NFL not focused on expanding playoff field in 2014

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

New York City, NY, United States (4E Sports) – NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the league doesn’t intend to put in effort to expand the playoff field for the 2014 season.

The league’s competition committee has supported the idea of expanding the postseason field from 12 to 14 teams.

While Goodell didn’t rule out the idea for the 2014 season, getting it done for the upcoming season is not the goal.

He said the work yet to be done includes talking with the players’ association and to broadcast partners, and some scheduling issues.

“I wouldn’t rule it out, but I wouldn’t say that’s the direction we’re heading right now,” Goodell said.

The commissioner made his remarks on the last day of the NFL’s owners meetings.

Goodell said owners and other team executives discussed playoff expansion this week and may take up the topic again at the league’s meeting in May.

St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher, who is co-chairman of the competition committee, said much of the discussion that remains surrounds scheduling an extra game in the opening round if only one team gets a bye in each conference. 

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