I'm not really into the whole CBA thing, but from something I just read it seems the expansion of the regular season is still one of the primary issues left to be resolved on the negotiating tables. I'd like to see what PP has to say on the issue, with a twist...
There seems to be some controversy as to what the fans really want on this topic. Some say Godell is putting words in our mouths as fans, others would rather see more football. For awhile I was in the latter group, because, as I see it, the more football the better!
However, I recently came across a new idea that seems to be a great compromise to the situation. What about expanding the playoffs instead of the regular season? This would eliminate the potential for a watered down league riddled with injured, but also increase revenue through adding games (more popular playoffs games at that).
In this scenario, I could envision a Big East NCAAB type tournament bracket, in which the top 2 teams get a double-bye, the next 2 division winners get a single-bye, and the wild card teams are expanded to 4 teams resulting in a true "wild-card weekend." There are obviously some adjustments which could be made to this (for example I'm not sure an 8-8 NFC West team deserves a bye), but in general, would you be in favor of an expanded playoffs with 1 extra round and 2 extra teams while leaving the regular season at 16 games?