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NFL owners have been contemplating a 17-game regular season for some time, and now they have a call set up to discuss the idea. That call will take place Wednesday, per Mark Maske of The Washington Post.
At some point, owners will vote on whether to implement the 17-game season, though Maske reported his source is “not sure” if such a vote will in fact take place during Wednesday’s call.
Each team currently plays 16 games. The addition of a game was given the go-ahead by the players’ union in March, as noted by Charean Williams of PFT. But there’s nothing in the collective bargaining agreement that indicates the change has to happen in 2021.
A 17th game on the schedule will change a number of things. For instance, a team could now top the 0-16 finishes of the Cleveland Browns (2017) and Detroit Lions (2008). You could also say goodbye to teams finishing .500. And a record of 8-9 is probably more likely to get a coach fired than 8-8.
Either way, 17 games is going to happen. The only question now is when.