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NFL again considers expanding playoffs

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Oct 09 2013 09:21:47 AM CDT
Updated On: Oct 09 2013 01:12:22 PM CDT
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The possibility of expanding the NFL playoff field is back on the table.

Last March, the NFL rejected a recommendation to increase the number of teams for the postseason. But NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said on Tuesday during the NFL Fall Meeting that the issue is being considered again.

Two teams -- one from each conference -- could be added to the field as early as the 2015 season. Goodell called that issue one of the "priorities" for the competition committee in 2014, according to NFL.com.

"If expanding the postseason would allow other teams to get into the dance, and they have the potential of going on and winning the Super Bowl," Goodell explained, "that's a good thing for fans, that a good thing competitively."

An expanded playoff field could not be put in place until 2015 because scheduling issues make it impossible to implement next season.

The addition of one wild-card team in each conference would mean there would be six games instead of four on the wild-card weekend.

Only one team in each conference would get a bye. Currently two teams in each conference receive a bye on the first weekend of the postseason.

Goodell also noted the NFL has no plans to place a franchise in London, even though three NFL games will be played there next season.

He also said the NFL is actively trying to find a way to put a franchise back in Los Angeles, although a new stadium is needed for that to occur.

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