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League not considering 18 games with 16-per-player max

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Recently, an idea emerged that expansion of the regular season from 16 games to 18 would make sense if each player is limited to appearing in a maximum of 16 games.

Don Yee, who represents Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, has made the case for the 16-in-18 concept.

The league doesn’t seem to be ready to embrace it.

“I don’t think that would be consistent with the goal of giving fans a better product,” NFL Chief Marketing Officer Mark Waller told PFT Live on Monday. “So if you were essentially saying that two out of every 18 games would not have the full participation of the best players, then I don’t think that would be a sensible swap, and actually you could argue that it would actually be detrimental to the regular-season quality. So that’s not something that we’ve looked at.”

Thus, it’s fairly clear that the proposal is not something the league will look at, either.

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