The owners of all 32 NFL teams have approved the addition of games to the regular season.
Specifically, this means that the regular schedule will be reduced from 17 weeks to 18 weeks. The club still has only one week off, and the Super Bowl will now be held in the second week of February. In addition, the preparatory calendar will now consist of three parts instead of four.
This is the first time since 1978 that the NFL has included a part of its campaign. Let us recall that this important modification was approved by the Players Association during the negotiation of a new collective agreement in March 2020.
Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement: “This is a pivotal moment in NFL history.” Collective agreements and agreements with our media partners allow us to improve the quality of the NFL experience for fans . “
In addition, increased conflicts will place the teams in the same position in their respective department’s leaderboards to complete the game; therefore, half of these matchups (in the east and the south) will place the club on a geographic parity with other associations. In the next season, the American Association team will host these games. This means that the New England Patriots will host the 17th matchup of the Dallas Cowboys in 2021, as the two clubs finished the 2020 sport in third place in their respective departments.
For its part, clubs in the northern region will face the same challenges in the west of other associations.
An additional week will also allow the alliance to earn more revenue, thereby offsetting the economic losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. This season, the NFL was forced to increase its salary cap from $198.2 million to $182.5 million.
Last year, the Goodall Circuit has made major changes, adding a team to the playoffs, bringing the total number of participating clubs to 14.
Washington Football Team (NFC) c. Buffalo Act (AFC)
New York Giants (NFC) c. Miami Dolphins (AFC)
Dallas Cowboys (NFC) v. New England Patriots (AFC)
Philadelphia Eagles (NFC) v. New York Jets (AFC)