Report: NFL could expand playoffs, regular season if new CBA is approved
More regular season and playoff games could be coming to the NFL, if the newest collective bargaining agreement (CBA) is approved in the coming weeks, according to multiple reports.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter the new CBA would increase the number of regular season games from 16 to 17, and would decrease the amount of preseason games from four to three. The number of teams that would reach the playoffs at the end of the year would also be expanded.
The NFL playoff structure would go from a six-team format (per conference) to a seven-team field. Instead of two first-round byes on Wild Card weekend, there would be just one team receiving the bye.
Schefter is reporting that, if the CBA is approved, the new playoff format could go into effect as early as the 2020 season. The expanded regular season schedule, however, wouldn’t be implemented until at least the start of the 2021 NFL season.
You can read more about the ongoing CBA talks and proposals from ESPN.com.