It was dreaded by some and highly anticipated by others, but either way, it is soon to be made official: The NFL is moving to a 17-game schedule.
News broke Sunday that the NFL will make their new 17-game schedule official this week.
In addition to the regular-season getting lengthened, NFL owners are expected to approve a deal to reduce the number of preseason games to either three or two games.
According to Pro Football Talk:
Last year, the league secured an agreement from the NFL Players Association to move to 17. The new TV deals were negotiated based on the assumption that there will be 17 games; ESPN even negotiated and obtained a Saturday doubleheader in Week (wait for it) 18.
So, yes, it’s happening. The fact that it’s happening has been common knowledge.