Report: Kraft among NFL owners opposed to shortening preseason


The NFL is exploring the idea of shortening its preseason from four games to two, but some of the league's most prominent owners aren't crazy about the concept.

Commissioner Roger Goodell held a conference call Wednesday with NFL owners to discuss several issues pertaining to the 2021 season, including a potential two-game preseason and a 17th game added to the regular-season schedule.

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According to ESPN, the owners delayed decisions on both. New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, however, was among those who opposed shortening the preseason to two games.

More from ESPN:

"During the meeting, the issue of the preseason was raised, with the discussion centering on whether there should be a reduction in games. Sources told ESPN's Seth Wickersham that Goodell seemed in favor of shortening the preseason from four games to two but that a group of powerful owners -- New England's Robert Kraft, Dallas' Jerry Jones, the New York Giants' John Mara and Pittsburgh's Art Rooney II -- dismissed the idea. Owners argued that a reduction to three preseason games might work but not two. No vote was taken, and the schedule remained unchanged."

The 2020 NFL preseason, of course, was eliminated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Assuming fans are allowed back in the stands in 2021, Kraft and other NFL owners likely will push for a full preseason following a year of lost revenue.