NFL Officially Approves 17-Game Regular Season For 2021

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The NFL has finally done it.

After years of discussion, the National Football League officially announced on Tuesday that the league has approved a 17-game regular-season schedule beginning with the 2021-22 season.

To allow an extra regular-season game, the league will be shortening the preseason to three games.

“This is a monumental moment in NFL history,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “The CBA with the players and the recently completed media agreements provide the foundation for us to enhance the quality of the NFL experience for our fans. And one of the benefits of each team playing 17 regular-season games is the ability for us to continue to grow our game around the world.”

The 17th game will feature teams from opposing conferences that finished in the same place within their division the previous season. Here is a look at the extra games:

Players have previously shared their lack of interest in a 17-game regular-season schedule, but now it’s something they will have to figure out how to prepare for.

Considering the league prides itself on “player safety,” it is easy to see why players are pointing out a double-standard and unhappy with the thought of playing another regular-season game.

The toll a season takes on a player is significant, and adding an extra game will only add to the aches and pains they feel entering the postseason, offseason, and career after football. You can’t say you are for the health and safety of players while forcing them to put their bodies on the line for an extra weekend every year.

But, here we are.

After all, we know the NFL primarily cares about money, so are we really surprised?

What are your thoughts on a 17-game regular-season schedule? Sound off in the comments section below.

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