NFL adds extra regular season game, plan meets with mixed reviews from players


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NFL fans get an additional chance to cheer for their team this season

Alex Keeler, Reporter

Last month, as part of the league’s new collective bargaining agreement, the NFL finalized plans to add an extra game to it’s regular season schedule.

The agreement increases the number of regular season games from 16 to 17, the first time that the NFL has changed the number of regular season games since 1978.  As a possible concession to players, the league decreased the number of preseason games from four to three.

NFLPA President JC Tretter released a statement claiming that the new agreement gives players greater revenue shares and increases in minimum salaries and retirement benefits.

Not surprisingly, players were quick to voice their opinions about the new changes on social media. 

Some didn’t seem impressed.

“Sh– dumb… as hell..,” Saints star running back Alvin Kamara tweeted.

“We really let this happen [facepalm emoji],” was Packers safety Adrian Amos tweet on the changes.

However, some players had a more positive reaction to the news.

Buccaneers star quarterback Tom Brady tweeted “well done,” in response to the new CBA agreement that took place in 2020 which included the recently finalized 17 game schedule.

Chiefs starting Safety Tyrann Mathieu also seemed to approve last year’s agreement between the league and the players when he tweeted “THANK YOU GOD,” shortly after the new CBA was announced.

Many current and former players cited injury concerns as to why they disagree with the NFL’s decision to expand the regular season.

Former NFL offensive lineman and current FOX Sports analyst Geoff Schwartz addressed the injury question in his column from Mar. 30.

“As a former player, I can say that players’ biggest fear is injury. While the players will make more money by playing one more game, it’s also one more opportunity for them to get injured. I don’t think the players got enough in the CBA to justify more games, and I think any player would trade a one-game check to avoid a major injury, Schwartz wrote.