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NFLPA executive gets a good laugh about latest 17-game suggestion

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With the NFL's desire to extend the regular season to 18 games still unapproved, Mark Murphy has spoken publicly about a 17-game expansion, which would avoid teams having to give up home games.

Players have always been leery about the idea of lengthening the regular season, so it’s no surprise their union opposes any such plan.

But it’s also good to know people find us funny here at PFT.

In the wake of Packers president Mark Murphy’s suggestion that the future could include a 17th game (so each team could play one internationally without anyone giving up a home game), NFLPA assistant executive director of external affairs George Atallah had a response that was new-age in terms of technology but old-school in theme.

Atallah went on to put it in more conventional terms, saying: “Nothing says ‘committed to player health and safety’ like wanting to add more contact to the offseason and a 17th regular season game abroad.”

Players would have to approve any extension to the regular season, and it’s clear that the NFL is going to have to offer them something really good in exchange for them to consider it. And with the league putting so much emphasis on adding international inventory, they better be serious when they open the discussions with the union.

But mostly, we’re glad Atallah didn’t use the smiling poop emoji while retweeting us.