Indianapolis Colts GM Bill Polian spoke on the radio Monday night.

Polian called the idea of an expanded season “fait accompli” — a done deal.

The plan would reduce the preseason to two games and the regular season to 18. Many are concerned that a shortened preseason will reduce time to evaluate players, while an expanded regular season creates a risk of more injury.

League owners and officials couldn’t care less. Their decision to adopt an expanded season comes down to one thing . . . money.

An 18-game regular season is completely unnecessary. If anything, the result of an expanded season would be a watered down product near the end of the year. It would be likely that more injuries would occur and teams would be without their star players down the playoff stretch.

Just look at this year’s version of the Dallas Cowboys. We are only three weeks into the season and have already seen starters Jason Witten, Kyle Kosier, Marc Colombo, and rookie Dez Bryant be hampered by injury.

Of course football is a violent game and the there is no way to stop injuries from happening, but there is no reason to put the players at even more risk just to fatten a few of the bosses wallets.

What say you, Cowboys Nation? Are you for or against an expanded regular season?

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