Tampa, FL, United States (4E Sports) – NFL commissioner Roger Goodell expressed support behind the proposal to expand the playoffs by two teams, saying it will not dilute the quality of the postseason.
“I think what we’re seeing now is such a competitive league that a team that got in on the 13th or 14th spot has a chance to win it all,” Goodell said.
“The competitiveness of our league, that’s the difference to me. It’s not just adding two more teams that didn’t have a chance to proceed in the playoffs. That wouldn’t be something that we’re interested in,” he added.
The league will discuss the proposal at a May 20 meeting in Atlanta. Goodell said owners could vote to implement the new system for the 2014 or 2015 season.
Goodell believes that two additional teams will not water down the quality of the postseason, contrary to the belief of critics.
“The reality is there are a lot of teams that other playoff teams are afraid of coming in in those 13th and 14th spots,” Goodell said. “We’re going to make it more competitive. I think that’s the positive spot.”
Goodell said the league is talking with its broadcast partners and players about the proposal and that he believes the proposal has plenty of support.