The NFL is in the business of making money, we all know that, and with a proposal that came public today indicating that the league wants to push its calendar back, revenue is the reason.
The proposed changes would move the Combine into April, the Draft into May and all 32 teams, including the Green Bay Packers, would open training camp on the same day. The idea is that with the growth and success of the Draft the past couple of years with making it prime time and spreading it out over a couple of days, the league could make it an even bigger event by moving it closer to a true halfway point from the end of the Super Bowl to the start of the regular season. Oh, and the Super Bowl? Instead of being held at the beginning of February, it would be held near the middle or the end of that month.
No doubt, this plan may also play into the idea surrounding an 18-game season, something the National Football League Players Association has nixed from the start. From early reactions about this move to change the league’s schedule, it doesn’t seem like the NFLPA is too fond of this idea either.
The league hopes it can convince the players because it would mean more revenue – which of course would be shared with the players.
My feeling is that the league might be moving a bit too fast on this matter. Maybe they consider taking this idea and breaking it up and instituting it over the course of two or three years – you know, ease into it to give the players, the advertisers and the fans a chance for it to sink in and make sense.
We’ll keep an eye on this and all the other proposed changes to the league right here on Lombardiave.com.