Goodell: the NFL is 'serious' about expanding playoff field

Goodell: the NFL is 'serious' about expanding playoff field
January 31, 2014, 2:00 pm
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The NFL is “serious” about possibly expanding its playoff field from 12 teams to 14, Commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday. 

“There’s a lot of benefits to doing that,” Goodell told reporters in New York during his annual pre-Super Bowl state-of-the-league press conference. “We think we can make the league more competitive. We think we can make the matchups more competitive towards the end of the season.”

The league has had a 12-team postseason tournament since 1990. If the tournament grows, seven clubs from the two 16-team conferences will qualify.

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“There will be more excitement, more memorable moments for our fans,” Goodell continued. “ And that's something that attracts us, and we think we can do it properly from a competitive standpoint.”

Goodell has previously said that such a plan, if adopted, will not be implemented before the 2015 season because of scheduling issues.

“This will continue to get very serious consideration by the competition committee and then the membership will have to vote on it,” Goodell said.