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Jerry Jones doesn’t think NFL needs union’s input to expand playoffs


The NFL Players Association is warning the owners that the players might not go along with a plan to expand the playoffs if the owners don’t support better workers’ compensation laws. But one high-profile owner isn’t so sure that the league needs the players’ approval.

Bob Glauber ‏of Newsday reports that when Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was asked if the NFLPA needs to sign off on expanded playoffs, Jones answered, “Not to my knowledge.”

Jones also told Sal Paolantonio on ESPN that there’s broad support for expanding the playoffs, and Jones himself is eager to add playoff teams to improve the chances of the Cowboys making the playoffs.

“The sooner the better for the Dallas Cowboys,” Jones told Paolantonio. “The more of our teams that have a chance to get in the tournament, I think, it’s the better.”

The owners seem to believe they can unilaterally change the playoff format. The players believe a change to the playoffs should be subject to negotiations. If the owners pass a new playoff plan without discussing it with the union, things could get interesting.