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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell States the Obvious: Preseason Stinks

Sep 4, 2008 – 9:28 AM
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Michael David Smith

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NFL fans and players are in complete agreement that the NFL preseason is a boring exercise that puts the players at risk of injury and isn't worth the price of tickets to the fans.

But the owners make money off it. So does that mean it's not going anywhere? Not according to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who on ESPN Radio this morning said something as refreshing as it is obvious: "The preseason doesn't meet the standard of play that we expect in the NFL. ... We don't need four preseason games."

Goodell said he hopes to keep the current format of 20-game seasons, but that he'd like to change it so there are 17 or 18 regular-season games and two or three preseason games. I think that's a great idea, and long overdue. The quality of play in the preseason simply isn't worthy of the NFL, and the sooner the league cuts down on those boring exhibitions, the better.
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